Communities Active in Play Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time Communities Active in Play Ho, Ho, Ho it’s Christmas Time Active Play Sheet Santa Hokey Pokey Christmas Wreaths To the tune of Hokey Pokey Paper plate or craft wreath Natural materials (leaves, Children gain awareness of their environment when they have repeated experiences in nature feathers, bark, flowers etc.) You put your belly in; you put your belly out You put your belly in, and you shake it all about You do the Santa Pokey and you turn around And that’s what it’s all about. You put your boots in; you put your boots out You put your boots in, and you shake them all about You do the Santa Pokey and you turn around And that’s what it’s all about You put your Santa Sack in; you put your Santa Sack out Christmas ribbon PVA Glue This activity is great for raising your child’s awareness of what they can find in nature, what lies in their very own backyard or local park. Take a walk outside with your child and collect interesting leaves, seed pods, flowers, feathers etc… Once back home, display all the things collected. Talk with your child about what you have found. Cut the inner circle of the paper plate out, attaching two plates together will provide extra strength to the wreath. Together glue the natural materials onto the paper plate. Allow time for the wreath to dry, then attach some Christmas ribbon and display it for everyone to see and admire. You put your Santa Sack in, and you shake it all about You do the Santa Pokey and you turn around And that’s what it’s all about. Encourage your child by doing the actions with them. Use props from around the house i.e. a pillow to make a big Santa belly, gumboots for Santa boots and a bag filled with stuffed toys for Santa’s toy sack. Make up some new verses to the song together with your child. Or perhaps change the theme to a ‘Reindeer Pokey’ or a ‘Christmas Elf Pokey’, and use props around the home to use when doing the actions. Letter to Santa Help your child to write a letter to Santa with a Christmas wish list. The list doesn’t only have to include presents they want, but also wishes they hope to come true for the next year. Put the letter in an envelope and address it to Santa in the North Pole. Then walk with your child to the nearest post box to send the letter. Alternatively make your own cardboard letterbox to leave out from Santa to collect your child’s letter from. Reindeer Race Every movement a child preforms has to be thought through and processed This activity is great to provide your child with a fun Christmas prop to play with either inside or outside. For instructions on how to make your reindeer refer to the Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Activity Sheet. Demonstrate and encourage your child to ride on their reindeer. Lots of fun can be had pretending to gallop through the snow on the ground, across the park or race along the beach for a traditional Aussie summer Christmas! Your child may also enjoy galloping on their reindeer to Christmas music. Play music with a fast beat (but not too fast) and encourage galloping. Santa Drop Obstacle Course Create an obstacle course in your own home or in the backyard and encourage your child to be Santa delivering presents. Set up a North Pole for the starting point, you could use white sheets for snow and pillows for Santa’s house. Use a bag for Santa’s sack and load it up with some of your child’s toys for them to deliver. Create different houses (behind the couch, under the dining room table, a clothes horse with a blanket over it or children’s tent) around the obstacle course for your child to stop at and deliver toys. Cardboard boxes can also make great houses or props such as letter boxes or even pretend fire places or a table for Santa’s snack. Play a game of freeze, when the music stops children freeze. Stopping and starting with the music is a fun activity that children enjoy. Consider having music to unwind with at the end of your game so the children can regulate and slow themselves after being stimulated by the faster, more up beat music. Pretend to climb down the chimney with them and sneak quietly into the house. Another game you may enjoy playing with your child requires 2 - 4 different stations. A couple of examples include a drinking trough station, reindeer food station, sleigh stop, grooming station, flying school, hoof check up station etc… When the music stops the children gallop as fast as they can to the station you have called out and act out (pretend play) actions relating to that particular station. You may demonstrate some actions at the start when identifying the different stations. Sung to: “I’m a Little Teapot” You can dress your child up as Santa, or make the reindeer prop for them to ride. I’m a Little Santa I’m a little Santa short and fat, Here is my beard and here is my sack, On Christmas Eve I hop in my sleigh With a “Ho, Ho, Ho” I’m on my way. Think about holding a reindeer race with either individual children or relay team. To add further interest and challenge you may wish to set out an obstacle course that allows the children to gallop around on their reindeer. This is a great action song to do with young and older aged children. Keep it simple for the younger children, demonstrate actions and increase complexity of actions for older children. Older children will enjoy coming up with their own sequence of actions and may enjoy using props. Communities Active in Play Ho, Ho, Ho it’s Christmas Activity Sheet Make a Galloping Reindeer What you need Large and small paper plate Brown and white or alternative coloured thick card Red milk lid for nose, red sticker or Christmas bauble Stapler, sticky tape and glue Paint /crayons/pencils/black