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Chinese Dragon Dancing

Chinese Dragon Dancing

We love to learn about different cultures and celebrations and this week we have been talking about Chinese New Year. Before the break we watched videos of how Chinese New Year was celebrated and the children decided that they would like to create their own dragon puppets, dragon stories and to do a dragon dance!

We worked together to paint our dragon. We have not painted something this large for a while and we learnt that we needed to use different techniques to when we paint on the easel.


When we had finished painting our dragon we added glitter and fabric. Then the children decided that they would like to make drums to play as we danced like we had seen in the video. Everyone had their own way to make their drums, then we tested them to listen to the sounds they made.


We were all so excited to do our dragon dance and finally it was time to take our giant dragon to the hall. We danced to the music and moved up and down in time to do our dragon dance.

We had so much fun the children decided that next week we would like to learn about music and dancing from different countries. Check back to see what we get up to!


Make a Car Competition

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!

A Very Rainy Day

A Very Rainy Day

Well Monday was a very rainy day. It was so rainy in Sheffield that even some of the buses and trams stopped running! But in nursery we like to make the most of the wet weather. Our new outdoor suits and wellies mean we can go out whatever the weather and we did!

We had lots of fun painting outdoors. We tried different paints, chalks and crayons on paper then put them in the rain to see what would happen…

“It’s washing it away”

“It’s getting it clean”

“It’s making purple water down the yard”

“That one int, that one is still there”


We also made some sounds and music with the rain.

In a tuff spot we put different containers and let them fill up with water. We then hit them to listen to the different sounds they made…

Do you go out when it is rainy?

There’s lots of fun to be had in the rain. You can splash in puddles, sprinkle paint in puddles to make pictures, build shelters, put out pans and let them fill up with water and listen to the sounds, catch the rain etc… Just make sure you’ve got coats and wellies on!

Mirror Painting

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.



Exploring Colour Mixing


This week we are exploring colour mixing. We used the primary colours red, yellow and blue and explored what happened when we mixed them together.

We have been mixing colours outside using squeezy bottles and scrapers in the tuff spot. First we added little blobs of colour and used our fingers to mix them on our paper. Then we used the scrapers to spread the paint and mix them together. We talked about what we could see and what we thought might happen.

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In the sensory tray we used milk and droppers to mix colours together and see what happened. We liked the swirling patterns the colours made before they mixed together.

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In the water tray we used food colouring in squeezy bottles. We added block paints and explored what happened when we poured the coloured water on. Then we used brushes to mix the colours together and droppers to collect the coloured water.

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In the painting area the children have been mixing the colours independently and talking about what happens.




The children talked about the colours they made and the changes they could see. Some children started to predict what might happen when we mixed the colours together. Then we started adding more of each colour to see what might happen.

We learnt a lot about colours and colour mixing. We also thought about predicting and saying why we think something might happen.

Could you do some colour mixing experiments at home? What happens if you mix orange and black currant juice? Or when you add coco pops to milk? Ask a grown up to see if you could do some investigations together. We would love to hear about them!

Fun in the Snow


We have had a very exciting time in nursery today, it has been SNOWING!

We worked together to build a snowman. We used buckets, shovels and spades to collect the snow then rolled a head for the snowman. Then we added rocks for the eyes, a carrot nose, a scarf and hat, stick arms and we painted his mouth!


We had some fun new snow sledges to use with our friends. We tied a rope to the end then pulled our friends through the snow.


We took block paints, water colours and spray bottles out into the snow. Then we used them to paint patterns and pictures in the snow, even the snowman got painted!


We had lots of fun in the snow today, we hope it snows tomorrow!

Winter Activities


This week in nursery it’s been very COLD so we have been doing some exciting winter activities.

Our new favourite activity is SNOW SLIME. It is white and stretchy and grows when you pull it. We made snow balls, igloos, ice skating rinks and stretched it out.


On the easels we have been painting on foil. It was a bit trickier than painting on paper and made some interesting sounds.


When it snowed we collected some for our water tray. We painted using brushes and block paints, it was fun to watch the colours mix.


We explored blue and white winter themed loose parts. We balanced them and attached them together to make patterns and models.