Nursery into Nature - Fresh Air Fridays 2023-2024

This week at Fresh Air Friday we looked at apples.  We had a variety of different kinds of apples to look at and we talked about the different sizes and colours.  Next we made an apple crumble, we helped to peel, chop, mix and crumble, it was delicious!  Finally we investigated apples further by doing some apple printing.
Autumn Colours
Because this week was the start of Autumn we have been looking at the lovely colours we see in nature in Autumn.  We looked at pictures of leaves, conkers, berries, fields and other Autumnal things and talked about all of the colours.  Next we worked on our fine motor skills and our colour sorting skills by filling in the gaps on Autumn pictures with the right colours using either finger painting or cotton buds.
Autumn Treasures
This week we had a look inside the Autumn treasure bags we sent home at the previous weeks Fresh Air Friday.  The children told us all about the walks they had been on with their grown ups and they had found some wonderful Autumn Treasures, these included conkers, leaves, acorns, berries, flowers, fir cones and other lovely items.  We put all of the treasures together in a beautiful display and the children made some water colour pictures inspired by the lovely colours.
Spring Bulbs
For Fresh Air Friday this week we stayed in our Nursery Garden to give it a tidy up and plant some Spring bulbs. First of all we read Little Leaf's Journey, a book about the changing seasons that also talks about the magic that happens beneath the ground as seasons change. Then we looked at some bulbs before we planted them, they came in all shapes and sizes and we thought they looked a bit funny! Next some of the children helped me to clear the planters and put some weeds in our compost bins. We then planted a mix of daffodils, tulips and crocus, we can't wait to see the results in the Spring!
Leaf Man
Today at Fresh Air Friday we continued to look at Autumn and read a book called Leaf Man, about some leaves that started off looking like a leaf man but as the wind blew they changed into different things. Then we had a rainy walk over to the forest, stopping to look at any leaves we found on the floor on the way. At the forest garden we had a look around for more leaves and some of used these to make pictures, then we found our favourite leaves. We did our next job indoors because we did not want the dry leaves we collected yesterday to get wet. We each chose something to make out of leaves like in the leaf man story. Most of us chose to make leaf people but we also have a leaf cow, fish, dog and butterfly. I think they are fabulous!