This week was our final week of Forest Schools. We had fun with the clay making creatures and homes and then searched for wiggly worms! We will miss our Forest School sessions but can’t wait to start exploring the secret garden ourselves! Check out our video below to see what we got up to this week…
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 …
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!
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!
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…
In nursery we have been enjoying reading traditional tales. First we read the story of The Gingerbread Man and had lots of gingerbread fun…
We used boxes and paper mache to make a gingerbread house then used it to retell the story
We made marks and patterns in ginger
We rescued the gingerbread men in the water tray
We drew gingerbread men on the whitebaord
We rolled the dice and counted buttons onto the gingerbread men
Outside we made gingerbread houses
We made gingerbread play dough
We had lots of fun following recipes and baking gingerbread men!
How can you continue learning at home?
You could bake your own gingerbread men
You could make your own gingerbread play dough – just add a little ginger and orange.brown colouring to normal play dough
You could draw your own gingerbread men
You could draw around gingerbread men cookie cutters
Use ginger or salt in a tray to make marks and patterns
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)
Christmas Tree Playdough
A big THANK YOU to all the parents who have brought us in Christmas trees and decorations, we really appreciate them!
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.
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.
Sand (wet or dry)
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.
3 cups of plain flour to 1 cup of oil.
Raid your cupboard for extra spices to add!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
When the children came back from their holidays they had lots of lovely things to say to their friends. Everybody was telling each other how much they liked their new winter clothes. We learnt a new word compliment.
This week we decided to learn all about compliments and feelings. We had nearly all seen the new Disney film, Inside Out, which is all about our feelings so we had lots of Inside Out fun too!
We made up a new game called The Compliment Game. First we put on the music and danced around (because music makes us feel happy!). When the music stopped we shook our friends’ hands and gave them a compliment. We tried to find as many friends as we could before the music came back on. We said kind things like:
I like your long hair
I like your jumper
You are funny
You’re good at drawing
The compliment game left us all feeling very happy.
We talked about the other feelings we might have and made Inside Out sensory bottles…
We thought about the colours of the different feelings and chose bottles that were the right shape. We matched the colours and added extra bits like jingle bells for joy and a spiky stone for anger. We filled the bottles with a mixture of glue, water, glitter glue and glitter. Then we added food colouring and watched what happened.
We played with the bottles talking about how we felt and watching the glue and glitter move slowly in the bottle. Then we added our bottles to our sensory area.
We learnt to colour match. We worked with control as we poured and measured into the bottles. We use our bottles to help us talk about our feelings.
We also made Inside Out potions in the mud kitchen…
We filled the tubs with all different things for each feeling. We had blue bubbles for sadness, green slime for disgust, red gloop for anger and yellow glitter and sparkles for joy. We talked about our potions adding a splash of red anger and a sprinkle of yellow joy.
We learnt to talk about our feelings, mix colours and talk about changes.
How can you continue at learning at home?
Carry on the compliments, can children say one kind thing a day? Can they say something kind to everybody in their family?
Make your own sensory bottles with glitter glue, water and a bit of food colouring. Add a little object like a Lego character. These bottles are great for helping children have some calm down time, watching the toy move slowly through the glitter. Make sure you seal the lid on with tape or glue!
Make your own potions using things around your home like washing up liquid, shower gel and shampoo. You could even add cornflour to water to make your own gloop!
We have had lots of new friends starting nursery.
The children came for a visit and explored their new classroom.
The older children had chosen activities for their new friends. They chose slime, dinosaurs, dough and dolls for their new children to play with.
The children explored their new classroom inside and out!
We are very happy to have our new friends in nursery. Come back soon to see what we have been learning.