In Expert opinion, The Nursery

Each month, Jackie Hardie, owner of The Nursery, gives advice and guidance on aspects of parenting. Drawing on almost three decades working with early years children, including roles as a Reception teacher and an Ofsted inspector, running an international education consultancy, and of course, being a parent, Jackie gives down-to-earth and practical advice.

This month, Jackie focuses on making the most of the Christmas break with your children.

Christmas is such a special time of year, especially when you have young children. Their excitement
on Christmas morning when they see presents under the tree is simply contagious. Christmas is the
perfect opportunity for family time. Seize the opportunity to put away phones, tablets and turn off
the TV and play some old fashioned family games that are perfect for bringing families together.
These activities can also support many learning and development opportunities for young children.

  1. Try playing the following:-
    Snap, a simple card game that encourages children to pair cards which helps support
    early mathematical development.
  2. Charades, a brilliant game that supports many aspects of learning and development
    and builds a child’s confidence.
  3. Pin the tail on the donkey, a great game even for young toddlers. Draw a donkey on
    a large piece of paper. The player is blindfolded and is given a tale to stick on the
  4. Grandma’s tray where you simply put a range of objects on a tray and ask the
    children to cover their eyes. Remove an object and ask them to guess which object
    has gone.
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