In the summer term the class enjoyed going up to play on this area when it was full of daisies, buttercups & long grass. I then asked if this little area could be fenced off just for the nursery class to use on a regular basis, it was perfect for us as we didn't need access to the main school to use it.
|The area all fenced off ready for us to use.|
In the first term we used the space on a monthly basis & very quickly the children named it 'Bear Woods'.
|Mirrors & posters add interest to the area.|
Peter from An Creagán, who helped us with the tree planting made us a wonderful sign for the area & this term we have been going up to the space once a week. The patch of 'woods' is just up the hill behind the nursery & accessed by a tarmac road used only by delivery vehicles. When the children get to the bottom of this road they can run on ahead until the reach the gate that has a red circle on it.
Then they wait for an adult to open the gate - they have got into the habit of shouting 'Bear Woods' as if it opens the gate - when they are running ahead so excited you would think they were going to an amazing playground! They love playing in this natural space & over the past few months we have added some resources - Bottle Babies, mirror balls, plastic food, sticks, Rock Babies, plastic trucks & buses & a rope ladder. We do hope to add a permanent shelter at some point in the year & are also hoping that is he has time when he visits Martin from Highway Farm Activity Centre may add a small mud kitchen.
Some weeks we take a small snack or hot chocolate. We can spend up to an hour up there depending on the weather as we have discovered that because it is on top of the hill it is a lot colder that the sheltered nursery playground but we are hoping to have our first Birthday party up there next week.
The area is one gradual slope that peters out at one end and the children love rolling down the slope or rolling the mirror balls down it. The skills they are developing by walking on an incline will be of great benefit to them when the move onto the more sedentary environment of the primary school.
|It's not a rope ladder - it's a roller coaster!|
In the last OPP there were 40 great posts linked up with loads of inspiration to help anyone get outdoor whatever the weather. The one I'm featuring this week is from Party of 5 in Calgary on making wind sticks using recycled materials of sticks & florist ribbons.
This is such a simple activity that even the youngest of children will enjoy making & I could see us doing something like this up in Bear Woods.
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