Dec 15, 2021

Little Houghton: Nativity & Festive Fun

Children baking

Welcome to December’s newsletter! It’s been another busy month, and the nursery has been getting into the festive spirit.

On behalf of everyone at Bambino’s Little Houghton, thank you for your support this year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

In the Baby Room, the children have been very busy making their Christmas crafts to take home. Also, they have been decorating Christmas stockings to hang on their fireplace in the room; the children all have their own stocking that they decorated independently. The children then had a very festive picture taken in front of this for your family at home to treasure! 

 In the Bears Room, the children have had a visit from a very important person, Elma the Elf! Elma has been very busy doing some wonderful things in the Bears Room overnight. The children have been very observant of Elma because she has been watching what they have been doing to tell Father Christmas! The children have also been on a visit to the church to watch a small performance about the nativity! During this time the children have also been very busy making some Christmas gifts ready to take home. 

In Preschool, the children have been focusing very hard on their nativity performance. The children worked very hard to learn their lines and all the songs for the show too. The children behaved very well and loved rehearsing for the performance too! Thank you to all the parents and carers for providing outfits for the show and helping the children to learn their lines and the songs. A huge well done to all the Preschool children for all their hard work too!

During this busy time the children have also been making Christmas crafts to take home as well.

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to welcoming you all back in the New Year, and hearing about your festive fun! We will also be celebrating Burns Night on 25th January too. 

Other important information

Please note, we are closing at 1pm on Christmas Eve, and we reopen in January 2022. 

Please may we remind you that we cannot accept food into the nursery for children, for example birthday cake, sweets and treats. This is due to the allergies of the children in the nursery.  

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.

Heather Clark, Nursery Manager

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