fun and interesting facts about christmas 02/12/2021

10 fun and interesting facts about Christmas for children

Get yourself and the children feeling festive with our top 10 Christmas facts. 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 and the children in the festive spirit! So don’t be a grinch, have a read of these… 1. Santa’s reindeer are most likely female Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. These names are sure to ring a bell!... Read More


Christmas Candy Gifts Recipe

Making sweets for children to give as Christmas gifts is a great idea! So why not try to make some yummy chocolate fudge, peppermint creams and snowball crispies with these easy-to-follow recipes. These two sweet treats can be made in bulk and then put into small bags tied with ribbon. How To Make Chocolate Fudge Ingredients: 300g caster sugar 160ml evaporated milk 200g marshmallows 55g butter 1/4 tspn salt 500g milk chocolate, chopped 250g plain chocolate, chopped 1 tspn vanilla extract Method: Before you begin, make sure all hands are... Read More

gingerbread heart cookies recipe 12/12/2019

Gingerbread Heart Christmas Cookies Recipe

It’s time for some yummy Christmas baking! These gingerbread heart cookies are perfect for sharing the love this Christmas. It’s an ideal festive baking activity for children aged 5-7 years old. Ingredients you will need: 350g plain flour 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 100g butter 175g soft light brown sugar 4 tbsp golden syrup 1 egg Heart shaped cookie cutter Baking instructions: Begin by washing your hands and putting on your festive apron. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. (Reduce heat to 160°C... Read More

outdoor winter activities for kids 05/12/2019

Outdoor Winter Activities for Early Years

Are you ready to take on winter? The winter weather might be frightful…but it’s time to grab your winter warmers and head outside for some fun outdoor winter activities with the kids. Don’t let the brisk winter chill put you off taking the children outdoors! Outdoor play is extremely important for a child’s development – as it enhances their physical activity, mental wellbeing, independence and creativity. Winter is the perfect time to explore new and unique outdoor learning opportunities, so we have put together a list of un-brr-lievable outdoor winter... Read More

reindeer-frame 14/12/2017

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


Snowman Shoot Bowling Game – Christmas Crafts

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


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


Advent Activity Inspiration

What is Advent? Traditionally, Advent marks the beginning of the Christian Year and takes place the four weeks before Christmas, beginning on November 29 or the nearest Sunday. ‘Adventus’ is the Latin word for advent and means, arrival or coming. It is a time for Christians to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. What is an Advent Wreath? Churches will have an Advent wreath, rather than floral displays, during the month of December, to mark the time of Advent. The Advent Wreath is a circle of evergreen... Read More

Nativity Scene 18/11/2015

Nativity: How to Celebrate the Christmas Message with Young Children

Christmas is a Christian celebration, it marks the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe to be the Son of God. Nativity is the word often used for the story of Jesus’ birth, it is taken from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. At this time of year, many of us will be thinking about Christmas activities which will help young children to understand the meaning of Christmas, beyond Santa and presents, and exploring the story of the Nativity, reminding Christians of the gift of Jesus, the son of God,... Read More


Christmas Crafts for Early Years

With Christmas just over two weeks away, now is an ideal time to get young children involved in Christmas creative craft activities. Now is a great time to get children involved in making Christmas cards to take home and give to their parents and relatives. Craft activities are both a great fun and creative pastime as well as an educational tool for young children. They can also aid learning in other EYFS educational areas such as language skills, music, art, science, maths and even health and nutrition. Getting involved in... Read More