f you are finding hard to explain what is happening to your little ones we have some advice and stories to share with them.
Please remember that some of our little people have lots of worries and feel very unsettled when the world around them feels so strange.
Here are some things we have been given that might help explain it further;
Stay in the moment and try and enjoy your time together
try not to discuss your worries in front of them
Remember that play is how children work through their learning
Establish a new routine and get the children involved in everyday tasks; cleaning, cooking and gardening are great!
Try and get some exercise every day
And have a look at the documents here and below, that we have been given.
They might help.
Have a Go!!
During the coming weeks we will be sending tips, ideas, activities, recipes, books and positive thoughts for you all which will hopefully keep you going while you are at home with your little ones.
Here's 50 to start you off!
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If you’re struggling too please let us know and we’ll do everything we can to help!
World Book week has been fabulous!
We have been reading and sharing lots of amazing stories all over nursery, including out in the garden and in the snug. We enjoyed making a den outside to sit and enjoy stories in whilst the sun has been shining.
Our author of the month is Dr Suess, we have enjoyed reading " The Cat in the Hat" and have been exploring this story a lot more this week. We have made fruit kebabs using strawberries and bananas to make it look like the cat's "Hat" we used our brilliant physical skills to chop up the fruit using knives and chopping boards. We spoke about how to be safe when using them and how we should hold the knife correctly, we all did a marvelous job and enjoyed putting melted chocolate on the top of them.
On world book day which was Thursday a lot of us brought in stories to share with our friends, we spoke about what happens in the story and why it was our favourite story. Some of us did dress up too as our favourite characters, which was great to see.
We have all enjoyed thinking and making things for our Stay and Play which we had on Thursday this week.
Dalmatians have been talking about "Love" which is our value of the month, they decorated some hearts with beautiful pictures of things that they love and are special to them. They also decided to make some delicious heart biscuits for the session which they decorated on the day with icing, melted chocolate and sprinkles.
Chihuahua's decided to draw (On a very big piece of paper) people who are special to them, they also wanted to read "Guess how much i love you" which Joe read to the group and the parents that came. It was fantastic.
Sausage dogs have enjoyed baking banana loaf for their Stay and Play it was delicious, they also made lavender play dough and dyed pasta to thread onto spaghetti pieces, they enjoyed counting it and seeing how many they could fit onto the spaghetti.
We would like to thank everyone that made it for Stay and Play and took the time to come in, we will be hosting another one very soon so keep a look out for dates on our newsletter!
What a LOVELY week we have had this week, we have been making lots of fantastic pictures with loose parts both inside and outside. In the sandpit outside we used different sized pebbles to make different shapes we tried to create a circle, square and of course a heart shape. It was lots of fun. We spoke about how many pebbles we had used for our shape and how big or small it was.
We have been exploring colours too mixing reds pinks and purples together to see what happens, we made some fantastic coloured pictures outside.
Inside we have been practising our fine motor skills and strengthening those muscles in our hands, we have been trying to peg some plastic pegs onto some love heart shapes, it was quite tricky but we all had a go and counted up how many pegs we had put on.
The sausage dogs have been busy making the Queen of hearts some tarts which looked delicious, we all had a try at using the cutter to cut the shape and spooning the jam into the middle of it. They looked fabulous!
The dalmatians have been busy making playdough with Leah, they decided to make it purple and used lavender essence everyone was very good at mixing it together and we spoke about adding "More" or "Less" ingredients to the mixture.
We are now into February and we have lots going on this month, so keep checking the blog and the Facebook page for regular updates. Our value of the month is "Love" we have been talking about who we love and who is special to us, we have also been talking about things that are kind to do for our loved ones too.
We have been looking at the country France as it is the love capital, we have been trying different french food such as crepes, brioche and croissants at snack times which we have all enjoyed trying.
Some of us have been busy practising our mark making skills and have been busy making cards and pictures of our loved ones.
Outside we have been creating marvelous creations on a bigger scale using sponges and heart stamps, we have been discussing how to make colours such as pink and purple and the trying out our thoughts to see if it would work.
