Oct 26, 2021

Apricot Nursery October News: Farms, Fruits and Picnics

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

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.

October news

What an action packed month we’ve had! In Twinkle Stars the babies got messy with our gloopy dinosaur dig themed tuff tray, and have been using their senses with their new sensory table. The smell sacks were especially popular! As well as lots of splashing around with blue water, the babies have been filling and emptying with sand and squeezing and squishing the sand. They have explored their sensory den which was filled with lights and sensory toys, the children have had fun exploring this toys and feeling lots of different textures and looking at different colours.

We have also celebrated Farmer’s day with a farm themed tuff tray that had hay, mud and oats inside! We have also been baking this week, doing hand over hand role modelling, the babies loved mixed the ingredients together. The babies have loved the fresh air and exploring movement in our garden, as well as looking at different textures and sounds using our heuristic resources such as leaves and conkers. This allowed the babies to explore their fine and gross motor skills and their sensory skills.

In Shooting stars we have enjoyed celebrating World Fruit Day, which the children explored different flavours as they tried a range of different fruits which helps to develop their understanding of the world.

The children had lots of fun playing with our new small world toys and enjoyed playing with the small world family with support from the practitioners who questioned and spoke about their families. We have also been enjoying the story dinosaur express this week and have been doing painting using the dinosaurs to make footprints to extend this interest further, which was so beneficial for their fine motor skills and expressive arts and design.

In Sunbeams we have been exploring the song sack, the children taking it in turns to choose an object from the bag and thinking of a song for the children to sing. Autumn activities have been very popular, such as making acorns, autumn printing, choosing an autumn stamper and choosing and making autumn colours to paint with.

The children have shown a keen interest in baking this week so to further this interest we have made hedgehog bread, jam tarts and cinnamon rolls, the children measured the ingredients they needed, poured them into a bowl and mixed them together. Rugby Tots the came to visit which the children loved, they played with hoops and kicked the rugby ball and just had so much fun.

Sunbeams also started to explore some Halloween activities, making pumpkin masks and the tuff tray was set up with straw and little pumpkins which had a trap made of masking tape, creating a challenge for the children to get the pumpkins out with the tweezers.

What’s coming up next month

On the 9th November we are having CI photography out for the day taking the children’s beautiful pictures. On the 11th November we will be celebrating Remembrance day, and on the 12th November we will be celebrating World Kindness Day.

Other important information

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

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.

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 size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Lisa Payne, Nursery Manager

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