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Our Summer topic for Nursery is Food. Each week we will provide suggested activities and resources should you wish to access them with your child. Please remember that this is just a guide and so feel free to do some of the activities below or none at all! Don't forget to post your photos on Tapestry and Padlet

Week 6 - 6th July: Teddy Bear Picnic

This week, enjoy a Teddy Bear Picnic.Make invitations for your guests and write shopping lists of all food you will need Click here for a message from Miss Burton to find out more



Can you write or colour in some invitations for your teddy bears, dolls and toys to come to your picnic.

You can use the template below or create your own. Don't forget to write their name and details of when and where the picnic will be. When you have finished you can deliver your invitations to your guests. They will be excited!

Next decide what food and drink you will need for your guests and make a shopping list to help you remember what to 'buy' and pack. Try and think what your guests would like to eat. A bear might like to eat porridge. A dog might enjoy a bone. A doll might like some biscuits. Make sure you make a list of foods you might like too. (Remember some of the food can be pretend)


Books to read:

Picnic by Mick Inkpen -

The Teddy Bears Picnic - or


Understanding of the World:

Prepare your food for your picnic. You might like to try and make your own sandwiches again. Check your shopping list to make sure you have remembered everything. Ask a grown up to help you set up the picnic area so it is ready for your guests. If you don't have a garden, or if it is rainy, you can have the picnic inside. Use a table cloth and make sure you have some cups and plates ready for the food. You are ready to enjoy your picnic. Please take a photo and post it on Padlet or Tapestry.


Use the Hot Chocolate cards below. Cut them out. Can you put them in order? Can you use real marshmallows or make pretend ones (eg cotton wool, buttons) and count out the right number to match the numeral. Use these drinks in the teddy bear picnic. Ask the teddies etc how many marshmallows they would like. Can they give them the correct hot chocolate? Can they count the right number of marshmallows onto the drink?


Play I-Spy. Can you guess the object that begins with the correct letter sound.

Week 5 - 29th June: The Sweet Shop

This week can you make your very own sweet shop?. Click here for a message from Miss Burton to find out more


Understanding of the World:

Can you set up your own Sweet Shop. You will need small plastic bags or paper made into cones. You will need either a selection of sweets, or pretend sweets (you can use pasta, buttons, flower petals or anything you can find). Use a tin or container to keep your money safe and set everything up neatly on a table. You can use sticky labels or cut out paper squares to write your prices on.

If you can do this outside (or don't mind a bit of mess in the kitchen) you can also mix special sweet slushie drinks for your customers. Try and offer 3-4 different types of drinks that can be mixed together, using different pouring utensils, spoons, whisks etc.

Invite your toys or family to your sweet shop. (Use your homemade scales to weigh out your sweets - see Maths)

You can use the Sweet Shop banner below or make your own.


Can you make your own set of scales! Watch some examples on You Tube All you need is a coat hanger, some string and two plastic pots. Use different foods eg tins, fruit, packets (and the sweets from the sweet shop) and keep choosing two items to decide which one is heavier and which one is lighter. Use the scales to see if you are right!


Like during Miss Burton's Cafe, show your child a selection of coins. What do they notice? Can they find the numerals on the coins? Once they have found the numerals can they identify the different coins? Fill an old purse or wallet with a selection of coins use the coins in the Role Play Sweet Shop.



Read Hansel and Gretel. /

Use the story map below to help your child discuss character, setting and events.


Expressive Art and Design:

Draw your own house or use the template below and decorate it with all your favourite sweet things to eat. Use pencil crayons or felt tips to make it as bright and colourful as you can. Can you label the sweet things you have decorated the house with (ask a grown up to help you)

Week 4 - 22nd June: Super Vegetables to the Rescue

This week we are going to turn vegetables into super heroes and super villains, just like the food in the story Supertato. Click here for a message from Miss Burton



Read Supertato -
Can you turn vegetables from your fridge into super heroes and super villains. You can use scraps of material to make masks and capes, buttons for eyes, or just draw faces on them with felt tip pens. Try acting out the story and see what ways you can find to trap the baddie!

Play the 'What am I Fruit and Vegetable Game' below.


Understanding of the World:

Wait until a potato has sprouted and then either plant it in your garden, or in a jar filled with water. Print off the '100 Day Chart' below (or you can make your own) and everyday ask your child to mark off another number. Ask your child if they can recognise the numerals as they go. The little sprout should grow a new potato.

You can also chop off carrot heads. Decorate them with eyes, you can use buttons, drawing pins etc and place them in a dish of water. Watch their hair grow.



Use the 'Evil Pea Maths' sheet below. He is trying to trick the children with simple number and shape answers. Can the children work out the real answers?

