Next Stage Group Christmas Competitions

A huge thank you to everyone who has participated in either of our Next Stage Christmas Competitions, the effort made was amazing! The winners are as follows:- Christmas is Coming... The Avenue as they showed the most festive spirit! and The Christmas Scavenger Hunt... Merry Manisha, Chestnut Claire and her fabulous Reindeer!      
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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…

Day 11 There is no evening quite a magical as Christmas Eve Track Santa – you can track Santa’s progress on the NORAD Santa Tracker it won’t be long before he’s at your house!  Go to a Christmas Eve service – Even if you are not religious you might like to take your family to a children’s Christmas service.    Have a Christmas Eve Treasure Hunt – Put clues around the house that the children must solve – the prize for taking part is a Christmas Eve box filled with new pyjamas, activit...
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On the Tenth Day of Christmas…

Day 10 Go on a twinkling walk – Wait until it’s just dark and head out on a family walk around your local neighbourhood to spot all the twinkling Christmas lights.  The streets look magical and enjoy a delicious mug of hot chocolate to warm you up when you get home. Snuggle in front of a festive film – Gather the family and snuggle up in front of a DVD or Christmas film like The Snowman and Father Christmas (not to lengthy for little ones), take a look at https://www.Netmums Top 50 Chr...
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On the Ninth Day of Christmas…

Day Nine It’s important to teach our children that Christmas is not just about ripping that wrapping paper open on Christmas morning but also about being kind to others. Some ideas to get children involved in giving could be: Filling a Christmas Shoebox for donating, many places collect these, research your local area to see where you can drop it off. Visiting a Nursing/Care home to cheer up elderly people. You could arrange a visit and take some home baking to hand out or arra...
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On the Eighth Day of Christmas

Day Eight Find out for definite through your Supervising Social Worker whether your foster child will be with you for Christmas. Go and visit Father Christmas to reassure your foster child that he/she will know where they are? Get them to plant the ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign. Encourage them to write a letter to Santa explaining where they are, it gives children change to practice their writing skills rather than being on phones, iPads or laptops, for examples of letter templates go to: htt...
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On the Seventh Day of Christmas

Day Seven It’s that magical time of year again: The weather outside grows colder, bright lights start twinkling in the trees, and the little people in our life grow ever more impatient for the coming of Father Christmas. We all live busy, stressful lives and have endless concerns as parents but what better way to celebrate the holiday season than by sitting with your children and reading from a wonderful Christmas book? From the story of The Snowman, The Nutcracker and Twas the Night Befo...
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On the Sixth Day of Christmas…

Day Six Baking at Christmas is a tradition that goes back centuries. Let your kids pick out one type of biscuit or food item you can make together – Christmas cupcakes, mince pies, Christmas yule log, etc. and spend a few hours baking one-on-one. You can buy Gingerbread House kits if you don’t bake and decorate the outside with some of your own ideas including chocolate drops, smarties, jelly tots etc. You can also create a new tradition for them, baking cookies for Father Christmas an...
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On the Fifth Day of Christmas

      Day Five Two words to strike fear in any parent! Research beforehand what is happening in your local community, there will be lots of free events and activities for you: Switching on the Christmas lights in your local area Carol services Get the children to go for a walk outside in the fresh air to avoid cabin fever. Pray for snow, which will act as a diversion, all children love snow. You could take them somewhere they’ve never been before like ...
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On the Fourth Day of Christmas

Day Four Letting thoughts and feelings flood out onto the pages of a diary can be a valuable emotional release – but for children, expressing emotions isn't the only huge benefit of diary writing.  Give your child a lovely notebook, let them experiment with coloured pens, stamps and stickers.  Diary writing is a brilliant idea for children, because it helps them organise their thoughts and express themselves, it doesn’t matter if they don’t write very day, or only manage a few sentences, ...
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