Here is where you will find our daily Towerbank Nursery challenges. Have a go if you fancy it and let us know how you get on! You can email the Admin account: Admin@towerbank.edin.sch.uk or Tweet us @TowerbankPS
Monday 22nd June 2020
Tuesday 23rd June 2020
I’m sure you all enjoyed seeing the Nursery team photos and messages. There will be a very special message from the team on Friday.
We’d love to see some of your photos or video messages with a special message to your friends or to the nursery team. Can be as simple as a Hi, Hello, Missing you. You choose what you would like to say on your message or you can just draw your message.
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Our challenge today is for you decided from the facts listed below which member of staff from the Nursery does that fact belong to. Answers will be in the Newsletter so get your thinking caps on, maybe get a grown up to help and let’s see who can guess whose who. You can choose from Mrs Campbell, Miss Collier, Ms Highet, Ms Robb, Mrs Graham, Miss Knox and Mrs Duffy. Good luck.
FACT 1 – I love to have walks in the rain.
FACT 2 – I used to travel the UK taking part in freestyle disco dancing competitions.
FACT 3 – The summer holiday before I started Primary One A long long time ago, I received a parcel in the post all the way from America. It had a pencil sharpener in it shaped as a statue. I decided as a hobby I would start collecting fancy fun sharpeners and collecting stamps because I like the colours in the American stamp. It took me around 3 years to collect 200 sharpeners for my collection and many many books filled with stamps from all around the world.
FACT 4 – I have visited over 20 countries all over the world.
FACT 5 – I like to swim in the sea.
FACT 6 – I love making things out of wood, including a climbing frame for my nephew.
FACT 7 – I have done 2 parachute jumps.
Thursday 25th June 2020
I remember one of Mrs Campbell’s challenge involved freezing some animals in ice, here’s another challenge involving ice: the Frozen Egg challenge, I’m going to try this myself as I’ve never tried it before. Hopefully I’ll have some photos to send to Miss Knox for the newsletter.
Friday 26th June 2020
It’s Friday again and the end of another week but also it is the last day of Nursery for some of our children who will be moving onto Primary One after the summer holidays. So, today the story is called Whiffy Wilson the Wolf who wouldn’t go to school.
We also look forward to seeing all those children who will be returning to Nursery after the Summer holidays.
The nursery team would like to thank you all for taking part in all the challenges that have been set during lockdown we have loved seeing all your pictures and stories. We look forward to seeing you all again soon, some of you in Primary One and all of you who are returning to Nursery.
Friday 19th June 2020
One of my favourite things to eat is a fruit salad. It’s easy to make and I’m sure you can make one too. Choose 3 or 4 of your favourite fruits. Find a chopping board and a butter knife to chop them up using the bridge method.
Have a look at this link from British Nutrition:
Examples of fruit that are soft and easy to chop:
- Ripe pears
- Melon (an adult can cut out big pieces for you and you can chop them up into small pieces)
- You could also try to peel a small orange and pull the segments apart.
If you wanted, you could also make a recipe book to show others how to make your fruit salad. You could draw a picture of each fruit you have used on each page. For example, if you have used one banana, draw one banana. If you used 3 strawberries, you could draw 3 strawberries on the next page.
Thursday 18th June 2020
This is a fun memory game. Look for 8 small objects around your house and place them on a tray or on a table. Ask your grown up to look at the objects (for a short time) and to try and remember them.
Cover them over with a towel and carefully take one of the objects away (don’t let them see what it is!!)
Take the towel off and see if your grown up can remember what item is missing.
Now it’s the grown up’s turn to test you. You can use the same objects or your grown up can find new ones. If you really want to challenge yourself, once they are all covered try and remember all 8 objects.
Wednesday 17th June 2020
Find a favourite teddy bear or soft toy.
We’re going to play a game using our teddies. Can you complete the steps below? Use your age as a guide for how many times you should try and do each one. For example, if you are 4, do each step 4 times. Try not to drop your teddy!! If you want to challenge yourself try to do it faster, ask an adult to time you.
