Dec 16, 2021

Harpole December News: Jumpers, Chocolate & Crafts

Children decorating cardboard Christmas tree

Welcome to December’s newsletter. It’s been a very busy month preparing for the festive season!

On behalf of everyone at Bambino Harpole, 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!

In the Baby room, the children have been using their creative skills to take home some festive crafts. The babies have been decorating their own Christmas jumpers and hanging them around the room. The nursery had a ‘Dress Up like an Elf Day’ where the babies took part in fancy dress.    

The children in the Toddler room have had a busy festive month. They have taken part in lots of special dates, such as ‘Dress Up like an Elf Day’, Christmas Crafts Day and Story Day with hot chocolate and gingerbread! The toddlers have also made their own reindeer food, discussing the ingredients, colours and textures of the oats and glitter.

The children in the Preschool room have been working very hard to learn the songs for their Christmas carol singing evening. They have been rehearsing every day. They have also been busy creating their Christmas crafts to take home with them this month.  

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to welcoming all the children back in the new year when we return to nursery on the 4th of January and look forward to hearing all about the children’s festivities.  

In January, we will be celebrating many special dates such as National Road Safety week on the 11th of January.  

Other important information

The nursery closes for Christmas at 1pm on Friday 24th December and we return on Tuesday 4th January

Many members of the team will be taking part in first aid training in the new year!  

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.

Lauren Freund, Deputy Nursery Manager

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