Information and activity ideas from Mrs Shaw

Date: 23rd Sep 2020 @ 11:48am

Dear Parents and Carers,

First of all, I hope that you are keeping well and whilst this is not quite the start we had imagined for our Nursery year we will endeavour to make the best of it.

Our focus for the next few weeks in Nursery is all about playing, sharing, listening, talking, toileting and learning to wash our hands.

Below are some ideas to help your child at home which cover the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Many of these activities should be able to be done without needing to buy any resources but please note, this is not a tick list for you to work down. Choose your favourites and do them as many times as you like – repeating them is good!

 I will also be sending a daily story for the children to listen to, a nursery rhyme to sing and a little activity to take part in with me via our tapestry app.

You should have already received an activation email for the tapestry app.

Please feel free to send pictures or videos of what your children have been up to and/or ask any questions via tapestry.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Massage – pretend to make a cake or build a pizza on your partner’s back
  • Share stories – retell and act them out. Some of the nursery children had a great time acting out The 3 Little Pigs last week!
  • Give your children responsibility to help with household chores – spray the window cleaner and clean the windows is a favourite!
  • Sharing a family meal and talk about your day.
  • Sing the Handwashing song
    • (sung to Row, Row, Row the Boat)Wash, wash, wash your hands
    • Make them nice and clean
    • On the bottom, on the top
    • And fingers in between

Sing this twice whilst washing your hands

  • Toileting

If your child isn’t completely toilet trained there is some very good non-judgemental advice from the ERIC website. Link below:

Physical Development

  • Threading pasta on to wool or string
  • Water play in the bath – scooping, pouring and measuring
  • Junk modelling
  • Musical movement games – like musical statues

Communication and Language

  • Storytelling with homemade puppets – use old socks, lolly stick and straws
  • Make music with saucepans and pots
  • Singing nursery rhymes and action songs, such as Simon Says
  • Play board games


  • Pairing socks
  • Playing Snakes and Ladders
  • Build towers from blocks – how many blocks did you use? Can you use the same blocks to build a different tower?
  • Make a bowling game with toilet rolls


  • Share story books and talk about what is happening on each page
  • Play lotto games – matching pictures
  • Hide an object in a ‘mystery bag’ and give clues to what might be inside

Understanding the World

Expressive Art and Design

  • Dancing to music – use scarves
  • Make shakers with pasta or rice in pots
  • Make props for your favourite story and act it out together

If you have any questions or need any advice please feel free to contact us via tapestry and hopefully we’ll see each other soon.

Mrs Shaw and the Nursery Team