marker pen 1 pole (Cardboard roll, stick or swimming noddle) Instructions Step 1: Paint the two paper plates and set aside to dry. When dry attach the smaller paper plate (you can cut down a larger plate to make a smaller paper plate) to the large paper plate as shown in above diagram. Position the reindeer’s nose and eyes and secure. Step 2: Trace around adult hands and child hands on coloured cardboard of choice and attach the child’s hands to the adult’s hands (smaller hands are at the front) with sticky tape to the back of the larger paper plate. Step 3: Cut out small ears and attach just under the reindeer’s antlers, pointing out to the sides. A little glitter on your reindeer’s checks also adds a bit of magic to help our reindeers fly! Step 4: Once you have completed the reindeer’s head it is ready to be attached to the item that you have chosen to use as the pole or body of the reindeer (card board roll, stick or swimming noddle) and secure. Now your reindeer is ready for a name and a gallop around the yard. Gather several reindeers together and you can have a reindeer race. Playgroup/s: ACTIVE PLAY GROUP SESSION PLAN Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time Session Date: Active Play Activities Presentation/Set Up Activity: Obstacle Course – Galloping Reindeer Equipment/Resources: Galloping Reindeer from Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Activity Sheet Follow the instructions from the Galloping Reindeer Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Activity Sheet to make your reindeer. Set out an obstacle course using available equipment, consisting of 36 different stations that allow the children to move freely while riding on their reindeer. Balancing beams Raised hoop Tunnel Witches hats Hoops Rope ladder Bean bags Masking tape/chalk Decorate artificial Christmas trees or use potted plants or trees that are in the ground as markers for the children to weave through or around on their reindeer. Mark out a course using chalk or masking tape. Think about creating a spiral or a large zig zag Christmas tree. Invite the children to ride their reindeer following the lines. Place the same number of bean bags in a couple of buckets and have the children line up behind the buckets. Children collect a bean bag from the bucket and gallop on their reindeer to the other end of the track depositing the bean bag into another bucket and then returning to the start. Continue to collect the bean bags until all the bean bags are deposited in the bucket at the other end of the course. Alternatively you may wrap small boxes of different sizes up in Christmas Observation/s (How did the activity go?) Duration of Session: Comments (what would I change, add to and repeat?) ACTIVE PLAY GROUP SESSION PLAN Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time wrap and have the children deposit the parcel into a Santa sack at the other end of the track. Create tunnels from a number of large cardboard boxes (sheets/blankets draped over chairs will also make a great tunnel) and ask the children to maneuver their reindeer through the tunnel/s. Additional challenges can be created by hanging stockings/tights with a tennis balls or other small balls from the top of the box, creating an additional obstacle challenge while moving through the tunnel/s. Make several tinsel lays and place them out along a path on a chair or hang from a tree and encourage the children to collect them as they gallop along the trail. Individual Activity: Make the Bell Ring Equipment/Resources: Bell target – thick cardboard, twine or ribbon for hanging and a large bell Stanley knife/ strong scissors Decorating materials such as Christmas paper, paint or crayons Place out a rope ladder or rings (using hoops) on the ground and encourage the children to step in each space. You can draw a ladder using chalk or mark out with masking tape. Draw a large Christmas bell onto a strong piece of cardboard. You may find that a small packing box or cereal box doubled to create a greater thickness will produce a strong bell. Cut out a section in the middle of the bell large enough for a small plastic ball/tennis ball or bean bag to fit through. Pierce a hole through the top of the cardboard (at least 1-2 cms from the edge of the cardboard) and push two threads (ribbon or ACTIVE PLAY GROUP SESSION PLAN Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time and markers Balls or bean bags Chalk or masking tape to indicate throwing line Chalk board and chalk to score twine) through the hole and secure. One thread is used to hang the bell from a tree branch and the other to attach a large bell so it hangs in the center of the bell. Decorate your bell as desired. The game is now ready to play. Encourage the children to throw their ball/bean bag through the center of the bell with the aim to knock the bell and make it ring. Have a basket of balls or bean bags located at an appropriate distance from the target (move accordingly to meet child’s individual ability) and ask the child to retrieve all of the balls/beans bags and place back in the basket ready for the next person. Make 2 -3 bell targets depending on the size of your group 3-4 should and attach bell target to a swing frame or strong tree branch. Divide the children into teams and record how many targets Bell target (see above instructions) each child hits (how many times they make the Balls or bean bags Chalk or masking tape to indicate bell ring) on a chalk board. The team with the highest score is the winner. Move children closer throwing line or further away from the target depending on Chalk board and chalk for scoring their age and ability. Optional Group Activity: Make the Bell Ring Equipment/Resources: Art Activity: Giant