The Toddler Blog- Winter Walk
The toddlers today enjoyed taking part in a forest winter walk! We encouraged the children to put on their own coats, gloves and hats which the majority of them needed support with. Vinnie put on his own hat and showed excitement when doing so. Saphari also managed to put her arms through her coat and was very proud of herself, she then said "Zip" , asking a staff member to zip up her coat. Once all of the children were ready, we took them out to the buggies. We allowed them to choose which buggies they wanted to sit in and strapped them in. Once we left the nursery, Sebastian was smiling as we walked down the road. Tharun and Saphari were both sharing a double buggy and Saphari said "Bus", this encouraged Tharun to copy her and also say "Bus", the both of them both looked at each other and smiled. All of the children were very interested in their surroundings and enjoyed being outdoors. Whilst on the walk, we came across three dogs running around. Natan begun roaring at the dogs and putting his hands in the air, as if to be a monster. The children all begun repeating this noise and all maintained concentration when watching the dogs walk past. We all took a moment to take in our surroundings and begun making our way back to the nursery.
How does this support the children's development?
The children are getting to experience life outdoors, they are seeing things they would never see inside. Such as transport, animals and nature. They are learning from the moment they leave the nursery. For example, Saphari said "Bus", she is recognising different types of transport and also teaching others what its called. The children all talk to each other, smile at each other and even give the child next to them a reassuring look. This supports not only their communication language, but also there personal, social, emotional development.