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Alien Adventures

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Alien Adventures

After reading The Journey Home From Grandpas we thought about other journeys we might go on and decided to learn about space!

We read the stories Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers.

We thought about what we might pack if we went on a journey to space. We made it extra tricky by only choosing what we thought were the three most important things, we didn’t alway agree!

Some of us tried to pack for an emergency and thought about how we would see if it was dark, what we would eat and how to keep ourselves warm. Some of us just wanted things to help us see the sights and some of us packed the things we would need for bedtime!

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In the story The Way Back Home the martian and the boy get stuck on the moon. We thought about how we would rescue them. Can you see how we tried to rescue the martian?

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We decided we could design a vehicle to get us to the moon. We worked with friends to draw a picture of what our vehicle would look like then labelled all the special parts.

We turned a box into a rocket like in the story Whatever Next. We added wheels and backpacks and material.

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Some of the children then had the idea to add a door and a window and we decorated our box to look like a rocket.

We made green alien slime using our favourite recipe (recipe here) and added rockets, aliens and astronauts.

We made more rockets with the blocks and we all practised writing our name, cutting out the letters and turning them into rockets, some of us had very long rockets!

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We made number rockets writing the numbers and making the marks to show how many it was. Then we put the numbers in order from 1 to 10.

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We had lots of fun learning about space, how can you continue learning at home?

Encourage your child’s interest in space by; talking about what they have learnt, sharing stories about space or finding out more information on the internet (try using child-friendly search engine Kiddle)

Encourage your child to write their name by making your own name rocket at home, or how about a name train or even a name Olaf! (snowman)

When you’re on your way on a visit somewhere encourage children to pack a bag with the things they think might be important, what do they think they might need to pack for a trip to the park? Give children a limit e.g. pack 2 things for the park to encourage them to think about what they want and what they need (Their answers might surprise you!)

Give children a challenge when they play with their blocks or Lego at home, can they build a tower that is taller than they are? Can they build a bridge?

Make some alien slime or play dough or easy peasy moon sand (just flour and water). Click the link above to find our favourite recipes.

Use an old box to make your own rocket or let it be anything you want it to. Try adding spare bits of fabric/bed sheets or pillowcases to encourage the children to be whatever they want, the material in nursery is definitely the most popular for dress-up!

 

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Caterpillars and Critters (update…the butterflies have arrived!)

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Caterpillars and Critters (update…the butterflies have arrived!)

We have had a very exciting arrival in nursery…caterpillars!

We are enjoying watching them grow and have been thinking about what might happen next. We have had lots of questions and have been finding out all about caterpillars and other critters…

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We read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the children were very interested in how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. With a little toilet paper and some help from our friends we re-enacted it!

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After we had read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar we thought about all the different foods he ate. Some of us weren’t sure of the names of the different fruits and vegetables and what they tasted like so we had a food tasting. Everybody was very brave and had a little taste of everything, even the sour grapefruit! Lots of children were surprised that they liked plums and asked for more…

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We had lots of fun playing with the fruits and vegetables inside and out. Some of the children even brought in fruits and vegetables from home…

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While we were thinking about fruits and vegetables we did some planting of our own outside.

We have been watching our caterpillars grow very carefully, they are getting bigger everyday, we are excited for them going into their cocoons.image

We had lots of questions about the caterpillars, here are the things we would like to try and find out…

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We are getting very good at sounding out our words. We sounded out words for things we knew about caterpillars and butterflies.

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We learnt about butterflies and symmetry. We used loose parts to make patterns and match the two sides.

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We had a challenge to get the caterpillar to the leaf. We thought of different ways to get the caterpillar up to the leaf. We tried stacking crates, making stairs out of bricks and tying string to the caterpillar…

 

What have we been learning? 

We have learnt alot about caterpillars – what they eat and how they grow

We learnt the names of different fruits and vegetables and tried new foods

We learnt about patterns, colours and symmetry

We sounded out words and wrote the sounds we knew

We thought of what we would like to know and asked questions

We learnt how to care for living things including insects and plants

We have been solving problems and working together finding ways to get the caterpillar to the leaf

How can you continue learning at home?

