Sep 22, 2021

Apricot Nursery September News: Sensory Activities, Outdoor Play and Creativity

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Welcome to our September newsletter! What a busy month we have had. A very warm welcome to all of our new families – the children are settling in fantastically!

September news

This month in Twinkle stars, the children have enjoyed exploring their building skills with the duplo bricks. The children enjoyed singing songs about the colours that they could see. The babies loved hitting the bricks and picking them up. The children have also been feeling creative this month so the team got out some black card and chalk and watched as the babies created their own master piece. The babies also enjoyed being creative by exploring lots of different kinds paper on the messy table.

As we have had some lovely weather, the children have taken full advantage of the sunshine and have had so much fun playing in the water tray with lots of soft balls, splashing around with their friends. The children have loved exploring the heuristic play this month, feeling lots of different textures.  They explored new materials at the bubble wrap station; thoroughly enjoying popping and pressing the bubbles.

Also this month, the children have enjoyed playing with the noisy puzzle boxes and expanding  on their problem solving skills.

In the Shooting stars room this month, the children have been focusing on art activities. They have been making animal prints and car tracks to further their expressive arts and design skills. The children have also enjoyed dipping lots of different shapes into paint to make marks. This activity helped to develop the children’s expressive arts as well as design, fine motor skills, communication and language

The children have also enjoyed exploring the sensory toys and activities, such as the sequin boards and sensory bags. To further their interest’s, the team have been reading the touchy feely books and talking about the different textures that the children could feel. In addition, the children have also enjoyed the different sensory trays in the garden. They were excited to experience lots of new and different textures. This activity also helped to promote fine motor skills.

Throughout September in the Sunbeams room, the children have enjoyed singing and dancing using the song sacks. They have thoroughly enjoyed using the pom poms and Disney CD; shaking the pom poms up, down, fast and slow.

Also this month, the children have enjoyed using the tuff trays to explore using different textures such as soil, sand, grass and stones. In the trays, the children have enjoyed playing with the bugs, diggers, and animals. The children have also had a tuff tray filled with dinosaurs, bugs, bark and stones and together as a group, the children read lots of dinosaurs books to explore their interest.

As the weather has been surprisingly good over the past few weeks, the children have also been busy in the garden, helping the practitioners to refill the sand pit with new sand and plant some lovely new plants and herbs. The Sunbeams children have also been creative this month. They used a variety of tools to make marks on paper, in sand on the pavement. Whilst exploring the sea life animals, the children got creative and made enclosures for the sea life as well as some jellyfish and crabs to go alongside the sea life activities.

What’s coming up next month

We have another busy month ahead of us. Alongside all of our usual fun and engaging activities, the children will also be celebrating one very important event in October: Halloween! We will send out more details about this event, but we are already looking forward to it!

Other important information

Thank you all for your ongoing support and a great start to the term!

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.

Threading cards

Activity:

  • What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
  • Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
  • Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
  • When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
  • Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
  • Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
  • When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.

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, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
  • Use of tools for a purpose
  • How to use scissors safely
  • Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
  • Counting numbers in sequence
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Building attention skills and patience

Lisa Payne, Nursery Manager

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