Christmas is obviously a very busy time in school. Between Nativities, carol services, end of term assessments and that pent-up excitement that is difficult to contain in infants, it can be a difficult time to get any work done!
Santa’s workshop is a good roleplay area to help burn off some of that excitement as the children get to roleplay, among other things, making toys (we have toy design sheets) & being Santa. The children also love wrapping all the presents (we have lists of children’s names, different types of wrapping paper & gift tags) and working on correspondences, both letters that have been sent to Santa & replies to children who have written to Santa (we have templates for the latter). Of course we also have the obligatory elf & Santa costumes.
We have also had a ‘Polar Express’ roleplay area. We read the book and let our imagination take us on the journey during Aistear time. We wrote postcards to our parents at home and wrote our lists to Santa.
Our small world for the topic of Christmas gives the children a chance to play out the traditional story of Christmas. In a tuff tray with a wooden nativity set, Mary and Joseph make their way to Bethlehem and the Baby Jesus is born!