Look for insects in the garden or at the park

Do some planting in the garden and encouarge the children to care for and water the plants

Learn about patterns and colours drawing and painting symetrical butterflies and building models that are the same on both sides

Encourage children to taste small pieces of things they think they don’t like, they might be surprised!

 

UPDATE

Our butterflies arrived and on Friday it was time to let them go to live in the flowers…

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Art goes SPLAT!

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Art goes SPLAT!

We had a fun afternoon in our art studio today making…Splat Art!

First we squeezed blobs of different coloured paint onto our card. We talked about the colours we could see before hiding them under circles of cotton wool.

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Next came the fun bit. We hit the circle with a plastic hammer and watched the paint go splat!

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We experimented with tools and hitting to try and make the biggest splat!

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Then we took away the circles and looked at our pictures.

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Finally we mixed the paint together with our fingers to see what colours we could make.

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We had lots of fun making our splatter art. Why not continue having fun with paint at home?

Try painting with tools from around the home – spoons, mashers and spatulas make great painting tools. Playing with finger paints is a really good way to explore what happens when you mix colours.

Aliens Love Underpants

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Aliens Love Underpants

Last week the children decided to learn about … underpants!

We read the story Aliens Love Underpants.

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In the water tray we had underwear to wash and hang. We tried to match the underwear by their colours and patterns then hung them to dry.

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In the sand tray we had aliens and a mini washing line. We told stories with the aliens and pretended they came to take all our pants!

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On the washing line we counted and ordered the pants. On the back of the pants there were patterns. We sorted and matched the pants. We also learnt a new song …

 

Chilly the Polar Bear

(to the tune of 5 Little Speckled Frogs)

Chilly the polar bear,

Hanging his underwear,

Out on the Arctic washing line, to dry,

He had one pair on the line,

And hung one more out to dry,

Now there’s two pairs of polar bear, underwear

(We carried on to 5 but you can use it to count in 2s or start counting from different numbers)

 

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We made a new exploration and investigation area. We learnt about plants and caring for living things, including looking after Gary the snail!

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We worked together to complete the jigsaws and learn about how things grow…

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We had lots of fun making spinning cards for Valentine’s Day last week so we kept the spinning going with cogs in the classroom. We added more puzzles and jigsaws to help our coordination and fine motor skills.

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What have we been learning?

We have been learning to sort and match by colour and pattern

We have been thinking about numbers, matching numbers to amounts and putting numbers in orders

We have been thinking about how things work with our new puzzle area, thinking of and testing our ideas

We have been learning to care for living things including plants and our class snail

Using pegs helps to build our fine motor skills and coordination getting us ready for writing!

We learnt to listen carefully to the story, remembering the important parts and using the characters to retell the story

How can you continue learning at home?

Have fun with pegs. Pegs are great for building children’s motor skills. Opening and closing the pegs helps children with their pinching skills.

Use dolls and toys to retell stories at home

Learn about how to look after living things by caring for flowers and plants in your house or garden or looking after a pet. Give children little responsibilities like checking when things need more water.

Use jigsaws and puzzles and support children with their hand strength and coordination ready for writing

Encourage the children to help with the washing! Can they sort things by colours or patterns? Can they match their socks before they are put away?

 

 

We had so much fun learning about underpants we decided to have more pants fun next week! Come back soon to see what we get up to when we read Dinosaurs Love Underpants!

 

 

Telling stories…

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Telling stories…

For the last few weeks in nursery we have been thinking all about story telling. First we used small world characters to tell stories with puppets, fairytale characters and some characters from our favourite movies. We added story stones to help us think of ideas for our story and extra props like magic wands and beanstalks.

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Story Telling in the Role-Play Area

Story Telling in the Sand Tray

Story Telling in our new Lego Area

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Story Telling Tyres Outside

Using the Story Mats

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Then we decided to be the characters in our story. We dressed up as the different characters we wanted to be and acted out stories. Then we used the Ipad ‘Storytime’ App.

We took photos and created a book.

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What a lot of story telling!

