Dec 15, 2021

Apricot Nursery December News: Singing, Stampers & Stencilling

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Welcome to the last newsletter of 2021! It’s been a very festive month, with plenty of activities!

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill Apricot Nursery, we hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas, and have a lovely time with your families! Thank you for all the support this year, and we look forward to seeing you in the new term!

December news

All the children have been getting in the festive spirit this month!

The babies have been exploring different textures on the farm tuff tray, and they were challenged to copy animal sounds as well as encouraged to feel the natural textures of hay, pine cones, wood. They have also been challenged by encouraging different sounds with musical instruments, and listening to different music, such as classical, Christmas, Disney and songs the babies can move their bodies to!

To get into the festive spirit, the babies have been making paper plate wreaths, using the sleigh stamp and using different colour to make finger prints, lights and reindeers. They also got creative with some Christmas crafts, and they made cards with mistletoe on and the babies loved having their feet painted! The nursery also had a Christmas craft evening, where the babies painted salt dough star to create ornaments for the tree.  

The babies have been getting musical this week with the musical instruments and the collection of Christmas CD’s. They have been practicing Makaton to some songs and using it when singing. 

In Shooting Stars, the children have also been getting into the festive spirit. They have started making their Christmas cards that will be sent home, which are decorated with the children’s hands and feet!

In the garden, the children have been playing with the ice that has formed after it got really cold; they touched it with their hands and tried to taste how cold it was, and were throwing it onto the ground to see what happened! They have also been doing plenty of Christmas crafts, using different Christmas stampers to make pictures using different coloured paint. Everyone each chose with stamper that they wanted, and then chose which colour to put the stamper in, to make their artwork!   

In Sunbeams, the children had a new friend visiting; his name is Eddie the Elf! Each morning, Eddie joins the children for Circle Time and to help us to open the nurseries Advent Calendar, which has lots of fun activities planned inside.  

The children also helped to decorate the Christmas tree, and they spoke about all the different colour baubles, which they also counted as they placed them onto the tree. The children were very happy with the end result saying ‘pretty tree’.  They also got creative with Christmas cutters, by dipping them into different colour paint and stencilling them onto card. The children could identify the different shapes tree, star and gingerbread man. They even baked them tasty biscuits, and decorated them nicely! 

What’s coming up next month

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the children back from their festive break, and finding out what they got up to!

We will also be exploring a different variety of events, festivals and special days; if you and your family celebrate something in particular, please let the nursery know and we will explore this in the setting! Some events we will be exploring are National Bird Day, and Australia Day. 

Other important information

A reminder that the last day of term is Friday 17th December, where the nursery will be closing at 1pm. We then do not reopen until Tuesday 4th January.

These last couple of months, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

The whole team here at Sandhills Apricot Nursery would like to wish all the children and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We hope you have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022! 

Home activity

If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!

Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

  1. Creative Snow Pal

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
  • Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
  • You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
  • Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
  • You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
  1. Creative Christmas Tree Ornament

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
  • If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
  • Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
  • You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
  • Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity, and choice.
  • Mark making.
  • Colours.
  • Shapes and size.
  • Developing fine motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g., big, small, cut, circle, triangle, colours
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self-esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the parent app. We look forward to seeing your child’s updates.

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests, and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Lisa Payne, Nursery Manager

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