Our new ‘piggy’ houses

I’ll huff and I’ll puff….Our newest addition to our outside area, our fabulous willow huts, generated much excitement and also inspired some fabulous role-playing as the children immediately spontaneously pretended they were hiding ‘in the piggy house’ from the BIG BAD WOLF!!!!!! 🤎🐺🤎Such fun…. We can’t wait to see what’s next to come?! Xxxx

Mission Impossible?!?

(Not for our clever children at Jollies!!)

In Beth, Katie and Emma’s room recently the children found it was time to challenge themselves! The grown-ups made a course where the children had to get to the other side, but there were red lines (that looked a little like laser beams!!) in their way. They then had to decide if they should go under or over them to get through… decisions, decisions… lots of thinking took place as the children assessed the height of the lines that needed to be crossed and whether they wanted to go over or under for best effect?! It was great to see the children problem-solving and lifting their legs and assessing in their minds first as to whether they felt they could make it over, or whether it would be best to crouch down and crawl/slither under!!They focused upon stepping up high or keeping their whole bodies (and heads!) low to the ground in an attempt to miss the lines across…. Avoidance was the key tactic!! They showed some great thinking skills and also great coordination of their bodies exhibiting very controlled movements throughout.All of the children had proud smiles on their faces once their mission had been achieved and they had made it safely to the other side without disturbing the beams/lines. Their problem solving skills had definitely been put to the test and they had risen to the occasion admirably as they had controlled their bodies well to be able to make their chosen moves with the greatest of care being taken throughout… Mission Achieved ✅ xxxx

We love crafts

We are getting ‘stuck’ into fun and are busy creating this afternoon! (It’s official we 💗stickers!!!!!!! …….. and stencils, and crayons and felt tips and glue and feathers… 😂🤣😂🤣😂). Peeling the backs off of (fiddly!) stickers is a great way to strengthen little fingers and work upon developing fine motor skills… and you thought they were ‘just playing’…

A box is not just a box!

Cheeky Monkeys had a special delivery from one of their children’s mummies… a gigantic cardboard box that she had given them to play with and of course they all absolutely 💗it as the possibilities of play were endless!!!!! As soon as Natalie put it on the floor they were all immediately drawn to the box and were then busy trying to climb in; some children asked for a little help to get in as it had quite tall sides, but once they were all in they were loving it!!! They jumped up and down initially and were then sitting down and talking to each other and they were all so full of giggles as they sat in the BIG box!Natalie came to sit near the box and began encouraging role play; pretending it was a car so they were then using their hands to pretend they were holding steering wheels and shouting “beep beep” pretending to stop and go as they travelled on their way.After Natalie’s initial scaffolding of the play all the children soon joined in with being very imaginative and they enjoyed pretending to be in their car as they talked about where they were going to go to next… their favourite destination of choice was the shop!!!After a while they were also pretending it was a stage and they were then dancing and showing their groovy moves to the adults, they were definitely ⭐️ entertainers!! They all had lots of fun… who knew a box could entertain everyone for so long and create so many ideas and such imaginative play?!Well actually we did at Jollies; as a box is NEVER a box… it is a boat, a train, a rocket, a car, a fire engine, a cave, a hole in the ground.

Dinosaurs came to encourage mark making!

today it’s the dinosaurs that are inspiring fabulous writing, drawing and general mark making skills…We think we’re going to be having a ROARSOME time today at Jollies!! ✏️🦕🦖✏️ xxxx

Our rainbow creative station

We are all about the rainbows here at Jollies today… 🌈🌈🌈🌈Our children have a new area to explore which involves the most colourful musical instruments and mark making opportunities! We are looking forward to them releasing their inner 🌈 and seeing their creativity shine through… xxxx

Mealtimes = a chance to be social

Yum yum yum! Food at Jollies is the highlight for some and boy do they like to eat! The main meal and pudding is at lunchtime lovingly home cooked from scratch! Tea is more of a snack to top them up a bit! Beans on toast is one of there fave meals…..Look at those juicy faces!😂 These lot are rocking the independent eating, even adapting to show us a new way of eating beans……..having a ride on a boat!! Don’t forget access to their own water cup, filled with water and re-filled throughout the day!

Bubblewrap fun!

!Pop! Pop! Pop!Exploring elephants children have taken a liking to bubble wrap so Fiona has extended this interest with various other activities and experiences……….fidget pop toys, painting, riding bikes……what will they do tomorrow????? #bubblewrapfun

Picnic season all year round!

Food glorious food…………We love to play, but boy do we like to eat!😂 Here at Jollies we love a good picnic snack inside or outside. Social situations like food times are a lovely time for the children to talk about their day…share stories and enjoy each others company. They also act as as a helpful nudge to those who maybe are reluctant eaters….copying and experimenting with new tastes and textures is highly encouraged right from when the children start with us in the youngest rooms.

Independence

Independence……..Its tough having to learn to do things for yourself! It takes time to learn and repetition….. Free Flow children have been learning about good 😀choices in food, what they would like to eat for their tea and helping to make their own sandwiches! Its super tricky to use a knife, butter the bread and cut a sandwich…great jobs guys!