Dec 15, 2021

Wellingborough December News: Wreaths, Coloured Rice & Reindeers

Nursery children drawing

Can you believe it? It’s the final newsletter of 2021, and Christmas is next week! As you can imagine we have been very busy creating Christmas decorations, singing Christmas songs and talking about the Nativity. 

On behalf of everyone at Bambino Wellingborough, 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!

In the Baby Room, the nursery team set up some lovely shiny, tactile activities that have kept the babies very interested! The children have been making Christmas wreaths and decorating their bags to put their Christmas goodies in to bring home to their families. 

In the Toddler Room, everyone has been very busy. The toddlers have decorated wooden tree decorations and created sticky snowy pictures and have been Christmas cards. They have explored coloured rice, pouring it from one jug to another and picking it up between thumb and forefinger, refining their hand eye coordination along with their fine motor skills. 

The Preschool rooms have been getting industrious; the children have made Christmas ‘Forky’s’ (from the film Toy Story 4) with the nursery team, and they have decorated their bags to go home, created little bags of reindeer food. The nursery team set up some amazing activities for the children explore using their imagination and creativity. 

What’s coming up next month

We are looking forward to welcoming all our new starters in January as well as welcoming back all the children from their festive break!

Other important information

The nursery closes for Christmas at 1pm on Friday 24th December and we return on Tuesday 4th January

The last two Friday’s of the term are Festive Fridays- the 17th is come to nursery in Christmas pyjamas, and the 24th is to dress in a glitter/festive outfit! We look forward to seeing what the children wear!

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.

Jackie Berry, Nursery Manager

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