Over the past few weeks we have noticed the children’s story telling improving a lot. The children tell more stories when they are dressed up. Even the quietest children have started to give the small world characters voices and began to tell simple stories with them. When reading books the children have been looking at pictures and beginning to make up their own stories. Some children have even being trying to draw and write their own stories in the mark making area!

How can you continue this learning at home?

There are lots of opportunities for story telling at home:

When children are playing with their toys (dolls, cars, superheroes), this is a great chance to encourage children to tell you about what is happening to the characters. Encourage children to tell you what might happen next, after that and how the story might end.

Dressing up is a great way to tell stories and learn about different characters. In nursery we like to use colourful pieces of fabric for dressing up, the children love being able to turn them into any character they want (although we often have a lot of Elsas!)

When you are sharing stories talk to children about what they can see happening in the pictures. Encourage children to use them to tell their own story.

 

 

 

 

It’s Christmas!

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It’s Christmas!

We have been feeling very Christmassy for the last few weeks in nursery. Have a look at some of the activities we have been doing…

In the water tray we made snowflake soup. We added glitter, stars, beads, pipe cleaners and sparkles. We put cups and tweezers in there so we could count out our ingredients and help to make our hands and fingers stronger.

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We had lots of fun in the block area. We covered some of our blocks in white paper and used them to build igloos.

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Then we added pens so we could make marks on our blocks. We drew on our blocks and made fire engines, Elsa’s castle, farms and cars.

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On our maths table we had Christmas trees to decorate. We used the tweezers to pick up the different decorations. Then we counted how many we needed for each part of the tree. If we didn’t recognise our numbers we counted the spots of used our number track to help us.

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We made more Christmas trees on the play dough table. We used green glittery clime to make trees then counted decorations onto them. We added beads, stars and pipe cleaners.

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We kept our Christmas bags that we had been using for transporting last week and added labels to the front. We had to fill the bags with gifts for the different characters from the Jolly Postman. We needed to count out how many we needed and make sure we gave them to the right person!

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We have also had lots of polar bear activities out! We were very interested in polar bears and read the story ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Heat?’ Then we added polar bears to our small world and maths area to count and play with.

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Our mark making this week has been in the Christmas glitter and sparkles. We have been trying to write our numbers using the paint brushes.

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We had a Santa’s Sleigh in the role-play area and had lots of fun delivering all the presents!

Finally on our phonics table we have been playing a rhyming game. We have lots of different objects and pictures and have to guess the rhyming phrase like cat in a hat, star in a jar or hay in a sleigh. We are very good at this game!

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Finally we made our Christmas decorations to take home. The children decided they would like to make Ninja Turtle baubles this year! We added ribbon and googley eyes to green baubles then took them home to hang on our Christmas trees!

 

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We hope you have lots of fun at home over Christmas. There are lots of Christmas activities you could try…

Make fake snow by mixing either corn flour or baking powder with shaving foam.

Pour some glitter or sparkles onto a tray or plate and make marks in it like letters and numbers

Cover your blocks at home in a bit of old paper or newspaper to encourage your children to write and draw on them (this is a great activity for boys who don’t usually choose to write and draw)

Decorate old baubles with scraps of paper or material

Look online for more fun Christmas activities.

 

Stop and Go

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After a few near misses with the bikes we had a think and decided to add a road to our bike track. We used chalk to draw a road then we added traffic lights, a crossing and a car park.

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One of the children then decided the roads needed some maintenance and introduced roadworks, adding cones and a sign and sending the bikes on a detour through the car park.

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Then the children took it in turns controlling the traffic. They used a sign to tell the traffic when to stop and go.

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We had lots of fun on the bike track. Soon the children were making up stories and adding extra resources from around the outside area. There were trips to McDonald’s, Asda and Meadowhall! The children started using direction words to tell each other which way to go and there were no more bumps!

We love using the chalks outside. We can draw on the ground and it washes off easily. Sometimes we use the chalks to draw pictures, maps, letters, numbers or practise our writing. What could you use chalks for at home?

Who took the Treasure?

