Simple ideas for you to try at home!
At Westerham Day Nursery and Pre-school, we love to put our imaginations to the test!
We're always thinking of simple-but-fun new ways to engage our children, get their creative juices flowing and learn all at the same time! Everything we do here at the nursery can be recreated back at home and won't cost you the earth - so why not take a look at some of our latest activity ideas?
Sensory play doh
2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until you have enough)
Essence (try, cinnamon, vanilla or orange)
Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
Add your food colouring and essence if desired, to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone.
This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency! If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right
100ml PVA white glue (children’s craft glue or CE marked glue)
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Gel food colouring
1 tsp contact lens cleaning solution
Environmentally friendly glitter and/or sequins
Squeeze the glue into a mixing bowl (look for a bottle in a 100ml size if possible so you won’t have to measure it out). Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix well.
Add a drop or two of your chosen gel food colouring. Less colouring gives a pastel colour; the more you add, the brighter the colour. Mix until well incorporated.
Add the contact lens solution and mix. The slime will begin to form, going stringy before coming away clean from the bowl into a ball.
Once it has formed, take it out and knead it with your hands. It will be sticky at first but after about 30 seconds you’ll have a smooth and pliable ball. Add glitter at this point, if desired, and work in with your hands. Store in a pot with a lid.
Baby Safe Sensory Spaghetti
Large plastic container
Cook the pasta
While the pasta is cooking, fill several mixing bowls (one for each colour) about 3/4 of the way full with cold water.
Add several drops of food colouring to the water.
When the pasta has finished cooking, carefully strain and immediately distribute the cooked spaghetti among the bowls of coloured water you have prepared.
Let the pasta sit for about 1 hour
Drain each colour individually and toss it with the tiniest bit of oil to keep the strands from sticking together.
Add the pasta to your plastic bin and let the fun begin!
At Westerham Day Nursery and Pre-school we firmly believe that early years learning should always come with a good dose of fun and experimentation! Call now or enquire about enrolling your child.
Natural Infusion Tea
A lightweight tea pot
Herbal tea of choice
Boiled water (allow to cool before use)
Top tip: charity shops are the best place to get tea sets at the right price!
Boil the kettle and allow the water to become just warm before transferring to the kettle
Pour your water into the teacup
Add the tea bag and allow to infuse