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  • My First Day at Nursery by Becky Edwards and Anthony Flintoft

    Hello Everyone,

    This week we are reading My First Day at Nursery by Becky Edwards and Anthony Flintoft.  It’s all about a little girl who isn’t so keen on going to nursery.  She misses her mummy and wants to go home.  By the end of the day she’s sad because she can’t stay at nursery and has to go home!  Sound familiar?

    We’ve been focusing on the similarities in the story and the activities we do at Merry Hill Nursery.  This might help with supporting the children’s conversation skills regarding what they’ve been doing while at school.  During our group discussions, children have said that one of their favourite activities is going outside and eating chocolate (unsurprisingly)!

    Click on the link below or copy and paste into another window.  Hope you enjoy listening.

    https://f.io/WW6x3TPY

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe, Mr Salih, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • Busy, busy, busy!

    Hello everyone,

    We really have been busy this week learning about number 1, reading our Here We Are story and learning the routines and boundaries at school.  Here are a few images that will give you some insight on what we’ve been up to.  Everything that we do has a learning context; it’s not just playing!

         Finding shapes and colours on our large carpet and moving our bodies building our gross motor skills.

     

     

     

    Filling containers and using language to describe full, empty, half full.

     

     

     

     

      Making cakes for Mummy which builds our fine motor skills and helps us to write.

      Banging the drum for Nursery!

    We listen to different musical genres and investigate further the ones the children like best.  This half term it will be reggae and country music (some of the songs from last week’s blog are ‘loosely’ in these styles).  Bob Marley  is currently the children’s favourite, particularly Three Little Birds (the children have exceptionally good taste) .  We’ve also listened to Jimmy Cliff so far.  Over the year we will listen to jazz, classical, classic ‘pop’ such as ABBA (one of Mrs Howe’s favourites), polka, bhangra and many more!

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe, Mr Salih, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

    Hello everyone!

    Mrs Howe has made a video of the story we have been reading for you to share.  It’s called Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers.  It talks about our planet and people.  In class we have been looking at the different parts of our body and singing songs  like Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.  It was lots of fun doing it in different voices, squeaky, loud, quiet, happy, grumpy voices.  We sang the song very slowly and then very quickly.  We’ve also been looking at recycling and where to put our rubbish in class.  It’s important to tidy up not just rubbish but our toys!  The children are growing more confident with these routines every day.

    To support this half term’s topic of Time Travellers we will be looking at the changes in ourselves.  Could we ask families to send in two pictures, one of the children when they were babies and one of their immediate family? We will use these for two displays, one focusing on what they can do now that they couldn’t do when they were babies, such as walking, talking and feeding themselves.  The other display will focus on the members of their family, this will support children’s settling in as well.  We would really appreciate you talking to your children about the changes in themselves now that they are going to school and discuss who is in their family.

    Hope you enjoy the story (it’s long enough for a cup of tea!).  Click on the link or copy and paste it into another window.

    Here We Are written by Oliver Jeffers and read by Iris Howe

    Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth: Amazon.co.uk: Jeffers, Oliver, Jeffers, Oliver: Books

    Keep checking back, we’ll be adding posts all the time!  Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe, Mr Salih, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence

  • Our First Week in Nursery!

    Hello Parents, Carers and of course children,

    It’s been a busy week!!  We hope that you’ve enjoyed your first few days at Nursery.  All the teachers have been so very excited to have the children back. There were surprisingly few tears considering our last few months, which dried up quickly, particularly when they saw the variety of different toys and activities to play with.  There were even a couple of children who wanted to stay and play when it was time to go home! The photos are just a sampling of the many things we have done.

    All the Nursery staff would like to express their appreciation for the support that you’ve given.  We know how hard it can be adjusting to new things. To support you,  we will be providing lots of useful information and sharing some ideas for you to try at home.  There will be so many more photos of what the children have been doing to share in the coming weeks and months so keep checking back on the blog.  We will continue the theme of Mindfulness activities and a story to share with the children.  Hopefully, it will be you (not just the kids) who’ll be making a cup of tea after all the playing and learning.  Thank you again for your support.

    Take care and stay safe,

    The Nursery Team

  • Activities – My Many Coloured Days by Dr. Seuss

  • My Many Coloured Days by Dr Seuss

    Hello children,

    This will be the last story I will read for awhile but there will be plenty more in September.  I’ve chosen this book because it really expresses how we can feel some days.

