Dec 17, 2021

St Nicholas December News: Art & Tuff Trays

St Nicholas December

Welcome to our December Newsletter! We have had such an exciting busy month, full of lots of fun learning activities and, of course, lots of festivities! The children have also been busy with arts and crafts, creating lots of beautiful pictures and keepsakes that they cannot wait to share with their families!

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill St Nicholas, 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!

The children in Twinkle Stars have been exploring texture and colours, using flour, ice play, playdough, paints and engaging in activities based around the wintery season. They have been busy enjoying lots of festive activities, creating beautiful artwork to take home to their families for Christmas. In the tuff tray the children explored ice and used warm water and paint brushes to melt the ice. They were excited to discover the Christmas baubles and tinsel inside!  

In Stars, the children have had lots of fun making the room bright and beautiful for Christmas, decorating the tree and making paper chains to hang in the room. They used their fine motor skills to carefully place the baubles and other decorations on the tree and spoke about how they have been doing the same on their trees at home. The children have been enjoying exploring sand recently so they added sand, wooden pots, spoons, ladles and more utensils to the investigation tray and explored how the sand travelled and what they could create from filling and turning out different shaped pots. 

The children in Sunshine’s have enjoyed exploring and Arctic train themed tuff tray during December. They worked together as a group to build the track inside the tray and added some white materials to represent snow, ice floes and ice cubes. They explored their animal selection and spoke about which ones we might find in an arctic setting and added them to their tray too. They had lots of fun exploring their imagination and creating pretend play scenarios with their friends. 

In Preschool, the children have been so excited about Christmas and have been practising their writing skills when writing letters to Santa! The children loved taking part in Christmas jumper day and showing all their lovely jumpers to their friends which opened a discussion as to why we were wearing them that day and how it is ‘to help protect the magic for children around the world.’ The children have noticed that their parents have been busy shopping this month and have been role playing this with their friends, playing with pretend money and using their mathematics skills to see how much things cost and count out the right number of coins.

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! 

We are excited to celebrate and learn about Red Squirrel Appreciation Day, Burns Night, Australia day and many more through our activities and play.  

Other important information

Unfortunately, the fire service were unable to visit us as they had caught Covid. Instead, the team improvised and created a pretend house fire using a play house and the children helped to create a fire engine using pallets and kart wheels. The group then role played extinguishing the fire and saving the cat and the puppet from the house! They also spoke about fire safety, how to stay safe and the magic number to call if they are in trouble. We hope to have a visit again in the new year!

A gentle reminder that for our term time only children the last day of term is Friday 17th December and for all year around children we will be closing at 1pm on Christmas Eve. We reopen  on the 4th of January and welcome funded and term time only children back on the 5th January when the new term starts. 

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.

Frankie Brindle, Nursery Manager


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