1. Pass the teddy around your body
2. Pass the teddy around one leg, then the other
3. Walk with it on your head
4. Move around with the teddy on your back
5. Move around with the teddy on your stomach
6. Put the teddy between your legs and jump up and down
7. Throw the teddy up and try and catch it
Tuesday 16th June 2020
Ms Highet’s children have been growing lots during lock down. They are getting taller and taller! We decided to measure each other using our handprints. Ms Highet is 12 hands tall. I wonder how tall you are.
Can you make some handprints (or footprints) to measure yourself? It might be fun to measure your grown up too. Who’s the tallest in your house?
We’ve also had lots of fun measuring teddies to discover which is the longest. I wonder what your tallest teddy might be.
Extra challenge: you could challenge yourself to write numbers on your handprints. Make sure you get them in order when you’re measuring!
Monday 15th June 2020
Friday 12th June 2020
Find a plastic container that a few small toys can fit in, for example: plastic animals or dinosaurs, shells, lego, rubber balls, coins, tops. Fill the container with water, then put it in the freezer.
- What do you think will happen to the water?
- Why do you think this?
- I wonder how you could get your toys back?
- What do you think might happen if you put your container outside?
Mrs Campbell’s children loved this challenge when they were your age!
Thursday 11th June 2020
Can you find a set of objects or toys around the house or out and about, to make a repeat pattern with? For example: Lego, duplo, clothes pegs, (different colours) shells, fruit, coins, coloured paper.
Can you use 2 different colours or shapes to draw a repeat pattern onto paper?
Can you draw your own pattern for a sibling or friend to copy?
Extra challenge: Can you use 3 or more colours or shapes to create a repeated pattern?
Wednesday 10th June 2020
Relaxation time – calm bags/ eye pillow
If you are feeling like some quiet time on your own or feeling some ‘big’ emotions, such as, sad, angry, worried, these lavender bags can help you relax and enjoy a calm feeling inside your body. Ask a grown up to help you.
- Put 1 cup of uncooked rice into a large mixing bowl.
- Put 4 drops of lavender oil (or other oils that you like the smell of) into the rice. If you smell more rice than oil, add 1-2 more drops of oil.
- Stir the oil into the rice
- Use a funnel, piece of paper rolled to make a cone shape or just spoon the rice into an old sock.
- Now take the top of the sock and tie it into a knot.
Take 5 breaths in through your nose and 5 breaths out through your mouth, then put your calm bag as a pillow on your face or eyes.
You could use it as a bean bag or fidget toy. What does it feel like? What can you smell? How do you feel?
Tuesday 9th June 2020
I wonder if you remember the ‘Silly Soup’ song that we sang together during group times? Here it is to remind you:
I’m going to make a silly soup, I’m making soup that’s silly,
I’m going to cook it in the fridge
To make it nice and chilly
- Find 6 objects from around the house (for example,toy car,chocolate bar, sock, clock, toy cat and bat) and put them in a large bowl.
- Sing the silly soup song, using a large spoon and pretend to mix all your objects into a soup.
- After singing the song, pick two objects and say if they rhyme. If not, can you think of a word that does rhyme with the object?
- Close your eyes and pick an object out of the bowl.
- Can you describe what it feels like? Is it hard, soft, squishy, spiky?
Challenge: In 15 seconds, how many words can you think of that rhymes with your object?
Monday 8th June 2020
Friday 5th June 2020
How about playing the Bean Game?
•Bean game. This is great fun! Can be played on the spot or if in a garden moving around.
•Ask your grown up to call out the different types of beans and complete the action.
Runner bean – running on the spot as fast as you can.
Jumping bean – jump up and down
Baked bean – curl up into a ball on the floor as small as you can.
String bean – stretch up to the sky really high on your tip toes.
Broad bean – legs and arms wide open trying to make yourself really big.
(String and broad bean actions when done together create a star jump!)
Jelly bean – make your whole body wobble and wiggle like jelly
Thursday 4th June 2020
Today your challenge is to make a sock puppet. You’ll need an old sock (better if it’s clean!), some wool or pipe cleaners for hair and buttons for eyes. You might be able to glue this onto your sock or your grown up can help you sew them on.
