Welcome to the Panda page

Staff working with childern in the Panda room of Greendyke Children Early Years Centre will post interesting material relating to your childs learning and development activities on this page. Please visit frequently for learning activity ideas, or just to see what is happening in the Panda room.

Hello panda room families!

We have settled all our new boys and girls in to the Panda room. It has been lovely to welcome our new families.

The children have settled so well and are exploring our room. They are becoming independent at snack and lunch time. Lots of children have been responsible when washing their snack dishes in the kitchen.

We have been talking about being kind to our friends and looking after our nursery and there has been interest in early signs of Autumn in the garden which the children love exploring.

Panda Room – Home Activities

Toilet roll paper flowers: https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/toilet-paper-roll-flowers-craft/

Handprint flowers: https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/handprint-flowers/

Rainbow necklace: https://nurturestore.co.uk/rainbow-kids-craft-pasta-necklace

Toilet Paper roll crafts: https://fabulesslyfrugal.com/diy/toilet-paper-roll-crafts/

Childrens Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Playdough Recipe
• 1 cup flour
• ½ cup salt
• 1 tbsp cooking oil
• 1 cup of water
• food colouring

Mix the dry ingredients first, then slowly pour in the wet ingredients. Knead until smooth and store in a covered container.

Cookie Recipe
• 225g butter
• 110g caster sugar
• 275g plain flour
• 75g white or milk chocolate chips (optional)

1. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.
2. Add the butter and sugar in a large bowl.
3. Pour in the flour and add the optional chocolate chips, if you’re using them.
4. Bring the mixture together with your hands until it forms a dough.
5. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place them slightly apart from each other on a baking sheet (you don’t need to butter or line it). Flatten the balls a little with the palm of your hand and bake them in the oven for around 10-12 mins until they are golden brown and slightly firm on top.
6. Leave the cookies on a cooling rack for around 15 mins before serving.

Chocolate Crispy Cakes
• 50g butter
• 3 tbsp golden syrup
• 100g chocolate
• 90g crispies or cornflakes

1. Melt the chocolate in small bursts in the microwave or over a bain marie (in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water)
2. Add the butter, cut into small pieces, stir in till melted
3. Add the syrup, stir
4. Add the crispies or cornfalkes and stir in to the chocolate mix, gently
5. Spoon in to 12 bun cases
6. Leave to cool

Vegetable and Lentil Soup
• 3 carrots
• 2 potatoes
• 1 small turnip
• 1 leek
• vegetable stock cube

1. Grate the crate and turnip
2. Cut the potatoes into small cubes
3. Cut the leek into small pieces
4. Mix a litre of boiling water with the stock cube
5. Put the vegetables in a pot and pour in the stock.
6. Cover and leave to simmer for 30 minutes

Messy play and sensory ideas
Gloop – cornflour and water mixed
Cloud dough – flour and add some veg oil, mix with your fingers to achieve a crumbly mouldable texture.
Cooked spaghetti
Water/Bubble play

Sensory bottles
You will need drink bottles, water bottles, whatever you have. Try to find bottles with different size openings to fit different types of objects. You can fill bottles with different items, you can add different items together. See below for examples:

  • Rice Pom poms
  • Sand Pasta
  • Glitter Shells
  • Water Leaves
  • Food colouring Coins

We hope to add more activities through Autumn and Winter 2021.