Category Archives: Sensory

Forest School Day 2

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This week was our second day of Forest School. We explored the outdoors with our senses looking at colours and textures of flowers. Then we made magic potions and fairy postcards!

Check out our video below …

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Forest School

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This week was the first day of our forest school sessions. The children spent time in the secret garden, learning in the outdoors and exploring nature. We had lots of fun listening to stories, digging in the mud, making mud pies, finding flowers and even mud painting!

Check out our video below!

Make your own play dough!

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Make your own play dough!

This week in nursery we introduced self-serve play dough. We filled tubs with flour, salt and coloured water. Then we added spoons of different sizes for each container.

The children took a bowl then moved along the side putting in one spoonful of each ingredient. They mixed it together and rolled it out. If it was too wet they added a little more flour or if it was too dry they added more water.

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We had lots of fun with our dough, why not try making your own at home?

What’s Inside the Eggs?

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What’s Inside the Eggs?

 

We have had lots of fun exploring eggs in nursery. We went to see the chicks in Miss Parker’s classroom and have had lots of fun playing with plastic eggs …

Then we explored real eggs. At first we were very gentle and tried not to crack them but then we decided it was much more fun to see what was inside!

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How can you continue learning at home?

You can have lots of sensory fun with things you have around your home. It can get a little messy so you might want to try outside or in a big container like a washing up bowl. You could try…

Making bubbles with washing up liquid, shower gel, bubble bath or shampoo, add whisks to help build muscles and mix up the bubbles.

Cornflour or custard powder and water makes ‘gloop’. It is a solid when you touch it quickly but if you move slowly turns to liquid.

Jelly is lots of fun to explore and a great sensory experience!

Shaving foam feels great when spread on a tray, use fingers to practice drawing and writing. Add sand to create fun sand foam and add bricks and diggers.

Before you throw away old cereals they are fun to explore in a tray with diggers and trucks or animals. Try cornflakes, oatmeal or cheerios.

Rice, dry pasta, popping corn, dried beans, lentils, salt and sand are great for filling trays.

Pretty much any small items are great for filling trays and containers for lots of fun sensory play!

Class Fund and Messy Fun

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Class Fund and Messy Fun

In nursery we love to have lots of messy fun. We like making play dough, slime and gloop. We like to taste different foods and to cook and bake. We love to investigate and explore, to plant and to experiment.

We couldn’t have all this fun without your help from class fund. Your 50p a week goes towards all these fun activities! Have a look at some of the things we get up to below…

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Slime Bubbles

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Slime Bubbles

When one of the children brought in some slime they had made at home we decided to make some more slime for nursery. We mixed two cups of glue with one cup of liquid washing detergent.

Then Maddison noticed that there was a bubble in the slime. That gave us an idea we got straws and blew the slime to make the biggest bubble we could!

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We experimented with the slime to see how we could blow the biggest bubble. We tried stretching the slime, putting the straw in the middle, putting the straw underneath and working together.

We learnt to persevere, work together, try different ways to do things, share our ideas and listen to our friend’s ideas, talk about what we could see happening and what worked.

Building relationships and managing feelings (SAFE project and movie)

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Building relationships and managing feelings (SAFE project and movie)

Last year Miss Hulme and Mrs Brown went on a course learning all about how young children settle into school and how to help children who might struggle with leaving their parents for the first time. We learnt lots of activities to help the children settle quickly into nursery, build relationships with new people and to help the children to stay calm and have control over how they are feeling.

Here is a movie of some of the activities we do to help the children settle into nursery, we hope you enjoy it!

Click here to watch

If you have any worries or concerns about how your child manages their feelings or if they have difficulties with separation please speak to a member of nursery staff.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

In nursery we are getting into the Christmas spirit. Have a look at some of the fun we have been having…

Sending Letters to Santa 

Making a Santa Sleigh 

Candy Cane Sensory Play 

(Shaving foam, food colouring, peppermint scent and a little glitter) 

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Decorating Trees 

Christmas Tree Playdough 

Bauble Roll 

 

A big THANK YOU to all the parents who have brought us in Christmas trees and decorations, we really appreciate them!

Mirror Painting

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Mirror Painting

We have been getting ready for our new friends arriving in nursery and the older children going to their new classes. To get ready we learnt all about what makes us us. We thought about the ways we were similar and the ways we were different and what makes us special. We looked very closely at ourselves and our friends and painted our portraits on mirrors. What do you think of our paintings?

