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Monday 1st February

Monday 1st February 2021

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope that you all had a good weekend. Did any of you see The Three Little Pigs Ballet (link posted on Saturday’s blog) or take part in the big garden bird watch. You can see one of our friends working hard counting the birds in his garden. It looks as if he was kept very busy.

I had a go at bird spotting on Saturday, I sat by the back door and in the garden I saw one robin, two wood pigeons, one feral pigeon and a magpie. I uploaded my results to the RSPB website last night. This really helps the society for the protection of birds to get a clear picture of just which birds are visiting our gardens during the winter months.

This week in nursery our book of the week is The Gingerbread Man. The home learning planning sheet is posted below. Remember these activities are just ideas and not things you have to do. We want you to have fun at home and not to be stressed. Remember the most important thing you can do for your child right now is to stick to a predictable routine and talk, read, sing, exercise and play together.

In nursery today the children in red class made ginger scented playdough. They had fun using gingerbread man and animal cutters.

Here is a recipe to try at home:

Gingerbread play dough recipe:


2 cups plain flour (all purpose)

1/2 cup salt

3 tablespoons any oil

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 cup of boiling water (added gradually)

1 tablespoon ground ginger

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

5 drops of glycerine for extra shine!

Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutters or animal cutters


Mix all of the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the oil. Stir in the boiling water (adult to do this bit) and allow to cool briefly. Knead it into a workable dough on a floured surface using your hands. After a few minutes it should be soft and smooth and none should come off on your fingers. If it’s still a little sticky then add more flour, one tablespoon at a time until it’s just right! Finally, add the glycerine (if you want) for that extra smooth softness and shine.

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Add gingerbread men cookie cutters and rolling pins and pretend to make real gingerbread men and “bake” them in a pretend oven. Role play being bakers and sell them in bakery shop pretend play.

A cardboard box can be turned into a great play oven.

The first floor children acted out the story with stick puppets and the ground floor class made predictions. They thought about why the Gingerbread man didn’t want to go in the river. They then put gingerbread in water to observe what happened.

We also managed to have fun outdoors despite the sudden drop in temperature. At Children’s House we always say there is no such thing as “bad weather” just bad clothing. So providing children are well wrapped up they love to play and run in all weathers.

Kamran is on the blog today reading the story, Hanan is singing a song and Judy is singing and singing.

Following on from positive feedback there will be more live zoom sessions this week, so look out for the times.

Have a good evening.



Red class are making ginger playdough and special pictures to take home

Predicting what will happen to the Gingerbread Man if he gets wet!

First Floor Class retell the story of the Gingerbread Man

Kamran reads The Gingerbread, run as fast as you can

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Sing a Gingerbread Song with Hanan

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Lets sing about gingerbread men

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, Read and signed by Judy

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Judy sings and signs the 'Teddy Bear' song

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Look who is joining in with the Great Garden Bird Watch