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Activities to try at home!

Autumn 1 

Our first topic is, 'If you go down to the woods today!' We started off our topic by talking about that cheeky Goldilocks who snuck into the Three Bears' house and ate Baby Bear's porridge! We will be creating pictures of bears over the next couple of weeks using different materials.

See what we've been doing...

As part of our topic we have been making porridge for Baby Bear using different sized bowls and spoons, making a new bed for Goldilocks and creating our own images of bears using paints, crayons, pastels and collage materials.

This week (12/10) we have been looking at Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt and have created our own bear hunt using the small world, moved around like bears to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 and recreated the story through yoga.

Finger Gym

What is Finger Gym?

A Finger Gym is an activity form designed to work out the smaller muscles and fine motor skills in the way that a Gym exercises the larger muscles and gross motor skills.

Incorporating elements of Communication & Language, Literacy and pencil control, Finger Gym activities can help with developing the smaller hand muscles, alongside vital skills like hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity and supporting further topics through the potential writing, drawing and colouring involved.


Exploring Autumn

Over the term Nursery have been exploring the garden each week and looking for seasonal changes and the signs of Autumn. One afternoon we all went on a treasure hunt. With a partner we filled our treasure chest with lots of autumnal things. We found crunchy leaves, dandelions, seeds and ever rose hips!


As part of our exploration of Autumn, Nursery have also been creating their own pictures of pumpkins using pastels and chalk. Alongside this we have been moving to music imagining we are trees blowing in the breeze and leaves fluttering to the ground before creating wind to propel leaves into the air.



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Make your own playdough at home! 

Playdough is a great resource for fine motor development. Manipulating playdough helps strengthen hand muscles and develop control over the fingers. 


4 minute playdough recipe 


  • Add 2 cups of plain flour to a large bowl.
  • Next add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • Then add half a cup of salt.
  • Next add 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (this might be tricky to find, the recipe will work without it, just keep the playdough in the fridge to keep it fresh.) 
  • Give all the ingredients a big mix! 
  • This step must be done by the adult! Add 1-1.5 cups of boiling water. When cooler the child can continue mixing. 
  • Add your chosen food colouring if available. 


What will you make with your playdough? 

Challenge...Can you make your face? Or your favourite food or animal? Or shape the dough to make the letters of your name?

Join in with some dough disco moves!! Click link below!



  • Twin Sails Infant School and Nursery,
  • Blandford Road, Hamworthy,
  • Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AX
  • Telephone: 01202 672 377
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