Cut different vegetables in half to create patterns on paper. If you don't have paint you can actually use food, like watered down ketchup, thick gravy etc. Can your child create a repeating pattern, for example, carrot, broccoli, carrot, broccoli. If your child is confident using repeated patterns, you can add 3 or more vegetables.


Physical Development:

Can you be a superhero. Use the 'Super Chart' below to find out how fast you are! Get an adult to time you. How many jumps can you do in a minute? How many hops? How fast can you run around your garden, or time yourself in the park.

Fill in your scores and proudly display on your fridge door!


Week 3 - 15th June: Come to the Cafe

This week we are going to role play going to a cafe and creating our own menus Click here for a message from Miss Burton


Understanding of the World:

Have you ever been to a cafe for lunch or a restaurant for dinner? What would you choose off the menu?

This week we would like you to make your own menus. List four different foods and drink, or draw pictures of what you are going to serve in your cafe. Don't forget to write down how much each item costs! Watch Miss Burton's clip above for some ideas.

Set your table with plates and cups and seat your toys, teddies or your family and give them the menu to look at. Can you take their order? Serve them their scrumptious food. Don't forget to ask them for the money too!

You might want to use a menu template - 

If you like you could make our delicious rice crispie cakes and/or fruit kebabs (below) to serve, or you can just serve pretend food.



Read the Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr -

Can the children sequence the story -

Read Eating Out by Helen Oxenbury -



Show your child a selection of coins. What do they notice? Can they find the numerals on the coins? Once they have found the numerals can they identify the different coins? Fill an old purse or wallet with a selection of coins and ask your child to place each coin on the correct placemat. Can they count out how many of each coin is in there?

Try and use the coins in the Role Play Cafe


Expressive Art and Design:

Try one of these scrummy recipes to make. 

Rice crispie cakes - (We make rice crispie cakes just using melted chocolate and they taste fab!)

Fruit kebabs - (use whatever fruit you might have and if you don't have skewers you can use a straw or just line up the pieces on a plate)

The children love singing Herman the Worm at Nursery - Please enjoy singing along with them

Week 2 - 8th June: Healthy Vs Unhealthy Food

This week we are going to be finding out about what food is healthy and what food is unhealthy. Plus can you be brave a try a food you think you don't like? Click here for a message from Miss Burton


Understanding of the World:

Do you know what foods are healthy and what foods are unhealthy? 

Play the Food Sorting Game to find out -  

Cut out some spots with a grown up and colour half in green and half in red. Open your fridge and food cupboards and have a look at what's inside. Decide which foods are healthy and place a green spot on them. Place a red spot on the unhealthy foods.

When you have a meal, count how many healthy green foods and how many less healthy red foods you ate!



Listen to Miss Burton read Green Eggs and Ham or read on You Tube Are there any foods you don't like? Can you be brave like the cat in the story and try them again and see if you like them after all?

Use the Rhyming Cards and cut them out and see if your child can match the rhyming pictures.

Read Eat Your Peas -  



Using pasta, rice, cereal or any dry foods and see what number you can count up to. When you have finished counting can you arrange your dry food into a picture using shapes. You might want to use pasta to make a circle to create a sun, or cereal to make a triangle and a square to make a house! You can ask a grown up to draw or cut out the shapes you want to use.



Use the food templates and ask your child to select their favourite foods to cut out and put in their lunchboxes. This will help to aid their fine motor skills. As an extension they can draw their favourite foods too.  


Week 1 - 1st June : Scrummy Sandwiches

Hello Nursery. This week we are going to be finding out about how food smells and tastes and you will be learning how to make your very own sandwich. Click here for a message from Miss Burton -



Read Sam's Sandwich -

Daddy's Sandwich -

The Disgusting Sandwich -


Understanding of the World & Physical Development

Make your own sandwich. Ask your child to choose their favourite sandwich fillings to make your their own scrummy sandwich. Use the Sandwich Sequencing Cards before and after the activity to help your child with the order

As an extension, you may want to help your child make a list of the ingredients they need and count them before starting.

Your child might want to ask other family members what their favourite foods are and make sandwiches for them too


Communication & Language
Play the 'What Am I Eating' Game: Ask your child to close their eyes or blindfold them in the kitchen. Let them smell and taste a variety of foods. Can they guess what they are? Ask them to describe what they can smell and see. You can use the Food Adjective cards on TWINKL to help them



Use the shape templates on TWINKL to help your child cut their sandwiches to make 'Shape Sandwiches'. Try and use at least 2 different shapes and ask your child if they can remember the shape names before eating them. Maybe they could count the number of sides and corners too.


Expressive Art and Design

Download the Favourite Food Songs to sing with all the family. Decide what your favourite foods are and fill in the blanks before you start singing the song.




