Watermead November Roundup
Can you believe we are at the end of November? It has been an action packed month with so many celebrations helping to pick us up and brighten up Lockdown. We have been so pleased to remain open and support our families.
We started the month with a bang as we celebrated fireworks night. There may not have been any big displays but we certainly made our setting light up with lots of brilliant artwork. We printed with cut up toilet rolls, made rockets that spell the children’s names, glitter explosion pictures, rockets from shapes, sparkly playdough and firework patterns in our tuff tray. It certainly inspired lots of ooohs and aahhs at the results! Of course we also took the opportunity to talk about fire safety too!
Staying on the theme of light and helping to spread the message of Joy, we learnt all about Diwali. It is always an amazing opportunity to see the children learn and appreciate other cultures. Understanding the world around them is an important part of development. We made Diya lamps and also set up the tuff tray to do mark making in rangoli patterns.
Understanding the world around them also played a big part in our children in Need activities. Knowing that there are children less fortunate is an important life skill and they were all totally on board to help raise money – a huge thanks to our supportive parents and carers too! We enjoyed some Pudsey bear threading activities, Pudsey themed printing and icing Pudsey bear biscuits!
As the nights draw in we have learnt all about light and dark. We made some lovely pictures of night and day and absolutely loved making dens and exploring these with torches. We also like to let the children lead activities with their interests. So we had a dinosaur day. We practised our painted a diplodocus and learnt dinosaur names. We also practised scissor skills by releasing dinosaurs trapped in nets and made some roarsome dinosaur biscuits.
November also gave us the opportunity to talk about Remembrance Day. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take the children with us on the bus to place our poppy wreath made out of handprints at the memorial site this year, but we were able to show our respect by acknowledging the minute’s silence.
Always a fan of food here at Footsteps we have also been talking about food from around the world. We started our journey in Italy and of course couldn’t resist making homemade pizzas as well as making some fetching pasta necklaces – so we hope our parents enjoy wearing those.
Last (but no means least) we welcomed Marian to the Footsteps team. Marian has 12 years’ experience working in childcare and a keen interest in outdoor activities which will really suit her here. We can’t wait to share our adventures with her.
We are looking forward to December and all the fun we have planned!