Sunday, 12 November 2017

DONATE A PENNY TO SPEND A PENNY!

Lets talk POOP! 

We all need to do it and it is guaranteed that your child will ask for a poop at the most inconvenient time! This happens at our forest school and we have to hand people a spade and send them off to a far corner with the instruction to dig a hole and then re-cover once finished! 

We have some exciting news though! TOLC has been offered the money for a funky new compost toilet! We just need to raise the extra for the delivery, VAT and some installation aspects. So  have set up a Just Giving page with the hope that we can make the call of nature on our site a little less..... out in nature! Still keeping the green ethos and having zero waste by turning the poop in to compost! 
Win win situation for all!


 Look at this funky little beauty! 
If you would like to donate or share our Just Giving page we would be most grateful! 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

RUNTIE UPDATE

Can you see him?


Still small but so much bigger than he was a few weeks ago! He is now being taken out for extra food and he seems not to be pushed around as much as he once was. He still seems to struggle with the water trough and he nearly ended up in it head first again when I was there!


The hard part is done now. Most runts die in the first 6 weeks and it looks like he has a full ,life ahead of him! The farm have told me that he will now stay with them. He will not go for meat. Which makes me very happy. I think everyone has become very attached to him!


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

PONY GROOMING

I recently bought an annual pass to a local farm. I love getting out and about with the little ones to fun places that get us outside and exploring nature. This farm is an Eco farm and includes nature walks on it's land so it seemed a no brainer. 

It means I can now offer the children regular experiences such as this. Pony grooming! This lovely girl is so relaxed with the children and seems to love being pampered!


"J" gets to help look after a horse and learn about them as he does so. He is getting really confident with the ponies now and has only groomed them a handful of times so far!


Today's play meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal,Social and Emotional
  • Understanding the world

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

NATURE DOUGH!

We like mixing our resources here and feel strongly that it it brings new learning and interest to familiar activities. play dough is one of those very activities that can be given a new spark by adding additional items to it. 
Considering the current season or interests of the children, we think about what new and interesting things we can add to our dough. Each time the children great the activity with interest and renewed excitement.

Autumn is now in full swing and after running and jumping in the fallen leaves, we chose to bring some home with us. There are other treasures such a acorns, pine cones and sticks that we brought home with us. These were all offered up with balls of dough for the children to get stuck in to.


To start with most of the children pushed each item in to a ball of dough. It always seems to be the first thing they do. Push everything in and see what stands up and what falls over. Once an item is removed, the children suddenly notice the marks and holes that the item has left.


This is where I see much deeper thinking taking place and the really learning through play starts! Selecting items one at a time and pushing them in to the dough and then checking the mark it leaves after it has been removed. Some items are rolled over the dough. Pinecones are good for this and leave cool patterns depending on the type of cone and how open or closed it is.


Acorn cups work well too. Some marks leave recognisable shapes behind. Little "B" noticed that the acorn cups made circles in her dough. She brought it over to me and had great delight in showing me how she could make perfect circles! Reinforcing her knowledge of shapes.


Little "A" spent a long time rolling a pinecone over her dough. She had watched another child do this and noticed the pattern they had made. She tried for herself but you could see the disappointment as she lifted her cone and there were no marks to see.  She tried over and over but no marks were made. As she became frustrated by this she pressed a little harder and suddenly she got the results she was looking for. Shouting for the rest of us to look!


She then tried out the acorn to. Little "A" hasn't yet told me the names of any shapes so I  talked about what I could see her doing and included language around shapes and size.
" Wow! You made circles on your dough. Look at all those little circles".


Today's play meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal,Social and Emotional
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Mathematical 
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world

Monday, 6 November 2017

HOW TO MAKE - COLOURFUL AUTUMN OWLS


You will need: 

  • Cardboard cut in to the shape of an owl
  • Googly eyes
  • Colourful paint
  • Colourful leaves 
  • Glue
First you need to paint your owl shapes. Any colour is good! I let the children select the colours they wanted and then set them free with the paint. It is best to let the owls dry before moving on to the next part.

Once dry we used glue to position and stick on the eyes. Some children stick them in the standard eye spot.... others are a bit more random with the positioning. But that is fine. Let them put them were they want. For that matter... let them add as many eyes as they want too!

We take the same approach with the leaf wings. One of our owls only has one wing.  The art is the children's to take ownership of so stand back and let them decide where things need to be stuck.

Display your finished owl with pride!



Today's play meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world


GOOD CLEAN FUN

Forest school is generally a grubby place full of mud! Today was a bit different! We had a particularly busy session and I had many cups to wash. So out came a bucket of soapy water and suddenly I was so very very popular! This had to be the cleanest Forest school activity ever at one of sessions! Thank goodness for wellies and waterproofs.




Little "B" is renowned at our sessions for being a rather feral baby! She hates to be restrained.  Is at her happiest when left to explore the ground, chew on sticks and cover herself in mud. Several people have tried to "Help" her but have only been screamed at for their troubles. Today they saw a very different side of her. Looks like she is equally as happy in a bucket of bubbly water! 




I have to say it made clean up much easier on this day. I always get her cleaned up and in new clothes after our sessions so that she is ready for nap. All the fresh air and outdoor play exhausts her! She was super clean this week!

Today's play meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal,Social and Emotional
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES 2017

We always enjoy Halloween and try to find new ideas to include. My sisters came over with my nephew this year and they brought some fun things to enjoy, with them! 

This fun spider web activity gives children the chance to make the web by threading the yarn or string through the washing basket and then adding the spiders. We talked about what spiders like to eat and found plastic fly's to feed them!



Decorating pumpkin shapes with a selection of buttons in tones of orange is a very effective craft. Older children would add more buttons which would look amazing but it still looks lovely with just a few added to the template. Then add a green stalk (where ever you fancy) and you have a cool pumpkin!



Ceramic pumpkin tea light holders can be bought from most art suppliers. Such as Baker Ross. These are easy to decorate with a range of media. we used acrylic paint. Add a battery tea light and you have a sweet little night light for the child's bedroom!




Resistance painting with paper bats on black paper looked really effective! Use a sponge and bright paint to dab over the top of the bats which you can place on the black paper and hold down with a dot of blue tac. Once dry, remove the bats and you are left with a fantastic Batman type image on your paper!




A nice messy sensory activity is shaving foam in a large tray, with drops of paint in it. Add some creepy bugs and spiders and let the children get mucky. I recommend a big bowl of bubbly water near by for the clean up!


Get creative with your potion making activity and offer some interesting ingredients! Toe nail clippings (or soap shavings), sashes of unicorn hair (or tea bags) make some amazing props for this activity!




Set up a pumpkin hunt and find out what the Halloween word says! Great for letter recognition and observational skills!



Check out my previous Halloween posts for more spooky ideas!


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