    My Many Coloured Days: Amazon.co.uk: Seuss: 8601404395666: Books

    https://f.io/WW6x3TPY  

    At the very beginning of the video I mentioned that this Dr. Seuss story was different to the others.  Like all his stories this is written in rhyme too.  Can you hear the rhyming words in the story?  You’ll have to listen carefully.  What might be different with this story?  Think about  what the story is about, the characters and the illustrations.  Dr Seuss usually writes silly poetry about made up funny creatures.  Is this story the same?

    One of the activities that Mrs Mitzman has asked you to try is a Mindfulness Jar.  It might be fun to include a  colour to show how you feel.  You could find things around the house with the colours from the story and choose the colour to suit your mood.  How did this story make you feel?  It’s good to talk about how you’re feeling.  Your families and your teachers or friends are there to chat to.  Sometimes we can feel better just because we’ve talked about something.

    http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/booknook/many_colored_days.pdf

    Here are some great activities you might like to try.  There are loads more ideas of course.  You can check some out on Pinterest too.  In the fall, we’ll be able to put more ideas for fun things to do on Instagram  so keep checking back for more information.

    http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/colors/songs

    There are lots of songs that have colour as their theme or in their title.     My favourites are  Yellow Submarine by the Beatles, 99 Red Balloon by Nena and Mr Blue Sky by ELO.    They’re all really fun to dance and sing to.  Can you think of any songs with colours in them?  What about your family?  You could play a game and each person has a turn thinking of a song with a colour in it.    The Singing Walrus has a song about colours, have you heard it?

    https://childhood101.com/preschool-color-songs-fingerplays-rhymes/

    Rainbow Colors Song | The Singing Walrus – YouTube

    Until next time, as always do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your brains on for good learning.  Have a wonderful holiday filled with fun.  See you in September!

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe

  • Mindful Monday

     

    Dr.Suess! Oh, the Places You'll Go.  My mom and dad gave me this book when I graduated from college, I LOVE it, still have it and read it to my children often!!!

    A Summer Full of Mindfulness

    Hello Friends,

    I have a special activity I would really love to share with you but first here are a few things that you could put into your daily routine during the summer holidays.

    1. Practice your yoga, have a look at previous Mindful Monday blogs for some ideas.
    2. Do a mindful meditation story, find these on previous Mindful Monday blogs too or have a look for some new ones (try Cosmic Kids Peace Out and Zen Den).
    3. Read lots!
    4. How about making a summer scrapbook or journal of all the lovely things you have done.  You could also write down any feelings you have, draw pictures or stick in little memories like tickets for places you have visited, leaves or flowers you have found on walks, photos, books you have read and what you thought of them (maybe you could rate them out of 5?) etc.  How lovely to be able to have a memory of your summer.

     

    Activity Time!

    So here is the special activity it’s a 30 Days of Mindfulness Jar and here are the instructions on how to do it…

    Step 1

    Create a mindfulness jar like the one below by using an old jam jar or something similar and then decorate it, if you don’t have an empty jar you can always use an old ice cream tub or tissue box…

    Step 2

    If you have a printer then print off a copy of the PDF below, cut the activities out, fold them up and pop them into the jar or box.  If you don’t have a printer don’t worry all the activities are numbered so you just have to write the numbers 1 through to 30 and pop those in the jar instead.

     

    Step 3

    Every morning go to your Mindfulness jar and pull out an activity and whatever activity you pull out that is what you will do that day.

    If you have popped the numbers in the jar just pull out a number then go to the PDF and see what activity matches the number you have.

    Step 4

    Once you have done the activity you can either put it back into the jar or keep it to one side and then once the 30 days are up you can always pop them all back into the jar and do it all over again, or how about making up your own – I’m sure you will be an expert by then!!

    HAVE FUN!!

    NB: All the activities are either ones I have put on previous Mindful Monday blogs or the printables and/or instructions will be below.