Christmas Painting Equipment/Resources: Attach a large piece of plastic to a solid outdoor surface such as a fence or brick wall etc. Provide the children with paint in Christmas colours (red, Paint (Christmas Colours) green, yellow, black, white, silver and gold) and Sheet of plastic, paper or glass ask the children to paint something to do with surface Christmas. Placing the plastic on a wall or fence Paint pots and different sized encourages the children to stretch up and out, brushes and/or rollers using large strokes while painting. Alternatively Dishwashing detergent (for window you may invite them to paint on a window or painting) ACTIVE PLAY GROUP SESSION PLAN Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time Group Time Activity: Santa’s Workshop Equipment/Resources: Number of toys to create the different toy stations such as hula hoops, balls, stilts, dancing ribbons etc… Be creative! Cd player Christmas music Group Time Songs: Equipment/Resources: Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time Active Play Sheet Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time Song Sheet glass door depending what is available. Add dishwashing detergent (about a desert spoon to a standard children’s paint pot) for ease of removing the paint from the window. You may also choose to use paper which can then allow the children’s art to be taken home. Consider taking photos of art that will be removed from windows or plastic and display the photos at playgroup. Presentation/Set Up Observation/s (How did the activity go?) Set up a couple of different play stations in a designated area. Allocate a different toy at each station for example hula hoops, balls, skipping rope, quotes, stilts, dancing ribbons, large blocks etc.. Allocate and adult at each station to assist children or adapt activity to cater for different ages for example balls may be rolled back and forth, thrown and caught or bounced. Explain to the children that they are Santa’s helpers and must help test all the new toys. Play Christmas music for a short period of time, you may choose to play one Christmas carol per station. When the music stops the children move onto the next toy station. Continue until all the children have had an opportunity to play at each toy station. Sing familiar group song such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Introduce the Santa Hokey Pokey to the group; refer to Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time Active Play Sheet. You may choose to use props (such as a Santa hat or beard) and encourage the children to come up with new actions for the group to follow. Refer to the Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time Song sheet for further song Comments (what would I change, add to and repeat?) ACTIVE PLAY GROUP SESSION PLAN Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time Activity: Story time Equipment/Resources: Book suggestions. Gather everyone for story time by singing “Everybody sit down, sit down” song. Finish the session by reading a book of choice relating to the theme. For example: Communities Active in Play Ho, Ho, Ho It’s Christmas Time Session Preparation Checklist Communities Active in Play Ho, Ho, Ho It’s Christmas Time Song Sheet I’m a Little Santa I'm A Little Christmas Tree (Sung to tune of I’m a Little Teapot) (Sung To: I'm A Little Tea Pot) I’m a little Santa short and fat, Here is my beard and here is my sack, On Christmas Eve I hop in my sleigh I'm a little Christmas tree tall and straight Here are my branches for you to decorate. First you put the star on the very top Just be careful that my balls don't drop With a “Ho, Ho, Ho” I’m on my way. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, Had a very shiny nose, And if you ever saw it, You could even say it glows. All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names; They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say: "Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Then how the reindeer loved him As they shouted out with glee, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, You'll go down in history." Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star Way up high is where you are Shining bright for all to see On the top of our tree Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas star Way up high is where you are Jingle Bells Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh, O'er the fields we go, Laughing all the way. Bells on bobtails ring, Making spirits bright. What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight. Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way; Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh. Hey! Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way; Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh. A day or two ago, I thought I'd take a ride; And soon Miss Fanny Bright, Was seated by my side; The horse was lean and lank, Misfortune seemed his lot, We got into a drifted bank And then we got upsot! Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way; Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh. Hey! Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way; Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh. Santa Hokey Pokey (To the tune of Hokey Pokey) You put your belly in; you put your belly out You put your belly in, and you shake it all about You do the Santa Pokey and you turn around And that’s what it’s all about. You put your boots in; you put your boots out You put your boots in, and you shake them all about You do the Santa Pokey and you turn around And that’s what it’s all about You put your Santa Sack in; you put your Santa Sack out Ring Those Bells (Sung To: Jimmy Crack Corn) Ring those bells and stomp your feet (stomp feet) Ring those bells and stomp your feet (stomp feet) Ring those bells and stomp your feet (stomp feet) Christmas time is here! Ring those bells and turn around (turn around) Ring those bells and turn around (turn around) Ring those bells and turn around (turn around) Christmas time is here! Ring those bells and jump up high (Jump) Ring those bells and jump up high (Jump) Ring those bells and jump up high (Jump) Christmas time is here! You put your Santa Sack in, and you shake it all about You do the Santa Pokey and you turn around And that’s what it’s all about. Here Comes Santa Claus Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Right down Santa Claus Lane! Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer Are pulling on the reins. Bells are ringing, children singing; All is merry and bright. Hang your stockings and say your prayers, 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. Here comes Santa Claus! Here comes Santa Claus! Right down Santa Claus Lane! He's got a bag that is filled with toys For the boys and girls again. Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, what a beautiful sight. Jump in bed and cover up your head, 'cause Santa Claus comes tonight. We Wish You A Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas And a Happy New Year. Now let's all do a little clapping (clap) Now let's all do a little clapping(clap) Now let's all do a little clapping (clap) And spread Christmas cheer (raise arms above head) Now let's all do a little jumping (jump) Now let's all do a little jumping(jump) Now let's all do a little jumping (jump) And spread Christmas cheer (raise arms above head) Now let's all do a little waving (wave) Now let's all do a little waving(wave) Now let's all do a little waving(wave) And spread Christmas cheer (raise arms above head) We wish you a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas And a Happy New Year. Communities Active in Play Fast Facts: Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time! Christmas is a perfect time to get active with your children. Most of us spend more family time together during Christmas, staying active will keep your family healthy and reduce stress . Fine Motor Skills What are they? Children who watch TV for longer than 2 hours per day are more likely to have an unhealthy diet, less likely to eat fruit and less likely to participate in physical activity. Fine motor skills are the capacity to control the small muscles in the hands and fingers needed for specific movements. Examples of activities that support fine motor skill development from “Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time” Active Play Sheet includes: Writing a letter to Santa Cutting paper plate to create a Christmas wreath and pasting collected item onto the wreath Considering purchasing your child a bike for Christmas. Visit your local bike store they can fit your child so they receive the correct sized bike. Some stores also provide basic riding lessons. Gross Motor Skills What are they? Gross motor skills involve the use of the entire body or various parts of the body at the same time. Examples of gross motor skills include rolling, crawling, walking, jumping and running. They are the BIG movements. Examples of activities that support gross motor skill development from “Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time” Active Play Sheet includes: Running and galloping in “Reindeer Race” activity Repeating big movements in” Santa Hokey Pokey” song Don’t forget about purchasing active play equipment for family and friends at Christmas time. Children will love presents that encourage family to spend time together outdoors. Consider a kite, football or soccer ball, beach cricket set, butterfly net, bug catcher or binoculars for spotting birds and other animals while bushwalking. Sensory Processing Sensory processing is the ability of the brain to recognize and make sense of different types of sensations. This includes SMELL, TASTE, TOUCH, SIGHT and HEARING. Examples of activities that support sensory processing development from “Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time ” Active Play Sheet include: Collecting items to make a Christmas wreath Singing Christmas songs such as “I’m a Little Santa” Creating Christmas craft projects Imaginative Play When children play using their imagination they are showing us how they understand experiences or what is around them, rather than simply copying what they see their parents or others do. As an adult you can encourage your child to use their imagination and abstract thinking during play by simply providing your child with uninterrupted time, space and household items/props that support the theme or ideas your child chooses. Examples of activities that support imaginative play from “Ho, Ho, Ho its Christmas Time” Active Play Sheet include: Dressing up as Santa, an elf or reindeer Using household items as props such as pillow for Santa’s belly, gumboots for Santa’s boots and bag filled with stuffed toys for Santa’s sack Writing a letter to Santa and posting it to the “North Pole” Pretending to be a reindeer (role play) from” Reindeer Race” activity, including stopping to drink from the water trough, eating hay and galloping around as a reindeer pulling a sleigh Doing actions to the song “I’m a Little Santa” song Glastonbury Community Services, Communities Active in Play (CAP) Program aims to support and encourage parents to meet the Australian Government recommendation that children from birth to 5 years of age engage in physical activity every day for at least 3hours, spread throughout the day and not be inactive for more than 1 hour at a time except for when they are sleeping. 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