Week 5: 18th May - Super Snails


Hello Nursery. This week we are going to be finding out about snails.

Click here for a message from Mrs Bass -


Understanding of the World:

Watch Jess find out about snails -

Watch the power point then see if you can label the different parts of the snail.  



Can you find a snail outside? Watch it carefully. How does it move? Can you move like a snail? Make an obstacle course with cushions and pillows and chairs in your living room and see if you can get from one side to the other moving just like a snail. You could also try doing this outside too. To make it more fun, try tying a cushion on to your child's back.



(Don't forget, if you mute the sound, you can read the story yourself)

Norman: The Slug with the Silly Snail - Sue Hendra -

Use the 'Snail cutout worksheet' below (or draw your own) and see if you can explore your home to find your own funny shells for your snail, just like Norman.

Snail Trail - Ruth Brown -

Can you make a picture of a snail? Cut out lots of different shapes using coloured paper, wrapping paper etc to create your own version of the famous artist Matisse's Snail.
Follow the instruction from The Tate Gallery 

Other stories to read... 

The Snail and the Whale - Julia Donaldson -



Use the 'Leaves with numbers worksheet'. Ask your child if they can identify the number next the leaf and then find that many of an object to place on the leaf.

For example, find 3 stones to put on leaf 3, or 5 sticks to place on leaf 5. You can also complete the activity inside using beads, pasta etc.

While exploring objects for 'Norman's Shell' (above) you could ask your child to try and identify the shape, for example sellotape - a circle, a coaster - a square etc.



Use the 'Snail cutout worksheet' . Cut out the snail (if you dont have a printer, you can just draw one). Help your child to cut out a circle and then colour or paint it to make a shell to cover the snail with. You might want to decorate it with broken egg shells, buttons or beads.

If you have or can make play doh, you might want to make your own snails.


Don't forget to keep checking your minibeast hotel. You could keep a record of the minibeasts you find each day.

Slugs and Snails Sheets for Downloading



Click here for a message from Miss Burton -


Understanding of the World:

Watch the video to find out about the butterfly life cycle.


Can you create your own butterfly life cycle using (or see the Butterfly Life Cycle.pdf sheet below).



Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar -

Use the story sequencing cards to help your child to retell the story  (see XXXXXX below). You might wish to make your own book and help your child order and stick the pictures in to. Your child can then use the pictures to retell the story to you. 

Other stories you might like to read include:

Monkey Puzzle -

Ben Plants a Butterfly Garden -

Caterpillar to Butterfly -


Use the 'Caterpillars to Count and Compare.pdf sheet below'. Cut out the caterpillars and choose any two (you can repeat the activity with three)

Ask your child to count the circles and decide which caterpillar has more circles, less circles or the same. Can your child put them in size order? 

If your child is confident recognising and writing numerals, they might like to write the numbers in order in each of the caterpillar's circles.



Draw a butterfly (or print off at and fold down the middle. Use paints to decorate the one side of the butterfly. Fold the paper in half, pressing down hard. Open up and you should have created a perfectly symmetrical butterfly. If you make lots you could make a butterfly mobile or hang them from your window to make beautiful butterflies


Use beads, buttons, lego , pasta or playdoh to make your own caterpillars. See if you can make a pattern using different colours. You could even paint them and make them into a necklace or belt.


Use these colouring sheets to colour and paint these beautiful butterflies.


Don't forget to keep checking your minibeast hotel. You could keep a record of the minibeasts you find each day.

Week 3: 4th May  - Splendiferous Spiders


Hello Nursery. This week we are going to be finding out about spiders.

Click here for a message from Mrs Bass -



What do we know about spiders?

Do you like Spiders? Watch this video to find out about them 
Before and after watching you could ask your child the following questions:

How many eyes do spiders have. How many legs? How do spiders look after their babies?


Make your own spider

Can you make your own spider. You could draw a circle and carefully add 8 legs using lines. Don't forget to add some eyes and colour it in.

You could use a paper plate or a circle of cardboard and use clothes pegs as legs.

You could make a spider out of a potato with matches for its legs, or use cutting skills to make a toilet roll spider - just like Mrs Bass'.

You can use the 2D-shape-make a spider.pdf  or Make Incy-Wincy-Spider Instructions.pdf below to help you.

If you have lots of wool, you could make a pom-pom spider too! Two ways can be found at and


Make a web for your spider

Watch how spiders make webs There are some photos of spiders webs below too if you'd like to look at them.

Can you make a web? You can use a paper plate and cut holes or slits around the plate to wind wool, string or ribbon around. You can even make a giant web outside or in your house wrapping wool or string around large objects. You can pretend to be the spider and wait for someone to touch the wool and catch it!

