……developed in true Christmas styyyylllleeeee! Our children have been honing their fine motor control and developing their finger strength whilst encountering some unusual, fun Christmas challenges!We had miniature Christmas trees that could be decorated with Santa pegs and as the children opened and closed these to clip them onto the branches they were strengthening their pincer grips to perfection (Not to mention the counting skills that were naturally occurring and the discussion around whether each Santa was being placed on a higher or lower branch than another….)Whilst in a mini exploratory tray full of ‘Christmas’ the next challenge involved pom-poms, reindeer pegs and Santa hats… all under the close supervision of the long legged Santa sitting in the corner!! The reindeers (again little pegs that facilitated both fine motor control development and finger strengthening) had to pick up the pom-poms and then pop them into upturned Santa hats or in mini Christmas present boxes. Again lots of discussion naturally occurred around whether boxes and hats were full or empty, could have more in or needed less… as well as the natural counting of pom-poms collected and all this was an aside from the intention that the skilful practitioners who had set these activities up had had for their children’s learning… Their focus was upon developing fine motor control and finger strength (as part of our carefully planned curriculum for developing and progressing writing skills/abilities), but all these magical mathematical concepts were also being organically explored and naturally developed too.