How does your garden grow? – Stay and play – Runcorn

How does your garden grow? – Stay and play – Runcorn

On Monday 21st of August we had a stay and play session in the Pre-school room, where parents/ guardians were invited to come along and get involved with creating miniature gardens with the children.

Children got stuck right into the activity; they explored the different materials and created some beautiful gardens using leaves, twigs, flowers, compost, wood chippings and stones. Ryanna, Jessica and Izzah created different areas within their gardens, putting trees and flower beds in their gardens whilst the boys, Alfie and Ethan, created forests with lots of trees.

We were also joined by a group of children from the toddler room who enjoyed getting their hands dirty exploring the different textures of the natural materials and emptying and filling their containers with the soil.

We then discussed how flowers grow and what they need to survive. Jessica and Ryanna said that flowers need water to survive, so we made watering cans out of plastic cups with holes in and children watered their miniature gardens.

Children were very proud of their gardens and were keen to show them off to everyone. We hope to see many more parents/guardians at our next stay and play session to get involved and join in with the fun!


Links to the EYFS


Understanding the world: The world

30 – 50 months

  • Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.
  • Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
  • Talks about why things happen and how things work.
  • Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
  • Shows care and concern for living things and the environment.

40 – 60 months

  • Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.


Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials

30 – 50 months

  • Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space, and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects.
  • Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things.
  • Uses various construction materials.

40 – 60 months

  • Experiments to create different textures.
  • Understands that different media can be combined to create new effects.
  • Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
  • Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.
  • Uses simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
  • Selects appropriate resources and adapts work where necessary.
  • Selects tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Widnes

Baby Room Blog – Our Teddy Bear’s Picnic😊!

On Wednesday 23rd of August, the babies went on a trip to our local park to have a teddy bears picnic. We all got our things together, and got in our prams squeezing in our lovely teddies we had. On the way up to the park, we saw lots of different things such as lots of people, cars and even big buses! Once arriving at the park we walked to the band stand to see if we could see any of our parents waiting for us. From the band stand, we walked towards the fountain were we had our lovely picture taken. We then walked up towards the squirrel nature walk to see if we could find any. After walking through and not being very successful in capturing a picture of the cheeky squirrels, we decided to hide and leave some yummy apple out to see if we could get one to stay still long enough, however still remained unsuccessful! We then walked up towards the pond where we could feed the ducks. We saw lots of different birds in the water such as ducks, geese and swans! Bonnie Mae and Libby enjoyed throwing the bread into the water and watched the ducks fight of who would get it first, whilst Eli and Annabelle was much more interested in eating the bread themselves! After having lots of fun feeding the ducks, we set off to find a lovely little spec to sit down and have our Teddy bears picnic. The babies enjoyed sitting next to their teddy bears whilst munching away on their lovely snack that Tina had prepared for us. They enjoyed assorted sandwiches, banana and crisps. After spending a lovely afternoon in the park, we started to head back to nursery. On the way home, we saw lots of doggys and Bonnie Mae sang our hello song to every one of them, whilst wanting to give them all high fives! All in all, we had a lovely day out and the babies really enjoyed themselves 😊

Our next stay and play is on the 14th of September and we are doing a sensory morning getting very messy! We hope you can all make it😊

Gemma & Emily!

Rhyme Time- Stay and Play – Runcorn

Time- Stay and Play – Toddler Room

Today on Tuesday 29th of August our Toddler room had a stay and play and session, where parent’s/carers were invited to join their children for rhyme time.

Each child selected a musical instrument or sensory bottle to use when singing. We used props to suggest songs to the children. The children would select a teddy or a prop from the song bag to help us choose a song to sing, with some requesting repeats. Georgie really enjoyed singing Baa Baa Black Sheep with his Mummy and we even taught Mum the words for Baa Baa Pink Sheep.

We used actions with our songs, including baby Makaton alongside singing. Riley particularly liked the actions for Wheels on the Bus, joining in with each action. We finished our stay and play time with Tiny Turtle and Bubbles . . .

Links to EYFS:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Making relationships: 8-20 months
• Interacts with others and explores new situations when supported by familiar person.

Self-confidence and self-awareness: 22-36 months
• Expresses own preferences and interests

Communication and Language
Listening and Attention:
• Moves whole bodies to sounds they enjoy, such as music or a regular beat (8-20 months).
• Enjoys rhymes and demonstrates listening by trying to join in with actions or vocalisations (16-26 months)


Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and using media and materials
(8-20/16-26 months)
• Move their whole bodies to sounds they enjoy, such as music or a regular beat.
• Imitates and improvises actions they have observed, e.g. clapping or waving.
• Begins to move to music, listen to or join in rhymes or songs.

(22-36 months)
• Joins in singing favourite songs.
• Creates sounds by banging, shaking, tapping or blowing.
• Shows an interest in the way musical instruments sound.