We had such fun on our woodland walk today. The girls relished having so much space to run in. They gathered lots of natural materials on their treasure hunt: leaves, seeds, fircones, moss. They used them to make some nests and also to make some jewellery too. We brought some small lengths of wool with us and use them to tie together some jewels – favourite leaves the girls chose from their treasures. We tied the brooches on to their coats and they pretended to be forest fairies off to a party in their finest clothes.
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In 2010 NurtureStore is going to be growing sunflowers in the garden and we’d like you to join in the fun.
Right through the Spring and Summer we’ll be offering lots of ideas for you to do at home to help your children have fun and learn along with us. We’ll use the sunflowers to learn about plants, animals, seasons, where food come from and how things grow, maths and science. And we’ll let the plants inspire us to be creative with art, crafts, words and songs. There’s no obligation to join in all the activities but you’re sure to find ideas your child will enjoy.
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We’ve just finished ordering seeds for the garden ready for the Spring (roll on!) and so have a few seed catalogues lying around. Rather than put them straight in the recycling bin we were inspired to make a garden landscape picture.
We used a long roll of white paper, but the back of an old roll of wall paper would be a good alternative.
With four artists at work we set up 4 stations along the roll with crayons and glue sticks. The older children went through the catalogues and cut out lots of the flower illustrations and then everyone set to work. The younger children enjoyed using the glue to stick on a bright collage of flowers.
The older ones concentrated on adding their own illustrations, with lots of talk about hanging baskets and mini beasts.