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Nursery ideas for June


The link for the song and resources:

May Daily Reading Challenges!

Chester Zoo Live Streams

Hello Foundation Stage!
I just wanted to share with you that each Friday 10am-3pm, Chester Zoo are releasing live streams.  All you have to do is follow the link below at 10am and click on their channel. This week it will be titled ‘Live 5.’  Last week it was elephants.
We hope you enjoy it!


VIRTUAL ZOO DAY 4 LIVE: Elephant pool party! 🐘💦

Milk bottle elephants!


Following the Chester Zoo live videos, we fell in love with the elephants and decided it would be lots of fun to create our own. 

What you will need:

A milk carton


Paint, Tissue Paper, Stickers, Pens... whatever you would like to decorate with!

Ask a grown up to cut out your milk carton, just like the plain image below. Then it’s time to get creative! We want you to decorate your elephant however you would like. Maybe it’s a colourful elephant or a super hero elephant! FS2, I would like you to write a sentence about your elephant too!


Time for Storytime: David McKee reads Elmer

Sit back with your little one and let the wonderful author-illustrator David McKee read from his successful and much-loved picture book, Elmer. Filmed & edit...

Grow your own beanstalk!


What you will need:

Plastic Cup


Broad beans (or another seed of your choice!)

Kebab stick 


Optional: cotton wool


How to do it:

1. Draw a castle shape and cut it out. You could add a few cotton wool buds for clouds and tape or glue to skewer/kebab stick/lolly pop stick or even a stick.  Set aside.

2. Puncture a few small holes into a plastic cup for drainage.

3. Fill the plastic cup with potting mix, about three quarters the way up the cup.

4. Push a bean (or two) into the soil.

5. Add the castle skewer in and it’s done.

Over the next few days watch how your bean changes. Perhaps you could keep a diary or take photos to make note of the changes? You don’t have to plant a bean... you might prefer to plant a flower or even an apple seed.


Jack and the Beanstalk


Literacy challenges:


Nursery: We would like you to listen to the story and then name some of the characters from the story. What was the name of Jacks cow? With support from your grown up, talk about what happened in the story. Can you draw a picture of one of the characters in the story? 

FS2: (Monday) Before reading, can you predict what might happen in the story? Look at the front cover and think about the title to help you. Next, listen carefully to the story. 

(Tuesday) Can you write short sentences/words to describe how Jack looks and feels.

(Wednesday) Talk about the setting of the story, draw and label a picture to go with it.

(Thursday) Write about a problem which happened in the story

(Friday) Can you write a sentence to explain what happens at the end of the story?


Jack and the beanstalk - Children's story book read aloud

What will Jack do about the GIANT! :) Patreon - Facebook -

I spy with my little eye...


Collect treasures from your garden, around the house or whilst out on your walk. Sit with your child and look at the treasures. Ask them:

What can you see?

How many pinecones (for example) can you see?

How many blue flowers can you see?


Try taking away one of the objects. Can your child spot what is missing?


Close your eyes and ask your child to choose one of the objects. Can they describe it to you for you to guess what they have chosen?


This activity will encourage wonderful math and language opportunities. It can be adapted to suit both nursery and foundation 2.


Me and my shadow


On my daily walks I have been noticing lots and lots of shadows! A shadow is made when an object blocks the light. When I am out walking and the sun is behind me, I can see my shadow! I would like you to explore shadows this week: how many different shadows can you find? Can you trace the outline of your shadow/ your favourite toys shadow?  Can you measure the shadows? Bonus challenge: Can you create a shadow? I’ve attached some pictures below from my walks. I’ve really enjoyed looking at the patterns different shadows make.



fun activities to do with your child.



Baa Baa Black Sheep

Down in the Jungle

Incy Wincy

Row Row Row Your Boat