Look at the Paper Plate Spider Web With Handprint Spider Instructions.pdf below to see how!



There are lots of books to read about spiders. Here are some of our favourites.

Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin: If you mute the volume, you can read this version yourself

Aaaarrgghh, Spider by Lydia Monks:

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle:

Spinderella by Julia Donaldson:

Use 'What the Spider Saw Picture Cards.pdf' pictures and ask your child to describe what they think the spider can see and where they think the spider is hiding.



 - Print out the 'Cut Out Spiders.pdf' and 'Spiders Drainpipe.pdf' template (or make your own) and use the 'Spider Drainpipe Instruction Cards.pdf' to ask your child to position the spider correctly. Also, you can use the spider your child has made and hide it in various locations. Use the following prepositions to help your child find it: It's under the bed. It's on the sofa. It's behind the chair. It's next to the door. It's inside the cupboard. If your child is confident using prepositions, ask them to hide the spider and then give you the same clues to find it.

- Cut out the spiders on the Spider Peg Counting Activity. pdf sheet below, or draw your own. These spiders haven't got any legs! Can you use the right number of clothes pegs to give them some legs? Or you could cut some legs out of paper and stick them on?



- We have looked at the sounds S, A and T and P. Now it time to look at the letter sound 'I'. Listen to the Jolly Phonics song What other words can your child think of that start with that sound? You could record all the items you can find and count them.


Have A Go!

Don't forget, if you fancy a sing song, you could sing Incy Wincy Spider or There's a Spider in your Hair!!!

There are also some Incy Wincy Spider sequencing and colouring sheets to print out below too, if you'd like to?

Week 2: 27th April - We Love Ladybirds

Watch a message from Miss Burton

What do we know about ladybirds? 
Ask your child what they know about ladybirds? You can look at the ladybird photographs below and use the questions at the end (see 'Ladybird photos and questions.pdf' below). You might like to share what your child thinks to questions like Why do ladybirds have spots? Where do ladybirds keep their wings? Are all ladybirds the same colour?


Make your own ladybird

Find a pebble and turn it into your very own ladybird. You can use paints or even felt tips or coloured paper and glue.  We would love to see your ladybird photos. Can you make a family? Watch Miss Burton's video to see her ladybird.



There are two great ladybird books to read and available on You Tube to watch

The Bad-tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle

and What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and a great song by the authoress

Your child might like to help read the story back to you. You can use these story prompts to help them



- Cut out the teeny ladybirds (print off the 'Ladybirds for hiding.pdf' sheet below) or make your own and hide them around your house. Your child can then go on a ladybird hunt. Ask them to count out how many they have found.

- When you make your ladybird pebble your child can count how many spots their ladybird has.

- You could print off the ladybirds with spots for counting and play a game! (see 'Counting Ladybird Spots.pdf' below). Place them face down and each of you turn one over. Can you count the spots? Whoever has the most spots wins a point! Can you guess which ladybird has the most spots before you count them?

- You might also like to read the book 10 Little Ladybugs together

Week 1 : 20th April - What is a Minibeast?

Click here for a 'Hello' message from Mrs Bass:

You can also find this message in the Home Learning, Video Centre section (scroll right down to the bottom of the Home Learning page) on our school website.


What is a minibeast?

- Explore your garden or any outside area to find minibeasts. You can record what you find by taking photos (great to zoom in for detail), drawing pictures or using a tick sheet (you can download one at TWINKL or just make your own). Encourage your child to talk about what they have found, ask questions, such as what colour is it? How does it move? What do you think it likes to eat? Your child might like to record what they found by making a minibeast poster or book. If you are able to print out the photos you took, they can use their cutting skills to carefully cut out and stick the pictures or they can draw the minibeasts they have seen.

Happy hunting! 


Build a minibeast hotel

- The RSPB has a great example, but you can build a very simple structure using old plastic plant pots, cardboard, bits of wood, bricks and stones



Read a minibeast story

- Mad About Minibeasts is a great story by Giles Andreas. You can find it on You Tube (if you mute the sound you might prefer to read it yourself!). Talk about the different minibeasts in the story together.


Minibeast numbers

- Ask your child to count how many minibeasts they find. Can they count how many legs each minibeast has too? For numeral recognition, simple colour by number minibeast sheets can be found at TWINKL too


Minibeast game

- What minibeast am I? Use these clues and see if your child can work out which minibeast you are describing



- We have looked at the sounds S, A and T. Now it time to look at the letter sound 'P'. Listen to the Jolly Phonics song What other words can your child think of that start with that sound? Have a hunt around the house and see if you can find things (eg pot, pan, picture, pillow). You could record all the items you can find and count them.


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