Sep 20, 2021

Houlton September News: Sensory Play, Nature Trails and Our New Nursery

Houlton Hamper

Welcome to our September newsletter. Another month has flown by. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new parents and children to The Old Station Nursery family at Houlton.

We have had a very busy month getting our new building ready for opening on Monday this week. All of our staff were excited to get in as we are sure you all were too! It is great to be in our new building! The team had a lovely surprise visit last week from the Coop who have also just opened. They brought over a lovely hamper filled with goodies for the team to enjoy. What a lovely surprise! The team are really pleased to be building relationships within the community already!

September news

In our 0-2’s room, the children have enjoyed lots of creative and sensory play this month, including paint, playdough and cereal play. These activities have been encouraging the children to develop their fine motor skills, particularly picking up objects such as the cereal pieces and paintbrushes and, observing the effects created with their movements. The activities also provide the children with an opportunity to explore with their senses through actions such as tasting the cereal and using their hands in the paint. The children have also enjoyed observing the variety of construction and delivery vehicles passing by out of the windows.

The 2-3’s and 3+’s have been together most of this month within the temporary provision at Crick community sports centre. They enjoyed a walk through the nature trails on the centre grounds observing and talking about their surroundings as well as listening to the different sounds around them. This provided the children with the opportunity to learn about the outdoor environment and develop their understanding of how to look after it. After the walk, the children developed a keen interest in caring for the spiders and daddy long legs’ which they had been finding along the way. The children have also participated in creating their own pizzas for teatime, selecting which toppings they would like on their base from a wide selection. During this activity, the children were able to learn about healthy eating and discussed which toppings were healthier options.

What’s coming up next month

There are many exciting events coming up which we will be celebrating throughout October.

The 3rd October is National Grandparents Day. The rooms will be providing activities around the theme of grandparents. It would be lovely if you could provide photos and maybe a little bit of information about your child/ren’s grandparents on Connect for us to discuss with them on the day.

We will also be celebrating World Animal Day on the 4th October as well as World Space Week from the 4th – 10th October. On the 15th October, we will be celebrating Dussehra which is a Hindu Festival, part of Navaratri. We will also be celebrating World Food Day on the 16th October, National Pumpkin Day on the  25th October and, of course, Halloween!

We have a busy month ahead!

Other important information

We will be holding an open day mid-October. Additional details to follow.

Thank you all for a great start to September! Here’s to our brand new nursery which I hope you all love as much as we do!

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

Kayleigh Grindlay, Deputy Nursery Manager

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