Melissa and Doug

We are so grateful for the amazing array of gifts sent to us by Melissa and Doug, Thank you!

We are so grateful for the amazing array of gifts sent to us by Melissa and Doug, Thank you!

We are so please to be able to post and Thank Melissa and Doug Bernstein of Melissa and Doug toys http://www.melissaanddoug.com for their incredibly generous gift to Parson's Green Nursery  of toys furniture and resources. We are incredibly luck to have had such wonderful support and they toys have been much appreciated and enjoyed by the children and staff. Here are a few photos. 

Mr Daniel delivering a puppet show to Preparatory with our new puppet theatre and puppets from Melissa and Doug. 

Mr Daniel delivering a puppet show to Preparatory with our new puppet theatre and puppets from Melissa and Doug. 

Luftballon (PGN goes international)

As you may have all seen, Parson's Green Nursery have recently had some custom balloons made up which all the children from the nursery and the local area have really enjoyed taking home. On Friday, Miss Cristina and I were out on Parson's Green handing out some lovely balloons to all the children at Parson's Green Fair. One little boy let his big yellow balloon go, it went up and up into the sky and we watched it disappear we never imagined that it would end up over 450 miles away in Germany. 

On Sunday at 7.14pm Miss Hava received the following email:-

Hi, my name is Emily Taylor I'm 12 years old. On saturday 27.9.14 
when I was walking my dog, I found a yellow ballon with your address on it.
I live in Germany in a little village called OBERDREIS it's by ALTENKIRCHEN rouphly between KOBLENZ and COLOGNE  about 450 miles from LONDON.

We were absolutely amazed that our little balloon had made it all the way from Parson's Green to Oberdreis in Germany over 450 miles away from where it started. Emily has sent us the following photographs to show you all. Thank you Emily for getting in touch with us and providing these great photographs for us all. We hope that you will keep in touch and come visit us if you are ever in London!




Best Play Dough Recipe

I thought I'd share with you all, my favourite play dough recipe and the recipe we use at Wraparound to make our very own play dough with the children. It's probably one of the simplest of the hundereds of different recipes and methods out there and best of all it requires no cooking.

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Here is what you will need

1 cup  plain flour (half a pint)

1/2 cup of salt (quarter pint)

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (optional)

1 tablespoons of cooking oil

Food colouring

Glitter (optional)

Peppermint oil or other flavourings (optional)

1 cups of boiling water (half a pint)

1 big bowl 

...and some willing helpers

Method

Firstly, mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix. When the mixture starts to bond together you will feel it become harder to stir, at this point take the dough out of the bowl and need it on a clear hard surface be careful as the mixture will still be hot.

This amount is perfect if you want to make several different batches using different colours however if you prefer to make one large batch in one colour I would suggest you double up the quantities. Cream of tartar is defiantly a bonus as it makes the dough more stretchy but its not a must. 

Tips: flavourings are a great addition to ad another element of sensory exploration, however I would only recommend doing this once your child is able to understand that Play Dough should not be eaten. Glitter is a great addition for all ages, initially it may come off on your hands but once well needed it shouldn't be to messy. 

For the most vivid colour use gel food colouring. 

 

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Wraparound Christmas Concert

Last week, was the Wraparound Christmas Concert! one of our most favourite times of the year. The children all enjoyed dressing up, in different costumes, and singing all our favourite christmas songs. A big thank you to every one who made the day so special, and of course Miss Evon, who has worked so hard helping the children and staff prepare for the day. I would also like to say a big thank you to Angéle for her kind donation of Lindt chocolate bears, which everyone very mush enjoyed. 

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As everyone is getting into the festive spirt, I have embedded a nice video version of Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs, with hand drawn animation! You may enjoy it as much as your children! Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year! 

                                                                                                          - Miss Camilla