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Today’s Activities

You can do any of these tasks, in any order (but we've suggested a timetable).
Take as long as your little ones want for each task, let them use their imaginations! 

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Christmas Grotto Day

Hello, my name is Gemma Everson and I am a children’s author, a teacher and also a mum.

Today is Christmas Grotto day and we will be decorating our own grotto, designing our own wrapping paper and then wrapping presents ready for Christmas Day.

9.30am Activity:
Questions for Father Christmas

Have you ever met Father Christmas? What would you like to ask him? Use the questions words: who, where, why, what, when, how to think of questions with your grown up.

Grown Ups:
Encourage your child to think of questions using the words above. It can be quite challenging so use the phrase “I wonder…” to plant a seed in your child’s head which can then be turned into a question.

10.30am Activity:
Make Your Own Grotto

Find a room in your house and decorate it so it is Christmassy and fun! If you don’t have a space you could use, make a grotto in an old shoe box.

Grown Ups:
This activity will help your child to role play being Santa. They can use their creativity to make the perfect grotto for the big man himself!

1:30pm Activity:
Printing Wrapping Paper

Look around your home for objects you could print with. They could be purpose built stampers or they could be found objects such as cotton reels, a fork or vegetables. Print some patterns on a large sheet of paper.

Grown Ups:
This activity will allow your child to explore colour mixing, pattern and shape as they create their own design.

2:30pm Activity:
Wrapping a Present

Once your wrapping paper is dry choose a box or toy to wrap. Use Sellotape to secure it as you wrap it up carefully with your grown up.

Grown Ups:
Help your child to select an object that is not too big or too small. Talk about size and shape and then help your child as they fold the paper and secure it.

If you've finished these and still have time for fun...

If you would like to do a little bit more, find out about other names that Father Christmas is known as around the world.

Advent Poems by Little Lamb Tales

Today is December 21st - Share this short Advent poem with your child called: Christmas Pud

Story time:
The Gingerbread Man at Christmas by Little Lamb Tales
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