Melville street preschool are really enjoying their yoga/mindfulness sessions.

We have been doing a mixture of stretching, relaxation and imaginative games.

The children are really responding to these sessions and are using phrases such as ‘I feel thoughtful’ ‘I feel peaceful’ and ‘I feel calm’ after taking part.

Recipe Of The Week – Jewelled Couscous

  • 200g Cous Cous,

  • 300ml Stock,

  • 1 Onion,

  • 1 Pepper,

  • 1 Orange

  • Handful of Frozen Peas,

  • Handful of Sweetcorn,

  • Handful of Pomegranate,
  • 1 Tsp Cumin,

  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala,

  • 1 Tsp Coriander,

  • A Few Knobs of Butter,

1. Dice Onions and Peppers

2. Fry onions in plenty butter then add cumin, coriander and garam masala.

3. Add peppers, fry for a minute, then add the rind and juice of an orange.

4. Add low salt stock and bring to the boil, simmer until peppers are soft.

5. Add frozen peas, sweetcorn and pomegranate seeds and simmer for a further couple of minutes until all vegetables are suitably cooked. (TOP TIP – at this point, the vegetables and liquid can be cooled and refrigerated/frozen until needed. Just return liquid to the boil when using)

6. Pour in couscous, stir and cover for five minutes.

7. Drop a few knobs of butter on top, fluff with a fork and serve.

Serves 4.


No LION about for us!

This month the Toddlers at Melville street have been learning all about lions.

We have been learning the difference between male, female and lion cubs (the Toddlers refer to them as mummy, daddy and baby) and finding out where they live.

We have enjoyed doing lots of lion themed activities such as making our own lions using coloured tissue paper, making lion footprints using potatoes as stamps.

We even made our own jungle in the tuff tray and practiced walking like a lion over the wooden beams.

We are also learning a new song ‘we’re going on a lion hunt’

We Love Rabbie Burns!

The pre school children  at Melville Street really enjoyed celebrating Burns Day.

There were lots of activities to enjoy such as,  Scottish dancing, Flag making and poems.

We even tried some Scottish foods at snack time and voted for our favourite!

We ended the celebrations by learning the words to head, shoulders, knees and toes in Scots which the children found very funny.

The Importance Of Mindfulness

All of our nurseries are looking at the importance of mindfulness and introducing yoga and mindfulness activities at the beginning of the day and after rest/sleep time.

Studies show this should have a positive effect on the children in their learning and concentration.

For more information, please see the article below or on ‘read more’ (app users).

Mindfulness Article

Our Treasure Island

The pre school children at Melville Street have had a busy few weeks turning our room into a treasure island as part of our Pirate topic.

We have been turning our house into a pirate ship, making boats, telescopes and hats and are loving dressing up in the role play area.

Be sure to look out for lots more pirate themed activities over the next few weeks.


Sink Or Swim?

To link in with our pirate topic at Melville Street, we have been taking part in some floating and sinking activities.

The pre school children chose some objects from around the room and using a clear tub, had to predict whether it would float or sink.  They then recorded the findings on their chart.

It was so lovely to then see the children go off and carry out this activity independently in our water tray.


Recipe Of The Week – Coconut Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry

  • 4 Chicken Breasts,

  • 1 Tbsp Butter,

  • 2 Tsp Nigella Seeds,

  • 2 Tbps Tikka Paste,

  • 300ml Coconut Milk,

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, cubed and boiled until tender,

  • 200g Frozen Peas,

  • Coriander to serve,

1. Slice the chicken into strips.

2. Melt the butter in a heavy frying pan, add the chicken and nigella seeds and cook for 8 – 10 minutes.

3. Stir in the tikka paste, coconut milk, peas and potato and bring to the boil gently, stirring often.

4. Add the coriander and mix through.

5. Serve with rice or some yummy naan bread.

Serves 4.