Fun Things to do With Your Child This Christmas
Christmas is an extremely busy time. There’s so much to do, presents to buy, food shopping, house cleaning, a Christmas tree to decorate, Christmas cards to post, preparations for family get togethers and more. It can also be a stressful time. Especially when you have a baby or a young child to think about as well. They tend to get left behind, while you rush around with all the Christmas preparations.
It doesn’t have to be that way though. You can actually have fun with your child and include them in the preparations. All you need to do is to make some time to spend with them. I’m going to show you how to put some fun and enjoyment into your Christmas preparations with your child.
Some of the projects will require support when using tools. Teaching children the skills required to handle equipment safely falls within the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance. They encourage the development of skills by using tools.
Not only will you and your child have fun, but you’ll also be teaching them essential skills to help develop their awareness and more. Also, you’ll be carrying out an extension of what they learn at nursery. Since, they’re taught according to the guidelines of the EYFs.
The Early Years Foundation Stage states that we should “Teach children the skills they need to use equipment safely. For example, cutting with scissors or using tools. Begin to try out a range of tools and techniques safely. Provide a range of tools, for example, scissors, hole punch, glue spreader, cutter, knife and encourage children to handle them carefully. Use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately. Select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join materials they are using. The ways that children make things, for example, a child might use a card, scissors, glue, string and a hole punch.”
Now for the fun part. I’ve listed some wonderful things for you and your child to do for Christmas. Some will require supervision. Others will need your explanation, guidance and encouragement to allow your child’s creativity to show.
- Unique Christmas cards
Potato prints Christmas cards
You can have so much enjoyment preparing for potato printing with your child. It’s also easy and suitable for a toddler to do the stamping. Nevertheless, an older child can be shown how to do most of this activity, with supervision.
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