Dec 15, 2021

Apricot Preschool December News: Aliens & Dough Decorations

Nursery children dancing

Welcome to the last newsletter of 2021! Another month gone and we are at the end of the year already! Time really does fly when we have fun. The children have been busy getting in the festive spirit for Christmas

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill Apricot Preschool, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

December held plenty of festive activities for the children, in the lead up to the Christmas holidays!

The children in Preschool 1 have been busy creating lovely artwork displays, and getting in the Christmas spirit with learning new Christmas songs and dancing to Christmas music. The children have been practising their motor skills by using scissors to cut out snowflakes, and getting creative with coloured tissue paper by making a mosaic Christmas tree. They also have been making salt dough decorations for their families!

Health and self-care has been an important topic this month, with the children continuing to learn how to wash their hands properly – when to wash their hands – and how we can take care of ourselves by washing ourselves. The children also looked at teeth, and the nursery team facilitated teeth and a toothbrush, and the children showed how they clean their teeth at home. 

Finally, in Preschool 1, aliens have landed!  The children have been enjoying the book ‘There’s an Alien in Your Book’ , written by Tom Fletcher, and have been inspired to create their own aliens with different materials. 

In Preschool 2, the children enjoyed learning about and celebrating St. Andrews day at the end of November. They listened to music, inspired by Scotland, and did some dancing! 

Everyone at the nursery loves to hear stories the children create with their imagination. To help explore this, the nursery team gave the children a range of resources, and the children used the resources, as well as paint, paper, cotton wool and lots more, to bring their creations to life! It was lovely to hear about the glitter fairies, robots, and animals that they had made. This activity was great to further explore their imagination, as well as being able to show off their creations to their peers!

The children have also been busy learning new Christmas songs and actions to sing at the Christmas carol session. They have put up the Christmas tree, and talking about their own trees at home. The nursery even has an advent calendar, where the children like to count the number of days until Christmas.

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to welcoming the children back, and talking about their festive break!

We will celebrating lots of events and special days in the new year- if your family celebrates a special festival, event or day please let us know and we will explore this in the nursery.  

Other important information

A reminder to parents that the portal to apply for schools is still open. Please contact myself (Louise) if you require any help. The closing date is 15th January 2022.  

A big thank you to all the parents and carers, for your time, either face to face or via phone call, for parents evening. It was lovely to be able to have time to get to know you all and continue to support you and your children even further.

Preschool 2 have been trialling shorter lunch times. This has been working well and all the nursery team are very proud of all the children in how they have adapted. We will continue to monitor this and adjust. Any feedback is much appreciated!

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!

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

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.

Louise Wright, Nursery Manager

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