Mud kitchen a recipe for out­door nurs­ery smiles

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN at St Columba Nurs­ery, Fort Wil­liam, got down in the mud this week as they en­joyed the out­doors.

The school and Fiona MacLean, a High­land Coun­cil Ranger, have been work­ing to­gether to en­hance the chil­dren’s out­door learn­ing space.

Fiona built the nurs­ery pupils a mud kitchen and on Tues­day April 25 they all had great fun us­ing it and learn­ing through play.

The chil­dren have also taken part in tree plant­ing, with trees do­nated by Or­ganic Trees in Morvern, and scram­bling on a climb­ing log, cour­tesy of the Nevis Land­scape Part­ner­ship. Travis Perkins trans­ported it. Fiona told the Lochaber

Times: ‘We hope to add to the area within the nurs­ery by de­vel­op­ing more in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘The staff at St Columba nurs­ery are en­thu­si­as­tic about out­door learn­ing and we have lots of ideas.

‘As rangers we work with all the schools in Lochaber help­ing them de­liver the cur­ricu­lum. We aim to en­hance their learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties by us­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, help­ing them to gain bet­ter un­der­stand­ing, re­spect and aware­ness of the coun­try­side.’

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