Santa’s Toy Shop

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Read Inside Santa’s Toy Shop about how a group of elves help Santa get ready for Christmas, and enjoy these fun activities

Inside Santa's Toy Shop

1 Window shapes

Make a collage of different-shaped windows

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Shape, Space and Measures

Development matters: show an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects (30-50 months); select a particular named shape (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: use language such as ‘circle’ or ‘bigger’ to describe the shape and size of solids and flat shapes.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Inside Santa’s Toy Shop by Charles Reasoner (Tide Mill Press); window shapes cut from card; felt-tipped pens; crayons; large sheet of backing paper.

What to do

‘Santa’s Elves were all working and too busy to stop’. Draw the children’s attention to the pictures in the book of the busy Elves through the shaped windows and doors. Help them to name and identify the different-shaped windows, for example, squares, circles and oblongs.

Provide a range of card window shapes and encourage the children to decorate them with drawings of busy Elves and colourful lights.

Invite the children to stick the pictures of their windows on to a large sheet of backing paper to create a collage representing Santa’s toy shop. Suggest that they decorate the space around the windows with colourful dots and lines to represent strings of fairy lights.

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