The following blog article was submitted by Yvonne Morris, Senior Early Years Practitioner at Reay Under 5’s:
We were lucky enough to get another area for the children to use for outdoor learning and play. Our dads recently cleared this area for us, made some new fencing and spread bark chips. We purchased a new Mud Kitchen and new sandpit for the children and now have a super outside area which will support the development of children’s curiosity and exploration.
Wow, what fun they had investigating and exploring. Lots of digging, pouring, filling to further develop their mathematical learning. As well as mixing mud and sand they used their imagination and senses as they made ‘pancakes’ and ‘blueberry pies’. The play has led to further development and fantastic communication as they extend their language skills using descriptive words whilst sharing with staff and peers what they are doing: ‘I am mixing all the ingredients’,’ it is gooey’. The benefits of our new area will be fantastic for the children’s development in so many ways giving them endless opportunities.