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January 2021 

Our Nursery team will be delivering 2 story sessions a day to Nursery families and children.

The documents below from the Nursery team are full of exciting ideas of different things you can do with your child at home.


Click here to get cooking with Jamie Oliver 

Chit Chat Pitter Pat - home learning and school readiness ideas are in different slides below

There is also a Facebook page with ideas of what you can do at home to support your child -

What's on for under 5's in Waltham Forest

Tidy up song

In Nursery we play this song to indicate it is time to tidy up. You might want to use it at home to signal tidy up time.

Read with Mira

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60 activities to do at home
  1. Craft a story together.
  2. Make an obstacle course.
  3. Bake together.
  4. Fold towels.
  5. Play a rhyming game.
  6. Build a house of plastic cups.
  7. Play dress-up.
  8. Make a path of pillows to use as stepping stones.
  9. Write a book.
  10. Play I Spy with colors..
  11. Play Simon Says with the whole family.
  12. Make a large box into a playhouse.
  13. Complete a connect-the-dots picture.
  14. Make a musical parade.
  15. Jump rope or hula-hoop.
  16. Make a cereal or pasta necklace.
  17. Play "Freeze Tag."
  18. Do a puzzle.
  19. Play Hide and Seek.
  20. Build a city out of toys / lego.
  21. Make a tea party.
  22. Play Go Fish.
  23. Build a fort with a blanket, some pillows and durable furniture.
  24. Put on a sock-puppet play.
  25. Play catch with a balloon.
  26. Practice tumbling.
  27. Challenge your child to identify items by smell.
  28. Pretend to go on an African safari.
  29. Play hopscotch.
  30. Build a dollhouse out of shoeboxes.
  31. Play charades together.
  32. Create a collage from old magazines.
  33. Pop balloons with your body.
  34. Sort coins.
  35. Make a car wash for riding toys.
  36. Plant a seed and watch it grow.
  37. Sort things by colors.
  38. Create a spider web with glue-coated spaghetti.
  39. Make paper-bag masks and decorate them.
  40. Play Follow the Leader.
  41. Make a volcano out of baking soda, vinegar and red food coloring.
  42. Use different objects (like a wire coat hanger) to make soap bubbles.
  43. Play "What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?"
  44. Let your child "read" you a storybook by looking at the pictures.
  45. Polish and paint each other's nails.
  46. Make hand shadows.
  47. Exercise with a yoga video together.
  48. Play a simple version of Pictionary.
  49. Make a paper-bag puppet.
  50. Keep a balloon in the air as long as possible.
  51. Play Hot and Cold with a hidden object.
  52. Cut snowflakes from folded paper and decorate them.
  53. Play a matching game with photos of family members.
  54. Call out words and challenge your child to think of rhymes for each one.
  55. Let your child scrub carrots or potatoes for dinner.
  56. Use cooking tools to play with water.
  57. Copy each other's rhythms on a toy drum.
  58. Tilt a baking sheet on a stack of books to make a slide for toy cars.
  59. Crawl under a sheet and pretend you're lost in a cave.
  60. Make fruit kebabs.

Our key workers in the Nursery are:                                                        

Sue and Areen, Mira and Shaista.


Planning for topics in Nursery is done on a weekly basis. Staff plan topics which are based around the children’s interests. Please ask the Nursery staff for more information about what is being learnt each week. For the first few weeks the focus will be on settling in, learning the school routines and making new friends. 


We have a WOW tree in Nursery that stays in place throughout the year. We would like parents, carers and families to share any special significant moments, big or small that your child has at home or in the community. For example, they can now swim without armbands; they can now butter their own bread, they can now ride a tricycle or scooter, they can brush their own teeth, etc. This is a really special way to strengthen ties between home and school. The WOW tree is on the wall display as you come into the Nursery. Please remember to write the date on your leaf so we can keep track of when things happen.

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