    Activity 2. 5 Things I Love About Me

    FREE Printable Self Esteem Worksheets

    Activity 6. Cosmic Kids Yoga

    https://m.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

    Activity 8. The Gratitude Game

    Play The Gratitude Game for this year! Perfect for an icebreaker or for #Thanksgiving ! #gratitude #classroomgames #playtherapy #playtherapist #erinfado #youwillbearwitness #fightingforafuture

    https://teachbesideme.com/gratitude-game-pick-sticks/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes

    Activity 9. Nature Wands/Breathing Wands

    https://kristinamarcelli.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/make-your-own-mindful-breathing-wand/

    Activity 11. Mindful Colouring

    Activity 16. Superheroes

    Activity 17.  Breathing Buddies

    Grab your soft toy then read or  watch the YouTube video below for instructions

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pZnE3gSWRzY

    Activity 19. Jungle Safari Yoga with Cosmic Kids and get creative with WWF

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C4CaR0syf1g

    https://www.wwf.org.uk/learn/love-nature/get-making

    Activity 22. A Mindful Safari

    Activity 23. Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
    Activity 24 Listening Walk Story and Walk

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uCs66HaouFU

    Activity 25. Hot Cocoa Breath

    Use the above printable or draw your own cup of cocoa!

    Activity 28. Bee Breath and Bee Waggle Dance

    Use the above printable or draw your own bee!

    Activity 30.  Make your own Affirmation Bracelet/Bookmark/Paperchain

    Here are some positive affirmations to help you but can you think of any too?

    Affirmations for Kids - Lemonade BrainAffirmation Bracelets - Big Life JournalAlma Stoller: how to make a paper bracelet

    Quiet Time!

    Here is a lovely meditation about a campfire makes me think of toasting marshmallows and then squishing them between two biscuits YUM!  Get comfy and cosy and click play…..

    The one below is one of my favourites from previous blogs so I added it to this blog too :o)

    Before I go I just want to say how much I have enjoyed bringing you your Mindful Monday blogs.  Thank you so much for getting involved in all the activities, I have absolutely loved seeing all your pictures of all the wonderful things that you have created from this blog.  You are truly inspiring little superheroes and I am so proud to have been a part of your learning journey so far!

    May you and your families have the best summer ever!

    Sending you much love, gratitude and positivity,

    Mrs Mitzman xxx

  • Mrs Bence’s Whale Facts

  • Dear Greenpeace by Simon James

    Hello children,

    Today’s story is another favourite of mine.  I discovered it a long time ago when my children were little.  It’s a story that always makes me feel really happy when I read it.   It’s called Dear Greenpeace and the author is Simon James.  https://f.io/WW6x3TPY         He also wrote another book you recently read.  Do you remember the title?

    Dear Greenpeace

    You may not know who Greenpeace is.  They’re a group of people who try really hard to make sure that other people are kind to animals and treat them with respect.  They are very famous and work all over the world.

    I still can’t quite figure out how a huge whale got into the little girl’s pond.  I’ve done some research and I think I’ve found a possible explanation.  Look at this video and see what you think.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXn1XxuAZEA

    Whales are  magnificent creatures.  Did you know they can ‘talk’ to each other under water?  That’s pretty cool and something we humans wouldn’t be able to do no matter how hard we tried!  Listen to their  songs.  It is very relaxing and can even help you to sleep.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDqP7kcr-sc

    I know some of you have pets.  What do you have to do to feed them and make sure they are really well looked after?  Do you think that Emily is looking after Arthur well?  She’s been investigating to make sure that she does the right things when looking after her whale.  She learns a lot of things about these enormous animals.

    What do you know about your pet?  Could you make a list?  What  about making a timetable/schedule  of things you need to do to look after your pet?  For instance, at 8:30 we feed our pet, at 9:00 we walk our pet/clean their cage, etc .  It’s important that pets and us humans have routines.

    Think about your routine in Nursery and what we did during the day.   Compare it to your new Reception timetable in September.  There are many things that are the same and most things are pretty similar.  What’s your opinion?

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your brains on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe

  • Mindful Monday

    Hello Everyone, today Mindful Monday is all about the wonderful outdoors! Hooray my happy place – is it yours too?

    The natural world is like a best friend, it helps us when we have a worry or when we feel anxious, it helps us clear our minds of thoughts we don’t want anymore and helps keep us healthy!  Now that’s what I call a BFF!

    Story Time

    Here is a true story based on a lady called Katherine Olivia Sessions also known as The Tree Lady, enjoy…..

    Click on the link below for information about Balboa Park in San Diego.  Do you know what country San Diego is in?  See if you can find out and I’ll tell you at the end!

    https://www.balboapark.org/

    As you know one of our Mini Explorer motto’s is ‘don’t hurt a tree, hug a tree’!  Try giving a tree a hug and see how you feel after!

