Nursery Activities

Fine Motor skills

Nursery activities include fine motor skills which are vital in day to day life. They incorporate the use of the small muscles in wrists, hands and fingers, feet and toes. In order to become independent in everyday activities such as holding a fork or tying up shoe laces, the brain has to coordinate between what a child sees and the action itself to achieve the task at hand.

Activities such as these below are used within the nursery to help develop and improve children’s fine motor skills.

  • Puzzles
  • Cutting with scissors
  • Blocks and lego building
  • Play dough
  • Sand Play
  • Threading and lacing
  • Drawing, colouring,paing and sticking
  • Using tongs and tweezers
  • Water play
  • CookingA

Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills use the large muscles – the body, arms and legs as well as eye-hand coordination.

Sports, playground and outdoor activities all use gross motor skills as do every day things like, sitting ,walking, running and jumping, swimming, riding a bike, throwing a ball.

Participating in active play will develop gross motor skills that also impact on their fine motor skills.

At Pride and Joy Day Nursery, children will have many opportunities to improve their gross motor skill with nursery activities such as:

  • Music and dance
  • Climbing and swinging
  • Bubble and balloon play
  • Obstacle courses
  • Ball activities
  • Trampoline balance and  bouncing
  • Riding bicycles, scooters etc
  • Tug of war activities
  • Hop scotch
  • Pretend play
  • Gardening

Mental and Emotional well being

Helping children to cope with their emotions to reslove inner conflict to find an inner calmness and state of peace. Knowing that it’s ok to feel angry and exploring appropriate ways to deal with this type of emotion versus unacceptable behaviour.

We have a number of positive ways to to help the children express themselves and prepare for the challenges of life, including:

  • Emotion Boxes
  • Happiness Boxes
  • Family boxes
  • Puppets
  • Role play