Summer

Summer

I often put a few bits & pieces in a small tray. The children are very good at keeping it together…

Bird small world play from Rachel (",)

Scooping bird seed…

Fine motor fun with bird seed from Rachel (",)

Worms & Birds

This is an image from back in November (you can see a larger image in this post). The children really enjoyed picking up the ‘worms’ (wool) with the peg beaks.

Picking up 'worms' with peg 'beaks'. Beat the timer! - from Rachel (",)

Based on this idea, we used joke worms (bought in the sale after Halloween) with tweezers to feed the birds in the nest…

Fine motor fun with worms and birds from Rachel (",)

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Fine motor fun with worms and birds from Rachel (",)

… with birds…

Out came my bees again (see how to make them here)

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Sticks & Glass Pebbles…

Butterfly play from Rachel (",)

Ice Cream Parlour from Rachel (",)

12 Comments

  1. Lovely ideas as always. Hope your move isn’t too traumatic xx

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    • Thanks Jeanette, me too! xx

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  2. Hello Rachel. I just wanted to say thank you so much for continuing to post summertime activities during the midst of what sounds like a challenging transition! Some of us are year-round teachers, and it’s nice to see resources throughout these summer months as well. Your detailed photos and words are always very inspiring, and I thank you for taking the time to share your activities and adventures in the classroom! Much love and appreciation.
    🙂

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    • Thanks Rochelle!
      Hats off to you year-round teachers – you must be permanently exhausted!
      I’ll definitely post here next week, but will probably share un-seen pics on my Facebook or Instagram pages. We’ll see though – I have to get through next week yet! x

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  3. Beautiful as always. Good luck with the move. Can’t imagine that busyness on top of normal end of year stuff. If it makes you feel any better I have another week to go too. My little ones are dead on their feet as it is! We will be aiming for a gentle time!

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    • They’re so ready for the break, aren’t they?
      I’ve packed 99 boxes so far – not even started in the garden shed yet! :-/

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  4. Hi Rachel,
    I am very excited to be returning to nursery teaching after a very long break and this excitement is due in no small part to the inspiration you have given me over the past year – thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas with us all.
    I hope your move goes well and that you do manage at least some well-deserved time off! x

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    • What a lovely comment! Hope you enjoy your return to Nursery & love it as much as I do – good luck! xx
      PS. I am trying not to think about the next week’s impending packing madness! 😉

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  5. Hi, great ideas as usual. I wondered if you wouldn’t mind answering a quick (?) question for me. I am looking at the planning I do, which often seems to be written for the sake of it! Can you tell me, do you plan retrospectively , for individuals, and do you plan for everything you cover ? Hope you do not mind me asking.
    Hope your holiday is going well!

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    • Planning is something I’m trying to improve! Like you, I feel that some of the planning is done for the sake of it & I want to try & make it more meaningful next year.
      Basically, I plan activities based on previous observations made of the children & use them to develop the skills I know the children need to work on. My planning usually ends up with lots of scribbles all over it because activities have changed, or because I end up doing things I didn’t plan for. I often refer to photos I’ve taken too. Planning for individuals is sometimes done, but it depends on the children I have.
      The holiday is going far too fast! 😉

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  6. Thanks for your speedy reply. It seems as though most of us are not completely happy with our planning formats and it’s very interesting to hear how others do it! Sometimes I think it would be easier if county gave us the forms and format they want us to use.
    Thanks again for all your ideas and thoughts, you’re a star ⭐️

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    • I don’t know anyone who is completely happy with theirs. And what works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for anyone else! Hey ho!
      Enjoy the rest of the holiday ☺️ ☀️

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