Nov 22, 2021

Apricot Nursery November News: Fireworks, Puppies and Potions

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Welcome to this month’s newsletter! The month of November has been full of wonderful celebrations including, Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Children in Need.

November news

We have had lots of fun in the Twinkle Stars this month! The babies have been using their gross motor skills to explore and embark on their adventures in the soft play area, and have also enjoyed beginning to create some poppy crafts for Remembrance Day next week. The children seemed to have enjoyed going hunting for balls and animals in the leaves outside in the garden, and have also explored their senses with our sensory bag table, getting to squish and squeeze the bags and watch as they mixed. The babies also enjoyed exploring the farm tuff tray that was filled with dry cereal as the ground cover, and have celebrated fireworks with creations using their hands, paint and glitter .

The babies have been challenged by a blue themed tuff tray to help colour identification. We have also done lots of singing with the children and used musical instruments during different songs to see how the children react to the different sounds. The children have been challenged by the new sensory books by feeling what the textures are and seeing if they like the feel of rough, smooth, spiky, fluffy and scratchy.

The children in Shooting Stars have been enjoyed exploring their senses as the practitioners have facilitated lots of different trays with tissue paper, foil, string, pipe cleaners and cotton wool. They have explored how the materials feel, and the practitioners modelled language “spiky” “soft”  “hard” and “fluffy “as this supported communication and language as well as fine motor skills. The children have also been exploring their dance and movement and have enjoyed listening to the CD player and participating with lots of different action songs. The children have also enjoyed the stories this week and have been developing their early reading and listening and attention.

In Shooting Stars the children have been getting creative and the children have enjoyed exploring the magic potion tuff tray and enjoyed selecting sand, bark, water and leaves to add to the bowl and mixing them together to make their potion. This activity was beneficial for their fine motor skills, expressive arts and design and also promoted turn taking with other children.

The children have also been getting involved with baking this week and have been helping to make short bread biscuits for their tea! They helped to rolled out the dough and then used the cutters to cut out the shapes which helped with their fine motor skills and their mathematics as they learned about measurements. The children also did Remembrance Day paintings this week and used their hands to make red and black marks on paper to form their own representations of poppy. This was beneficial for their expressive arts and design skills and also helped to develop their understanding of the world.

In the Sunbeams room the children have been interested in celebrating the start of fireworks week by using glitter and glue to create lovely firework pictures! The children have been using their mark making skills by using paint, glue and glitter and felt pens.

In Sunbeams this week the children celebrated Remembrance Day by dressing up in red doing the two minute silence and making poppies using apples for the poppy. We have also done some baking, we have made flapjacks, we helped to weigh out all the ingredients, pour them into the bowl and mixed them together; they were so tasty!

The Sunbeams room we have had pet week and two of the practitioners kindly brought in their pets to show the children. Ellena brought in her Guinea pig called Hector in which the children enjoyed holding and petting, and Racheal brought in her puppy called Kenny. Then to extend this activity we used the tuff tray to set up a vets and spoke about poorly animals.

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 7th December Twinkle Stars are holding a arts and craft session with parents, then the 8th Shooting Stars are holding an arts and crafts sessions with parents, and Sunbeams will be doing this on the 9th.

We have Christmas Carol concerts too, 13th for Twinkle Stars, 14th for Shooting Stars, and the 15th for Sunbeams.

On the 16th December it is Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas lunch.

Other important information

This month, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

Here’s to a fantastic and very festive month ahead!

Home activity

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.

Create your own stained glass window

Please follow the activity idea below:


  • Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
  • Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
  • Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
  • Display for all to see.

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice.
  • Mark making.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing fine motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, cut, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

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

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Lisa Payne, Nursery Manager


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