Friday, 5 December 2014

Outdoor Play Party - Winter fun!

Welcome to another Outdoor Play Party, it is so hard to believe it's December & there are only a few weeks left of 2014, time really does seem to go faster & faster every year!
I have just under 2 weeks left of first term & it is incredible how the class has become one big group & enjoys exploring our outdoor spaces & enjoying having a fire in the playground.
So far this year we had just made hot chocolate on the fire but last week we got round to toasting marshmallows & plan to make some toast this week. The children were all brilliant about not touching the fire but loved getting the chance to toast their own marshmallows. I then found some giant ones in a local supermarket so we will have to try toasting them in the New Year!
We had been on trips off site to our partner school for 2 weeks so hadn't been up to visit Bear Woods until this Wednesday & the children were so excited to be getting back to explore this little space. It really never ceases to amaze me how much they love this space & I was able to give a presentation recently to other teachers about making the most of unused spaces within school grounds & it really brought home to me how much the nursery class has gained from this little slope of land being developed just for us. A few weeks ago Mrs Carson & I had taken part in a willow den building morning at An Creagán, after all the support that Peter their biodiversity officer has given to the school we felt like giving something back to An Creagán & gaining some new skills. It was lots of fun & we managed to bring some smaller willow sticks & Mrs Carson built a little mini den up in Bear Woods. The children enjoyed sitting in here reading books this week.
Every year I like to let the children decorate the small bush in the middle of the playground with coloured baubles - it always looks so effective when decorated & cheers the playground up on gloomy, winter mornings.



My favourite post from the last Outdoor Play Party was from Cuddles & Muddles & Muddy Puddles, this post showed how children can be entertained for a long time with a few simple natural resources - sticks, puddles & mud.
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9 comments:

  1. What a fantastic looking play space. The bauble hanging is fab! Admiring your fire too !

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    1. Thanks, it has been a real work in progress over the past 8 years. I love the fire too, I had coveted it for many years before our generous Board of Governors gave each teacher money for 'wish list' items, this of course was my first item on the list!

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  2. Marshmallows are my kids' favorite too! It's so neat that you're able to cook something outside every week and I bet the kids just love it. Love the outdoor Christmas decorations too!

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    1. It has become such a ritual for the children, they were so disappointed last week when we had to postpone.

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  3. Love the bauble effects! Congrats on being shortlisted too! : ) All the Best!

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    1. Thanks & your support is much appreciated too xx

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  4. Thanks for the mention :) We had to do some pretend play camping last week, including 'roasting' marshmallows - I think ToddlerGirl would be in heaven toasting them for real!

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    1. Any time! There is nothing as tasty as a toasted marshmallow!

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  5. I love your Christmas baubles. So lovely x

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