Have a Chatta Christmas

We are delighted to announce the release of the new chatta “Merry Christmas” project* which is packed with activity ideas for every early years classroom. Every activity has been carefully designed to maximise progress in early spoken language development and fits in with the unique chatta teaching approach. The project is available online and for download completely free from our Free Resources along with a large number of free resources for early years practitioners.

During December we are looking forward to supporting the Children’s University’s “Breakfast with Santa” project. Each participating school will be creating “chats” featuring photos, songs and festive greetings accompanied by the Children’s University Elves and of course Santa himself.  We can’t wait to hear about all of the surprises in store!

Click HERE to view and listen to a ‘Breakfast with Santa chat’.

Santa Chat

The chatta team are also preparing for our advent calendar which will feature Christmas games,toys and activity ideas which are perfect to support spoken language and interaction. Keep an eye on @hellochatta throughout December to find out more and join in.

Keep an eye on the new chatta website for news, stories, blog posts and updates. Every picture tells a story, and so does every chatta setting!

Christmas Activity Ideas

1: Use strips of wrapping paper or magazines to make paper chains as decorations.

2: Learn a Christmas song. Sing it with the children and take turns to sing alternate lines.

Eg: Teacher: Rudolph the red nosed reindeer – Children: Had a very shiny nose

3: Take turns thinking about choosing presents for each other (and give reasons). Eg: I would give Charlie a new football.

4: Have a Christmas tea party with hats and party food with children as waiters offering different foods.

5:Decorate a tree together. Even a paper tree on the wall covered in sticky shapes will allow children to make choices about where they put things.