Angelic art

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By Martine HorvathReception teacher and early years education consultant

Children often find angels awe-inspiring, so take this opportunity to make them a feature in your setting this Christmas

children making christmas decorations

Angels

Explain to the children that angels deliver important messages to people. Can they think of any in the Christmas story? Discuss the importance of messages that are delivered by angels, for example, when the angel told Mary she would have Baby Jesus, and when the angel told the shepherds as they watched their flocks. Sing ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ together. Invite the children to bring in any books, poems and stories featuring angels to make a special angel book display. Ensure that the children know that angels can be boys as well as girls. Have the children heard of guardian angels? Do they know what they are?

Suggested resources

‘Christmas carols (2)’ activity sheet; books about angels and Christmas carols, for example, An Angel Just Like Me by Mary Hoffman (Frances Lincoln) and The Usbourne Book of Christmas Carols illustrated by Stephen Cartwright (Usborne Books); toys, pictures; sparkly, glittery and shiny dressing-up clothes; magic wands, wings, halos and so on.

1 Face of an angel

Choose from a selection of resources to make an angel

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self-care

Development matters: operate independently within the environment and show confidence in linking up with others for support and guidance (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: select and use activities and resources independently.

What you need

Group size: four children.

White card; scissors; sticky tape; glue; tinsel; glitter glue; sparkly sticker shapes; glittery pipe-cleaners; felt-tipped pens.

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