Dec 15, 2021

Royston December News: Snowmen, Sequins & Sand

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to this month’s newsletter! The whole nursery has been working on Christmas, and the children have all been busy making Christmas decorations, both for the nursery and to take home. They also helped in putting up the Christmas tree. 

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill Royston, 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, everyone has been excited about getting into the festive spirit!

In Twinkle Stars, the children have been exploring the sand with cars to make marks. Our nursery team member, Demi also made a beach using blue sand for the sea and Cheerios for the sand. She added people and sea creatures, to extend on this and was asking open ended questions to challenge the babies. They have also enjoyed dancing to Christmas music, and have been making Christmas wreaths to support their creativity and their fine motor skills 

In Shooting Stars, there has been lots of preparation for Christmas. The children have enjoyed painting snowmen and Christmas trees. The children have also been helping with making Christmas decorations. There are also Christmas lights in the room, which are enjoyed by everybody! Everyone has had lots of fun singing Christmas songs. 

In Sunshine’s, the children have been making lots of Christmas crafts, using different creative materials such as glitter glue, cotton wool, paper plates and tinsel. The children have enjoyed making a paper Christmas tree for the window. They used glitter glue and sequins for this. The children have also enjoyed playing with instant snow. It is very good for sensory skill building, as it is cold and feels like real snow, and the children have enjoyed making little snowmen out of it!

In Pre School 1 children have been making pretend cakes in their tuff tray and experimenting using scales. Everyone has had lots of fun dancing along to the Christmas CD songs, and the children have enjoyed painting, sticking and drawing to make Christmas decorations to display around the room. The children have also been practising their golden rules, including kind hands and walking feet. Furthermore, the children have caring for their dolls; washing them, dressing them and changing their nappies- some of the children are expecting new siblings, so this makes for good practice! 

In Pre School 2, the children have been very busy creating festive decorations for their room. They have made paper chains, using colourful card and showing good teamwork as they all needed to work together to make it big enough. The children have also enjoyed making their own snowmen, using lots of different textures and objects such as cotton wool, sticks, sequins and everyone’s favourite  googly eyes! 

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to seeing all the children return from the Christmas break, and talk about what they did! 

Other important information

The children are going to enjoying their Christmas dinner in nursery next week, and we are looking forward to it!

On Friday 17th December, the children are welcome to wear a Christmas jumper or Christmas pyjamas. 

Just a little reminder that we will be closing on the 24th of December at 1pm, and will be back on 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 Sunhills Royston 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.

Jan Homewood, Nursery Manager

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