 

We had to think about our skin colour, using paint chips to choose the shade we needed. We thought about our hair colour and eye colour and chose the colours we needed. Then we looked at our friends’ work and critiqued it to think about how we could make it even better. We reminded our friends about adding ears and necks or changing the colours they had chosen. Painting on mirrors is also a lovely sensory experience for younger children who like the feel of the paint on the smooth surface. You can try this at home on any smooth or plastic surface like an old container that you do not want anymore.

 

 

Our Favourite Recipes

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Our Favourite Recipes

Recently some of our parents have been asking how we make our sensory activities in our classroom.

Here are a few of our favourite sticky, slimy and sensory activities for you to try at home!

1. Quick and Fun

Sometimes we will fill a tray, tub or bowl with one ingredient for the children to explore. We might hide objects in there for the children to find or count or give them sticks or tools to make marks; writing their letters and numbers.

Shaving Foam

Sand (wet or dry)

Salt

Paint

Glitter

Water is an easy sensory activity – add bubbles, colours and glitter then drop in pants and socks to hang on the washing line, jugs and containers to fill and empty, things to sort and match or objects that float and sink.

 

2. Cloud Dough

Cloud dough is easy to make by mixing plain flour and baby oil, you can also make it with other kinds of oil but it doesn’t smell quite as nice! We like to add glitter and plastic toys and the children tell stories in the dough. It sticks together a little bit like wet sand so it’s good for moulding with spoons, bowls and buckets.

Recipe:

3 cups of plain flour to 1 cup of oil.

Raid your cupboard for extra spices to add!

3. Slime

Slime is the children’s favourite at the moment! You will have seen all kinds of slime in our classroom; snow slime, green slime, sand slime, chocolate slime! We follow the same recipe of glue and a little laundry liquid then add glitter, food colouring, sand, hot chocolate powder, paint etc. to make the slime different each time. The liquid we used was Almat from Aldi (not every type will work for this recipe).

Recipe:

3 cups of glue to 1 cup of laundry liquid

Mix together then stretch and pull until it gets to the consistency you want, too stringy add more glue, too sticky add more laundry liquid.

 

 

4. Gloop

We have lots of fun with gloop. It is a mixture of cornflour and water that feels solid if you hit it but turns liquid if you touch it gently. We like hiding things in gloop, writing in gloop, adding colours and making patterns.

Recipe:

3 cups of cornflour to 1 cup of water

Add more water as it starts to dry out

 

5. Sand Cement/Kinetic Sand

Sand Cement is very easy to make by mixing sand and shaving foam. It turns the sand a little bit sticky which makes it really good for building. We added blocks to the sand cement and the children used it to build. It washes off really easily but you may need to keep adding a little more foam as it starts to dry out.

Recipe:

3 cups of sand to a can of shaving foam

 

We also make a kind of kinetic sand which is a little firmer and easier to mould.

Recipe:

2 cups of sand, 1 cup of cornflour, 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of washing up liquid. (this recipe isn’t quite perfected yet and the sand dries out very quickly, if you have a longer lasting recipe we’d love to hear it!)

6. Play Dough

We almost always have play dough out in the classroom. We have all kinds of play dough, changing the colour, scent or tools for different activities. We use letters, numbers, cutters, rolling pins and kitchen tools in the dough. We also add plastic characters, cars and small parts like googley eyes depending on what the children are interested in.

Recipe:

2 cups of plain flour, 1/3 of a cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons of oil and 1 cup of boiling water.

You can mix the ingredients together or cook in a pan to bring your dough together.

Make sure you knead it well when it had cooled.

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7. Salt Dough/White Clay

If we want to make something longer lasting like jewellery of decorations we can use salt dough or white clay.

Salt Dough Recipe:

2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and up to 1 cup of water.

Mix the flour and salt then add enough of your cup of water to make a dough.

When you have made your creation it can be dried out naturally for a few days or cooked on a low oven for an hour or two. You can add colour to the mix or paint when dried.

White Clay:

1 cup of cornflour and half a cup of white glue.

Mix together to form a dough. It will be mould-able and you can make delicate decorations but it can start to dry so you will need to work quite quickly!

8. Food!

Food makes a fun sensory activity. Sometime we explore food to learn the names of our fruits and vegetables. We cut them open and use tweezers to take out the pips. We look at raw and cooked food like pasta and spaghetti to see how the texture changes.

We hope you have fun trying these recipes out a home, we’d love to hear what you get up to!