Sep 20, 2021

Fen Drayton September News: Sensory Play, Autumn Crafts and Outdoor Learning

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Welcome to our September newsletter! The children have been doing a variety of Autumn activities this month, using lots of different crafts to create wonderful pictures. The children have had the opportunity to learn about different colours and textures while they doing these activities.

September news

This month in Stars, the children have been doing lots of sensory play with jelly, coloured pasta and paint. This has helped the children explore their sensory experiences as well as practising their pincer grip and developing their fine motor skills. The children have also been making faces when using the pasta to make different expressions. This has helped the children start to learn a little about emotions.

The children have had lots of fun doing autumn activities and have created an autumn board throughout the month. To create this. the children used paper plates, tissue paper and paint to create a tree. As a group, we talked about the colours on the display. This has helped the children with colour recognition and with understanding the world around them.

In Sunbeams this month, the children have celebrated Roald Dahl Day by listening to suitable revolting rhymes. This has helped develop their listening, attention and language skills.

The children have also enjoyed autumn activities such as apple printing and sticking. The children used different materials to stick such as flowers and conkers. The children also used different autumn colours to complete their pictures. This has helped the children to learn about different colours, practice are fine motor skills, expand sensory experiences and express creativity.

This month, preschool have been having lots of fun exploring and learning about space and developing their knowledge of different planets. As a group, we also discussed what we would need to take to space, such as clothing, equipment etc. This has helped the children expand their understanding of the world and helped them with their language development.

The children have had fun this month exploring some new toys in the room, such as numicon resources, balance bikes and an ice cream parlour. The children have been using their social skills, physical skills and imaginative play while using these toys.

In September, the children have also been learning about weight and how scales work. The children have been testing what is the heaviest and what is the lightest. This has helped the children develop their maths skills further and help challenge their ideas of what is light and what is heavy.

While in the garden the children have been able to develop their gross motor skills, balancing skills and have been able to practice negotiating space while using the balance bikes. The children have also been in the garden’s construction area, exploring what they can build. They have learnt about safe practices whilst building.

Preschool have also been developing their senses this month and have explored different smells as well as what we feel when we touch things such as flowers, flour, coco powder, salt, sugar, rice puffs and bread. We extended the children’s learning with the flowers and they made some beautiful artwork with them, developing their use of colours, tripod grip and creativity.

What’s coming up next month

We have a busy month ahead! Filled with lots of engaging activities as well as a number of exciting events.

In October, we will be celebrating many events, including: Grandparents Day, World Animal Day, Space Week and, of course, Halloween! We will send out further details but the children have lots to look forward to in the coming weeks!

Other important information

We would like to welcome two new staff members to the team, Philomena and Savannah. Philomena is new to working in nurseries and Savannah is joining us from another Sunhill nursery. We wish them the warmest of welcomes to our team. They very much look forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks.

Please can you make sure that all clothes are named when you bring them to nursery. It makes it easier to return them to the rightful owner when things get misplaced.

Thank you for a brilliant start to September!

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


  • 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

Helen Ince, Nursery Manager

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