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  • Early Years Christmas Learning Ideas

    Give your early years mark making, literacy and writing activities the Christmas touch! We all love the festive time of the year, but we still need to be following that EYFS curriculum and continue to assist in the development of our little one’s skills.

    Mark making is a great skill to practice which leads to the development of writing skills. Some children will use it to enhance their fine motor skills, where as for others it will help them start forming letters and numbers.

     

     

    Add a Festive feel to Mark Making…

    Christmas_mark_making_activity_with_silver_card_Bcreative Christmas sensory and mark making activity for EYFS.

     

    Instructions:

    All you need is an A4 tray or larger – it does not need to be of a large depth – although this may make it less messy! Get a piece of silver card or mirror board and place shiny side up. Then pour over a layer of sand – we have used coloured sand but play-pit sand would work as well. Make sure the layer is not too thick or the shapes will not hold.

    Then sprinkle over some glitter to give it a sparkly feel.

    Then you just need to mark make. The silver card when revealed give a great contrast making the marks easy to see and exciting for the children to see.

    Want a more festive feel why not download our festive shapes PDF’s , print them out and see if the children can create their own version in the glitter sand tray!

     

    Here is an easy to read list of what we used!

    Materials you will need:

     

    Differentiation ideas:

    • Repeat the phonic sounds as the letter is formed. (phonics, literacy, writing)
    • Create marks and then count and talk about numbers. (numeracy)
    • Draw self portraits and then talk about what parts of the face can be seen in mirror card. (PSED, self exploration)
    • Use the sand tray in story telling sessions, drawing characters being mentioned. (literacy, communication)

    Give it a go and let us know how it goes – did you do anything different, how did the children enjoy it?

    We would love to hear from you either here or on our facebook page.

     

    We Three Kings of Orient are…

    BCreative_Christmas_crown_making_activity BCreative Christmas crown making activity for nativity story/ literacy in EYFS and KS1.

    What about crown making as a great festive craft?

    Yes we know you can buy them ready to go – try here! But what about examining patterns and encouraging scissor work by making your own?

    Instructions:

    Take some large sheets of gold or silver card and cut into wide strips.

    Then draw a repeating pattern for the top edge of the crown. The pattern can be zig zigs, waves or really rather random.

    Some students will be able to draw their own but for some you may need to pencil draw the pattern and get them to draw over it.

    Then let the cutting begin. Cutting a long strip is great practice and children will love to see the pattern they achieve – does it match what they drew?

    For younger students why not use the double handled scissors, you can help them learn to use scissors and for those more capable why not try crazy scissors for a double pattern effect.

    Once you have cut the pattern, wrap around the child’s head and fix with tape  - you have a King or Queen!

     

    But all Kings and Queens need some bling, so now is the time to decorate it.  Some great things to use are..

     

    Materials you will need:

     

    Not only for Christmas, this craft can be adapted for so much more:

    • British Values - use in discussions & history relating to royalty.
    • Once upon a time ( literacy) - talking about stories with princes and princesses.

     

    You can find lots more Ideas on our Pinterest boards making learning fun and creative whilst covering all areas of learning!

    Follow Economy of Brighton BCreative's board Mark Making Activities on Pinterest.

  • Calendars are not just for Christmas!

     

    These calendars make great festive gifts that last throughout the year. Everyone sends home a calendar at Christmas so we thought why not make them a bit different. These ideas mean that a loved one can use the calendar all year round! It’s also a great way to link the seasons in EYFS, even when you are doing sticking fine motor tasks. Talk about seasons, festivals, time and have lots of fun!

     


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    Reveal the Seasons!

     

    This year you can make a round calendar by using calendar tabs or calendar blanks (they still look amazing!)  This is a great activity to start off the January term  if you don't have enough time before the festive break.

     

    BCreative_calendar_blanks BCreative ready to go calendar blanks.

     

    What do we need:

     

    Making our circle of seasons

    Instructions:

    •  Cut out a circle of card or paper
    • Fold into quarters, then unfold so the quarter line can be seen
    • Add an image or words to represent each season (one per quarter)
    • Stick on to the calendar blank or card you will attach the calendar tab to
    • Cut another circle of card or paper
    • Fold into a quarter and unfold
    • Cut out one quarter ( you should be left with a Pac-man shape!)
    • Place on top of your season circle
    • Find the middle of both with a sharp pencil, place some modelling dough underneath and push the pencil through to make a hole through all three sheets of card (you could always use a compass!)
    • Push a paper fastener though the hole and bend back to fasten
    • Now the top cut out circle can be moved to show the current season

     

    making a calendar with the seasons using a calendar blank Making the calendar come to life!