Once you’ve made your puppet you can put it on your hand and put on a funny voice and pretend to be someone else! Maybe you could take a photo of your sock puppet for the Nursery Newsletter.
You could learn the days of the week with your Sock Puppet!
Learning the Days of the Week
Sing together – ‘Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Days of the Week!’
Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Today we are going to make playdough at home with a few simple ingredients.
Help your adult do the measuring with the tablespoons and the mixing to create your dough.
Instead of adding food colouring you could create natural playdough with the dandelion buds from yesterday. Pick out the petals and buds, these can be mixed in with the playdough. If you have one, you could use a mortar and pestle to grind up the dandelions.
I wonder what you’re going to create with your playdough.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
You could pick some dandelions when you’re out for a walk and make dandelion rings! To create your dandelion ring you need to tie the stem of the dandelion round your finger. What colour are they? I wonder if you can count the petals?
You may want to keep some dandelions for tomorrow’s challenge.
Monday 1st June 2020
Week 3 Splish, splash we’re making a bash!
Think about making the sounds we can hear along the way, either in the story or on your own bear hunt.
How can you make the sound of squidging through a muddy puddle, what can you use to make the wind? Are there sounds that you can hear on your own journey?
Can you record and upload the sounds to the website.
Friday 29th May 2020
Mrs Graham saw some Highland Cows on her daily walk, they have just had babies. Can you guess what they like to eat? Look at the pictures carefully for a clue. These Cows look a wee bit different to Katie Beardies COO. Can you remember that rhyme?
Thursday 28th May 2020
A few ideas of Highland Game challenges which can be adapted for safety, and space.
Caber Toss/Shot Put: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb0FU8rSisU
Instead of using the wood or the stones let’s adapt this for either inside or outside depending on your space.
Toss the teddy, Toss a wellie, Toss a bean bag, Toss a pillow. Toss a ball. How high can you throw?
How far can you throw? Can you toss your object into a target? (maybe a chalk circle, a bin, or a hoop).
Weight Lifting/Shoulder Press:Can you find two items to lift. Place one in each of your hands. Lift up your arms slowly as far as you can and down. Up, Down, Up, Down. How many times can you lift your objects into the air. Please be careful you don’t drop them on your head and make sure you have shoes on to protect your toes. Mrs Graham used a tin of beans and a tin of soup.
Obstacle Course: Depending on the space you are using your obstacle course could be big or small, Indoors or Outdoors. A bit like the Bear hunt story, can you think of things to climb under, or over, or through. You could try to Balance, Jump, Skip, Jog, Run, or Crawl.
Outdoors you could draw your obstacle course with some chalk on the ground – Hopscotch, or lines to follow.
The next time you are passing the beach you could try The Long Jump, run as fast as you can then jump forward and see how far you land.
Wednesday 27th May 2020
- Scottish dancing can be lots of fun, it uses many parts of the body, and keeps you super fit. There are lots of different types of Scottish Dances. I wonder which kind of Scottish Dancing you like? Ceilidh Dancing, The Highland Fling and Sword Dancing to name a few.
- Some dancers wear tartan, and some dancers dance along to instruments.
- Here are a few links for you to watch, maybe you could try and make up your own Scottish Dance, maybe your teddy bear and your family could join in with you. It’s thirsty work so make sure you have some water to drink while you practice.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79xVdvQf4kI Scottish Dancing at Edinburgh Castle
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4BqxBzPqRk Sword Dancing
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxGyRzbW89Y Bagpipes and Drums.
- We learn Scottish Songs/Poems at Nursery. Euan is great at singing Scottish Songs and playing different instruments, have you been watching him on a Thursday Morning via: Towerbank School Community Facebook Page at 11am?
Tuesday 26th May 2020
Our Highland Games were due to take place at nursery this week. The nursery garden would be decorated in tartan bunting, posters or Scottish flags. Can you design your own flag, poster or bunting to put in your house or your garden to celebrate some of the Scottish Daily Challenges we will be doing this week. You may want to use paper to draw, paint, glue or weave, maybe decorate a stone, to create your own designs.
Monday 25th May 2020 – Week 2– The Bear Hunt Begins!
