Fri-Yay! We have had a such a fabulous week at MonkeyMoos.


Another week closer to spring! We have had another week of exploration and fun at MonkeyMoos. All 3 sites have been celebrating our National Days. On Monday, we all put on our hats for a mad-hatters tea party as we celebrated ‘National Hat Day’. Wednesday was all about celebrating an old friend- Winnie The Pooh! We couldn’t celebrate the day without having honey too, delicious. Finally, Thursday was ‘National Popcorn Day.’ As well as celebrating these fun days, we also followed the children’s current interests. What a jam-packed week we have had.

We have celebrated ๐Ÿฅณ hat ๐ŸŽฉ day by making little hats ๐ŸŽฉ out of play dough. We used different templates making hats ๐ŸŽฉ for the queen ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿผ and for a scarecrow. We used our hands ๐Ÿ™Œ to push down on the play dough, before pushing a hat ๐ŸŽฉ shaped cutter down into the play dough. 

We have liked playing with the happy land toys, using the castle ๐Ÿฐ and people. We used our hands ๐Ÿ™Œ to pick up the people to move through and around the castle ๐Ÿฐ. We also moved some animals ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ›๐Ÿฆ“ around the castle ๐Ÿฐ and over some blocks. 

We then ventured off to play with the wooden train ๐Ÿš‚. Taking the blocks off and placing them back over the holes ๐Ÿ•ณ again. We then enjoy moving the train ๐Ÿš‚ across the floor saying โ€œChoo choo!โ€

We have had a marvellous๐Ÿคฉ Monday in toddler today! As it is national hat๐Ÿงขday we decided to have our own mad hatters ๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿซ–tea party! We role played ๐ŸŽญwith different food items ๐Ÿฅจ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿงto describe each yummy food and we then practiced our independence by pouring ๐Ÿซ—our own cups of tea! ๐Ÿซ–โ˜•๏ธ

Following this in our role play ๐ŸŽญroom we read the story๐Ÿ“š of Hamiltonโ€™s hats! ๐Ÿท๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿฆ’โ›‘As we did this we looked at the pictures of each hat and then role played with our small world people to see which hats they were wearing! ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฒ๐Ÿ‘ท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ

On top of this we had lots of fun ๐Ÿฅณhaving a winterโ„๏ธ bbq๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ— and wearing our chefs hats! We used the large building blocks to build๐Ÿงฑ๐Ÿ›  our own bbq and then pretended to cook lots of yummy food on it! ๐Ÿฝ

Today in preschool we have had a fun packed day celebrating ๐Ÿฅณ our national hat ๐ŸŽฉ day!!!! 

We have looked at lots of different hats ๐Ÿงข and took turns in trying them all on. We spoke about where we would wear these hats. Eg: sun ๐Ÿงข hat at the beach ๐Ÿ–๏ธand a beanie hat In the winter ๐Ÿฅถ . 

We also made an amazing big top hat ๐ŸŽฉ with lots of different colourful resources paint ๐ŸŽจ, tissue paper, and glitter!!! 

We became builders ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™€๏ธ and made sure we wore our safety hats ๐Ÿ‘ทโ€โ™€๏ธ while we worked and built lots of different houses and towers. 

We then had a happy birthday ๐ŸŽˆ tea party and all wore our party hats ๐Ÿฅณ and had a cup of tea and birthday cake in our role play room.

During toddler group time we explored the tuff tray. The children stood around it and we talked about the numbers on the building and how many bricks they needed to add on to their buildings. They all did well to focus and listened really well. ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿงฑ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ™.
In the maths area the children enjoyed playing with the matching number puzzle. We did this activity at the table and the children did really well to match and know their numbers. ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ”ข๐Ÿงฉ
In the messy room the children wanted to look at books, so some of the children brought down books in to the messy room and sat down at the table. They did nicely to engage with each other and talked about their books. ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ“š
In the tray in messy room the children enjoyed making marks in the flour. They used lots of different things to mark make and was happy I use they resources we had to make marks. ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿงฑ๐Ÿ”ขโšฝ๏ธ ๐Ÿ–Œโœ๏ธ๐Ÿ“
In the babies they enjoyed building with their grown ups with the duplo bricks. The children stacked them together and did some really good sharing skills. ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿงฑ๐Ÿ‘ฉ
They also enjoyed practising their walking feet and enjoyed walking around the nursery with their grown ups close by. Just look at them go. ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿ‘€

Pop! Pop! Pop!

Today is popcorn day, and what better way then enjoying a MonkeyMoos cinema experience! The tuff tray was set up all cosy with blankets and cushions to make it cosy for everyone. Each child had to take a ticket on entry bevfore taking a seat. Next they all individually had own popcorn cups and got stuck in straight away as a tasty snack! ๐Ÿฟ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽซ

Flying popcorn! One of the exciting activities were seeing how many popcorns we could catch! Whilst we all sat down in a circle we waited for the instructions and then threw the popcorn high up into the air and watched as it fell back down and we had to quickly grabbed all the popcorn that we could. We then used our maths skills to see how much popcorn we had. ๐Ÿ”ข๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿซด

Which will leave the best mark? Using popcorn and popcorn seeds, we had to see which one would leave the best mark. Using paint and different tools to create each mark was the best as we all got messy whilst seeing which was the winner and the winner wasโ€ฆโ€ฆ both!๐Ÿฟ๐ŸŽจ

How else can we use popcorn? We created some letters! Using our literacy skills we were able to form some letters. We practiced as many letters as possible and with the tricky ones we used the dot method so we knew how much popcorn we needed to add on.๐Ÿ”ค๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป๐Ÿฟ

This afternoon we also had the MonkeyMooer of the week, this week wasโ€ฆ..Eva! For showing amazing talent with creating and drawing!๐Ÿ™Œ

Over all it has been a fantastic popcorn experience at MonkeyMoos!

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