     

    Differentiation:

    • Discuss quarters and other fractions
    • Discuss seasons and how the year can be divided into quarters
    • Have a circle pre-cut or allow children to find objects to act as templates. They can then create the circles themselves
    • Provide collage items to represent the seasons (see below for a few ideas!)

     

    Seasonal craft items Seasonal craft items

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, science, problem solving and reasoning

     

    Final 11 (rectangle attempt) Three calendars - Nursery, Year 2 and Year 5. Can you guess which is which?

     

     


    Other ideas...

    The ideas we've mentioned above are just one way of decorating your own calendar.  Have a look at these other great ideas for making calendars that last all year!

     

    Use handprints to represent seasons as shown on the Maggie Trammell blog Use handprints to represent seasons as shown on the Maggie Trammell blog
    trees Use a tree to show to seasons with different collage materials - from Twinkl

    2 more ideas:

    You can also use stickers with a theme like pirates or flowers.

    You could also use silver card on the calendar and turn it into a mirror, you can then incorporate it into PSED.

    There are loads of ideas out there so feel free to share yours with us!

     


     

    Visit our article discussing display ideas that will start off the new term with a bang!

    Follow Economy of Brighton BCreative's board Mark Making Activities on Pinterest.

  • Christmas Tree Decorations with a Twist!

     

    Yay, we have made it to December! We feel like we have been talking about Christmas for months already, but now we can officially get excited!  With only a few weeks left until the big day, we thought we would look at some quick and mess-free crafts this week. The plastic Christmas tree is perfect for a child led activity, or for after school club settings  where you are restricted in time!

     


     

    Twisted Pipe cleaner Decorations!

     

    Pipe cleaners are great for developing fine motor skills, and these little decorations, are a great take home gift.

     

    Pipe Cleaner Star for developing fine motor skills Pipe Cleaner Star for developing fine motor skills

    What do we need:

    • Pipe Cleaners 30cm - we used tinsel but plain works just as well
    • Scissors
    • Barrel beads
    • Bells (optional)

     

    Final photo 1 Everything we need and a little bit more!

    Instructions:

    • Cut one 30cm pipe cleaner into thirds
    • Cut one 30cm pipe cleaner in half
    • Take 2 of the smaller pipe cleaners and lay over each over to make a cross
    • Twist the horizontal pipe cleaner around the vertical pipe cleaner to secure
    • Place the longer length of pipe cleaner over the cross and twist around the centre to secure
    • Twist one end of the longer pipe cleaner into a hook to hang on the tree.
    • Thread beads or bells on to decorate the star
    • Hang and admire!

     

    Make your own pipe cleaner snowflake Make your own pipe cleaner snowflake

     

    Differentiation:

    • Discuss thirds and halves when cutting pipe cleaners, or have them ready to go
    • Make star spines for different lengths
    • Make repeating patterns by threading on beads
    • Make larger versions using full-sized pipe cleaners

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, science, problem solving and reasoning

     


    My very own Christmas tree...

     

    A quick and easy craft that is great for independent play.

     

    Oh Christmas tree...

    What do we need:

    • Christmas tree template - we used our corrugated plastic ones
    • Lick and stick Christmas shapes
    • Glitter glue
    • Metallic Pens
    • Paint brush

     

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    Instructions.

    • Set up your work area so that everything is easily accessible
    • Let your imagination go wild and decorate your Christmas tree

     

    Final photo 11 (rectangle)

     

    Differentiation:

    • Talk about patterns
    • Get the glue out and let children cut and stick

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, science, problem solving and reasoning

     


     

    Our Christmas tree decorations will really help children to get into the festive spirit whilst fine tuning their motor skills. What's more, these great take home crafts will really impress Mr Claus when he comes to visit!

     

    Join us next week where we will be decorating calenders for 2016......exciting!

  • Super Sensory Bottles & Sensational 3D Snow Paint!

     

    From birth children learn about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing and hearing, so why not carry that over into your setting? These two wonderful crafts allow children to use all their senses, investigate the materials used and have amazing, super duper fun!

     

     


     

    Jingle Bell Bottles!

    Sensory or discovery bottles are great for all ages. Smaller children will love to look at them and watch all of the pretty colours and shapes. Older children will love to experiment with different contents and ways of moving them. Our littlest, "B", is three years old, took one look and said, "WOW, a Christmas tree in a bottle!"

