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.
Today, Tuesday 5th February, Chinese New Year begins.
This year is the year of the pig.
In nurseries and schools up and down the country today, children will be celebrating and learning about Chinese New Year in lots of fun and exciting ways. With just two little ones aged just 16 and 19 months however, we kept it simple with this fab Peppa Pig Chinese New Year book. Because, if there’s one thing all my mindees love it’s Peppa Pig!
Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year is the year of the monkey.
My 4 year old mindee was already enjoying lots of activities at pre-school to celebrate the Chinese New Year, they wore red for the day, they had a Chinese visitor, enjoyed Chinese food, made a large dragon as a class and lanterns too.
I decided that pre-school had this one sewn up(!) so I opted for a very simple activity of drawing monkeys to mark the year of the monkey instead! They impressively chose to draw their monkeys on blossom trees. Blossom trees are much prized in both China and Japan and linked closely with spring festivals. Chinese New Year, for example, celebrates blossom in all its forms. They completed their pictures with some bananas…
Happy New Year! Today marks the Jewish New Year. My mindees enjoyed some Rosh Hashanah related colouring in today to mark this and my school aged mindee told me she had been learning all about Judaism at school.
Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.”
The Jewish New Year is a time to begin looking back at the past year and plan the changes to be made in the New Year.
One of the most popular and well-known food customs on Rosh Hashanah has to do with dipping apple slices into honey. This sweet combination stems from an age-old Jewish tradition of eating sweet foods to express our hope for a sweet new year.
‘Teshuvah’ means repentance, ‘Tefilah’ means prayer and ‘Tzedakah’ comes from the Hebrew word tzedek, meaning righteousness or justice and refers to the Jewish practice of giving money in order to help those less fortunate.