There were endless learning opportunities for children at Maples Day Nursery in Winchester as they took part in a special Culture Week to find out more about other countries.
Inspired by one of their nursery families who come from Lithuania, pre-schoolers started by researching the country and its summer customs, leading them to create their very own flower crowns using an array of natural and recycled materials, which they wore with garlands whilst dancing around a homemade bonfire to traditional Lithuanian music.
After enjoying a Lithuanian-influenced picnic tea in the garden outside, children learnt more about the way in which food brings people together in different cultures and had a go at making a variety of dishes, with recipes shared with nursery families to re-create at home.
As part of the festivities, children went on to focus on India, admiring the beautiful patterns and fabrics of traditional clothing, before showcasing their creativity by making their own mandalas using coloured salt, all whilst developing their fine motor skills and co-ordination.
To round off the celebrations, families were invited to a Culture Fayre at the setting, complete with a variety of activities to help learn more about each other’s backgrounds, with parents sending in songs, poems and information to inform and create discussions.
Maples Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Lou Rowe explained;
“Fostering cultural respect from a young age is hugely important and nursery provides the perfect space for our little ones to develop an understanding and appreciation for the diverse world that we live in. We had a brilliant week exploring different backgrounds and traditions, and having the input of our families helped create so many rich learning experiences.”
We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.
Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA
Tel: 01525 850200