     

    Christmas Sensory bottle Christmas in a bottle

    What do we need:

    • Clean empty plastic bottles in various sizes
    • Musical bells
    • Glitter pom poms
    • Glitter
    • Sparkles
    • Spangles or different shapes

     

    terials for Sensory Bottle Everything you need for Christmas in a bottle

    Instructions:

    • Put the materials into the bottles - we used bells, glitter pom poms and various spangles
    • Add glitter (we used a funnel!)
    • Fill the bottle with cold water
    • Put the lid on (you can secure it with glue)
    • Shake and watch!

     

    Making the Sensory Bottle Choosing the ingredients!

     

    Differentiation:

    • You can make your own variation or let children fill the bottles themselves
    • Let children fill the bottle with water using a jug and funnel
    • Discuss displacement of water
    • Explore ways of moving the bottles to see how the effect changes
    • Talk about heavy and light items, floating and sinking
    • Hold up to the light and discuss how light reflects through the water
    • Once the bottles have stood for a few days, discuss why the water may have changed colour (we found the glitter poms turned the water a pretty pink!)
    • Use magnets to pull the bells around the bottles - we found magnetic whiteboard erasers worked well.
    • Shake the bottle, can you hear the bells?

     

    Magnetic Sensory Bottles Moving the jingle bells with magnets

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, science, problem solving and reasoning

     


    Super 3D Snow Paint

    This is just amazing - it feels great to play with and then dries to a squishable painting! The little ones will love playing with it, whilst the older kids will love to paint pictures and see the paint change as it dries!

     

    Cheeky chappie! Cheeky chappie!

    What do we need:

    • Shaving Foam (fragrance free and sensitive is best)
    • Washable PVA glue (blue label)
    • Paint brush
    • Glitter (we used iridescent for that frozen effect!)
    • Card
    • Peppermint esscence

     

    Mix, mix, ,mix Mix, mix, ,mix

    Instructions

    • Decide where you want to do your mixing - we used a paint tray, but a bowl or sand tray will work fine. It's easy to clean up.
    • Squirt in your shaving foam (How does it expand?)
    • Add a roughly equal amount of washable PVA glue
    • Mix! You can do this with a paint brush, spatula or even hands!
    • When it is fully mixed you are ready to go
    • We then added iridescent glitter to get a real snowy feel! You can add any colour of glitter
    • We also added green ready mix poster paint to create our Christmas tree
    • In one batch we added peppermint essence!
    • Once you have your mixture you can create your image, you can pile it up using spreaders and paint brushes
    • Put in cutters to get a specific shape or go free hand!
    • Leave to dry overnight
    • It will keep its height  and puffiness when dry - amazing!

     

    The finished snowman and tree The finished snowman and tree

     

    Differentiation:

    • Let children add the shaving foam and glue - can they use the bottles, can they estimate the equal amounts?
    • Allow the children to do the mixing - can they see the texture change as its mixed? Can they describe how it feels?
    • Discuss what items you can add to the mix
    • Use dough cutters to create shapes  or draw shapes
    • Once dry, use card offcuts for decoration (we made some buttons, a hat, a carrot nose and a smiley face!)
    • Talk about the small of the peppermint essence and what other smells you could add.

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, science, problem solving and reasoning

     

     

    Children will love to use their creative juices to alter and change these activities. They would work great at all times of the year - what about 3D bug pictures or summer in a bottle?

     

    Join us next week for Christmas tree crafts....

  • Seasons Cheer and Creative Christmas Cards

     We’re one week closer to Christmas, and as promised, we've got some fab Christmas craft ideas for children to get stuck into!

    It’s never too early to think about making Christmas cards in your setting and we’ve got some great ideas involving glitter, sparkly sequins, Christmas stencils and sponges (we even added some goggly eyes to our festive Father Christmas!)

     

    In addition to our super fun Christmas cards, we made some fantastic festive bunting with art straws, twinkly stars and glorious glitter (we’ve been busy bees this week!)

    Each of our fun-filled crafts are really easy to make and help the children in your setting add a special touch to their masterpieces.


     

     Bold Christmas Cards!

    These cards are so easy to make and really, really effective. They can be made using festive sponges or festive cutters.

    Final photo 1 See, you just need a few things...