    Outdoor Activities

    1. Sit Spots
    • A sit spot is a place to stop and sit.
    • Anywhere can be a sit spot, a log, leaning on a tree trunk, a place along a river bank, a bench in a park, or a field or garden.
    • Choose your own special sit spot, somewhere you can come back to regularly and sit in again and again.
    • Sit down, get comfortable, and wait.
    • The more time you spend in your sit spot, the more you will notice about your surroundings.
    • Repeat your sit spot meditation at different times of day and at different times of year, in different weathers, and when you are in different moods. You’ll notice all sorts of things!
    • By returning to the same sit spot over time you might observe:
        • the changing seasons
        • the changing textures
        • new growth
        • new decay
        • new animals 
        • smaller things
        • tiny things
        • things you have previously overlooked
    • You may want to write things down or draw pictures of what you have seen.

     

    2. Go on a mindful walk

    Click on the link below for some fun ways to be mindful on your walks…

    https://dawnselander.com/walking-meditation-6-ways-to-try-it-with-your-kids-this-summer/

    Here are some more ideas for a mindful walk….

    Journey Sticks

    Memento Stick~Tutorial how to make a journey stick with children on a nature walk: a great activity for children to learn about nature and their environment.

    3. Mandala Art  

    Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means ‘circle’, here are some pictures below.  It would be great if you could make your own and if you want to take a picture and send your amazing work to us at nursery using the nursery email address, we would love to see them.

     Grüne Land Art Kunst , Anleitung zur Grünen Land Art Kunstthis kindergarten life: beautiful mandala on a tree stump (",)

    4. Bark rubbing

    How about trying some bark rubbing? Perhaps you can find out what tree it is too and make a little collection in a book like the one below?  Then when you’re finished why not give the tree a hug!!

    Tree rubbings are a nature activity that aids the children to explore different textures of bark and learning names of trees.Leaf and bark rubbing journal - nature art and hands-on science | momgineer

    5. Make a sundial

    See if you can tell the time by using your sundial.  People used to use this method a long time ago before clocks and watches were invented!

     

    One of my favourite sit spots is in our very own forest at school. I like to sit by the frog pond to see if I can see or hear anything.  I have seen lots of different types of bugs and birds but I haven’t seen any frogs yet. I think maybe I will need to go back to my sit spot at a different time of year, or maybe a different time of day to see a frog?  Here are some fun froggie activities for you!

    Sing-a-long with Mr Tumble

    Join in with Jaime below, you may find it a little tricky to start with but with practice you will get better and it’s great fun trying!

    Get creating, here are some froggie ideas….

     

    Get Active

    Try practicing frog pose, we love this one at Nursery and we normally jump up in the air after with a big ‘ribbit’, we make great frogs and can jump really high!!

    No Print Yoga for Kids | Animals by Language Speech and Literacy

    Try learning Sun Salutation with Yoga For Kids below!

    Quiet Time

    Bee Breathing

    Mrs Bence loves to teach us all about how brilliant bees are so here’s how to do buzzy bee breathing…..

    • Sitting comfortably, gently place the tips of your pointer fingers in your ears and close your eyes.
    • Breathe in through your nose and then hum quietly as you slowly breathe out.

     

    If it helps watch Moose Tube practicing bee breathing below….

    Now you are feeling nice and relaxed its time for our mindful meditation below…

    I look forward to hearing all about your outdoor adventures and remember it doesn’t matter what the weather, there is always something to enjoy outside!

    Weather Quotes - “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” – John Ruskin

    See you next time mindful explorers.

    Lots of love

    Mrs Mitzman and all your nursery teachers xxx

    P.S San Diego is in the state of California in America.  It is on the Pacific coast and has lots of lovely beaches to explore!  I wonder what animals live in the ocean around there…..?

  • Mrs Bence’s Bee Facts 2

  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

    Hello children,

    Thank you for being patient this week.   This is a very big file and Mrs Howe has learned a new skill to be able to share it finally.  I was resilient and persistent!  It’s very, very, very long…

    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss: 9780394800134 ...

    This week’s story is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.  It is a rhyming book by Dr Seuss.  There are some tricky rhymes in the story even though the words are simple.  When you say the words they can muddle up on your tongue and start sounding very funny.  Those sorts of rhymes are called tongue twisters.  Try some out on the link below, it’s fun.  Can you guess why they’re called tongue twisters?  See if you can spot my tongue getting a bit twisted when I was reading and had to say the words very carefully.

