Easter Newsletters!

Easter cards and eggs made by PolkaDots children

Click here for our latest newsletter from Athlone…

…or click here for our latest newsletter from Cresswood

It’s a birthday special this month as PolkaDots celebrates turning 7 years-old!! We have stories from World Book Day and ideas for snack time, as well as updates on opening hours and summer term dates for your diary…

It’s all in the PolkaDots Newsletter!


Our February Newsletters are here!

Click here for our latest newsletter from Athlone…

…or click here for our latest newsletter from Cresswood

There’s exciting news about the return of yoga and dance classes. We’ve got lots of information about Children’s Mental Health Week and the “Express Yourself” campaign. And after all the snow and ice, Kath has some wintry weather Makaton signs for us too!

It’s all in the PolkaDots newsletter!!


Photographer Questionnaire

What did you think of our photographer?

PolkaDots would really like to know what you thought of our mini photo-shoot!

If you have two minutes to answer a few questions, your answers will really help us when organizing future visits from people like Jo at Jampics

Photographer Questionnaire

Thanks for taking the time to help PolkaDots!


No-Cook Playdough Recipe

Easy-Peasy Make Your Own Playdough

We’ve got a playdough recipe you can make at home and inspiration for lots of fun ideas to try…

Here’s a simple recipe from the lovely people at The Imagination Tree. There’s zero cooking and minimal prep – in fact, you can make it in 5 minutes flat!

What you’ll need…

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water
  • gel food colouring
Colourful Caterpillar
Spotted Dinosaur
Mushroom Stool

How to make no-cook playdough…

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring to the boiling water
  • Add the boiling water to the dry ingredients, little by little
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky dough
  • Allow to cool, then take out of the bowl to knead vigorously for a couple of minutes until all the stickiness has gone
  • If it’s still a little sticky just add a bit more flour

Why not try… The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

A PolkaDots favourite, the Very Hungry Caterpillar has lots of playdough possibilities! The Imagination Tree website gave us ideas for playdough storytelling.

You can try making 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums… How many of the caterpillar’s vegetables can you make from playdough at home?

And once you’ve made all those tasty vegetables, you’ll have to make a very Very Hungry caterpillar to eat them all!

playdough vegetables

Our Winter Newsletters have arrived!

Playdough characters having fun

Click here for our latest newsletter from Athlone…

Dinosaur cartoon

…or click here for our latest newsletter from Cresswood

Catch up with a dancing Pudsey to find out how much we raised for Children in Need. Find out who our special visitor from the North Pole was. Learn the words to our favourite Dinosaur Song or a recipe for making playdough at home! It’s all in the PolkaDots newsletter!!


Makaton Advent Calendar

Get ready for Santa with Polkadot’s Makaton Advent Calendar!

Shhhhh!! Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing?

Open a door each day and learn all our signs for Santa!

To get ready for Christmas, Polkadots is doing its very own Makaton Advent Calendar! Every day we’ll post a sign on our Facebook page. Kath will teach you songs and rhymes and show you how to use your new signs!

Will you be able to learn them all and complete our Makaton Advent Challenge?? To help you get ready, here’s a warm-up round!

Can you guess the sign for Reindeer???