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We have been having lots of fun learning all about pirates over the last few weeks. Last week we made pirate ships outside and acted out some fun pirate stories.

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First we collected some resources for our ship. We found tubes, poles, fabric, pegs, net, crates and even treasure chests!

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The children then made up a pirate story:

“Arr we’re the Pirates.”

“We’re good pirates and bad pirates.”

“Ahoy.”

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The Pirates decided if they were good or bad Pirates.

“Are you a good pirate or a bad pirate?”

“I’m a bad pirate I tell you walk the plank!”

“But I can’t swim!”

“The sharks will eat you!”

“Ahh!”

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Suddenly a shark came along…

“I’m a shark!”

“We get you shark, trap you in the net!”

“In our trap!”

“Oh I’m trapped, I’m going to escape!”

 

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The pirates then went on a hunt for some treasure and found an empty treasure chest.

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Luckily the the pirates found some gold for their treasure chest and put it in their ship.

“Treasure”

“Lots of treasure”

“Let’s hide it”

 

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Just as the pirates made plans to hide their treasure, along came a bad pirate!

“I’m a bad pirate arrrr”

“Oh no, she’s a bad pirate”

“I’m gonna get the treasure”

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With a little help the bad pirate took the treasure!

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The good pirates tried to get the treasure back but the bad pirate hid it in the trap!

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The pirates then needed to draw a map so they knew where to find the treasure. They collected some paper and started their maps.

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One of the pirates then decided to put their message in a bottle to send to other Pirates. She collected a bottle from the workshop inside and added her message.

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I wonder who will find the treasure next?

 

 

What were we learning?

In their play children developed their imaginative language, speaking and listening skills, imaginative play and sharing their ideas with others.

They built on each other’s ideas to keep their play going.

Children then added mark making to their play drawing and writing messages and maps.

 

How can you continue this learning at home?

Provide children with pencils and paper to encourage writing and drawing in their play.

Encourage children to use things around them to extend their play and ideas.

Give children open-ended resources like cardboard boxes to develop their imaginative skills.

 

 

 

Superhero Fun

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This week we have been having lots of superhero fun! We turned our role-play area into a superhero den!

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We had lots of fun building dens, phoning superheroes, catching baddies, dressing up and using our super powers!

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We made super vehicles to help the superheroes get around. Some we pulled, some could fly and some could go super fast!

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On the easel we painted superheroes. We thought about how we wanted them to look then gave them extra powers!

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We played super number splat. We had to get the different superhero numbers and say the numbers when they went SPLAT! We hit the number that cam next, thought about one more and one less and put the numbers in order.

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Everybody knows superheroes have a lot of washing to do so we did some super washing! In the water tray we quickly washed the superhero pants and socks then hung them up to dry.

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We had to count to make sure we had the right number of pegs and hung them out to dry.

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We made superhero slime with bugs and insects stuck inside. We had to try and rescue them from the super slime.

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As part of our superhero training we made our fingers stronger at the dough table.We had balls of plasticine in different colours and had to use our fingers to mix them together and make different colours.

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At group time we have been doing some super learning! We thought about our favourite superheroes and made a pictogram to show the superheroes we liked best. We talked about which superhero most children liked, we counted the superheroes and we compared the superheroes.

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In the outdoor area we used water pistols to shoot at superhero numbers. The children said the number than shot it with water.

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The children built a superhero obstacle course using balance beams, tyres and climbing blocks.

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We made a superhero laser beam letter hunt!

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We chose a card then searched for the sounds, we found the initial sounds then tried to find the other sounds in the word. We had to watch out for the laser beams!

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What did we learn?

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What could you do at home?

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Our New Classroom

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We love our new classroom!

We have been in our new school for two weeks and even though there are still things to finish it’s starting to feel like ours.

Have a look at the pictures of our new nursery below:

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Mark Making Area

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Maths Area

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Reading, Story Telling and Book Nook

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Fine Motor Table

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Water and Sensory Tray

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Role-Play Area

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Phonics Table

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Construction and Small World Area

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Workshop

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Quiet Room

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Sensory Table

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Music Area

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Playdough Area

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Sensory Area

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