Unlike many other Childminders, I point blank refuse to start anything Christmas related before 1st December! I like to avoid Christmas fatigue setting in before the big day which can be overwhelming in itself for children. That said, it doesn’t give us long to motor through all our Christmas related activities!
So far, the children have enjoyed pretty Snow Princess sticker scene boards and some fun Santas workshop ones. We have been reading Dear Santa by Rod Campbell and colouring in Christmas Present pictures. We have made some lovely cone angel decorations and decorated some wooden decorations for the children to take home for their Christmas trees.
The younger children have also been extending their vocabulary learning new words such as “halo” and “sleigh”.
Check back soon to see what other Christmas fun we have been having!
The children have been loving their Halloween themed Arts and Crafts the past week or so. We try not to start too early to avoid Halloween fatigue setting in! We’ve read spooky Halloween themed books, coloured pumpkin masks, painted and coloured fun, hanging bats and enjoyed lots of spooky stickers!
These were all enjoyed by children ages 2, 4, 5 and 6.
Stickers and Bats from our favourite Arts and Crafts suppliers Baker Ross.
As part of our Autumn Themed Arts and Crafts, we recently enjoyed some pinecone painting. My mindees aged 2 years old and 1 years old both gave this a go. Whilst the 2 year old absolutely loved it the 1 year old wasn’t quite so sure!
The children have been busy with lots of Autumnal Arts and Crafts. These lovely felt and glitter leaf shaped stickers used in these lovely pictures were from our favourite Arts and Crafts supplies Baker Ross
One of the most challenging tasks as a childminder, is entertaining children of different ages. I find that Arts and Crafts are a great way of including everyone, whatever their age.
Whilst I supply all the necessary tools and materials to make and produce a craft, the older children can complete the activity all by themselves, however intricately they wish, whilst younger ones may prefer to enlist my help with tricky cutting and sticking. Meanwhile, babies and toddlers can enjoy the sensory and messy play experience of handling different materials and gluing and sticking.
These card wreaths for instance were enjoyed by a 5 year old and a 2 year old:
And these pirate chests and swords were created by a 10 year old and a 4 year old.