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Blogs for September 2013

Not just a Load of Old Rubbish with Chapelfields Nursery

28 September 2013

The brief:  to inspire new ideas with existing or very cheap resources…

Twenty five keen nursery workers, a quick intro, a creativity game, a  mass dance to an oldie made newie…..Incy Wincy funked up stylee, smiles all round!. Then on to the main parts of the session, hands-on investigating of  the activities which were set up in the nursery’s outside area.

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Water, air, mixtures and boxes were the four starting points (all readily available!). The staff were challenged to try each activity, and then try to come up with variations of it, considering various factors such as different ability and age levels, different materials, surfaces, extensions, or easier versions.

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Working in pairs the staff made notes of all their ideas, which I took away, collated, and returned, giving the nursery an excellent resource to draw on for ideas.  We had a slide show of inspiring but simple ways to ring the changes in their outside area, and we rounded off the day by splitting into groups and making resources for the nursery to keep.

Chapelfield’s version of Riddle Tubes…

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Tube boxes…

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Textured paint brushes and air balls..

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Ping pong wall…

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The evaluations forms were filled in….and “Did the session meet your expectations?” came back as 100% yes!!!!