Here at Loxley Nursery, we use natural resources to encourage children to observe closely and use all their senses. They provide opportunities for sorting, classifying and using descriptive language – all important skills and dispositions for young children. It is our role to provide an interesting and ever-changing environment for children to explore in an ideal way to develop their curiosity, provide opportunities for them to ask questions, and to talk about things they have discovered.
The range of natural materials we provide for young children includes
A variety of leaves including simple and compound leaves, pine tree needles, leaves with stripes and patterns, leaves of different colours and shades, leaves with interesting textures and scented leaves shells of varying shapes, sizes, patterns, textures and colours bark and twigs from a variety of trees, cut sections of wood and short lengths of pine showing grain and knots fruit and vegetables that are interesting to look at and to handle seeds of different sizes, shapes and colours, pods with seeds still in them and cones of different shapes and sizes rocks of different colours, shapes, sizes; pebbles and small smooth stones of different colours and shapes.