Monday, 19 October 2015


Today I put on a short, not very scary, children's Halloween film...... You would think I had put on a Horror movie!


I bought these very cute knitted Halloween toys a few years ago and I love them even more with each year we use them.

This year I set them up as small world invitation to play. They were added to the tree house which is used daily in my setting. 

The Witch seemed to spend most of the day making potions at the top of the tree house!

Little "E" was drawn to the "Red man". He is our little devil but she calls him red man. He tried to help the Witch with her potions today and also had a sleep in the bed!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and language
  • Expressive Art and Design


This week the playroom had a makeover! Halloween has arrived a week early!

The homecorner was redecorated with some cobwebs and spiders! I also hung some spooks up and added cauldrons. I removed all the dolls and dressing up that usually lives in there and added a small box of Halloween dress up.

This simple counting and numeral matching activity is a hit every year. Cheap and easy to make.

Loving the Pumpkin witch!

We used the potion bottles as props for role play. These were made a few years ago in an activity and have been stored and used every year since. The lids of the bottles were hot glue gunned on to prevent spillages!

I also filled a bag with hair gel and orange water beads. I thought googly eyes would be a good addition as well. This kept the children occupied for ages.Mainly they tried to squash the water beads but it is harder than it looks. They always seem to get away!


Today we tried out a bit of Pumpkin design that all ages could join in with. It is so simple and just requires some "Mr Potato head" accessories and something to make some holes with.

Add holes to the pumpkin in different places and then add a few face pieces to it to model what could be done.

Before long there will be a all sorts of funny faces and strange creations! You could always follow this up with a look at some of Picasso's paintings!

Today the pre schoolers and school age children explored this activity. Tomorrow the babies get to try it out. Can;t wait to see what they do with it all.

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

Thursday, 1 October 2015


I set up an Autumn discovery tray with the leaves and conkers that we collected on our nature walk the other day. I made sure that I collected some unopened conkers so that children who were not with us on the walk could experience the joy of opening the pods and finding conkers!
"B" was one of those children and she was really interested in opening them up and seeing how many conkers she could find in a pod and also how big or small they might be!

We talked about the Spiky outer shell, the soft white lining of the shell and the shiny hard conkers inside!
"B" collected her conkers in to a wooden bowl and then brought them to me so we could count them. She finds it hard to count to 10 and we are trying to find opportunities to count in all areas of play.

She told me that Wombat needed some for his dinner.  I said I was not sure if wombats like to eat conkers and would she like me to read her a story about Wombats?
Bothe "B" and "M" thought this was great and so I read them "The diary of a wombat". They each held a wombat teddy while they listened.

After the story, "M" decided that wombats prefer carrots!

    • Count items of interest with "B" daily.
    • Look at internet videos of real wombats in the wild.


    Playing and exploring – engagement Finding out and exploring, Playing with what they know, Being willing to ‘have a go’
    Active learning – motivation Being involved and concentrating
    Creating and thinking critically – thinking Having their own ideas, Making links, Choosing ways to do things

    Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
    • Communication and Language
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics 
    • Understanding the world


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