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Reindeer headbands

Reindeer headbands 

Your child will need some support with this depending on their age and the stage of their development. This activity requires a variety of skills and provides lots of learning opportunities. Why not make one for yourself at the same time? By joining in with the activity you will be modelling the skills needed, and have the opportunity to talk to your child about what they're doing. You can use this opportunity to introduce new vocabulary. Let your child choose what to do with the resources they are given, and don't worry if it isn't how you would like it done - remember it's the taking part in the activity that's important, not the finished product! Give your child praise and encouragement for their efforts and offer support when needed.

Instructions 

  • Cut a strip of card to fit around your child's head (you could use an old headband, folded paper or foil)
  • Create some antler templates on a blank piece of A4 paper
  • Stick the antlers onto card (empty cereal boxes are good to use)
  • Cut out the antlers
  • Decorate the antlers (let your child use a variety of tools such as cotton wool, fabric, glitter, sequins, crayons, paint or coloured paper)
  • Stick or staple the antlers onto the headband
  • Decorate the headband

Once the headband has been made you can use it as a prop for a number of activities such as sharing books (read 'That's Not my Reindeer' or other Christmas books on the list below) and songs and music (try singing 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' while playing homemade simple shakers and drums). With older children you can find out about where reindeer live and what they look like by reading non-fiction books, browsing the internet or visiting somewhere like the Natural History Museum.

Christmas book list 

  • 'That's Not My Reindeer', Fiona Watt
  • That's Not My Snowman', Fiona Watt 
  • That's Not My Angel', Fiona Watt
  • 'That's Not My Penguin', Fiona Watt
  • 'Dear Santa', Rod Campbell
  • 'Five Christmas Penguins', Steven Lenton
  • 'The Jolly Christmas Postman', Janet & Allan Ahlberg
  • 'The Snowman', Raymond Briggs
  • 'You Can Do it, Sam', Amy Hest 
  • 'Happy Christmas Gemma', Sarah Hayes
More ideas to try at home