Happy holiday season! The holidays will look different this year, and we are pivoting and making adjustments right along with you. Our teachers and their little elves are busy decorating their classrooms with lots of fun crafts to bring extra festivities to the school, some of which we share below. We recently added our very own Nutritionist to the team who has tips for eating healthy through the holidays and an easy, tasty recipe to make at home!
For us, the recent uptick in snail mail to connect with family and friends has been an unanticipated but welcome part of the pandemic. Below we have a template for your kiddos to write a letter to someone they miss.
We hope you all are able to spend time with loved ones, whether safely in person or virtually, in these coming weeks.
The Well Teachers & Staff
Activities For All Early Learning Stages
0-12 months: Snowflake Snowflake
Cut a paper snowflake (see tips and different designs here) and put it inside a gallon bag (to avoid rips and paper cuts). Babies can feel the texture of the design with their fingertips, so the more cut-outs the better! Add fake snow or glitter to make it more visually stimulating. You can also add paint and have the kids shake the bags to create colorful snowflake designs!
2 & 3-year-olds: Mitten Designs
A simple activity that allows kids to practice fashion design skills and learn their shapes! Trace and cut a mitten onto cardstock paper (we like this outline). Give kids different pre-cut shapes of construction paper or shape stickers, glue and crayons to make their own designs.
1 & 2-year-olds: Community Christmas Tree
Teamwork time! Draw a tree outline on butcher paper that's almost as large as your table. Cut out the tree and place on the table; tape it down to secure it. Use paint dots to decorate and fill it in. After it dries, glue pom pom balls to it for "ornaments." Put a star at the top and hang on the wall so you have your very own art tree!
3-year-olds and up: Paper Plate Tree
Give each child a paper plate pre-marked in quarters (or cut the plate in quarters beforehand). Let them color 3 pieces with green marker, then glue on pom pom balls, sequins and/or glitter. Cut out a small rectangular piece of brown construction paper for the trunk, and glue each green triangle piece together to create a tree.
Spread Love & Send Letters
This Holiday Season!
The lost art of letter writing has been found! Click here for a template your child can use to send notes to family and friends and say "hi!"