I wonder if you can you make your own bear hunt on a big or small scale? W We would love to see you share your ideas as you begin to create your own bear hunt, indoors or out; examples: growing cress for grass, making squidgy mud bags, cotton wool snow…or drawing a picture of all the different scenes in the story. If you venture outside with your own bear you could see what you can collect in the garden or community around you.
Ask a grown up to help you use technology to take and upload photos or drawings of any other bears or things you see on your travels.
Friday 22nd May 2020
Lets end the week with a story. Julia Donaldson is a favourite author in the Nursery here is one of her story books. Listen to the story below:
When you are out in your garden or your daily walk can you collect some sticks and make your own Stickman? What will your Stickman look like?
Here is Mrs Duffy’s Stickman
If you want to be bit more adventurous let’s add some stones and leaves to your stick collection and see what animals you can make.
Thursday 21st May 2020
This is a great counting rhyme to sing together…
5 little speckled frogs, sat on a speckled log, Eating some most delicious bugs – yum, yum! One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool, now there are 4 green speckled frogs.
Sing the rhyme together and act out using any props you have available. The log might be a chair, a cushion or a piece of wood outside. You might make the frogs by drawing and cutting them out, or they could be rolled up socks or a collection of cuddly toys.
The rhyme is helpful for children’s understanding of subtraction and what happens when you take away one item at a time.
Wednesday 20th May 2020
We are now in the season of Spring and the flowers are starting to grow and bloom. Can you make an upcycled flower necklace using an old egg carton, some crayons/pens and string or wool?
You can choose how many flowers you put on your necklace. You could make it for yourself or maybe you know someone who would really love to wear this.
Tuesday 19th May 2020
Listen or watch the well-loved story of ‘We’re all going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen.
Choose your own bear for the journey…and find a resting place for bear in a window (in between adventures) so it can keep an eye out for other bear hunters!
Ask any keen knitters in your family to knit a bear for their window to add to the bear hunt excitement.
Monday 18th May 2020
It’s Monday again. Let’s all get our bodies moving this morning with our Nursery days of the week rap. This can be done on your own or you could teach the words and moves to a grown up.
Monday, Monday reach and run day
Tuesday, Tuesday tap your shoes day
Wednesday, Wednesday stretch and bend day
Thursday, Thursday twist and turn day
Friday, Friday jump up high day
Saturday, Saturday pat your body day
Sunday, Sunday that’s the one day we can rest and do nothing at all.
Friday 15th May 2020
Time for some bubble popping fun!
How to make a bubble blowing mixture
- 1 Large cup.
- 1/2 cup dish soap.
- 1 1/2 cups water.
- 2 teaspoons sugar.
Mix all these ingredients together with a spoon so the bubbles don’t foam up.
*If you don’t have a bubble wand at home get creative, you could make different shaped wands from pipe cleaners or if you don’t have any of those around why not try some things from the kitchen. Miss Knox tried a whisk, a spoon with holes, a hand sieve and a potato masher. I wonder which one works the best…?
Try making a game out of popping the bubbles by making rules like, only use your elbow or pop only 5 bubbles. Maybe you will have to pop them with your eyes closed…
Thursday 14th May 2020
Now that we are at home a lot more I thought we could all have a hunt around our houses, or in your garden, for different shapes.
Sitting in my living room I can see a lot of things that are a rectangle shape, my windows, my TV, the door I use to get in and out. It is trickier to find things that are some other shapes though.
Are you a good shape hunter? See how many of the these shapes you can find around your house…
Wednesday 13th May 2020
When we sing at nursery we usually use signs as the actions of our songs. Did you know there are also signs that show the letters of your name?
Can you make all the letters of your name using the Signalong alphabet.
Maybe you know what sounds these letters make, or can find something that starts with the same sound you have in your name.
Tuesday 12th May 2020
Today let’s design a menu for lunch. What might you have? Maybe you will have some delicious things that the caterpillar ate yesterday in Cosmic Kids.
Once you and your adults have decided what you will have maybe you could help prepare lunch by, setting the table or buttering the bread. Maybe you are very good at peeling an orange and could help to do that. Bon Appetit everyone 😊
Monday 11th May 2020
To get yourself ready to start the week here is a link to some Cosmic Kids yoga.