    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Dr. Seuss Craft

     

    You could try making your own fish using cupcake liners or cut out the shape yourselves from paper.  What shapes will you use to make your fish?  Challenge yourself to use as many as you can.  What do you think a hexagonal fish would look like?  Or what about a rectangular one?

     

     

    Could you make a fish out of things around your house? You could use a plastic bottle or the inner tube from kitchen roll.

    Junk modelling competition | Braintree District Council                                Junk Modelling | Dunvegan E4-7 Class Blog

    Lots of different techniques are used here.                    They’ve painted the background first then added the fish using a 3D effectJunk Modelling Challenge | Bridge & Patrixbourne CEP School.  Tissue paper was squished to make the small fish then painted and eyes glued on.  The shark was made using a bigger piece of tissue paper, glued onto the paper and the fin was added using a bit of cardboard which is stronger.  You could really challenge yourself and find even more things to use on your multi-media collage.  The sky’s the limit!

    What about using some play dough?

    PLAYDOUGH Rainbow Fish - Creative Mama

    Could you make a rainbow fish?  Or another interesting pattern on your fish?   

    We’ll be learning more about fish next week when we read a fantastic story about a little girl and what she finds in her pond on evening.  I wonder what it could be?

    Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your brains on for good learning.

    Take care and stay safe,

    Mrs Howe

  • Mrs Bence’s Bee Facts 1

  • Fire Brigade got busy with bees!

    Mrs Bence got a phone call from the fire brigade a little while ago. They had a tricky problem. A swarm of honey bees had decided that their fire truck was a nice place to stay and rest whilst looking for a new home.

    The ​fire brigade called me to help because they knew I kept beehives.  They needed to use their fire truck in case of emergencies and were worried the bees would get hurt so I sent Mr Bence to save the day…

    He placed a green box underneath the swarm, which would be ​a temporary home for the bees. He then very gently brushed the bees off the handle on to ​a white sheet in front of the green box.

    He looked for the Queen to make sure she was on the sheet, if she wasn’t the others wouldn’t go in the new house. Once the Queen walked up the sheet into the new house they all followed her. 

    We went back later when it was dark to make sure they where all back, safe and in the green box. We closed their door and moved them to a new hive where they are very happy.

    It was a very exciting and beesy day!

    Lots of love

    Mrs Bence

  • Mindful Monday

    "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That's why they call it the present." - Eleanor Roosevelt

    What is mindfulness?

    • Mindfulness is for everyone, children and grown ups!
    • Being mindful is all about living in the present moment.
    • Being in the present moment means paying attention to what is happening right here and now.
    • Mindfulness is about using your senses to engage with the world around you.

     

    The story below is called What Does it Mean to be Present? Have a listen and while you are listening think about what things in the story you are already doing that are mindful and what else could you do to be more mindful?

     

    The children in this video below are from a country called New Zealand, they are going to explain to you all about mindfulness.

    The children in the clip talk about PBS, do you remember what words those three letters stand for?

    • P is for Pause (stop)
    • B is for Breathe
    • S is for Smile

    Why don’t you try it now?  How did it make you feel?

    The 5 Senses

    Mindfulness is about using your five senses to engage with the world around you.

    Can you name all your 5 senses?  Try now and then click on the link below to watch Show Me Show Me’s Mo Mo Bot singing all about your 5 senses.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/show-me-show-me-senses

    So with your senses in mind here are some fun activities that you can do….

    1. Taste

    Below is a tasty Zen Den exercise from Jaime.

    Oh and before you start just to let you know she will ask you to bring a little snack with you, maybe a piece of fruit or a vegetable of your choice…

    Fruity Snacks

    Why not have a go at making some fun fruity snacks like these below and try eating them mindfully.  What flavours can you taste?  What can you smell?  What does it feel like?  What crazy, fun, amazing creations will you come up with?  Feel free to share your pictures or any findings out with us at the nursery email address.

