The past couple of months have been a mixture of hellos and goodbyes at Monkey Puzzle Hartley Wintney.
There were lots of ‘hellos’ with the arrival of both new children and new members to the Monkey Puzzle Hartley Wintney team. It’s an absolute pleasure to have you all on board, and our lovely building really comes to life with the warm sound of hustle and bustle and play.
We did say goodbye to Ethan, who was only with us for brief time before starting big school at the start of September. Good luck and all the best in big school! Ethan became ‘King for a Day’ on his final day with us, and he really looked the part with a wonderful crown and red cloak.
Before saying goodbye to the British Summer, we have made the most of the sun and spent as much time as possible out in the garden, enjoying the warmth and splashing around in water, riding the bikes and scooters, exploring the ‘bug hotel’, building sand castles, and generally enjoying the wonderful space we have.
We said ‘hello’ to various sporting events over the Summer: the Euros, Wimbledon and of course the Olympics in Rio. The children honed their knife skills by preparing strawberries and cream in honour of Wimbledon.
The children took part in some fascinating science experiments as one of our monthly topics. They created a rain cloud in a jar, looked at what effect salt has on ice, changed the colour of the petals of flowers, played with magnets, and the classic ‘mento in a bottle of cola’ reaction. The littlies loved this topic, and were thrilled at seeing how things changed and what reactions took place.
Animals was another of our summer themes, and in particular we explored textures and patterns. The children were presented with pages of animal patterns and asked to describe and place the correct animals on these pages. They learnt to identify and match colours, shapes, patterns and textures, designed animal cages using playdough and coloured lollipop sticks, and also iced biscuits to look like animal cages.
As Autumn begins to creep in, we begin to see the world around us change colour and beautiful hues of orange and yellows start to appear on the trees. We love seeing the foliage at the nursery go through this change and as we approach the season of harvest, we focus this month on food. Watch this space for details of what we have been getting up to in September!