Dec 16, 2021

Peckham December News: Foam, Walks & Wreaths

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Welcome to December’s newsletter and to the last newsletter of the year! As a nursery team, we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that has supported us this year, all your support is much appreciated. 

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill Peckham, we hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas, and have a lovely time with your families! 

December news

There has been plenty of festive activities this month, for all the children!

In both the Star and Twinkle Star Rooms, the children explored blue foam. They made cupcakes out of foam, using spoons and cupcakes paper shapes, exploring and describing the texture, the smell and appearance of the foam. The children also explored lots of Christmas decorations. They used red and green paint to decorate the Christmas tree and Santa stocking. The babies had the opportunity to mix different colours together to make new colours.

In the Sunshine Room, the children looked at the Dear Santa story, and were inspired to make their own stocking which went on the nurseries Christmas board.  Also, the children used clay to made different Christmas decorations. They explored the clay by making different Christmas decorations and each child was encouraged to choose the shape they want to make. The children also went on a walk, to see how many Christmas trees they could find in our local area.   

In the Preschool Room, the children enjoyed decorating the nursery Christmas tree; they spoke about their trees and decorations at home and compared colours and sizes. They also got creative, and made their own Christmas decorations, using a variety of different materials. They created sparkly discs using old CDs, Christmas wreaths using paper plates, pom poms and green paint, salt dough using homemade dough and Christmas cutters, and handprint snowflakes using white paint and coloured paper.   

Everyone enjoying reading a lovely story of a robin, who doesn’t know what winter is and is scared by the other animal’s description and actions. The children were inspired by this, so went to the park to collect pinecones and make their own robins, using goggle eyes, feathers and red/light grey paint.  

What’s coming up next month

In January, we look forward to welcoming all the children back after their festive break!

Other important information

Just a little reminder, that we will be closing on the 24th of December at 1pm. We can’t wait to see the children back on the 4th of 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!

 The whole team here at Sunhill Peckham Nursery would like to wish all the children and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This year has once again been full of ups and downs but we thank you all for your support. 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.

Abeer Abdelrahman, Nursery Manager

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