     

    What do we need:

    • Card
    • Festive Sponges
    • Festive Cutters
    • Glitter/Glitter Pens
    • Pens / Pencils
    • Glue/Glue Spreaders/Glue Brushes
    • Stickers or sequins to decorate

     

    Instructions

    • Fold your card in half to make a greeting card
    • Place the card on a larger piece of paper to allow you to catch the excess glitter
    • Christmas cutters - Draw around the outside of the shape and paint inside the shape with PVA glue
    •  Christmas sponges - Dip the sponge into glue so one face is completely covered and then place on the card to leave a lovely gluey shape
    • Sprinkle, throw and pour glitter on to the glue
    • Lift up the card, shake and tap on the paper
    • You should be left with a lovely glittery shape
    • Collect the left over glitter from you paper and pour back
    • Add more decorations to your card or just let it speak for itself.
    • An alternative to add more details is to apply the glue section by section - you can use different coloured glitter in each section

     

    making glitter block cards Easy and quick to make

    Differentiation

    • For an easier and quicker craft, use the Christmas sponges.
    • The Christmas cutters are great for developing fine motor skills
    • Paint the glue on to the sponge so you can use different colours of glitter
    • Add other embellishments to personalise the image
    • Add one of our little verses and discuss why we send cards.

     

    glitter Christmas Cards Here's a few we made earlier

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Fine motor skills, expressive arts and design, developing knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, literacy, creative development, physical development, communication and language 

     


     

    Easy to make Garlands

     

    There is nothing better than making something that you can show off. All children like to see their work displayed, and this easy Christmas garland is a great way to do it.

    We think it would be great to show Christmas wishes as well!

    Str Garland Hopefully Jack will get his bike....

    What do we need:

    • String
    • Stars - pre-cut or card to cut them from
    • Hole punch
    • Straws- we used Artstraws but drinking straws will work fine.
    • Glitter and other embellishments
    • Pens / Pencils
    • PVA Glue or glue sticks

     

    Instructions

    • Hole punch the stars on one point
    • Wishes and messages should be written on the star at this stage
    • Decorate the stars - we left some blank and decorated others with glitter and snowflake sequins
    • Cut your length of string
    • Cut the straws to the length you want the stars spaced
    • Thread one star through the string and then through the straw. Move on to the next star
    • Keep adding stars along the length of your string, spacing with the straws as you go
    • To secure the string, loop it back and attach it to the last straw with sticky tape

     

    Star Garland Making So quick and easy

     

    Differentiation

    • Let children punch the holes
    • Supply pre-cut stars or let children cut out their own shapes using a template
    • Use stickers to add messages
    • Practice the threading - it is great for fine motor skills
    • Use different colour straws to discuss repeating patterns

     

    Finsihed star garland One starry night....

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world,  problem solving and reasoning, literacy, communication and language 

     


     

    We hope that everyone appreciates the cards when you send them home and has a big smile on their face when they see the festive garlands in your setting......

    Join us  next week for some calming sensory crafts -  brilliant for when the kids are getting a bit too excited about Santa's visit....

  • Christmas Music Makers

     

    It's easy to get carried away making decorations and cards for the various festivals at this time of year,  so we thought why not be a bit different? In this week's blog, we are looking at musical crafts that can be used to support festival teaching.

    All of our celebratory crafts are super fun and easy  to make - you've also got the option of differentiating each one!


     

    Shakers!

     

    Making your own shaker is a great way to talk about sounds and use different movements to create different sounds. What's more, the shakers are also really easy to make.

     

    Christmas Music Makers Don't they look festive?

    What do we need:

    • Cardboard tubes (empty paper rolls work or try these modelling rolls!)
    • Tissue paper - sheets or shapes
    • Paint / pens
    • Elastic bands
    • Stickers or sequins to decorate
    • Rice, beads, bells and various other items to fill the tube with.

     

    Materials for Christmas Shakers Beads, rice, bells - how many ways can we make music?

    Instructions

    • Decorate your tube with paint or stick on tissue paper
    • Use tissue circles/squares (or cut your own from tissue paper) to cover the ends of the tube
    • Place the tissue shape over one end of the tube and hold in place with an elastic band.
    • Put in your shells, rice or other materials
    • Turn over and put a tissue shape over the other end so the shaker is secure.
    • The tube can then be decorated with sparkly sequins and collage materials.
    • After decorating you're ready to shake, rattle and roll!
    Adding beads to music shaker One by one ...

    Differentiation

    • Let children make the tissue paper caps to seal  the shakers - drawing round the ends and estimating how much larger the paper needs to be
    • Discuss the different materials that could be used inside the shaker
    • What sounds will different materials make? Create a tune to be played to friends or as part of the nativity play.
    • How does the sound change depending on how the shaker is moved?

