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Creating art with nature at Oak Tree Day Nursery

Children from Oak Tree Day Nursery in Finchampstead were delighted to showcase their creativity whilst taking part in the first ‘Art with Nature’ session at the setting.

After transforming the nursery greenhouse into an exciting art studio where pre-schoolers could bring their ideas to life, practitioners rolled out the programme, which has been designed specifically for the children at the setting on Nine Mile Ride and aims to encourage mindfulness and respect for other living things.

In the first class, the group of budding designers used clay to make a variety of items including bowls and ornaments, which they then decorated with impressions made using natural materials from the garden outside, from petals and bark to a shell. The children were then able to discuss the mark making choices they had made.

As part of the project, Oak Tree have also selected a number of shrubs and vegetables to plant in the growing area outside, which they plan to use as part of the creative activities, as well as other aspects of learning, such as in food tasting activities and as real life examples when studying the process of life cycles.

Oak Tree Day Nursery Manager, Jo-Allen Dann explained;

“Our first session was a huge success and presented a brilliant opportunity to combine many areas of learning, whilst also gaining appreciation for our natural world. Even our nursery families have been getting involved with similar projects at home, as well as re-growing vegetables from kitchen scraps. The idea has really taken off and we can’t wait to create more masterpieces with the children.”

It is for such initiatives that Oak Tree was awarded a prestigious Green Flag as part of the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools scheme, the highest accolade in the programme, which is given for exceptional environmental awareness efforts.