Dec 15, 2021

Granta Park December News: Christmas Colours, Crayons and Shapes

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Welcome to the last newsletter of this year. What a busy year its been and we are looking forward to next year already! The children have been very busy, making some beautiful winter and festive paintings and also some lovely little cards and calendars to bring home to share with their families. 

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill Granta Park, thank you for all your support this year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

Throughout December, there has been plenty of festive activities happening!

The babies in the Twinkle Stars Room, have been practising their whole hand grasp, using the paint dabbers and the large crayons, and they have created some lovely pictures and mark-making. They have been using spoons and forks with bowls of Weetabix and porridge in the roleplay corner with the dolls. The messy play trays have been very festive too and have been snowy themed, and include lots of Christmas colours.  

The children in Sunshine’s Room have continued to have snow-themed messy trays. They have been using paint stampers with Christmas shapes, and have been looking at different shapes to remember what they are all called and to begin to recognise the simple shapes like circles, squares and triangles. They have been using these colours and shapes to create their own Christmas trees. They have also been studying their trays of water left outside at the beginning of the month and freezing objects in it overnight then watching it melt throughout the day and finding the objects are now reachable.   

The Preschool 1 children decided to paint the ice that was out in the garden, earlier this month, creating much prettier ice for the garden! They have exploring the dinosaur bones this week, measuring them and matching them, using size language such as small, medium and large. The children have also still been making their decorations and have been decorating the paper snowmen and tree baubles in the messy play trays. They have been singing Christmas songs and also listening to them on the CD player. 

The Preschool 2 children have been practising their cutting skills, and have been using scissors to cut out holes in the paper to open out and create snowflakes. The children also have been using lots of padlocks and keys this month, matching the numbers on the locks to the numbers on the keys and getting them to unlock the correct locks. They have been discussing the names for 2D shapes and 3D shapes and trying to remember the different names for them all.

What’s coming up next month

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

Other important information

The nursery closes for Christmas on Friday 24th December and we return on 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!

To all of the children and families: We wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and we will see you in the new 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.

Rosie Dockerill, Nursery Manager

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