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Fine motor skills, expressive arts and design, developing knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, literacy, creative development, physical development

     

     


     

    Musical Bracelets and Jingle Sticks!

    These little music makers are not only great for developing motor skills, they can also be used for Diwali celebrations!

    Muscial Pipe Cleaner Bracelet Jingle bell, jingle bells

    What do we need:

    • Pipecleaners
    • Musical bells
    • Craft Sticks
    Materials for muscial sticks and bracelets Getting everything ready!

    Instructions

    • Thread the bells on to the pipecleaners
    • For bracelets bend into a circle and secure
    • For jingle sticks wrap around craft sticks
    One bell, two bells, three bells One bell, two bells, three bells

    Differentiation

    • Let children thread the bells - using as many or little as they like
    • Bend the pipe cleaners into shapes other than a circle?
    • Talk about the how the sound will change depending on how many bells you use
    • Use coloured bells to create repeating patterns
    • Try different ways of the attaching the pipe cleaner to the craft stick
    • Wear the bracelets and move around to explore how moving can change the sound - great for Diwali dancing
    Musical Sticks Now you just need to shake it, shake it

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world,  problem solving and reasoning

     


     

    Homemade Harmoncia!

    This is more suited to older children, but the result is great so it is well worth a try!

    Home made Harmonica Right we are ready to go

    What do we need:

    • Craft Sticks - wide or standard
    • Elastic Bands
    • Paper - printer paper is fine
    • Craft match sticks
    Making a Harmonica Lots of fingers needed here

    Instructions

    • Cut a piece of paper to the size of the craft sticks - trace round the stick to get the shape
    • Place the paper between the two sticks (you may need to cut the paper down before you do this)
    • Secure both ends with an elastic band
    • Slide the craft match sticks, between the two craft sticks on the inside of the elastic band (you may need to cut to size if you are using narrow craft sticks)
    • One match stick should be on top of the paper and the other one should be under.
    • Create some soulful music!
    Finished Harmonica And we decorated it !

    Differentiation

    • Have the paper pre-cut or let children cut it themselves.
    • The securing of the sticks with the elastic bands can be fiddly so let them try, but you may need to step in.
    • Try blowing air through the side to create a sound
    • Try sucking air through the side to create a sound.
    • Will using different size craft sticks change the sound?
    • Why does it make a sound when air is passed through it?
    • Decorate the finished harmonica

     

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, creative development, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world,  problem solving and reasoning, science

     


    Lots of musical instruments Cover your ears...

    So that's it lots of great musical instruments.. great for gross motor activity, burning off excess energy, trying Diwali dancing or shaking along to Christmas carols!

     

    Come back next week for great tips on making Christmas cards to send home to parents/carers.

  • Crafty Kids at Christmas

     

    The Christmas period is a great time of year for getting creative  whilst ticking all those record keeping boxes!  Within your setting, children can create some lovely decorations to put on display or to take home as presents. We love coming up with crafty ideas to inspire you, so without further ado, here's the first one!

     

    Reindeer Picture Frame

    IMG_39867 This is our friend, Roger the Reindeer

    What do we need:

    • Craft sticks (lollysticks!) - coloured or plain
    • PVA glue and sticky tape
    • Pom poms
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Brown paper or card
    • Googly eyes
    • Paint or felt tips
    • Ribbon or string
    • A photograph or picture you would like to frame

     

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    Instructions

    • Use felt tips or paint to colour in the craft sticks
    • Once dry, glue the sticks into a rectangle, leaving an overlap for the legs.
    • Glue the face, ears and tail in place, add the googly eyes and a pom pom for the nose.
    • Next twist the pipe cleaners into antler shapes. Stick them to the back of the head with tape.
    • Once dry you can add your picture or photograph to the back and cover with a piece of card so that it stays sturdy.
    • Before sticking down, remember to add the child's name or a 'Merry Christmas' message on the back of the card.

     

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    Differentiation

    • Use coloured lolly sticks rather than colouring them in
    • Draw the reindeer body shapes  or let then children have a go
    • Have a selection of reindeer features ready to go or encourge children to cut out their own
    • Antlers can be bent to any shape that makes someone happy!
    • Have a pre-printed Happy Christmas message ready to stick down or let them write their own message
    • Let children add their own name, or trace over a pre-written version

     

    IMG_0402 Making some antlers for Roger the Reindeer

    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Fine motor skills, expressive arts and design, developing knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics, literacy

     

    We also made a few other tree decorations out of craft sticks! Have a go and see what else you can make with such an economical craft product!

