Last Week in the Wilderness 19th April

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04/26/2021

The weather was perfect for our first week of the summer term at our outdoor nursery! All our adventurers had fun exploring the new base camp location, finding new spots to dig, climb and create. Our explorers exercised their green thumbs this week in celebration of Earth Day! We all had our very own plant pots, in which we planted a courgette seed. Each child listened to the instructions incredibly, happy to have the autonomy to do each step by themselves, and were so proud to put their pots in the sunlight and wait for the seed to grow! We enjoyed discussing what plants needed to thrive, including soil, water and sunlight, as well as how long it’ll take to grow.

children watering their freshly potted seeds

The children showed great concentration as they potted their very own courgettes.

On the theme of Earth Day, our crafts corner was super busy with imagination and creativity flowing! Using coloured card, we made our very own planet Earth, discussing what the difference was between the ocean and land, as well as what country we live in! We also talked about other countries we knew, and what animals lived in the sea. We also explored using watercolours and tissue paper and natural materials to create some Earth collages, with each child letting their imagination run wild with colour choices and placement to create their very own worlds!

children creating their own earth collages with card and leaves

Our explorers created their own worlds in celebration of Earth Day on Thursday.

Our adventures walks were also a perfect time to admire the world we live in. We went on a bug hunt to find centipedes, earwigs, beetles and slugs to name a few! We also spotted a variety of plants that had grown even taller than us, including cow parsley! After a few games of pooh sticks, and numerous games running up and down hills, the children were very grateful for the world around us! We discussed how we can keep it clean and safe, including recycling our rubbish, composting any leftover food, and walking to and from school.

practitioner with earwig on his finger, children looking at bug or searching for more

Graeme shows the children an ear wig found on our bug hunt this week.

We’ve been very grateful for our surroundings this week, and are excited to explore further next time at our outdoor nursery!

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