December is always one of the busiest months at Monkey Puzzle as the children delve into the celebrations and festivities with enthusiasm…
The first week of the month was spent celebrating Hannukah as the children were interested in learning the story of this Jewish festival and watched with fascination as we lit a candle on the Menorah each day. Using their fingers and other tools, the children created their own Menorah pictures and developed maths knowledge by counting up to 8. The children discovered Hannukah traditions by tasting donuts and each child took home some Hannukah Gelt chocolate coins as a gift from us.
Then the Christmas countdown was well and truly under way as the children delved into a variety of festive activities and created cards, gifts and calendars to take home, using a range of media and materials. During Christmas week, something festive was planned for each day. The staff got involved with the children for the special dress up days including Christmas Jumpers, Festive Pyjamas and ‘Get your Sparkle on’ for the NCPCC.
During our annual Christmas Party, each age group enjoyed a Tiny Mites session, party games and a festive party tea as all the parents got involved. The children cheered with excitement when Santa Claus visited the nursery and gave every child a gift from his sack!
The Christmas Dinner was a huge success as the whole nursery joined together in one room to enjoy a traditional Turkey Lunch with all the trimmings. There was a buzz of excitement as Christmas music played and everyone sang along.
The eldest children had the opportunity to walk to our local Cathedral where they observed the Christmas displays and Nativities and laid their homemade Christingles. To end an amazing week, Red Monkeys were very lucky to have a Pantomime Visit who put on a spectacular show!
As the end of the year draws closer, we have been overwhelmed with the amount of thank you cards and gifts from parents to the staff, so I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to our outstanding staff team for their continued hard work and total dedication to ensuring that the children in our care are safe, happy and having fun!
2018 has been another amazing year!