So here it is…

So here it is…

The last day of November!  Although I’ve been in full Christmas mode for a while now, tomorrow is the day that it finally becomes acceptable!

And in preparation we’ve had an afternoon of Christmas craft!  A handmade wreath, gingerbread man chains, a Christmas tree, and a sleigh!

Little Bear is really interested in making things at the moment, and whilst he’s sometimes happy to create his own pictures he usually requests to make something specific (remember the Little Kingdom castle?!  No? I do, the trauma is etched in my memory).

However, I believe that whatever we do needs to have an element of child led and child focused work.  It helps them develop their own creativity and it’s great for their fine motor skills to try out new things without help.

For our wreath he painted his own hand to make the prints, then ripped and scrunched the berries, placed the holly and pom poms, and went crazy with glitter glue!

For the sleigh, he chose the colours and suggested using the felt as presents.  He cut the presents, and again…roamed free with glitter glue!!

For the tree he again cut out the presents, and then decided the leftover tissue paper from the wreath looked like ribbons, so he stuck them on as well.  When we were decorating the tree with sequins we talked about shapes and colours, and whether we had enough glue blobs or not.

Little Bear then saw a gingerbread man sticker and wanted to make some of them too.  He told me what sizes he would like, what he wanted to use, and he only asked for a little help throughout the whole decorating process.

The result:  Our house is starting to look like Christmas threw up on it!  Hooray!


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