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This page will be regularly updated with news and information about Hummingbirds.
By hummingbirdsnursery, Aug 23 2015 06:10PM
What a fun summer we have had at Hummingbirds!
Our show at the end of last month was FANTASTIC and we would like to thank all of the families for coming and making it a real event! We hope that you all like your t-shirts and that we will see you wearing them in the future! We wish the best of luck to our school leavers for September when you join Reception.
We have been making the most of the weather and playing outside as much as possible. The sand tray and figures have become a firm favourite so we have some ideas to evolve it into small world play, with lots of different textures and elements. With the younger group starting in September we are going to focus on sensory play, fine motor skills and communication.
We are great believers in learning through play and having very informal lessons. So, we have a new toy... A parachute!!!! It is a fantastic tool for the younger children to practise colours and as a group we can focus on improving team work, cooperation and more importantly have great fun. All of Alison’s big children were very jealous when it arrived in the post and we think that there might be some core memories (to quote Disney Pixar’s Inside Out!) to be made playing with this… We have lots of games to play and we’ve already mastered throwing it up then running to swap positions - which is more difficult than it sounds. The children can look forward to it having plenty of use in the future.
We hope everyone is looking forward to the preschool lessons starting back on the 3rd September, we are! It’s been really lovely to have the older brothers and sisters come and play with us over the last few weeks, we hope you have all enjoyed it as much as we have.
Alison and Nat x
By hummingbirdsnursery, Jul 17 2015 05:13PM
After a lovely month playing in the sunny garden we look forward to showing off our French skills and peforming our short interpretation of Jack and the Bean Stalk to the parents. We have spent time making elderflower cordial, watching our sunflower's progress, collecting the chicken eggs and playing with our new water play station.
Flowers, bugs, sugar and lemons
The children love playing in the garden and we think that exploring nature is a very important part of growing up. After a quick lesson about bees and flowers we set to work searching for 30 heads of elderflower. The flowers were covered in little bugs that we shook off then studied and we brought them into the kitchen to cook our delicious mixture.
We cut oranges and lemons then added the flowers and water to infuse overnight. The children were excited to continue the next day when we strained the mixture and added the sugar. What a lovely drink we had and it was so much fun to make!
The sunflowers that we all planted are nearly a foot tall and will soon be up over everyone's heads! We can't wait for them to bloom and to have a look at the swirling patterns that the seeds make.
Eggs... Eggs... Eggs...
With the hens laying everyday and the chicks catching up with them in size we are over-run with eggs of all colours, shapes and sizes! The children collect them everyday and we think we might need to make some lovely pavlovas for the parent's lunch next week, we look forward to it!
Our new waterplay station is great! We have built waterfalls, chutes and used the table tray to play in the warm weather. The children have really loved to construct their own water system and had to use their intuition to get water from one tray to the other. The tray is also great for sand and we have been digging with trucks and making scenes with dinosaurs roaming the deserts!
We hope you've all had a lovely time in the sun too, and we are looking forward to our show next week...
Alison and Nat