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Monday 5th October

Good morning everyone,

We are so sorry that we have had to close the nursery this week, however, we all need to do our part in preventing the spread of corona virus.

During this week we will post simple activities that you can do at home with your child. These activities use simple every day ingredients that you will probably have in the cupboard.

The most helpful thing you can do for your child during these unsettled times is to keep to a routine. Children thrive on routine as it helps them to feel safe and secure.

Try to get your child up and dressed at the usual time, after breakfast try some of the learning activities, keep to regular mealtimes and talk, sing and read with your child.

These simple things all have an enormous impact on young children’s learning.

During the past five weeks in nursery all children have been shown how to make their own play dough.

Making salt dough is a really fun and easy activity for children and the chances are you will have all of the ingredients in the cupboard ready to go on a rainy day. Children love using their imaginations to create all sorts of exciting objects (although simple shapes do seem to work best) and can have hours of fun painting their creations, but do take care to remind them that the salt dough is not edible.

Ingredients

Makes 1 ball

Prep 10 minutes

1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)

half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)

half a cupful of water (about 125ml)

Method

Put the flour and salt into a bowl

Make a small well in the middle

Pour in the water

Mix it together

You can add a few drops of food colouring, scented essences, or interesting things like dried lentils to make a textured dough

Provide your child with biscuit cutters, child scissors, a small rolling pin and they will play for hours’

If you would like to share pictures of your child making dough e-mail them to head@childrenshouse.towerhamlets.sch.uk and I will put them on the blog.

Have a good day and we are here to help if you have any queries.

Home Made Salt Dough

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