Last Christmas

Last Christmas

Last Christmas, I shared a post with all my previous seasonal activities, but didn’t blog what we were enjoying at the time as there were lots of repeats or variations (instead, I shared pics over on my Instagram account & Facebook Page). Thought I’d share some of those things now, as December rapidly descends upon us!

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Christmas Tree Branches

Last year, the school Christmas tree had to be trimmed to fit in the pot, so I grabbed some of the spare branches and we used them in various ways…

In a Vase

I put some of them in a vase as a talking point before we started any activities…

Christmas Tree Branches in a Vase - from Rachel (",)

Discovery Bottle

I added a piece into a discovery bottle with a few berries for them to look at closely…

Christmas tree in a discovery bottle - from Rachel (",)

On the Light Panel

Christmas tree branches on the light panel- from Rachel (",)

On the Overhead Projector

Christmas tree branches on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

Transient Art Christmas Tree

Invitation to decorate Christmas branches with decorations - from Rachel (",)

Transient art... decorating real branches with Christmas decorations - from Rachel (",)

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Decorating our White Tree at the Finger Gym

Hanging Bells

Using fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination to hang bells on the tree - from Rachel (",)

Hanging Baubles and Beads

Using fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination to hang bells on the tree - from Rachel (",)

When I needed the Finger Gym table for a different activity I moved the tree to a table, as the children were enjoying it so much…

Invitation to decorate the tree with baubles and bells from Rachel (",)

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Baubles on Branches

Christmas branches from Rachel (",)

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Christmas in the Maths Area

Christmas counting and pattern making with pasta, erasers and buttons…

Christmas counting and pattern making with pasta, erasers and buttons - from Rachel (",)

(The Christmas pasta was from Lakeland a couple of years ago – no idea if they are doing it this year too…)

Christmas pasta - from Rachel (",)

Putting Christmas buttons and erasers together... from Rachel (",)

Christmas Shape Pictures

Christmas shape pictures- from Rachel (",)

Using Father Christmas for counting, sorting, number recognition… 

Using Father Christmas for counting, sorting, number recognition... from Rachel (",)

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Decorating Wooden Christmas Trees 

Decorating wooden Christmas trees with loose parts - from Rachel (",)

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Laminated Tree on the Light Panel 

Laminated tree on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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More Fine Motor Skills Work

Using Tweezers to sort Christmas Coloured Pom-Poms

Invitation to use fine motor skills to sort Christmas-coloured pom-poms... from Rachel (",)

Fine motor, counting and number recognition with Christmas pegs and numbered craft sticks 

Fine motor, counting and number recognition with Christmas pegs and numbered craft sticks - from Rachel (",)

Mark Making in Glitter 

Mark making in glitter - from Rachel (",)

Christmas Dough

Christmas dough from Rachel (",)

Invitation to use Fine Motor Skills to Investigate Christmas Loose Parts 

Invitation to use fine motor skills to investigate Christmas loose parts - from Rachel (",)

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Small World Play

Christmas-y World

Christmas-y world from Rachel (",)

Christmas-y world from Rachel (",)

Polar Express

A really similar set-up to one I’ve done before…

Polar Express train play - from Rachel (",)

Out came the knitted finger puppets again…

Invitation to retell the Christmas Story with homemade finger puppets - from Rachel (",)

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Invitation to Wrap a Willow Obelisk with Tinsel

Invitation to wrap a cheap willow obelisk with tinsel - from Rachel (",)

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Christmas Outlines on the OHP 

Christmas outlines on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Christmas Book Basket

A basket of Christmas books - from Rachel (",)

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Playing with Christmas Decorations 

Simply playing with and exploring Christmas decorations - from Rachel (",)

Playing with Christmas decorations - from Rachel (",)

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Printing with Christmas Play Dough Cutters 

Printing with Christmas play dough cutters - from Rachel (",)

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Simple Christmas-y Discovery Bottles

Christmas discovery bottles from last year - from Rachel (",)

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Agate Slices, Beads and Magnetic Counters on the Light Panel 

Agate slices, beads and counters on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Decorations & Boxes

Christmas decorations and boxes - from Rachel (",)

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Fine Motor Work with some of my (free) Printables

Free Christmas printables available here and here 🙂

Fine motor work with some of my (free) printable - from Rachel (",)

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Glitter, Tinsel Pieces and Coloured Water

Glitter, tinsel pieces and coloured water - from Rachel (",)

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Invitation to Balance Christmas Presents

Ever popular! My presents are covered with sticky back plastic (to prevent opening) & have been going for years now!

Invitation to balance Christmas presents - from Rachel (",)

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Exploring Christmas Treasures

Exploring Christmas treasures - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

A place for Father Christmas to store the presents - from Rachel (",)

Don’t forget that you can also find me on FacebookInstagramTwitter &  Pinterest

Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂 

– Rachel (“,)

Fine motor fun with Christmas pudding baubles - from Rachel (",)

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18 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! These activities are absolutely fabulous. I want to come and play!
    You are a very talented lady.

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    • Thank you so much, Anita!

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  2. All of your posts are little works of art that inspire me to bring more open ended activities into the classroom. Do you recall where you found the Christmas shape pictures in the photo with the plastic shapes? Thank you.

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      • Thank you so much for your generosity. Yes, these are the ones that I meant and I’m sure my students will enjoy them greatly. Best wishes, Isabel

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        • Perfect! 🙂

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  3. I cannot tell you how much you inspire me. Your students are blessed to have such a dedicated professions in their lives. Thank you so much for sharing you fantastic ideas with us.

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    • What a lovely comment! Thank you, Carissa! 🙂

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  4. Am in love with so many of these ideas – thank you for sharing ❄️☃️

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    • Ah you’re welcome, Kirsty! 🙂

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  5. Wow! Amazing activities! Do you have these all occurring at the same time? I bet your students never get bored. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Many of them, but not all of them. I change them if I feel they are not engaging with them in the same way.
      Thanks for the lovely comment, Jennie 🙂

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  6. Oh, Rachel! You are so inspiring! So glad I found you!

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    • What a lovely thing to say! Thank you, Michelle! 🙂

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  7. All of your ideas are so simple yet so engaging and effective. I can’t wait until I have collected such an array of treasures perfect for these kind of activities.

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    • Ah, thank you Ellen! Good luck with your collecting! 🙂

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  8. Fantastic open ended activities. Where do you get your resources from?

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    • Thank you!
      All sorts of places! Pound shops, charity shops, eBay, Amazon, craft shops like Hobbycraft, Shops like B&M, Home Bargains, Wilko, supermarkets. Educational places (UK) like TTS, Cosy, YPO etc! I’m always on the look out!

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