Thursday, 31 July 2014


Today was the day of our latest Hill End trip! Everyone had been looking forward to it and arrived excited and ready to go! We started with a picnic so that we had lots of energy for running around!

Hannah came with us again and brought her parachute with her. Heather and Hannah organised some parachute games while I looked after the babies/ toddlers in the mud pie area!

Little "M" loved getting her hands in to one of the buckets of mud and water that the older children had mixed. 

I gave her a bucket of sand and mud to play with and she added some to the wet bucket, using a finger to mix it in.

The older children enjoyed the mud pie area as well. they ran back and forth from the outside tap to collect water to mix with the mud.

Lovely mud!

We enjoyed the tree swing, despite it being a bit wonky! 

The youngest members of our group explored the little dens, sand pit and logs that were in the area.

"E" had a great time bug hunting. She was in her element!

Brendan had a little rest on a log!

We posed for our usual Hill End photo!

Very soon we were all heading for the stream with our welly boots on!

It became very clear, very quickly that wellies should be ditched and bare feet in the mud was the way forward..... and felt fantastic!
Some of us put more than just our feet in the mud!

It was a lovely opportunity to encourage team work and helping each other out. Someone would get stuck and others would come and rescue them!

The wellies were not totally useless though....., they made great shrimp catching nets!

Needless to say we had to stop at the tap for a VERY good clean up before heading home. Thankfully we brought a change of clothes for everyone and shoes as well.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Mathematical
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Art and Design

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Day 10- Started of with a bit of free play for the morning before heading out on our day trip!

The children are loving the drinks dispenser that comes out every holiday. Great for promoting independence and helping them to fulfil their own bodily needs. It is wonderful when a child can recognise their own need for food and drink and have the ability to safely resolve that. I also have a bowl of fresh fruit on the table that they can come and help themselves too.

Today we enjoyed a visit to a Wildlife hospital with Heather and her mindees!

We saw lots of ducklings, birds and several hedgehogs.

We spent lunch time in the little play area and had a picnic and a play before going in to the Red Kite centre to learn about how they have helped many of these birds over the years. Some of the stories were very sad but it was great to hear so many success stories of injured birds that had been rescued and that had recovered.

A lady from the centre came outside with a Hedgehog and talked to the children about them. They learnt about what they eat, their habitat and the fact that they are nocturnal. She explained some of the injuries that they see when they have rescues come in.

There was a little nursery for very small creatures. Some were so small that you just can not imagine how they could survive without the care of the parents. Each of these bowls has a couple of very little hatchlings inside. This wildlife hospital does an amazing job!

After we had looked around we sat down in the shade and enjoyed an ice lolly each!

We chatted about what we had seen and our favourite parts of the visit.

I popped in to the gift shop and bought each of the children a workbook that has been put together by the centre. They loved them and it was a fantastic way to expand the learning and fun of today's visit. They sat colouring in and doing word searches in the shade of the grape vines that were growing over the snack area.

They were all so well behaved and thanked the staff as we left. I am thinking about joining as a member here and making it a monthly place to visit!

Once home we cleaned out the Tortoises that have come to stay for the summer (School pets) and played with them. We had seen some fully grown tortoises at the Wildlife hospital and it was nice to compare the difference in size. 

We also asked about the Glis Glis that we took in last week. Sadly it did not survive and they think that it was probably very ill before the cat caught it. They were surprised that a cat had managed to catch one. It was not the news that we were hoping for, but it did open the doors for a conversation about how it does not always have a happy ending, and that it is nice to know every one cared enough to try and save the animals that get injured.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the world

Tuesday, 29 July 2014



I had a hospital appointment first thing and had no idea if I would need surgery or if I would be in and out in 5 minutes so I booked a day off. I also booked myself and the boys in to the local SEN centre hoping that we would be very quick in the hospital and able to hang out with friends for the rest of the day. Which we did!
We stopped at Asda first to grab some lunch bits and the boys found this cut out to play with!

The boys had a fantastic time trying out some of the planned activities at the Centre. They had some Electrical experiments! We tested different items to see which one conducted experiments and completed the circuits.

We made smoothies and experimented with ingredients to work out what we liked the best!

The boys also made bottle top pictures after racing around for an hour or so and needing to cool down a little!


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