Nice weather

Well, we had plenty of nice weather in July, so there was lots or outdoor-related activities at High Bank.

The month started however inside, at Barton Village Hall, when held a very special celebration – our pre-school graduation ceremony. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as we bid goodbye to the older children who are starting school in September.

Just before they left us however, they enjoyed taking part in forest school. For their final week they got to build a camp fire by collecting sticks from around the woodland and sorting them into piles of skinny, medium and thick sticks. They whittled their sticks ready for toasting marshmallows. They also baked some apples and stuffed bananas and checked on Bob our friendly lizard.

We also had a visit from the police but thankfully it wasn’t because a crime had been committed, rather they were here to speak to the children about their job. The children enjoyed asking lots of questions and listening to the siren.

We received a lovely surprise when the local Co-operative store popped in to drop off a package to raffle at our car boot sale in September. They had heard we were fundraising for Darlington MIND and wanted to help.

Babies had a super messy time by making marks in scented coloured foam. They were using their motor skills to pick up blocks and move them around to see the different marks they make. A nice activity that involves fruity smells.

Our toddlers enjoyed gardening club. They picked fruit for a snack and also dug up beetroot and radishes which we then used in the kitchen.

There was sad news when we said goodbye to Olaf our guinea pig, who went to guinea pig heaven. The children will miss him, but we now have two new guinea pigs, Bert and Ernie, who the children are enjoying getting to know.

And we ended the month talking with toddlers about the different textures of fruit and vegetables and then tasting them.

That’s just a small snapshot of what we were up to in July, so we’ll be back soon to update you on what went on during August

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