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By Jean EvansEarly Years consultant and author

Compose letters and share gifts with your children using these fun festive activities that will encourage them to think about giving and thanking others for their kindness

Little girl with a sack of gifts

Activities in this article:

  1. Letters to Santa
  2. Thank you very much
  3. Santa’s workshop

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Christmas is a time for giving and receiving and the thrill and anticipation of Father Christmas visiting, provides brilliant opportunities for developing communication skills and encouraging children to think of others, too. Why not turn an area of your setting into a busy grotto and explore these activities? You could even invite Santa to join you as Christmas draws nearer, to thank his little helpers for all their busy work.

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1. Letters to Santa

Send Santa a letter or email to let him know your chosen gift



Development matters: Distinguish between the different marks they make (22–36 months); Use writing as a means of recording and communicating (40–60+ months).

Early learning goal: Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

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