In the mud kitchen we have been making love potions using glitter, sequins, different coloured water and jars of all different sizes. It was lots of fun!
Fabulous week at Mucky Pups!
This week has been a busy one!
We have been outdoors exploring the garden and looking and listening for different birds as it has been the Big garden birdwatch week. We have seen lots of different birds from Magpies and Bluetits to blackbirds and even a Robin. We spoke about where birds live and what they like to eat and made some bird feeders using pipe cleaners and cheerios, some of us took them home to put in our own gardens. We decided to make a house for the birds and got out the spades to do so,it was lots of fun and sparked lots of different questions such as Do birds sleep in beds? Do they have a roof on their house?
We have been learning how to fly like a bird and spoke about how they move on their legs and tried to copy this, some of us are very good at moving like a bird.
We have also been making some fabulous structures outside in the construction area, practising our balance and looking at risks. Some of us found it a little hard walking across the plank of wood and needed a little help. We have all been kind and helped our friends if they needed it. Well done Mucky Pups!
Inside we have been baking delicious cookies with Steph, which we all to home to enjoy. We looked at weighing out the ingredients and the numbers on the scales saying if we needed "More" or not. Then we used our muscles to mix, squash and roll the mixture to make the cookies, it was lots of fun.
Happy new year everyone!
What a fabulous week back already!
We have had a few new faces join the Mucky Pups family this week, whom have had lots of fun at nursery some of them didn't want to go home.
We have been sharing lots of stories about what Father Christmas brought us all for Christmas and all the other exciting things we have done over the holiday period. It sounds like we've all been very busy!
We have started to explore Chinese new year which is 25th January, we have been exploring different material and moving to Chinese music, as well as trying to pick things up using chopsticks, which is very tricky.
Julia Donaldson is our author of the month for January and we will be looking at different stories of hers throughout it. Joe who is our story teller will be focusing on one of her great stories "Stickman" he has lots of fabulous ideas which we are all looking forward to seeing within nursery this month. Why not watch the animated film at home https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06t09rk/stick-man
or read the story at home, we would love you to share pictures of this on here or the Mucky Pups Facebook page.
What a fabulous festive few weeks we have had at Mucky Pups.
The weather outside has been frightful, but that hasn't stopped us looking for Jack Frost and exploring in our "Frozen" ice kitchen, making marvellous ice soup and potions. We have been using our gross motor skills too and have made a sleigh using crates and some strong rope to move around in whilst outside which was lots of fun, we have all enjoyed pretending to be Santa and his reindeer.
Inside we have been enjoying lots of new stories, the elves came to Mucky Pups and left a story book advent calendar, everyday we have opened a new story book to read and enjoy. We have also been super busy crafting lots of beautiful Christmas decorations and cards to take home for our families, which all look super. We love to bake and have been busy making some delicious treats for our Christmas coffee morning (Friday 20th December) everyone is welcome to come along for a Christmas cake and a hot drink.
We had a visit from Ali at Pyjamarama and we did some drama with her!
We had to move to different music and pretend to be lots of different things, such as a horse. We thought about how a horse moves and if it hopped or slithered or jumped, a lot of us thought they ran really fast and a few of us thought they Galloped. It was lots of fun to see what everyone thought and how they moved. Thanks Ali for your visit.
This week we have been looking at Diwali and bonfire night, as they are both to do with light. We have been busy making bread stick sparklers which are on our newsletter as our recipe of the month. (Have a go yourself and send a picture) everyone enjoyed making these and choosing which sprinkles they wanted. We also made some diva lamps to celebrate Diwali, we used lots of different materials such as dry spaghetti, glitter, forks and pasta to decorate and make patterns on the clay. We had lots of fun making them and talking about where we would put them in our house. Outside, it's been getting darker so we decided to take out the torches and explore in the dark, it was lots of fun. We had a look at what we could see up in the sky too and if the moon or the sun was out, we saw a few twinkling stars too.