Monday, 26 November 2012

3 Tuesdays till Christmas

I love Christmas time. I love the carols, the cooking and the decorating. I even love the shopping up to a point. Christmas in the classroom is a very happy and joyous time as well. This week the children all wanted to explore the Christmas sensory tray, although I had to explain that the green cones were trees and not party hats waiting for decorations.I did have a laugh when another child turned the tree over, filled it with pebbles and called "Cheers" to his friend.

Mirrors, pebbles, rice, cotton wool, Christmas shapes, little Christmas bears, Santa and Rudolph.

Rudolph made from a gum-nut, a bead and some twig antlers. Very cute!

Clay decorations:

Each child was given a ball of clay to roll out and then they chose buttons, cotton reels, shells or lace etc to make prints in their clay. They chose a Christmas cutter and cut out their decoration.

Some of the finished products - Before being fired in the kiln.

After being fired the children either painted with clear varnish or glitter varnish.

A beautiful Christmas ornament for the family to keep and cherish.

The light table:
I was given these green money boxes which I transformed into a Christmas counting and fine motor activity. The children enjoyed filling the money boxes with Christmas coins.

Enjoy your Tuesday...


  1. Hi there, I'm stopping in from the Outdoor Play Party. I think you accidentally linked this lovely craft post to the Outdoor Play Party last week. I just wanted to let you know, since I'll be deleting the link. But I love your ornaments! Thanks.

  2. Very pretty!


  3. I love Christmas time too. These classroom activities are brilliant. Love the imprints on the clay ornaments. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with the Weekly Kid's Co-op. I'm Pauline and I blog over at I will feature this post as part of my roundup of this week's linky party and also pin a picture from your post onto our very popular Weekly Kids' Co-op Pinterest board :).