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    Christmas Wrapping Paper

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    What do we need:

    • Large sheets of paper - sugar is great!
    • Assorted washable paints
    • Paintbrushes
    • Rollers, printers, sponges and mark making tools
    • Christmas and nativity stencils

     

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    Instructions

    • Lay out your large paper sheet - secure it with some masking tape
    • Dip your stamps or rollers into the paint and then press down onto the paper to create patterns
    • Use stencils to paint more detailed designs
    • Once dry the paper can then be used to wrap presents with!

     

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    The great thing about this activity is that children of all ages can enjoy it - as long as you don't mind getting messy you're ready to go!

    Differentiation

    • Use hands! They make great stamps!
    • Use our specially designed Christmas sponge stamps to create a festive storyboard
    • Encourage children to create repeating patterns.
    • Add words..
    • Use our fantastic multi- pattern Christmas roller to experiment with patterns!

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    Areas of learning covered by this activity:

    • Expressive arts and design, developing imagination and creativity, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, knowledge and understanding of the world, mathematics

     

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    Here at BCreative, we love seeing what you've been up to with our products! So if you have any photographs of your arts and crafts don't hesitate to drop us a line - you might even see your work on our next blog post!

  • Sensory Christmas Activities

     

     

    Don't tell us it's too early to be thinking about Christmas, we know you've got heaps of planning to do! If you still need one or two extra ideas look no further, we're sure you'll like our sensory Christmas activities - they're all designed with your setting in mind and are nice and easy to put together!

     

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    Sticky Christmas Window

     

    This is a great activity for busy little fingers and you get a pretty display at the end of it as well!

     

    Items needed

     

    • A window!

    • A sheet of sticky book covering

    • Masking tape

    • Christmas bits and pieces - Sequins, pom poms, glitter, pipe cleaners, cotton wool, fake snow, stencils, stars etc.

     

    Sticky Tree

     

    Instructions

    • Measure up your book covering against the window, ensuring you have a nice big piece.

    • Stick it up with masking tape so that the sticky side is facing you

    • Set up a table with all the necessary items for your children to use, encourage them to make pictures on the window and explain to you what it is they are doing and why.

     

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    This activity is great if you're teaching abroad in a country that doesn't get any snow. It's got so many touchy feely loose parts and is a fun way for children to create their own snowy scene, and set a story to go with it. A pretty pink angel was made on our window!

     

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    You can discuss the colour and shape of the items they're sticking down, as well as the texture. If a child needs prompting into conversation give a choice of descriptive words to help them. "How does that feel, is it hard or soft?", "fluffy or scratchy" etc.

     

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    Giving children free reign brings out their creativity and usually provides some effective if not amusing results - Turns out that a highlighter pen is a great addition to any Christmas tree!

     

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    Christmas Foam

    This is another great activity for all ages that will have them desperate to get involved.  The thing about sensory play is that it is so unstructured and open-ended - brilliant for learning through exploration!

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    Ingredients

    • Shaving foam - a sensitive brand is usually kinder on little hands

    • Food dye or paints in your choice of Christmassy colours (optional)

    • Mixed spice and/or peppermint essence (optional)

    • Christmas bits and pieces - glitter, sequins and pom poms etc

    • Children's tweezers or tongs or any kind of mark making items

     

     

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    Instructions

    • Spray the shaving foam out onto a mat covered table or tuff tray, we used about half a can but obviously it depends on how big your group of children is.

    • Ensure sleeves are rolled up and aprons on if you feel it's necessary.

    • Put all the loose parts in small bowls for the children to help themselves to, demonstrate how to add the items to the foam and offer the use of spatulas, stampers etc.

     

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    We love playing with foam because it's so hands on! Brilliant for working on fine motor skills and enjoying that ooey gooey feeling. Try giving children some tongs or plastic tweezers to pick up objects out of the foam, it's great for practising that pencil grip. Use number and letter cutters to incorporate literacy and mathematics into your foam play, you could also do counting with added beads or buttons.

     

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    This also a great medium for practising letter formation, think about it - writing the same letter over and over again on a work sheet is boring compared to drawing it in foam!

     

    Why not set up a white board next to the foam so that the children can see how it reacts when stuck to something vertically, or you could let them smear it across the window to make a snow scene if your setting allows for it.

     

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    Don't forget we'll be posting Christmas ideas and activities right up until the big day so stay tuned!

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