Oct 21, 2021

Stowmarket Nursery October News: Biscuits, Painting and Puppets

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Hello and welcome to our October newsletter! The children have had a great month learning and exploring, and have loved the lead up to Halloween and are looking forward to the Halloween party on the 1st November.

October news

The month started with the children making biscuits, using their own skills to mix all the ingredients together. Afterwards, they then got to test out their own work and eat the biscuits (they were very yummy!), they really did a great job.

Next, it was World Animal Day! With a tuff tray set up with lots of different animals, the children used lots of communication skills and spoke about all the different animals they could see. The children also especially loved learning the different sounds of the animals, and used the hand puppets for pretend play.

Throughout October the children have been doing lots of Halloween craft, and have been making some Halloween cards using a really good pincer grip holding on to the paint brushes/ sponges to make a spooky Halloween card. All are very excited for our Halloween party with their friends!

The children also explored World Food Day, with different books on different cultures they could see all different cuisines around the world. The children then made a display with paints and using food to mark make with, developing their hand eye coordination by dipping the food into the paint then onto our cards.

Throughout October, Twinkle Stars focused on communication, using different books and pictures to help with their speech. The staff used lots of repetition to help the children learn new words, using our pointer fingers to point to out pictures in the books. The children were also using the mirrors to look at and we were talking about our emotions.

Shooting Stars focus was communication as well, with lots of group time, story time and song time. The children especially love joining in at the same time, even copying Makaton signs for another form of communication.

What’s coming up next month

We have lots of exciting days to look forward to in November!

1st November is the Halloween party, spooky outfits are encouraged! There will be lots of messy play such as shaving foam, pumpkin play and spaghetti play. 4th of November is Diwali, and we will use our different coloured lights and light boxes to celebrate. 5th November is Bonfire night, and the children will be creating pretty firework pictures with paint and glitter. 11th November is Remembrance day, for this the children will create some poppies to remember those we lost. On the 19th November we will be raising money for Children in Need, so please join us by wearing pyjamas to nursery; a small donation will be greatly appreciated.

Just a reminder for parents on the 10th of November our nursery photographer is coming in so if your child doesn’t attend this day and you wish to have some pictures done, please speak to a member of staff to book in a time slot.

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.

Jake Hostler, Nursery Manager

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