We were so lucky to go on, what has now become an annual trip, to collect our own Christmas tree on 1st December.All of our 2, 3 and 4 year olds attending on a Monday visited the Christmas tree plantation courtesy of Overbury Farms https://twitter.com/No1FarmerJake. and Overbury Estate http://www.overburyestate.co.uk/about-us/
While the Grasshoppers' children ALWAYS enjoy a bumpy tractor and trailer rides these unique trips offer so many outdoor learning opportunities. How many children are able to learn about where Christmas trees come from first hand (and it's not just the local DIY store or Garden Centre!). This is part of the ‘Understanding the World’ area of learning in the EYFS curriculum.
Exploring the plantation gave the grown ups opportunities to model lots of maths language,asking the children to look at the size and shapes of the trees, do lots of counting and comparison.
We found tiny trees and medium sized....
But chose a great big one, which was cut down for us there and then!!
It was a sensory activity, noticing the smells, sounds and textures on the trip and we brought little branches back with us so that those who were unable to go on the trip could explore them in sensory activities at nursery.