Listen to Jamie tell us the story of the hungry caterpillar, maybe you know the story already…
I wonder what might happen… Can you think of any other animals or mini beasts that change the way they look just like a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly? If you want to, draw the animals you thought of to show us.
Friday 8th May 2020
We all love biscuits and it’s fun to make them too. You can make some using this recipe.
Can you tell your grown up how many tablespoons you need for each ingredient? You can make your biscuits into any shape you want. Maybe you could make your favourite minibeast.
Top tip – make sure your butter is nice and soft!
Thursday 7th May 2020
Let’s make rock bugs! Can you find some stones on your daily walk? Once at home you could paint them to turn them into bugs. There is an example above but you could do any bugs you want or make up silly bugs!
You can use pipe cleaners, straws, string and cut up card for legs and use glue or Sellotape to attach them. If you don’t have paint you could draw your bugs on paper or cut up pieces of card. We’d love to see your creations.
Wednesday 6th May 2020
Let’s get active and pretend to be minibeasts!! Can you wriggle like a worm, flap like a butterfly, jump like a grasshopper, scuttle like a spider, slither like a snail or buzz like a bumblebee? Can you think of any other movements? You could repeat your sequence of movements (a bit like an obstacle course) over and over and see if you can get faster and faster!
When you’re finished have a lie down and pay attention to how you feel. Is your heart beating faster? Are you feeling hot or thirsty? This means you’ve been doing exercise helping to keep your body and mind healthy. Well done!!
Tuesday 5th May 2020
Time to be bug a detective!! Your mission is to go on a minibeast hunt. There are so many bugs around now that its spring. Let’s see how many different mini beasts you can find.
– Peek under stones to find the animals that like dark, damp environments like slaters (woodlice) and millipedes.Look closely at leaves to discover caterpillars and ladybirds
– Dig for worms and look out for ants in the grass.
– Bees and butterflies love flowers.
– Remember bugs are tiny so it’s important to be gentle with them and always put them back where you found them.
If you wanted to you could record your findings on a check list. You could use tally marks to help count how many you’ve found.
Here is an example of a minibeast check list, which may also give you ideas of what minibeasts you might find, however you can record your findings any way you want (or not at all). Good luck hunting!!
Monday 4th May 2020
It’s spring and there are so many beautiful flowers growing all around! If you can, get a broad or Lima bean you can do some planting at home. All you need is a jar or a clear plastic cup, kitchen paper and water. This is a great way to see how the roots grow underground!
Follow this link to see what to do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTRW2Cf9U2U
Miss Highet has put some broad beans in a jar and will keep you updated on how it’s growing. Please share pictures of yours. It’s exciting to see how tall they’ll grow.
If you want to learn more about the different parts of a plant and what it does, have a look at this diagram:
Friday 1st May 2020
The story of you. The idea of this challenge is to spend time with your family discussing the wonderful story of you!
Adults, you can try starting the story off such as ‘Once upon a time there was aa boy/ girl called…’
Discuss the story of your child focusing on their successes and milestones, such as rolling, crawling, walking, first words. Have fun discussing your memories and stories together. If you’d like to, looking at photos together can be a great way to build that positive narrative and make the story more ‘real’.
Let us know how you found this challenge and any silly stories that you’d like to share with your Nursery friends.
Thursday 30th April 2020
Can you remember the first sound of your name? I wonder if you know any of the other sounds in your name. Adults can help write out your name out.
It’s your challenge to create your name with loose parts.
You will need to collect some objects around the house, or in the garden/ on your daily walk if it safe to do so. Try to challenge yourself by using different materials for each letter in your name. Some ideas of things you could use are buttons, lego pieces, spoons, dried pasta, crayons.
It would be fantastic to see some pictures of your creativity!
Wednesday 29th April 2020
Today you are going to become a number detective! What numbers can you see on your daily walk or exercise? You could take a picture of some of the numbers you manage to spot.
Adults can help the number detectives by asking questions such as:
“Let’s look for number 7 this morning” (recognising numbers)
“What number is that?” (identifying numbers)
Tuesday 28th April 2020
Can you make your own weather cards like the ones at nursery? You could use pencils, crayons, paint or whatever materials you have. They could be big pictures or small pictures.
