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Christmas is over….or is it?

Christmas is over….or is it?

My children are back at school today and the decorations that we lovingly put up are now tucked away in the loft.  All that seems to be left of the festive period now is Christmas trees in the street but we refuse to believe that it is finally over.  So help the joy live on by putting leftover festive decorations to use and encouraging children to relive their memories, even if it’s just for one more week:

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Christmas cards

I love a traditional Christmas card but now that January is here my recycling box is overflowing.  So I have pulled out a selection of cards to help my girls with their cutting skills. Arm your children with safety scissors and ask them to carefully cut out characters from the cards.  They can stick them onto paper – great for budding artists or pop them in a box to be used to make decorations next year.

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Use packaging creatively

I have never seen so much packaging as we had this year – I am sure that manufacturers are adding more to their toys as you couldn’t move in our house for bits of cardboard, plastic wrappers, Amazon boxes and bubble wrap.  So use it creatively. Big pieces of card are great for creating artistic masterpieces – let them daube glitter glue on there, sequins, felt tip pen, stickers – it will create hours of fun. You can even practice letters – turn ‘S’ into a snake for example to teach memorable letter formation skills.

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Write thank you cards

Your children may have written letters to Santa before Christmas but now that the piles of gifts have arrived, then writing letters to say thank you to him and your family is a great exercise.  It builds gratefulness and helps them to practice their writing and name spelling. I write the text down on a piece of paper and ask the children to copy it. It fills at least a few hours of post festive time.

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Use the baubles to create fun crafts

Leftover decorations are a brilliant base for crafts too – stick two small baubles together on a plate (or use bottle caps as shown here – watch out for sharp edges!) to make a snowman, use leftover cotton wool to create snow around him and bits of gold tinsel in the sky.  It may still be a little seasonal but it can be put up on display for the rest of the winter months. If you have a real Christmas tree, stick sprigs of the tree on the plate too to create a little pine tree in the background.

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Create a story

Christmas is full of memories for children – whether its a winter trip to the seaside or a festive pudding burning gently on the table.  Encourage your children to tell their memories to friends and families by making them into a story book. Ask them to write their thoughts down and stick photos alongside so they can keep all of their festive experiences safe for many years to come.  



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