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Fennies at Home

Fennies at home

In this section you will find:

Reading library: A list of great books to share at home
Songs and Rhymes: Nursery Rhymes and favourite songs we share at our nurseries
Recipes to try at home: Try our fabulous recipes yourself
Make your own Playdough: A simple recipe for an all time favourite
Treasure Hunts: Seasonal Activities to enjoy outdoors
Useful Links: Links to articles we have written or shared that will help support you through our stages of childcare

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Reading library

This is a selection of some of our children’s favourite books and classic favourites for 0-5s. We regularly update the books that we read to children in line with their learning journey and sometimes we are asked to read the same book over and over and over and over and over…

For a full list of books for 0-5 year olds from the last 100 years, picked by The Book Trust please go to.

www.booktrust.org.uk

The Snowman

The Snowman

by Raymond Briggs

Puffin

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo

by Rod Campbell

Campbell Books

Gorilla

Gorilla

by Anthony Browne

Walker Books

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

Puffin

Would you rather?

Would you rather?

by John Burningham

Random House

Princess Smartypants

Princess Smartypants

by Babette Cole

Penguin

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

by Emily Gravett

Macmillan Children’s Books

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

by Lynley Dodd

Puffin

Where's Spot

Where's Spot

by Eric Hill

Puffin

Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Macmillan Children’s Books

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

by Judith Kerr

HarperCollins Children’s Books

I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato

I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato

by Lauren Child

Hachette

Nursery Rhymes and favourite songs

The Good Morning Song

We love starting the day with this happy song. We replace the second ‘good morning’ line with children’s names to welcome everyone to the morning at Fennies.

Good morning,
Good morning,
And how do you do?
Good morning,
Good morning,
A happy day to you.

Suncream Slip Slop Slap Song

THE SLIP, SLOP, SLAP SONG

SLIP, SLOP, SLAP!
SLIP, SLOP, SLAP!
Wear a T-shirt, sunscreen and a hat!
Wear a T-shirt, sunscreen and a hat!
When it’s sunny, we must think,
these will stop us turning pink!

SLIP, SLOP, SLAP!
SLIP, SLOP, SLAP!
Wear a T-shirt, sunscreen and a hat!
Wear a T-shirt, sunscreen and a hat!
When it’s sunny we must learn,
these will help us not to burn!

SLIP, SLOP, SLAP!
SLIP, SLOP, SLAP!
Wear a T-shirt, Sunscreen and a hat!
Wear a T-shirt, sunscreen and a hat!
If you do this, you’ll know you are,

Tiny Turtle

This is a fun, action nursery rhyme with a great big POP.

I had a little turtle, his name was tiny tim
I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim
He drank up all the water and ate up all the soap
And then he went to bed with a bubble in is throat.
Bubble, bubble, bubble POP!!!!!

Sleeping Bunnies

Children love this nursery rhyme and actions and it is a firm favourite at circle time. Can you wake them with a merry tune?

See the bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
They’re so still, are they ill?
Wake up little bunnies!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop, hop, hop – Hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop, hop, hop…

See the bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
They’re so still, are they ill?
Wake up little bunnies!
Skip little bunnies, skip, skip, skip
Skip, skip, skip – skip, skip, skip
Skip little bunnies, skip, skip, skip
Skip, skip, skip…

See the bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
They’re so still, are they ill?
Wake up little bunnies!
Jump little bunnies, jump, jump, jump
Jump, jump, jump – jump, jump, jump
Jump little bunnies, jump, jump, jump
Jump, jump, jump…
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop, hop, hop, – hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
hop, hop, hop…

Ba Ba black sheep

One of the most popular nursery rhymes of all time. The rhyme was written in England and published in 1744 so it has been enjoyed for a long time. We love singing this rhyme in all our rooms and it is one of our most requested songs at circle time.

Baa, baa, black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir
Three bags full.
One for my master
And one for the dame
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Thank you said the master
Thank you said the dame
Thank you said the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon.
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Recipes to try at home

View our selection of recipes to try at home, here.

Make your own playdough

A really quick and easy recipe that doesn’t involve any cooking. Feel free to be creative – at Fennies we have lots of fun adding different colours, flavours and scents to the dough.

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional)

Method:

  • 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 (colour optional)
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • 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)

Seasonal treasure hunts

Autumn hunt checklist

Conker, yellow leaf, chestnut, pine cone, rainbow, squirrel

Winter hunt checklist

Robin, evergreen tree, frost or snow, berries, woolly hat and gloves

Spring hunt checklist

Flower, blossom, insect, daffodil, bird

Useful Advice and Resources

Useful Advice and Resources for parents can be found here