What is the weather like outside today? Is it, Sunny, Sunny and cloudy, Cloudy, Rainy, Snowy, Windy, Stormy, Frosty, Foggy, or can you see any rainbows? I wonder what kind of weather makes a rainbow.
Monday 27th April 2020
Can you hop like a rabbit? Can you keep hopping for one minute?
Can you try to get really high in the air with your hops?
How far can you travel with one hop? I wonder how far other members of your household can hop.
Friday 24th April 2020
Today’s challenge is a treasure hunt! What is your favourite colour? Your challenge is to find and count as many objects as you can in your favourite colour around your home. You could take a picture and let us know how many you have found!
If you want to challenge yourself further, with the objects you have collected you could think about another way to sort them. You have already sorted them by colour. How else could the objects be sorted?
Thursday 23rd April 2020
Lots of baby animals will begin to be born soon. Could you sing Old MacDonald Had a Farm?
Can you think of some of the baby animals he may have on his farm? If you want to challenge yourself you could try and find out the baby names of some of the animals e.g. a baby cow is called a calf.
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
If you have a garden maybe you could plant some seeds if your grown up has some. Care for your little seedlings. What do you need to do to care for your seedlings? As they start to grow over time you could measure how tall they are becoming. Find a little seed : –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da_LbBewte8
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Mrs Duffy had a picnic with her teddies. Why don’t you have a picnic with your favourite toys? You can think about what you and your toys are going to do and going to eat on your adventure together!
Friday 3rd April 2020
Can you decorate a box or a jar to keep your bucket list in?
Every time you wish you could do something, go somewhere, treat yourself, see someone you love, visit a new place then write down your idea on a Post-it and put it into your decorated jar. When it is safe to do so then this will become your bucket list and you can work your way through your jar and be even more grateful for the little and lovely things in your lives.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Sing the days of the week song with your family (To tune of Adams family)
Days of the week (clap, clap)
Days of the week (clap, clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (clap, clap)
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday, Tuesday and there’s Wednesday, Thursday and there’s Friday
And then there’s Saturday
Days of the week (clap, clap)
Days of the week (clap, clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (clap, clap)
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Making sure that you are not looking directly at the sun, have a careful look up at the clouds. Are the clouds moving? Can you see any shapes in the clouds? Can you see a picture in the clouds, what is it?
If you want to challenge yourself, have a think about why the clouds are moving and changing. Discuss this with someone.
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Can you spot some signs of spring from your window, in your garden or on your daily walk? Miss Knox can see blossom trees showing their colours from her window. What can you see?
Monday 30th March 2020
Create a spaceship from things around your house, you could use junk modelling to create a model of your spaceship. Or perhaps you could draw/paint/collage a picture of earth from the moon.
Friday 26th March 2020
Create a transient art picture of a starry sky. Find a dark surface. Frame it with sticks, straws, pencils or anything you like! Use objects around the house to create your picture. For example you could use rice, stones, Lego pieces, lentils, beads. Be creative!Take a picture of your artwork.
A link for parents that explains transient art can be found: https://www.tts-group.co.uk/blog/2017/08/09/transient-art-stimulating-learning-rachel.html
Thursday 25th March 2020
Practice the Space and Planets song that you learned in nursery last week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT7oJdScvWg Can you sing and share the song with someone else in your family?
Wednesday 24th March 2020
Mrs Graham was so inspired by everyone’s rainbows from Monday’s challenges that she got creative…and created her own! Have a look carefully at Mrs Graham’s rainbow and play I-Spy with some of your family members. Let us know how you get on!
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Have a go at creating your own reading den. What could you use around your home to create a cosy reading corner? Snuggle up in your den and read your favourite book with an adult.
Monday 23rd March 2020
Have a go at creating your own rainbow! Lots of children around the UK are creating rainbow pictures and putting them up in their windows to spread hope and happiness to others. There are lots of different ways and materials you could use to create your rainbow – pencils, paint, collage or more. Have a look at what others have been doing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51988671