Dec 15, 2021

Canterbury December News: Father Christmas & Crafts

Nursery child meeting Santa

What a fun and exciting time we have all had this month, learning about Christmas, creating a variety of crafts, and celebrating with singing, signing and parties!

On behalf of all the team at Choochoos Canterbury, have a lovely break, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for all your support this year!

December news

There has been lots of festive activities happening throughout the month!

The children have also been busy creating Christmas arts and crafts and received a special letter from Father Christmas! Throughout December all the children learned about the meaning of Christmas and experiences opportunities to create festive crafts and decorations to take home and share with their families.

In Babychoos, throughout December, the children have been exploring the story Polar Bear Babies to support their literacy skills. Following the story, the children used their senses to explore the texture of ‘’snow’ in a tuff tray, making marks with their fingers and watching small world animals leave footprints as they move them around. This activity supports their literacy skills, communication and language. The children have also been singing, moving to music and creating Christmas crafts.

The Caterpillar children have been learning about the Polar Express. Using team work to piece together train track in a tray of ‘snow’, the children pushed trains along, discussing what they see on their journey and where their destination will be. Their role play was supported with the polar express story and discussions of family trips. This activity supported communication and language, imaginative roleplay and personal, social and emotional skills. The children have also been busy creating a variety of Christmas keepsakes and learning Christmas songs and Makaton.

The Butterfly children have been exploring Artic animals, learning about their Habitat and foods they like to eat. To support their knowledge, the children were provided with tuff tray experiences, replicating the artic animals’ environment. They also engaged in stories to support their understanding. This activity enhanced their understanding of the world, communication and language and supported imaginative role play.

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to welcoming back all the children from their festive break!

In January, from Monday 17th to Friday 21, it is Popcorn Week! Throughout the week the children will learning about popcorn and how it is made. They will create a variety of crafts using popcorn and listen to the ‘Pop’ sound made as they make their own!
On Tuesday 25th January is Burns Night, and to celebrate Burns night, the children will be painting Scottish flags and learning about the Scottish culture. Porridge will be offered at breakfast with a variety of healthy toppings.
On Monday 31st January, the children will engage in a variety of puzzle activities with their Keyperson and friends, learning to turn take, share, and work as a team.

Other important information

The nursery team attended ‘In the Moment Planning’ training, to enhance their skills and practices to support the children’s learning and development, by providing in the moment activities and experiences through their interests.

Can we ask that the children are suitably dressed for the colder weather and supplied with labelled hats, scarves, and gloves. Also, if possible, we ask that children are provided with a pair of wellies to keep in the Nursery for outdoor play and activities.

Debs Harvey will be taking on the role as Deputy Safeguarding Officer. Debs will attend training in the near future, working alongside and supporting the team and managers.

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.

Meg Knight, Deputy Manager

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