We had a fantastic time at our Christmas Craft Activity Day and although the weather was chilly and rather wet we were very happy to welcome a record number of parents, carers and grandparents of our current nursery children as well as new families who will be coming to nursery in January and governors as well. They all had a fantastic time joining in with seasonal activities, in nursery and in the nursery garden.
All week at nursery we have been learning about the traditional religious and non religious celebrations that take place at this time of year including decorating the Christmas tree, going to church and eating special food as well as reading the nativity story and this learning continued throughout todays activities and festivities. In our nursery, decorated ready for Christmas, our children and families enjoyed making twiggy ribbon and sparkly Christmas decorations, spicy reindeer pictures and making reindeer food to help Rudolf to find his way to their houses on Christmas Eve. Outside in the garden we had a Santa's work shop, a reindeer obstacle course and a pretend snowball aim game and when all this playing and learning had made us a bit hungry, we went inside for some snack and to decorate a Christmas cake!...yum!
These activities were really good for developing our gross and fine motor skills and some required a little perseverance. The activities also got us talking about Christmas and how we and others celebrate which therefore developed our communication skills as well as reinforcing our values and sense of community.
Towards the end of each session we welcomed a very special surprise visitor. We were all very shocked and excited when Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer paid us a visit to nursery. We sang him some of our favourite Christmas songs which he enjoyed and danced to and many of the children had their photos taken with Rudolph as a special memento of the occasion.
Many thanks to Rudolph for taking time out of his schedule, which is very busy at this time of year, to come and see us at nursery and to Barry Thacker, our Vice Chair of Governors for making the visit possible.
Thank you also to everyone who attended the day. We really appreciate people's support at these events. It's a great opportunity to share the playing and learning that takes place at our outstanding nursery school and to further strengthen the links with our families and community.