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Lots to celebrate…

Lots to celebrate…

There has been a lot to celebrate in nursery lately. We have had Pancake Day, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and lots of birthdays too!

Have a look at some of the fun we have been having…

Chinese New Year


We had noodles in the water tray. We learnt about different textures and how things change when they are cooked. We used chopsticks to pick up the noodles and filled bowls, building our fine motor skills (to get us ready to write). We talked about the foods we eat and foods from different countries and cultures.

We painted dragons. We used cotton buds to paint the details on dragons on the easel. Outside we filled a tray with water and poured in a little nail varnish to make marble effect dragons.

We read the story of The Great Race and had some races of our own in PE. We learn about the positions the animals came and learnt to put things in order.

Finally we had lots of Chinese Artefacts. We looked at a map to see where China was and talked about the other countries we knew. We talked about the objects from China and how they were the same or different to objects we might use. Miss Hulme shared pictures of when her mum went to China. We particularly liked the shapes and colours of the buildings and the Chinese writing.

Pancake Day


We have had a lot of fun getting messy for pancake day. We made our own version of ‘kinetic sand’ to make pancakes. Kinetic sand is a little like wet sand but it holds its shape better, more like play dough. To make it we mixed 3 cups of sand with a cup of cornflour and a squirt of washing up liquid. Then we added water until it was a mouldable consistency. It was lots of fun but turned back to dry sand quite quickly so we kept adding water!

The children had lots of fun making pancakes, measuring their ingredients and asking each other how many they would like and what toppings they wanted.

We also had an even messier pancake batter mix! We mixed cornflour and water to make gloop. This made really good play pancake batter. The children had lots of fun pouring, mixing and measuring. As the texture of the gloop started to change they thought about the ingredients they would need to fix it.

We tasted scotch pancakes. We thought about our favourite toppings and made pictograms in maths to show they toppings we liked best. We tasted the different toppings and talked about how they tasted and which ones we did or didn’t like.

We also invited our grown-ups to one of our story telling workshops! We retold the story of Mr Wolf’s Pancakes using Makaton signs. Then we went back to our classroom and made a story map to take home. We also sang our Chatterbox Challenge songs that we had been learning at home.

Valentine’s Day 

For Valentine’s Day we had lots of heart activities around the classroom. We went on a heart hunt outside, finding hearts of different sizes and ordering them. We counted out hearts using the tweezers to pick them up and made love potions.

We made and wrote Valentine’s Cards. We cut out a heart shape then put it in the salad spinner. We squirted on a little paint then span it round. It made great splatter hearts that we stuck to our cards. Then we wrote a message inside. Some of us wrote a message and we all tried to write our names.

Then we made Valentine’s Treats. We cut orange segments and put them on cocktail sticks. Then we melted chocolate thinking about how things change when they are heated and remembering to be safe. Finally we dipped the orange in chocolate to make yummy heart shaped treats.

More spinning…

With the spinning hearts on our cards we also had a bit more fun with spinning and used the gears to learn about how things turned and how to make different parts move…


How can you continue learning at home?

Any celebration is a great chance for learning. Encourage children to make cards for special occasions, copying the message and tying to write their name.

You could also make decorations or presents, using scissors to help. Scissors are a great way to build up children’s strength in their fingers and help to improve their coordination.

The children were very interested in things that spin. You could look at things that spin at home and think about how they work. The wheels on their bikes and scooter, the plate in the microwave, the washing machine etc. You could have a go at making something that spins.

This week we were thinking about how things change when they are cooked. Talk to children when they are eating or when you are cooking with them. Some of the children were surprised that noodles were hard before they were cooked. See if your children know what foods look like raw. Do they know chips come from potatoes? Or the tomatoes that make up their sauce?



Valentine’s Fun


This week we have been doing lots of activities for Valentine’s Day. Have a look at the fun we’ve had in our activities below:

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Look at our other blog posts for more information about our activities.

Love Monster


This week we have been reading the story of the Love Monster by Rachel Bright as part of our Valentine’s celebrations.


We then found a bag of presents from the Love Monster!

The only problem was…the presents had all been muddled up!


We needed to help the Love Monster and sort all the presents. We thought of different ways we could sort the presents.

First we sorted them into the different shapes we could see, this was tricky because some of the shapes were different sizes so we had to look very carefully. We talked about how we knew what shape it was.

Then we decided to sort the shapes by their colours and patterns. We put all the same colours together.

Finally we sorted the shapes into size. We made two piles of big and small presents but we had some that weren’t quite big or little so we made a pile of middle sized presents as well.

Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt


We have had lots of fun doing our Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt today!

We love to hunt for things outside and we have hunted for letters, shapes, numbers and colours before but this hunt was a bit different.

Instead of reading the clues we had QR codes to find. We had to use the Ipad to scan the QR and then the clue would appear!


Once we had scanned the codes we could read the clues with an adult. All the clues had positional language in to help us find the next object. Some things were hiding on top, inside, behind or next to other things. We had to listen carefully to the clue before we went searching.


When we found each clue we also got a Valentine’s treat. We needed to find all 6 treats to fill our egg box. The last treat was the best because we could eat it!


We had lots of fun on our hunt, look our for QR codes in our classroom that you can scan to find out about what has been happening in nursery.

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Chocolate Slime!


The slime is back in our classroom this week! So far we have made snow slime and sand slime but this week we made chocolate slime!

We added cocoa powder to make it smell and look like chocolate.


We can stretch and shape the slime and also roll it into balls.

As it is Valentine’s Day we made a chocolate shop on the sensory table. We added a shop stand with weighing scales. We used bun cases and heart cutters to make our chocolates.

Slime is one of our favourite activities and the children love to talk about what they are doing in the slime!

Valentine’s Soup


This week we have turned our water tray into Valentine’s soup.

We added strawberry jelly powder to the water to add colour and make it smell delicious!


We are enjoying filling and emptying at the moment so we added spoons, ladles, jars and containers.

Whisks, sponges and squeezy bottles help our fine motor skills.

We put stars, bears, foam numbers and beads in the tray to make our love potions and count out what we needed.

The children talked about what they wanted in their potion and counted out the objects they needed.

Heart Maths


On the Maths table this week we have had lots of hearts!

We have had hearts of different colours and sizes. We have had some hearts with numbers and amounts on each side. We have also had number cards and Numicon in our heart tray.


The children could decide what they wanted to do in the Maths tray.

Some children made repeating patterns with the hearts.


Some children put the hearts in order of their size.


Some children counted hearts out to match the number cards and Numicon.

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Some children matched numbers and amounts on either side of the hearts.

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We had lots of fun and the children worked together, talking about the Maths they were doing.

The activity was open-ended so everybody could join in and they could choose the Maths they wanted to do.

Love Bugs


As part of our Valentine’s theme this week we have been making love bugs!

We had pink and scented play dough with googley eyes, pipe cleaners, feathers and heart cutters to make our love bugs.


We counted how many eyes/feathers etc we used and compared the sizes of our love bugs.

We talked about why our love bugs were special and the people who we love.