What a busy few months it has been at Abbeywood Tots!
Now that the weather is getting colder and the nights are getting darker, we’re excited for our upcoming Christmas parties and Christmas dinner days, as well as the chance to make some beautiful decorations with the children too. To find out more about these upcoming events and how you can get involved, parents should speak to a member of their nursery team – we hope you’re as excited to get into the festive spirit as we are!
With winter fast approaching, in our latest blog we thought we would take a look back at what our staff and children from our nurseries in Filton, King Street, Stockwood, Knowle and Station Road have been up to over the autumn months. Read on to find out more!
A recent topic for the preschool children was “all about me”, which provided opportunities for them to discuss their individuality and celebrate their own cultures and differences. The tadpoles have also been busy learning about Halloween, and engaging in lots of fun activities such as pumpkin carving and making spiders out of egg boxes. In addition, the bees, caterpillars and butterflies have been finding out about Diwali, and had the chance to create their own rangoli patterns by experimenting with lots of different coloured paints.
The caterpillar and butterfly babies been having lots of fun making sensory bottles using glitter, conditioner and hair gel – they especially loved mixing all of the ingredients together! The pre-school children have also been busy pretending to be knights recently, and created their very own knight castle, coats of armour and shields to protect them – they even had the chance to look at a real life knight’s helmet too. The tadpoles have also had the chance to get creative by making ‘applecanos’ for a science experiment, which involved watching what happens when bicarb of soda and vinegar are mixed together, with some very impressive results!
The frogs have been doing lots of activities based on the Gruffalo story, which included making a Gruffalo cave and a Gruffalo crumble, as well as looking at the shapes and sizes of different animal footprints. The butterflies also have been exploring the changes in the seasons outside and looking at the colours, shapes, sizes and textures of autumn leaves, and the tadpoles have been collecting natural resources from the nature garden to make collages with.
The babies have been looking at the book Dear Zoo and have helped to decorate the display board by making some colourful masks. The tadpoles also had lots of fun and got into the Halloween spirit by dressing up for a themed party and making pumpkin masks. Over the last few months the frogs have been looking at letters and numbers and practising their pencil control – they also enjoyed reading Jack and the Beanstalk and growing their own bean stalks too!
The frogs have been enjoying lots of autumn activities, including exploring different objects that were collected in nursery or brought in from home such as conkers. The tadpoles have been busy pretending to be scientists too, and had lots of fun exploring what happens when mentos are put in a bottle of coke! In addition, the butterflies have been busy filling containers with rice and pasta to make musical instruments and choosing songs to sing using visual song cards – we loved hearing the ones they picked!
As Christmas is just around the corner, we’ve put together a couple of suggestions for festive activities that we think the whole family will love if you fancy getting out and about over the next few weeks:
Sunday Cinema at Bristol Zoo Gardens
On Sunday 3rd, 10th and 17th December Bristol Zoo Gardens will be playing some festive film favourites including Elf and Home Alone, with the chance to explore the zoo before or after the show! Tickets cost £10 for children and £15 for adults – to find out more, visit the website here.
Winter Fair and Ice Rink at Millenium Square
What better way to start feeling festive then by hitting the rink for some ice skating? In the city centre’s Millenium Square, you’ll also find a Christmas market, Apres bar and sleigh rides – guaranteed to keep the kids entertained for a few hours!
Art exhibition and nursery open day with santa
Charity cake sale and art gallery by our local artist with Santa’s grotto is to be held on 16th and 17th December at our King St nursery.