Handa’s Surprise

Good Afternoon,

Today we thought we would share with you a story we had been enjoying in nursery before we left. It’s called “Handa’s Surprise” and within the story Handa goes on an adventure to deliver fruit to her friends.

Below is a resource which details the learning within the story and also has some home learning ideas on how you can extend the learning, such as making your own Handa’s Surprise book. Some children may be able to tell you about the fruit tasting experience we did within nursery.

If you do not have a copy of the book don’t worry as there is a link within this resource to watch the story on Youtube.

Hope you enjoy this resource and please share any experiences you do from this learning pack.

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The sun has got his hat on. Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Good afternoon,

Today we would like to suggest that you and your child spend time enjoying the sunshine whilst painting with water. This activity will help to build not only your child’s creativity but the confidence to experiment and to develop early drawing and writing skills.

This activity will prompt lots of great discussion between you and your child. Encourage your child to use descriptive words to describe what they can see- are the marks big/small, long/short, squiggly etc.

It may also be interesting to guess how long the sun will take to dry up the water. 

We hope you have a wonderful time with this idea. Be sure to share your experience with us via email!

Spring Walk Bingo

Hi everyone,

We hope you had a lovely Easter. We thought we would start the first week of our new term with a “Spring Walk Bingo”. You can print out this sheet or just use it from your phone and see if your little one can spot any of these items when you are out and about on your daily exercise, when they find something they can check it off. Be sure to send us some photos of you completing your Spring Walk Bingo we would love to see them.

Click the link below to open the Bingo sheet –

Spring Walk Bingo

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Hope you Enjoy!

Independence Skills

Hi everyone, hope we are all doing okay as we enter our second week of this very strange new normal. We are missing you all very much! This week we thought we could focus on developing your little one’s independence skills. In our normal day to day life it is so hard to focus on these skills as we are rushing around to get to nursery, school and work. Now life has taken on a bit of a slower pace, for some, its the perfect time to encourage them to dress themselves, put on their own socks and shoes and their coats. Here are some tips we use within nursery to encourage independence:

  • Coats: Hood on and arms in!
  • For underwear its easier if it was a picture on as then the rule can be picture to the front.
  • Sitting down is the easiest way – sit down till you can see your feet and then up to pull them up.
  • For shoes you can make a simple foot mat – draw around their shoes onto a piece of A4 paper, once they have put on their shoes get them to stand on the mat and if they match they are on the right feet!

Here’s a song you can play them to help encourage the process –

Some of these tips are super simple but sometimes simple is best! We would love to see pictures or videos of your little ones putting on their own coats and shoes!

Remember to drop us an email if you need anything at all. Stay safe everyone x

Let’s go on an adventure with Auntie Mabel and Pippin..

‘Come Outside’ is another one of our favourites within nursery. The series aims to encourage young children to learn about the world around them. The theme is something that the children are already familiar with, such as water, wood, paper, boots, spiders, street lamps etc and Auntie Mabel helps to answers those questions that curious little minds have.

Here are a few videos that you and your child may like to visit..

(You might even remember these videos from your own childhood!!).







Poem for Nursery Children

Here is a lovely poem we would like to share with you all. Nursery rhymes and poems can support the development of language and communication skills from an early age. Rhymes can help them understand and learn about different sounds. This is an important part of developing those early years literacyNursery rhymes and poems can support the development of language and communication skills from an early age. Rhymes can help them understand and learn about different sounds. This is an important part of developing those early years literacy skills.

Poem for Nursery Children


Hello from Nursery!

Hi everyone,

Hope we are all well and keeping safe! We miss you all and don’t quite know how to fill our days without all your little people keeping us busy.

We will be posting on here hopefully quite regularly and sharing some things that your children enjoy while at nursery with us.

Our first share for today is a Youtube channel that you may be familiar with called Cosmic Kids Yoga.


We use this within nursery to have some quiet time usually after lunch and the children engage with this so well. Yoga is beneficial to children both physically and emotionally. Physically it enhances their flexibility, coordination, muscle tone and their spacial awareness. Emotionally it helps them to relax and relieve any anxiety they may feel. It will also help them to concentrate and focus on any tasks they may have later in the day. Most importantly it can help them sleep better at night – worth a go I think! 

Our personal favourites at nursery are:

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt



Popcorn the Dolphin

There are lots of different videos that you can all get involved with as a whole family! Please share any photos or videos of you doing yoga with us via email!

Stay safe everyone and please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us.

Loanhead Nursery x