This was quick and easy to set up, yet it’s amazing how much children can enjoy such a simple invitation to play.


  • Card
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Felt-tips
  • Christmas stickers
  • Christmas stamps
  • Pom poms


Step 1: Display resources. Discuss scissor safety.

Step 2: Be creative! I used to fall in to the trap of modelling ideas of how an end product could look. Now I’m trying to provide opportunities for them to just explore different materials and have fun in a less structured way.


I found that they naturally found ways to extend this activity. If a child is stuck, there are opportunities to encourage them with different drawing, glueing, colouring, stamping, peeling, sticking and cutting skills.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


ELG 10 – Writing:

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.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 16 – Exploring and using media and materials:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.