Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Hammered Flower Art

With so many beautiful colours in our nature garden at the moment I was determined to incorporate the vibrancy in some of the children's art work. We started by looking at the flowers we could see, discussing the sizes and colours and put a collection of some of the flowers together.

With it being a sunny day we decided some outdoor art work would be good and we then went to one of our tree stumps with some paper. Each child took it in turns to arrange some flowers on the tree stump. They took great care in their arrangements, talking about what colours they wanted where.

Younger children then used a wooden mallet and the older children used the hammer. Practising their skills at using tools they hammered away at the paper that we had placed over the top of their flower arrangements. This led to some beautiful colours being transferred to the paper.

Our only slight disaster was that one child had loved the colours of the berries so we agreed to place one in the picture. This did, possibly predictably, make the paper go rather soggy!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Nurture through Nature

I was recently lucky enough to attend a training course on the importance of outdoor learning. I find this topic inspiring as the outdoor environment is so accessible to childminders.

We were introduced to the work of a particularly inspirational lady, Claire Warden. I have therefore shared some of her quotes below together with photos from the last few months demonstrating  the outdoor learning we undertake here at Berkeley Childminding to hi light the value we place on learning through nature.

Imagine a world where the lines were harsh and unyielding, the textures were consistent and variation is unheard of.  Does it inspire you?

Now image a place where the carpet changes every day, the ceiling is a myriad of different colours, light, shadow and movement. 

 The feelings and movement completely surround you, sometimes breezy, sometimes cold, others warm.

 Unexpected wonders fly by, sometimes full of colour and sometimes full of noise and movement.

 If we really want children to thrive we need to let their connection to nature nurture them.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Easter 2018

We have undertaken a variety of activities surrounding the celebration of Easter in order to cover all areas of learning at a level appropriate to the developmental stage of each child. 

We joined a fellow childminder for some fun Easter themed sensory play. Available play resources included rice, egg shaped cups, chicks and some spoons.. The children played with their peers creating role play with the chicks, using the eggs for counting and discussing colours and the scoops and rice for enhancing their use of tools. 

An important part of early years care is to promote healthy eating. Rather than eat chocolate eggs we decided to make our own These comprised frozen yogurt and some fresh fruit. The children tested their fine motor skills moving the yoghurt and fruit into the bowls and enjoyed sampling the fruit. 

Finally as all of the children love creativity we used some Easter egg templates to decorate our own eggs with a variety of painting, colouring, sticking and peeling. In addition the residents in the residential home that we visit on a weekly basis worked with the children to create some Easter chick pictures.