Rainbow Writing!

Mrs Banks has been doing some beautiful rainbow writing, can you write your name in the colours of the rainbow?

For our children who are not quite at the writing stage yet Mrs Willison has a great stencil activity! You just need a bit of cardboard, scissors and some coloured pencils/crayons/pens. You could use lots of different colours to make this a Rainbow picture too.

Your grown ups can help cut the stencil out for you!

Hop on the letter challenge!

Mrs Horsburgh has a fab challenge idea for you today! All you need is some paper or kitchen roll and a pen. Your grown up needs to write down some letters (this can be the letters of their name or just a few random letters) on the paper or kitchen roll and lay them on the floor. Hop onto the letter that you recognise, can you think of any words that begin with this letter?

Can you sort the letters out in the correct order to make your name? You could also have a go at making some other small words.

What letters can you recognise from our wooden letter blocks?

Building up our hand muscles ready for writing!

Playdough is a great way to work on fine motor skill development and something we have out in nursery every day. The children are always involved in making it which is a great opportunity for conversation, weighing and measuring are great for early numeracy development too!

Have a go at making your own playdough at home, you can add colour or different scents to it too! We were using dried out oranges, cinnamon sticks and ginger in our playdough just before we broke up!

You need:


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right


Recently in nursery we have been starting to look at rhyming words, Julia Donaldson stories are great for rhyming and we also love to sing Down by the Bay!
We always make up our own versus at nursery, some of our favourites are:

Have you ever seen a fox putting on socks? Have you ever seen a mouse building a house? Have you ever seen a goat driving a boat? Have you ever seen a bee drinking iced tea? Have you ever seen a frog sitting on a log? have you ever seen a cat wearing a hat?

Can you think of any new rhyming words we can sing?

Here is the link to the song:


Can you teach your grown ups the Down by the Bay song?

Maybe you could go on a rhyming hunt in your house.. can you find any objects that rhyme?

Literacy Week

From the 30th of January until the 6th of February it’s National Story Telling Week, a perfect way to start our literacy week on the blog! Reading stories with young children helps develop language, helps identify letters and words for early reading and writing skills and sparks imagination and brain development. Stories can also help build emotional development and strengthen relationships too!
We LOVE reading books and making up our own stories at Cockenzie Nursery.

One of our favourite books to read and act out is “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosin.

You can listen to the story here:

Why don’t you all grab your wellies and a jacket and head off on a sound hunt outside!!

What are your favourite books at home to read with your families?

Robert Burns Day

We always celebrate Robert Burns Day in nursery, usually with lots of Scottish themed snacks and activities. Mrs Banks has been busy making some shortbread at home, maybe you could give her recipe a try! It looks very tasty!

Here is a wee poem by Robert burns for you to watch


With your grown up see if you can guess what these Scottish words mean..

Is anyone having haggis, neeps and tatties tonight, or maybe some of you know some highland dancing moves? Remember you can send us in some photos or a video we would love to see them!