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Exploring Root Ginger

Today we explored root ginger, it was wrapped up in red tissue paper. #ld tried to open the package and couldn’t, I said, “How could you open it, what could you use?” #ld replied, “Scissors,” I say and “What will you do with the scissors?” #ld says, “Snip, snip, snip.” I suggest going to get some, so he walks over to where the scissors are kept. Mrs Riddell gives him a pair of scissors and he brings them over to the mat – carrying them sensibly and safely. He used the scissors to try and cut the paper, when he was unable to cut the paper, he passed the scissors to his friend saying, “‘Ere are.” (PSED, SCSA, +22-36 months, CL, S, -22-36 months, PD, MH, +22-36 months.)

#lha then cut a hole in the paper. (PD, MH, -30-50 months).

#ld holds a small piece of ginger in his hand and Mrs Riddell shows the children how to peel the ginger using a spoon.

#ld says, “Wet. Little one.”

The children spent time smelling the ginger.

Afternoon Pre-Nursery also examined ginger; #erc said the package was, “It’s a present for Santa.” I say, “I wonder what it is.” #erc tells me, “It’s for Santa’s birds. CL, S, +22-36 months.

As the children explore the ginger and learn how to peel it with a spoon, #srw says, “More, I like it.” (CL, S, =22-36 months).

#erc says, “I don’t like it.” (CL, S, =22-36 months).

#alr says, “Smell nice.” (CL, S, -22-36 months).

#alr, #ane, #srw, #ec, and #erc – PD, MH, +22-36 months

The Gingerbread Man

Our communication and language focus for the next two weeks is the story, ‘The Gingerbread Man.’

We looked at the front cover of the book before I read the story, I ask, “What can you see?” #sh says, “Gin gin man.” I say, “Yes, it’s the gingerbread man, well done.”

I as I read the second to last page, I ask, “Where is the gingerbread man?” #ld says, “Outside.” I say, “Outside by the river but I can’t see him.” #sh rubs her tummy and points to the fox saying, “Tummy.” #lha rubs her finger over the tummy of the fox. I say, “Look, at the fox, what’s he doing?” #sh tells me, “Hungry!” I said, “He does look hungry doesn’t he, he’s licking his lips but where  is the gingerbread man?”


Today these little girls explored the ginger scented dough and created their own gingerbread characters.

#srw really persisted when cutting the gingerbread people out of the dough – at first she said, “I can’t do it.” I said, “I think you can. Press the cutter down, lift it up and you’ll see.” She managed to cut out a gingerbread man and brought over a baking tray then put the gingerbread man on it, saying, “He goes here.” She continued to cut more gingerbread figures out and says, “Press and take it off.” She lines each of her gingerbread people on the tray and I suggest counting them, #srw counts aloud 1-10 as I point to each one.

#erc rolls up tiny balls of play dough and adds them to the gingerbread men, she says “Here’s his buttons, 1, 2, 3.”

When looking at the book with afternoon Pre-Nursery, Miss Faram asks, “Who is that?” as she points to the front cover. #erc replies, “The gingerbread man!”  I ask, “How do you know it’s the gingerbread man?” #erc tells me, “The lady and the man baked him in the oven.”

#erc comments that the oven tray in the book is “Sparkly.” #ane says, “Gin gin.”

As Miss Faram reads, #erc used the refrain, “You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.” She also said the boy in the story had “Ginger hair.” #erc said, “They’re running” when we reached the page with the people chasing the gingerbread man.

#alr was said, “Horsey” and “Moo” when she saw the horse and the cow.

Again, when we reach the end, Mis Faram poses the question, “Where’s the gingerbread man gone? What’s happened to him?” #erc says, “He (fox) eat him up!”

We then talk about what the gingerbread man looks like and I ask “What would your gingerbread look like?” #erc says, “A girl one.” I ask, “What would make it a ‘girl one’?” She replies, “Two eyes, a mouth, toes.” I ask, “What else would she have?” #erc tells me, “Legs.” I say, “What could she wear?” #erc tells me, “A hat and scarf.”

World Nursery Rhyme Week – Day 2

Today we’re focusing on the song ‘Hickory Dickory Dock.’

These little girls made marks to represent numbers on their clocks. #mc said, “Clock,” and counted aloud 1-10 as I pointed to the numbers on the clock.


We also used number sponges to make clocks and talk about numbers too.


World Nursery Rhyme Week – Day One

Today we’ve been singing the nursery rhyme ‘Lavender’s Blue’ – to go along with this we’ve been exploring lavender sensory rice and colour mixing different shades of purple using paint.

#lha  tells me the rice is “Purple.” She brings the rice to her nose to smell it. #sh also smells the rice. #ld sprinkles the rice into the tray and tells me, “Raining.”

#jg scoops the rice using a scoop and also runs her hands through the rice.

#alr laughed to herself as she tips rice from one container to another

Outdoor Area

The Early Years Team spent yesterday afternoon developing our existing outdoor area, we added tyres for planting, a new mark making area, a seating area using a large cable reel and logs as seats, we also have some new number logs for balancing on.

These little girls were very helpful carrying our new plants through.

#alr really enjoyed helping fill the tyres with soil.

#mc and #sh worked together to travel on the bike. #lha had fun pushing her bicycle around the track. #gg developed her bilateral co-ordination when pushing down on the pedals on the bicycle. #ld enjoyed making music in the music area of the outdoor provision.

#mc, #jg, #lha, #gg and #sh were very keen to explore the new multi-play structure.

Imaginative Play with Playdough

We have replaced the plastic resources in Playdough Area with natural items; these allow for more imaginative and opened ended play.

#ane used the bamboo to press and roll his dough, he then squashed the dough between too logs and pretended to eat it! After that he pressed dough into the bamboo and added little sticks to the top, he then blew onto the sticks. I said, “Are you blowing the candles out?” #ane laughed and blew at the sticks again.

#srw used the log as a surface to add play dough too; she rolled balls and added them to the log. She told me, “They’re the eyes, it’s on his face.” #srw used a stick to press her dough into the bamboo tube. #srw added sticks to one of her creations and begins singing, ‘Happy Birthday.’

Marvellous Mark Making

Early Years have been focusing on the traditional tale of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff,’ this week. The children in Pre-Nursery are really enjoying the story and they are starting to recall details from the text as well as pretending to be some of the characters!

The children have been particularly interested in mark making recently; they especially like laying on the floor and drawing on pads with pencils.

These goats were fantastic!

This little girl watched me draw a troll and write ‘I’m going to eat you up.’ She then made marks of her own and when I asked, “What does this say?” She told me, “I’m going to eat you up.” She said this in a ‘troll’ voice – mimicking the voice I use for the troll.

She then watched as I drew around a bamboo tube and I said, “I’m drawing my face.” When I finished, she looked at my drawing and laughed, pointed to me and said, “Miss Price!” The little girl then copied my technique…

The little girl then made some more marks and told me, “Mmm.”