Dec 15, 2021

Heyford December News: Gingerbread, Birds & Bubbles

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

It’s the last newsletter of 2021!

The nursery is decorated and the event Advent calendar of themed activities is well under way! We have had fake snow, tinsel painting and even lots of Christmas singing!

On behalf of everyone at Heyford, 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

This month has been full of festive fun!

The babies have been learning to “ho ho ho”, and have been creating some beautiful crafts. They have used different materials so they can explore textures and focused on the different colours too. The animals on their Wintery Wonderland board are amazing! The children are all enjoying the festive activities, especially the tasty baking ones!

Tots have really enjoyed the festivities and Christmas preparations this month, using lots of glitter and sparkle in their activities; they have been making Christmas cards, wreaths, reindeer, and lots more that you will get to see nearer to Christmas time! We have also been practicing our baking skills and making tasty mince pies.

Preschool have been in full swing in preparation for the Christmas celebrations. The children have decorated the windows with proud displays of footprint penguins out on the snowy hills and polar bears which blow snowflake bubbles. They have enjoyed making ginger bread playdough!

Some of the children have created beautiful hanging baubles using their fine motor and cutting skills, with assorted coloured tissue paper to hand as decoration; whilst others have braved the cold outdoors to mix suet, meal worms, and seeds into balls to feed the feathered friends in the garden. All of the preschool children have been rewarded with watching the birds squabble and feed from the bird feeders.  

What’s coming up next month

In January, we are looking forward to hearing all about the children’s Christmas celebrations and what they have been up to. 

Other important information

A reminder that the last day of term for term only children is Friday 17th December. We will be shutting at 1pm on Christmas Eve ready for the Christmas break and do not reopen until Tuesday 4th Jan. 

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 Heyford 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.

Louise, Deputy Nursery Manager

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