Category Archives: Try at Home

Marble Madness!

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Marble Madness!

Last Friday Oliver and Kallum wondered if we could make a marble run. They thought of what we needed and we went to collect tubes and pipes. We started building marble runs and we have continued all week!

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First there were marble runs with tubes and pipes into the sandpit…

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Then we built a giant marble run with the guttering outside…

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Then we used lollypop sticks to make a pinball style marble run on a large piece of card…

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Then we re-used our favourite box (check out past posts to see our box being used as a giant car, puppet show and rocket!) and made a marble run machine!

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Finally we went up to the secret garden to find conkers to roll and we have big plans for them next week…

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Marble runs are a great activity to try. Miss Hukin said she is going to have a go at making one at home. You could try –

  • Sticking lolly pop sticks or twigs to a large piece of card or wood. Make sure you add buffers at the edge to stop the marble flying off and cups or boxes at the bottom to catch the marbles
  • Using pieces of wood or plastic to make ramps and roll down cars, balls or marbles.
  • Using a wooden train track to create your own marble run
  • Sticking cardboard tubes or pool noodles to a box or wall to make a marble run
  • Using Lego to create your own marble maze
  • If you already have a marble run at home why not turn it into a game by using a measuring tape to see how far your marble can go or adding different coloured or numbered containers to catch the marbles!
  • Or check out youtube for some great DIY marble runs

We would love to see photos if you do give it a try, have fun! 

 

 

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Pancake Day Fun

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Pancake Day Fun

Today we have had a very happy pancake day. Each year we like to do pancake day a little differently and this year we decided the two things we were most interested in were flipping our pancakes and our pancake toppings.

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We thought of everything we wanted on our pancakes and decided on lots of different fruit. Then we chose 3 fruit each to make our very own pancake toppings. We chose from apricots, blueberries, pineapple, fruit puree, apples, raspberries, oranges, pears and banana. We mashed, chopped and squeezed them together. Next we heated our pancakes in a pan over a tealight so we could all have a turn at flipping our pancakes.

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Finally we spread our toppings on and EVERYONE ate their whole pancake!

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We had so much fun we want to make more potion toppings tomorrow!

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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?

5 Currant Buns

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5 Currant Buns

This week the children wanted to learn all about currant buns. We have been singing, counting them, buying and selling them, making shops, drawing and painting them. Mrs Brown even hid some of the currant buns and we had to follow the clues to find them and count how many we had!

Most importantly we have been baking currant buns! We had lots of fun and learnt all about what recipes are and how to follow instructions. We learnt all about how to be clean and hygienic when we cook and where germs come from. We weighed and measured our ingredients and looked at changes as we watched the yeast work and the buns rise.

See how we did it…

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They were delicious! Why not do some of your own baking at home? Don’t forget we love to see pictures of all your great learning at home ūüôā

Easter Workshop

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Easter Workshop

On Friday morning we enjoyed our annual Easter Workshop. Our parents stayed and helped us with lots of fun Easter Crafts. Have a look at what we got up to…

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Rabbit Ears

You will need – white card, pink card or paper, scissors, glue and a stapler.

Method – Cut a piece of white card and measure it to the size of your head. Staple it. Cut out ears and add pink inside. Staple or glue them to your head band.

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Easter Nests 

You will need – chocolate, cornflakes, mini eggs, bun cases, spoon, bowl.

Method – Melt chocolate in a bowl (we used the microwave and checked it regularly) add cornflakes and mix. Scoop into bun case and add mini eggs.

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Easter Cards 

You will need – coloured paper, white card, scissors, glue, straws, pencil

Method – Fold your card in half. Choose a piece of coloured paper and draw around your hand. Cut it out, twist it into a flower shape and glue it in place. Stick a straw on for the stem.

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Bunny Bags 

You will need – paper plates, ribbon, pencils, googley eyes, hole puncher, coloured paper, stapler

Method – Cut one paper plate in half and staple it to your other paper plate. Cut out ear shapes and draw a face on your rabbit (optional extras – pompoms and googley eyes). Punch holes in your rabbit and tie on ribbon for a handle. Fill with eggs!

 

We had a lovely time at our Easter Workshop. thank you to everybody who came! We hope you have a lovely time over the Easter Holidays.

Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

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Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

This morning was our Big Board Game Day Workshop. We invited parents to come and play and make board games to help raise money for NSPCC.

We made our own board games with numbers to ten and played board games too.

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Board games are a great way to help teach turn taking, counting and matching colours. Different board games can help to teach different skills too. We focused on numbers to ten in our board games to help the children with counting skills.

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You can download and print the games we played today here Р board games. You can use anything you want for counters like use small toys, characters or even pebbles.

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Thank you to everybody who came, find out more about the great cause you are supporting with Big Board Game Day here

Make a Car Competition

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Make a Car Competition

This week’s home learning in nursery has been to build a car and we have had some amazing ones!

