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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 5

We had a wonderful day celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week; we dressed up as our favourite people and characters from rhymes.

#hg was Little Boy Blue.

#ld was Jack from Jack and Jill.

#lha dressed as Minnie Mouse.

#gg was a cat.

#erc dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and #srw was Twinkle Twinkle.

Mrs Riddell dressed up as the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow and I came as Twinkle Twinkle too.

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

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.’

Exploring Pumpkins

Mrs Riddell kindly brought in her beautifully decorated pumpkin from home; Pre-Nursery had lots of fun exploring it.

#sh said, “Pumpkin,” “Star,” and “Flowers.”

#mc said, “Twinkle twinkle,” as she pointed to the star. She then pointed to the mouth and eyes, saying, “Mouth” and ” Two eyes.”

#lha said, “Eyes.”

#srw, #erc, #ec, #alr, said, “Pumpkin,” when we brought the pumpkin over it. #srw pointed to the star and said, “That looks like twinkle star.”

I ask, “What’s inside? What could be shining bright?” #srw tells me, “A light.”

#erc says, “I’ve got a pumpkin bucket.” I ask, “What do you use it for?” She replies, “I’m going to say trick or treat please.” I ask, “Will you wear something different?” #erc said, “A princess dress.”

After taking the lid off, #erc and #srw worked together to fit the lid back inside the pumpkin.

I say, “Look at the front of the pumpkin, what can you see?”  #erc tells me, “A flower, I like flowers.” I ask, “What do you like about flowers?” #erc remained quiet.

Retelling the story

During Story Time today, Afternoon Pre-Nursery showed great communication and language skills.

I asked, “What is the story called?” #erc replied, “Goldilocks and The Three Bears.”

I ask, “Who is the story about?” #srw says, “Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear.” #erc said, “And Baby Bear.”

I say, “Where do the bears go?” #erc says “In the forest.” I continue, “Why did they go into the forest?” #erc says, “Cool porridge down.”

I continue, “Who else was out for a walk that day?” #erc says, “Goldilocks with the long, long hair.” #srw says, “She’s got hair like me.”

I ask, “What happens next?” #erc says, “She eats the porridge…too hot, too cold…just right.”

I ask, “What happens next?” #erc tells me, “Sit down.” srw says, “Too squishy.”

I ask, “Who’s chair did she sit on next?” #erc said, “Baby’s chair and she broke it.”

I ask, “What happened next?” #erc said, “Then the three bears came back.” I continue, “Are you sure?” #erc says, “She has a sleep.”

“Who’s bed did she try first?” #erc says, “Daddy’s bed.” I ask,  “Who’s bed did she fall asleep in?” #erc tells me, “Baby bears bed, then the bears came home.”

I continue, “What did Daddy bear say?” #srw says, “Who’s been eating my porridge?” and she used a different voice for mummy bear.

We’re really proud of the children for being able to recall details of the story, well done!