Aug 25, 2021

Apricot Nursery August News: Picnics, Stories and Messy Play

Child playing at Apricot nursery

Welcome to our August newsletter! It has been a busy and fun month in Apricot Nursery. We have sadly had to say goodbye to some of our friends that are moving up to our preschool, but we wish them luck in their new journey where they will make lots of new friends.

August news

In Twinkle stars, the children have been having lots of fun exploring different animals, such as tigers, cats, and farm animals. To extend this, we put paper and pencils out with pictures of the animals for the babies to do their own interpretation. We then looked at different animal books.

We have explored some messy play activities such as shaving foam and paint. We added some animals into the play, then the babies used their hands to explore the feel of the texture of the paint and shaving foam. The babies have also been exploring the sensory bottles, they have been using their senses to see what is in them hear if it made a sound and touch and feel, if its heavy or light to pick up.

The children have been having lots of fun exploring mark making, finding different ways to create art! The materials explored included shaving foam and paint, to make marks using fingers, track painting by rolling the cars through the paint, and shape painting using toys to print with. Twinkle Stars also really enjoyed the bubbles this week, reaching up and out setting the challenge to pop them. We have welcomed some more new friends and sad goodbyes as some of our friends have moved up to the next room.

In Shooting Stars, the children have had lots of fun of exploring, particularly enjoying reading stories. A real favourite was “Postman Bear”; practitioners set out an activity and challenged the children to help write letters by making marks on the envelopes. They used the frogs and squirrel puppets to represent the characters from the story, which gave the children a real test of their reading, expressive art and design skills, and fine motor skills.

We have also been exploring our senses this week, and the children have had fun feeling the porridge oats, shaving foam and cornflour. They enjoyed making marks with their fingers, which was beneficial for their expressive arts and design skills as they explored different media and materials. In the garden, the children have explored mathematics by making towers and counting bricks as they have used them. Not only a fun time outside, this helped their number development, awareness of space, and measuring skills.

The children have explored their emotions by reading our feelings book and playing feelings puppets, which led nicely into self-care; bathing the dollies outside, and having lots of fun making a splash in the water. Shooting Stars haven’t stopped there! With singing and dancing with musical instruments, messy play, painting and puzzles, it really has been a busy and enjoyable month.

In the Sunbeams room the children have been involved in plenty of sensory play with the shiny elephants and lighted tubes! The children have enjoyed a variety of garden activities, including different coloured water to transport in various sized containers, as well as paints mixed with oats. Sand play has been a real favourite, using the diggers, bowls and spoons and fingers to make marks in the sand.

The children have been exploring both outside environments, playing with the water trays with the sea life animals, and a tuff tray with “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” characters in it. The children even created a story board, and the story has been read to the children every day!

We have also been having picnic teas as the weather has been so lovely and the children took it in turns to hand out the tea to their friends.

The children took a big interest in the story sack, singing the song and going round the circle taking turns to take an object out of the sack and thinking of a song to go with it. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was much improved (if possible!) with all sorts of funny songs.

What’s coming up next month

If you and your family celebrate a special festival, event or day please let us know and we will explore this in the setting.

On the 21st September we will be celebrating moon festival, then on the 22nd September, we will be celebrating the first day of Autumn. My how this summer has flown!

Other important information

We also wanted to remind you of our refer a friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to your nursery manager.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Daynurseries.co.uk. Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or Daynurseries.co.uk

A reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the new term starts back on Thursday, 2ndSeptember.

Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise.  If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.

Activity for home

If you are looking for something to do at home this weekend or over the coming months, why not give our activity at home a go! Be aware that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

Paint with your hands and feet

  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice
  • Mark making using their body
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body
  • Colours
  • Shapes and sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!

As always, we would like to thank you all for your continued support, it is always hugely appreciated.

Lisa Payne, Nursery Manager


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