We have had lots of fun getting into the Christmas spirit here at Heathcote Pre School! We first wanted to update our letter box so Chloe designed a Santa letterbox. We then needed everyone’s help to decorate our Santa. Using some amazing concentration, listening ears and fine motor skills the children brought our Santa to life with paint and cotton wool! When they were painting, we saw so much control, ensuring that they stayed within the lines that made our Santa, we were SO impressed! They seemed so proud of themselves when Santa was all finished, there was lots of patting his head!
This year we chose to make some holly Christmas cards that we could send home to our families. The design involved the children painting their hands with green paint to make the holly leaves and then dipping their peter pointer finger into red paint to make the berries, we did have some children that weren’t sure of the idea. However, once they had seen how much fun it could be and were given a little extra support and confidence they were willing to have a go! Once they had achieved what they had set out to do the children seemed happy with their creations. The results were great!
Once again, we created a calendar for 2022, placing them on a plate which was decorated with tissue paper around the edge. Using their fine motor skills to put the glue on the plate and to place the tissue paper carefully on the plate. We used lots of different colours, some children told us how some of the colours were also like the autumn colours we have used to make our sun catchers. It was lovely to hear the children making links with activities that we have done in the past.
Chloe has also been doing some Christmas photos of the children, using our wonderful Christmas tree that Shannon decorated with everyone as part of the photos. With the help of Shannon (she was very good at making everyone laugh and smile for the photos), we were able to get some gorgeous photos of all the children that have been sent home with them just before Christmas.
Using the Christmas photos taken, we also created some baubles for the children to add to their Christmas tree at home and can be brought out in the years to come! We also added the children’s hand prints to the outside of the baubles, they were able to choose the colour they preferred which ranged from yellow to silver! The outcome was amazing!
We have had so much fun with everyone over the past few months and getting to know all of our new starters and their families! We hope you all have a wonderful time off together and we look forward to hearing all about it when we are back. So, from everyone at Heathcote Pre School, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!