Dec 15, 2021

Wolverhampton December News: Elf Mischief & Mark-Making

Christmas trees made by nursery children

It’s the final newsletter of 2021! This year has flown by!

On behalf of everyone at Sandhills Wolverhampton, thank you for your support this year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and we hope you have a lovely time with your families!

December news

This month has been festive, and full of fun activities!

Across the nursery, everyone has been learning new Christmas songs, and singing along. They have also been writing their lists to Father Christmas, choosing their favourite toys out of toy catalogues and been cutting and gluing them on their wish list.

The children in the Baby room, Mr Smalls have been enjoying the magic of Christmas. They have been using salt dough to create their own tree decorations, and have had lots of fun exploring sensory activities as well, such as using gloop to make their own snowmen. The babies also had lots of fun exploring a Christmas tuff tray with tinsel, Christmas figures and other materials.

In Little Miss Curious, the children have been super busy, celebrating Hanukkah and also making lots Christmas crafts, such as cards, snowmen and baubles. They showed off their Christmas Jumpers for Christmas Jumper week and had their own Nursery Christmas Dinner. They also celebrated the Buddhist holiday of Bodhi Day, by having a try at meditating and making their own Bodhi Tree.

The children of Mr Mischiefs have also done lots of festive activities, and also discussing the snow.

The children of Little Miss Sunshines welcomed new peers to their room, which was very exciting! They also began the countdown to Christmas, decorating the room and putting the tree decorations up!

The Mr Bumps room children have shown an interest in snow and have been making their own snowmen and also had lots of sensory activities that involve snow and ice. . They have also enjoyed going on walks to fill in their ‘little steps’ sticker chart which also has improved the children’s road safety skills.

The children in  Little Miss Giggles have been exploring different Christmas activities and creating lots of Christmas crafts. They have also enjoyed learning all about why we celebrate Christmas and how different it can be celebrated.  They have even been surprised by a mischievous visitor- Buddy the Elf, who they look forward to seeing every day.

In Mr Messys, the children have enjoyed exploring the changes over winter; they have learnt how ice melts. They also enjoyed mark making in the frost using these materials and with support from the nursery team, they practiced writing their our names. The children have enjoyed many Christmas activities- they have created their own wreaths using brushes and also made their our own Christmas ornaments using salt dough.

What’s coming up next month

Throughout January, there is a variety of fun events that the children will be celebrating, such as National Story-Telling Week, with plenty of books to look at, touch and feel, and also Winnie the Pooh Day.

The children will be learning about different shapes, and colours, as well as learning about the changes in the seasons.

Everyone across the nursery is looking forward to hearing all of their peers stories about their Christmas adventures, as well as upcoming events like Chinese New Year and Burns Night.

Other important information

This month, the nurseries Employee of the Month is Mya! A big congratulations on working so hard this month!

The nursery reopens on Tuesday 4th January for everyone after the festive break.

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.

Debbie Rides, Nursery Manager

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