As the months go by, our nursery goes from strength to strength, as does our ability as practitioners at Nature to Nurture.
The spontaneity our environment provides ensures there’s never a dull day. The perpetually changing outdoors provide both adults and children with an abundance of opportunities to improvise in our setting, and it’s something we thrive on. December and January eptiomised the constant and exciting challenges we face in our environment; below you’ll find some of our best pictures depicting our adventures. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did experiencing them!
Sled pulling: fantastic for building core strength, stability and coordination (and for adults, too!)
The children created patterns in the woods using sticks and flour; this enabled their creativity to flourish
The change of seasons has enabled us to explore unique habitats and some species hibernating
One of the most pleasing aspects of being outdoors is that children appear to naturally gravitate towards each others company and bond well. They’re also unafraid of getting messy and enjoying themselves!
A rainy day in Croxteth Park is perfect for a visit to the Ice House. Here, the children are able to slide down the hill. We also discussed how this may be similar to Santa’s sled at Christmas. When the hill started to dry up, we took a walk down to the small pond with a plastic bottle, and the children helped me (Adam) fill it up before returning to pour the water down the slide, enabling us to go down faster!
Midway through December, we had to take a couple of days indoors due to warnings of high winds in the North of England. We thought it might actually be a pleasant change of scenery for the children; we were mistaken. Both myself and Julie were surprised at just how much of a negative impact the indoor setting had on the children’s and adults’ behaviour. We noticed a lot more disputes over toys, ‘trapped energy’, and a feeling of frustration at being confined to perceived ‘boundaries’. Interestingly, with our minimalist approach to the outdoors, we barely notice any quarrels and when we do it’s almost invariably due to us introducing toys to the setting. Still, it was nice to get messy with the gloop and see the children looking as cute as ever in their regular clothes!
Inevitably, in the buildup to Christmas, Croxteth Park went ahead and set up a lovely grotto! They also extended the privilege of allowing us to visit for free, which the children absolutely adored. It was the perfect send off before a well deserved 2 week break, although we were a little upset we didn’t get to catch any snow before the half-term!
One of the branches had come down in the wind, this provided a great opportunity for the children to practice their climbing and balancing skills!
We discovered Jew’s Ear in abundance under a dead tree. To learn about it’s intriguing name and the origin of this fungus, read here!
Taking quite an interest in Jew’s Ear!
The children nervously prepare their house for the visit of the Big Bad Wolf…
Makeshift kites made out of plastic bags and string: what else are you going to do when winds are reaching 26mph?
Whittling sticks: We created magic wands, which were used in an imaginative game of Wizards & Witches with the other children.
Yes, this is a boat! On this day, me and Julie took a step back and allowed the children to play for around 30 minutes on their own. They played beautifully, without disputes and were highly engaged; it was a joy to watch the sort of social cohesion and emotional development every practitioner simply dreams of.
Finlay created this masterpiece: a treasure map that he brought into nursery for Show & Tell. As you can imagine, it coincided perfectly well with out imaginary boat…
If you’re interested in sending your child to Forest School (of course you should – why wouldn’t you?!) feel free to contact Julie to inquire about places on 07815976241