Location: Meredale Nursery (Rainham, Gillingham)
2nd March 2017

World Book Day!

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On Thursday 2nd March Meredale Day Nursery celebrated the 20th Anniversary of World Book Day with an array of games and activities all revolving around some of their favourite books!

Babies aged 3 months to 2 yrs.

Our baby room had a ‘Gingerbread Man’ theme day.  They used Gingerbread cookie cutters as stamps with brown paint creating the outline of the gingerbread, then drew on the faces.  There was Mr and Mrs Gingerbread colouring with a variety of different coloured pencils.  The babies engaged with staff in the book corner whilst the storybook was read out and then there was Gingerbread play dough in the afternoon.  The children loved to smell the dough whilst making shapes and feeling the textures of the dough between their fingers.  This was a super sensory play session which was greatly enjoyed.

Toddlers aged 2 to 3 yrs.

Our Toddler room spent the morning mask making from ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ books.  They then discussed the features of the face and how they recognise their friends and family.  They went on to create the scene from ‘The three Little Pigs’ using mud and sticks from the garden to act out with figurines.  They had a ‘Bear Hunt’ in the garden, from the ever popular ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’; following the clues in the pictures around the garden they followed the story.  This worked on the children’s physical development as they were using big wide movements.  They worked on ‘The Three Little Pigs’ play dough in the afternoon, tuning their fine motor skills and also worked as team and sharing when taking turns in the ‘Gruffalo’ puppet show.

Pre –School aged 3 to 5yrs.

Our Pre-School children decided to base their day around the room’s favourite book ‘Aliens Love Underpants’.  This started with a ‘Pant Painting’ session using fabric pens designing their very own underpants.  Story time was a collection of alien stories along with the children’s favourite stories from home.  The children worked very well on increasing their attention skills during the readings, so WELL DONE to our Pre Schoolers.   The children also worked with air drying clay, creating their very own funny monsters using pipe cleaners and googly eyes.  Alongside this activity the children were learning about prime colours and mixing paints together to create other colours.  During the afternoon the children were playing a number game whereby numbered cards were hidden within green ‘Gloop’.  The children had to find a card and as quick as they could recite what number was on it.  Very messy but educational!  They finished off the day by making a washing line display with their painted pants.