Take a look at what we have been making at home…

If you have not finished yours yet don’t worry. Bring it back to nursery for Wednesday for a special prize!

Packing our bags (The Transporters)

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Packing our bags (The Transporters)

Last year we shared a learning story¬†all about how the children loved to ‘transport’ things around the classroom. Well this year we have another class of transporters!

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What does transporting mean?

Do you notice that your child…

  • Enjoys to pick things up and carry them with them?
  • Enjoys moving objects from one place to another?
  • Likes to fill bags, containers, wheelbarrows, prams¬†etc with anything and everything and take them somewhere else?
  • Always has full pockets?
  • Likes to tip all their toys into a basket and take them somewhere new?

This might mean that your child likes to transport which is perfectly normal if a little frustrating when things disappear and end up somewhere unexpected!

What can we do?

Well if transporting is something the children are interested in we encourage it but try to give it a little more purpose.

This week we packed bags for an adventure. We sorted objects into things we thought we might need for an adventure and then took it in turns to pack a bag with what we thought we might need. To make it trickier we were only allowed to choose 3 things…

 

We learnt to think about what we were putting in the bag. We talked about our choices and made compromises with what we wanted to carry around. In children’s play they started to talk about what was going in their bags.

How can you continue learning at home?

If you notice your child loves to transport there are lots of activities you could try at home such as…

  • Encouraging children to help with tidying up and learn to sort by putting all their different toys into different containers
  • Playing games to teach children about their colours e.g. if you find something red you can put it in your bag, if you find something blue it can go in the basket etc
  • Giving children a¬†limit of how many things they can carry and encourage children to count their items in their bags to check. Let children decide how many things are allowed in their bag today and encourage them to keep counting to check.
  • Letting children help with the shopping by putting items into a trolley or basket. Explain that children can only choose the items you say. When you get home let children help to unpack the bags and take things to the cupboards they can reach.
  • ¬†Letting children help to pack their bags for school, for a day out, for a sleepover at grandmas etc – talk to them about the things they might need.

 

 

 

 

Firework Fun! (Homemade Lava Lamps, Balloon Drop Painting and Sparklers)

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Firework Fun! (Homemade Lava Lamps, Balloon Drop Painting and Sparklers)

This week in nursery we have had so much firework fun!

Here are some of our favourite activities …

Lava Lamps

We made our own lava lamps. First we followed instructions and filled the bottle with 2/3 oil, 1/3 water and a few drops of food colouring.

We watched the water sink to the bottom and separate from the oil, the colouring changed the colour of the water but not the oil.

Then we dropped in an Alka Seltzer and watched the colourful bubbles.

We changed the experiment by adding more water and food colouring or more tablets then talked about what we could see happening.

This is a great experiment for you to try at home and no mess!

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Sparklers and Hot Chocolate

As it was Bonfire Night last weekend we celebrated with Sparklers and Hot Chocolate.

We thought about how to keep ourselves safe and what we could see happening.

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Balloon Drop Painting 

Everybody loved this activity. We blew up balloons and dipped them in paint. Then we dropped them and rolled them onto black paper to create firework pictures. A sprinkle of glitter and they were done!

We had lots of fun and learnt our colours, we also thought about what would happen when we dropped them from different heights or if we rolled them instead.

You could try this activity at home with leftover birthday balloons, just be prepared for a little mess!

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Making Fireworks

We have had lots of fun making fireworks this week.

We used loose parts to make our own fireworks and  we made fireworks in the workshop our of tubes and paper.

We made gloop out of cornflour and water then added lolly pop sticks, food colouring and glitter to make our firework pictures. In the water tray we added gliitter, tubes and empty baubles and swirled the water to look like fireworks.

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Firework Pictures

We¬†used crayons and blue paint to create firework pictures…

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10 Little Fireworks

In Maths we sang 10 little fireworks and practised our counting…

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Elephant Baking

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Elephant Baking

This week we have been doing some elephant themed baking ready for Macmillan Coffee Morning (Today) and Grandparent’s Afternoon Tea (on Monday).

We decided to make elephant cake pops. They were a bit messy!

First we crumbled up cake and mixed it with frosting. Then we rolled it into balls and popped it in the fridge.

 

After that we melted white and blue chocolate over a candle so the children could watch it change. Then we dipped the cake pops in and added buttons and icing for the elephant’s face.

 

 

After a few melted elephant faces we also made some sparkly cake pops…

Then we made Elmer biscuits. We mixed our ingredients and rolled them out and cut them into elephant shapes.

Once they were baked we decorated them with icing sugar and smarties.

Once all our baking was finished we took them to be sold for Macmillan Coffee Morning and bought some of our own!

We had a lovely time baking. We hope everyone enjoyed our elephants!