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Christmas

17/12/2018

8 Christmas Facts to get you Feeling Festive!

The decorations are up, the mince pies are out and the Christmas jumpers are on as we count down to Christmas. We’ve scoured the internet for the best Christmas facts – sure to get you in the festive spirit! So don’t be a grinch, have a read of these… 1. Santa’s reindeer are most likely female Male Reindeers shed their antlers at the beginning of December when mating season ends, but the females keep theirs throughout December, making it most likely that Santa’s reindeer are female. Rosie the Red Nose... Read More

reindeer-frame 14/12/2017
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Festive Reindeer Photo Frame

Elusive, doe-eyed and beautiful, reindeers are a symbol of wintertime magic. This fun picture frame is simple to make and gives children the opportunity to practice fine motor skills. To make these you will need the following: 4 x craft sticks  Red pom poms  Googly eyes Brown paint Brown paper White card (8 x 8cm)  Small twigs for antlers 2 x leaves for ears White glue Hot melt glue  Scissors  To make a Reindeer Photo Frame Using a hot glue gun, an adult fixes the craft sticks together to make... Read More

14/12/2017
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Wobbly Head Reindeers!

To make these you will need the following: Egg box Brown paint  Thick paintbrush  White paint  Thin paintbrush Brown foam  Cream foam  Strong glue Googly eyes  Small red pom poms  Scissors  To make a wobbly head reindeer Cut out a cup and a cone from an egg box. You might need an adult to help with this. Paint both pieces brown and leave to dry Cut 2 ears from brown foam Cut 2 antlers from cream foam Glue on the red pom pom nose Glue the googly eyes onto either... Read More

14/12/2017
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Snowman Shoot Game!

A fun and festive game! To make this you will need the following: 6 polystyrene cups 2 polystyrene balls 12 small buttons Orange and black card Scissors Glue To make the Snowman Shoot game To make your first snowman, take a polystyrene cup. Glue on two buttons for eyes. Let the glue dry before moving onto the next step. Take the orange card and cut out a carrot nose. Glue it into place. Next, take the black card and cut out four small circles for the snowman’s mouth. Stick the... Read More

14/12/2017
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Paper Plate Christmas Wreaths

To make these you will need: Paper plates either plain or colourful Pipe cleaners  Coloured tissue paper  Mixed decorations e.g. gems, pom poms, sequins, glitter, bells etc Sticky tape Glue stick Scissors Hole punch To make the Paper Plate Wreath Use a pair of scissors to carefully cut out the centre of the plate. The ring that remains will become your wreath. If using a white paper plate, paint the plate green and leave to dry Punch a hole through the top of the wreath. Thread a pipe cleaner through the... Read More

12/12/2017
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Festive Puppets Craft Idea for Christmas

Get into the festive spirit with a good old-fashioned puppet show. Either use the characters we’ve created here, or let the children come up with their own. Encourage them to make up their own play too! To make the Santa puppets you will need: Cardboard toilet roll tubes A selection of coloured card or paint Mini red pom poms White card Corrugated card Googly eyes White felt or cotton wool Scissors Glue To make the Santa puppet… Start by covering the tube with either red card or red paint. Cut... Read More

bottle snowman 23/11/2016
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Festive Bottled Snowmen

These cute bottled snowmen are very quick and easy to make. Each one can have its own personality and the children will love decorating their own personal snowmen! To make these bottled snowmen, you will need the following: A Clean, Dry, Transparent Plastic Bottle Cotton Wool A Wooden Spoon Scissors Craft Buttons Glue Coloured Card Fabric Scraps A Sock How to make a Bottled Snowman Remove any labels from your bottle and make sure it’s rinsed out and dry. Fill the bottle with the cotton wool. Make sure it goes all the... Read More

23/11/2016
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Lolly Stick Tree Decorations

A simple and colourful way to create some hanging decorations this festive period. To make these you will need the following: Coloured Lolly Sticks Thin Gold Card Glue Dots or PVA Glue Scissors Sticky Tape Gold Ribbon A selection of decorations e.g. Sequins, Foam Glitter Shapes, Glitter Pom Poms, Plastic Jewels, Glitter Dots, Pipe Cleaners etc. To make a Lolly Stick Tree Decoration Decide on the shape of your decoration, snowflake or Christmas tree. For the snowflake, take 4 blue lolly sticks. Arrange them to make 2 overlapping crosses. Use the glue... Read More

23/11/2016
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Make Your Own Advent Forest

Here’s an advent calendar with a twist to add to the classroom Christmas decorations this year. An ideal group festive activity to engage the children and hide a sweet under each forest tree for the run up to Christmas. To make these you will need the following: Large Cardboard Egg Tray 6 x A4 Sheets of Thin Green Card Scissors Green Paint Paintbrush PVA Glue Silver Glitter Small White Pom Poms Sticky Tape Small White Stickers Felt Tip Pen How to make an Advent Forest: Take the large cardboard egg... Read More

16/12/2015
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Educational Toys for Children Gift Ideas

With Christmas just around the corner, high on many shopping lists will be gift ideas for children. With the demise of the traditional toy shop, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to source top quality, traditional toys, especially toys made from wood. At EYR we spend many hours sourcing the best, high quality educational resources for schools, nurseries and childminders, and have realised that many of our toys would make perfect Christmas gifts for little ones. We have beautiful wooden toys (heirlooms of the future) for children of all ages. Here are... Read More