Persona Dolls

Why we use Persona dolls within the nursery….

Within the Birkbees Group we aim to equip the children within our care with the necessary tools to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible and effective contributors. Persona Dolls promote personal, social and emotional development The use of Persona Dolls is an excellent idea especially in our multicultural society. It teaches our children about other cultures and lets them realise that everyone is different be it background, race or colour. It is a good learning tool for the children as they grow up to be able to integrate with all races and cultures irrespective of background. The Persona Doll approach offers an effective, stimulating, non-threatening and enjoyable way to combat discrimination, foster emotional literacy, raise equality issues and empower children. The Dolls and their stories develop children’s ability to empathise, to appreciate that name calling, teasing, exclusion from play and treating other people unfairly causes pain and unhappiness just like hitting, kicking and other physical responses do. Children are encouraged to stand up when they experience or witness unfairness and prejudice. A tall order but if the Dolls are embedded in an anti-discriminatory and culturally appropriate curriculum they are well able to meet the challenge. Successful learners Persona dolls encourage our children to become successful learners through:  discussions and learning in everyday situations  promoting learning enabling the children to be creative and expressive, to work with others, to develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values and ideas, and to prepare for advanced learning when they go to primary school  developing positive attitudes and respect for one another

 

 

 

 

 

Butternut Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Children love to cook and are more likely to try new foods if they have helped cooked them from scratch.Many children don’t have the opportunity to cook with fresh ingredients at home and as a setting we can ensure we provide these opportunities.

With this in mind at one of our stay and play sessions one of the practitioners lead a cookery demonstration.

We made Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup…

Firstly we de-seeded the red pepper and the children then used the safety knife to chop this up…. They used the bridge cut with support from the practitioner or their parent…

We discussed colours…. how it felt…

Whilst preparing the onion ready for the children to cut, it made their eyes and the practitioner’s start to water, which put them off a bit…

They then separated the ingredients into two different bowls, all the children were eager to do this…

The children helped to scoop out the Butternut Squash with lots of help from the practitioner and parents as this was a little hard…

Once all the ingredients had been added to the pan the practitioner added the stock and in no time at all the soup was ready to be liquidised in a blender.The soup was then served for nursery tea…. it’s amazing how much better the children eat when they have been involved in the cooking process from start to finish…. shame they didn’t save me any!!!!! I wonder what we can make next?????