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Nursery's words Lent week 4

This week, the focus in the nursery has been on Chinese New Year. Also known as the Spring Festival in China, this year the date marks the end of the Year of the Ox and the start of the Year of the Tiger. 

Year of the Tiger - Those born under this animal are said to be charming, popular, confident, courageous and natural leaders.  Traditionally it is a time to honour ancestors and deities, with family reunions, parades and fireworks to drive off evil spirits. The following videos, which you could watch with your children, are all about children celebrating Chinese New Year in their own unique way.

CBeebies- preparing for Chinese New Year    My First Chinese New Year

The story of Chinese New Year

In the Nursery, there have been a variety of activities linked to the festival and countries which celebrate it. They have made tigers, created Chinese symbols and role played making noodles. 

The most popular activity was tasting Asian food.

Trying various foods at Nursery helps with children being introduced to new smells and tastes in a low key, non stressful environment. At Nursery, we offer a variety of foods but it may take lots of attempts before your child accepts some foods! 

As parents it is natural to worry whether your child is getting enough food if they refuse to eat sometimes and it's perfectly normal for toddlers to refuse to eat or even taste new foods.  Try not to worry about what your child eats in a day, or if they do not eat everything at mealtimes, it's more helpful to think about what they eat over a week.  Find out more about what to feed young children.  Also, tastes change!  Gradually introduce other foods and keep going back to the foods your child did not like before. One day they'll hate something, but a month later they may love it.

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We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Ainsley and the Nursery Team.

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