    It can be very challenging getting your kids to eat healthy snacks. My boys have always been picky eaters and making fun snacks has really helped me with getting them to try new and healthy foods. All of these fun fruit ideas are easy to make and your kids will just love them even if [...]The kids are going to go crazy for these adorable animal shaped fruit snacks! This is one way to get them to eat all their fruits (and veggies, if you want to try sneaking some in there). That watermelon monkey and pineapple banana elephant are SO cute!5 Tips to Up Your Kid-Friendly Food Styling Game From Instagram Sensation, @FoodBites | Williams-Sonoma Taste13 Healthy Kids Snacks - Healthy Snacks for Kids - Fruit Ladybugs - Ditch the fruit cup and make this fruity treat in less than five minutes. Head over to redbookmag.com for more adorable snacks your kids will love.Watermelon Pizza Dessert Recipe topped with yogurt and fruit toppings. Summer desserts make every BBQ better, especially when it's a fruit pizza! Celebrate Summer Series Practically Functional for TodaysCreativeLife.comEasy Lemon Dip Recipe with Easter Themed Fruit! Fun party food idea for spring, a farm birthday party or Easter.

    2. Touch

    In nursery we have been doing 30 Days Wild in conjunction with The Wildlife Trust, and the very first activity in the Random Act of Wildness cards was to ‘feel the wild between your toes’.  The Wildlife Trust is an amazing charity helping to take care of our wonderful wildlife, if you want to check them out here is the link below.

    https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/

    Feeling the Wild Between Your Toes

    If it is safe to do so and your grown up says it’s okay, go outside and with your bare feet see how the earth feels beneath them.  Is it hot, cold, wet, dry, crunchy, soft, hard?  How does it make you feel?  Can you think of any other describing words to say how it feels?  Try closing your eyes, can you feel the wind on your face or the warmth of the sun?  Perhaps it’s raining?  How does the rain feel on your skin?

     Playing in the Rain by ddreadkiddBaby dance in rain Wallpapers App for AndroidSand and Sea. Such fun to bury someone in the sand :) Childhood was so simple :)

    3. Smell

    For this activity why not get your family involved and enjoy a game of  ‘The Nose Knows’

    4. Sight

    Make a paper plate magnifying glass like the one below.  What can you see when you put your magnifying glass up close to nature?

    Exploring the sense of sight, one of the five senses, during a nature walk. Part one in the 5 senses series in the blog. Science fun for kidsExploring the sense of sight, how we learn about the five senses,

    https://www.howweelearn.com/exploring-the-sense-of-sight/

    Googily Eyes Activity

    • Try this with a family member.
    • Before sitting down, find a flower or plant to use as a “focus flower.”
    • Once you have your flower, sit on the floor with your legs crossed, or on a chair if more comfortable. Rest hands on knees and sit up tall and reach for the sun, (like a flower or plant) but keep your neck and shoulders relaxed.
    • Now close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths.
    • Open your eyes and examine your flowers.
    • Notice the colors, the smell, the intricate lines, and details.  Notice the texture and the overall shape. Does your flower look different when you pay close attention?  Discuss your observations with your grown up.

     

    Make some fun glasses to use when you are using your super sight sense!

    Too cute!! Toilet Paper Roll Glasses. #upcycle #preschool #kidscrafts #efl #education (repinned by Super Simple Songs)With Easter just around the corner, chances are you’ll soon have some extra egg cartons on your hands. Put them to good use with these simple crafts perfect for kids of all ages. From dump trucks to colorful chicks, keep reading to let the upcycling...

    http://www.pinkstripeysocks.com/2014/07/make-toilet-roll-glasses.html?m=1

    https://redtri.com/egg-carton-crafts/slide/18

    5. Hear

    Go on a sound scavenger hunt.

     

    Mrs Howe would play us all different types of music in nursery, such as, jazz, country, blues, classical, why not try choosing a piece of  music to listen to.  What instruments can you hear? How does the music make you feel?  Try closing your eyes to listen.

    Now try making your own musical instruments.

     

    Mindful Yoga

    Join in with the little monkey below for some calming, mindful yoga.

    Quiet Time

    Hot Cocoa Breathing Exercise

    • Imagine you are holding a nice hot cup of cocoa between your hands
    • Take a deep slow breath in and imagine smelling that lovely sweet chocolate smell (perhaps you have whipped cream, sprinkles or marshmallows on yours)
    • Blow out gently onto your hot cocoa to cool it down
    • Try this 5 times

     

     

    Get creative and make your own hot cocoa like this one below.

    I can breathe in ~ my calm down cocoa...good metaphor and breathing imagery

    A senses meditation with Peace Out, yes it’s time to get nice and comfy and relaxed….

    Sending you lots of love,

    Mrs Mitzman and all of your nursery teachers xxx