Resources For Parents To Use At Home

Each week there will be downloadable colouring sheets and other exciting resources that will help establish a link between play and learning at Limehouse Day Nursery and home.

To Make Soap Jelly

Gelatine and the vegetarian alternative Vege-Gel are available in supermarkets in small boxes usually containing 3 sachets. Each sachet sets a pint of liquid when used to make food. To make Jelly Soap use double the amount of Gelatine or Vege-Gel, 2 sachets/pint of liquid. 1 pint = 570 ml

2 sachets Gelatine or Vege-Gel

320 ml water

250 ml clear liquid soap

2 Tablespoons vodka (optional)

EITHER

In a clean saucepan mix 2 sachets Gelatine into 320 ml cold water

Heat stirring frequently until dissolved DO NOT BOIL.

OR

In a clean saucepan mix 2 sachets Vege-Gel into 320 ml cold water

Bring to the boil stirring frequently.

THEN

Add 250 ml liquid soap stirring gently.

Add 2 Tablespoons vodka (acts as preservative) if desired, stirring gently.

Divide into batches for different colours.

To each batch add a few drops of food colouring and stir gently.

Fragrances can be added if desired.

Pour into containers to cool and set (about 2 hours).

Simply scoop different colours of Jelly Soap into a Jar.

The Jelly Soap can be set in silicone moulds to make attractive shapes.

A small plastic toy can be placed in the Jelly Soap just before it sets to encourage grubby little fingers to find it.

The Soap Jelly with vodka added will keep for at least 3 weeks, longer if kept refrigerated.

Hours of good clean fun Making Jelly Soap and Washing with Jelly Soap in a basin, bath or shower.

Colouring  Sheet

Pooh Bear Birthday Cake pooh bear pdf (click)

Reading a Story

Make time each day for reading stories, it is best to make a slot like bedtime or after dinnertime.

Talk nice and slowly.

Try giving each character a different voice.

Children may have an idea how they think a character is supposed to sound.

Don’t forget the sound effects.

Pause for child’s questions and explain words and meanings.

It may be necessary to go back to a previous page, previous chapter or even the beginning of the book.

Discuss illustrations and point out interesting bits.

Ask questions:-

‘Why do you think that happened?’ – aids understanding.

‘What do you think will happen next?’ – builds reasoning.

‘Who did that?’ – adds intrigue.

‘Where did they go?’ –  involves mystery.

‘When will it come back?’ – creates suspense.

Recap every few pages to make sure the child is listening, remembering and understanding

At the end of a book ask for a summary.

Involve story book characters in general play.

If a child has really enjoyed a book, look for others in a series or the same topic.

Give children the opportunity to choose books, sometimes they may feel like something new. At other times they may prefer old favourites.

Sometimes children like a book read over and over again.

Limehouse Day Nursery has an extensive library which is continuously updated and renewed. All the children at Limehouse Day Nursery are read to every day and they take turns to chose books.

Let us know if you would like us to read your child’s favourite book at Limehouse Day Nursery to share with the other children.

Here are some of the best books being read out loud:-

Listen to the story of  Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (click) (public domain)

Listen to the story of  Are You My Mother by P D Eastman (click) (public domain)

Listen to the story of  Peace at Last by Jill Murphy (click) (public domain)

Singing

Alphabetical index of nursery songs (click) so you can sing along with your child.

Resources For Parents To Use At Home

Each week there will be downloadable colouring sheets and other exciting resources that will help establish a link between play and learning at Limehouse Day Nursery and home.

Colouring  Sheet

Pooh Bear Birthday Cake pooh bear pdf (click)

Reading a Story

Make time each day for reading stories, it is best to make a slot like bedtime or after dinnertime.

Talk nice and slowly.

Try giving each character a different voice.

Children may have an idea how they think a character is supposed to sound.

Don’t forget the sound effects.

Pause for child’s questions and explain words and meanings.

It may be necessary to go back to a previous page, previous chapter or even the beginning of the book.

Discuss illustrations and point out interesting bits.

Ask questions:-

‘Why do you think that happened?’ – aids understanding.

‘What do you think will happen next?’ – builds reasoning.

‘Who did that?’ – adds intrigue.

‘Where did they go?’ –  involves mystery.

‘When will it come back?’ – creates suspense.

Recap every few pages to make sure the child is listening, remembering and understanding

At the end of a book ask for a summary.

Involve story book characters in general play.

If a child has really enjoyed a book, look for others in a series or the same topic.

Give children the opportunity to choose books, sometimes they may feel like something new. At other times they may prefer old favourites.

Sometimes children like a book read over and over again.

Limehouse Day Nursery has an extensive library which is continuously updated and renewed. All the children at Limehouse Day Nursery are read to every day and they take turns to chose books.

Let us know if you would like us to read your child’s favourite book at Limehouse Day Nursery to share with the other children.

Here are some of the best books being read out loud:-

Listen to the story of  Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (click) (public domain)

Listen to the story of  Are You My Mother by P D Eastman (click) (public domain)

Listen to the story of  Peace at Last by Jill Murphy (click) (public domain)

Singing

Alphabetical index of nursery songs (click) so you can sing along with your child.