Ah, Christmas time in a Pre-school room. Making cards and gifts, glitter everywhere, advent calenders, elves on shelves, Christmas songs and jumpers, ‘Santa’s’ visit, wonky trees decorated untidily by the children, cold and icy outdoor play…the list goes on. Not to mention the dreaded nativity play with its endless rehearsals and emotions… basically it’s a stressful time for us teachers. Even more so for someone like me who does not fully celebrate Christmas. And yet, we still manage to have lots of fun, it’s actually become one of my favourite times of year.
Christmas provides a great time for creativity. Children have the opportunity to learn about celebrations, get involved in helping with preparations, sing new songs, build their imagination and create special things for their loved ones. We’ve carried out many activities in our Pre-school room this year, here’s one of my favourites, a simple yet enjoyable activity:
I bought coloured lolly sticks and used a hot glue gun to stick them together to create a ‘tree’ shape. If you can’t find ready coloured ones, you can always buy plain wooden sticks and paint them.
The children then decorated them with coloured gems, buttons, pipe cleaners (for tinsel) and stuck a star on the top. Normal PVA glue is fine for this.
Here’s a quick one I made, nothing compared to the wonderful ones the children made.
I had originally planned to hang them up in the room, but we decided to create a Christmas tree display, so I joined the stick trees up to make a large tree.
The display has enhanced the overall look of the Pre-school room and added to our decorative appearance. The activity was a massive success, the children loved it and were excited to see that their tree had contributed to a larger art piece. We’ve had lots of compliments on it.
Thank you for reading, I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!