Our next visitor was Joanne who arrived with a basket of stories and read to the children in groups. It is always lovely to have different people coming in and reading to the children as it sparks new interest and enthusiasm in story-telling.
During the afternoon we had a surprise visit from Matt, the local community policeman. The children were very interested in his uniform and he was very patient in explaining what he does and how they must stay safe.
We have begun to practice our Christmas songs and have been trying out Makaton signing along with the words to, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas,’ which we hope to have perfected by the Nativity on the 17th December.
Our paper mache snowman was completed this week with the children collecting a variety of materials in the garden to finish him off. We made a large Christmas house covered in snow from a box and have begun to make some small ones also which will eventually turn into a Christmas themed village.
The children made biscuits this week using Christmas scented spices and we enjoyed eating them during a party snack time.
Christmas craft activities are well underway and our final visitors were two enthusiastic parents who came in to help the children make individual Christmas placemats to be laminated and sold at the Christmas Fayre. There was a lot of glitter, glue and paint involved and the children (and hopefully the parents) had a lovely time.
New words we have learned this week
Idea to continue this week’s fun at home:
Practice the Makaton signs to We wish you a Merry Christmas.
Try some baking or make play dough using Christmas spices like cinnamon, ginger and allspice.