Crafty for the last few weeks

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The Parent and Child Society has been running a new session for 3 weeks in October and November called Craft Club!

The Parent and Child Society has been running a new session for 3 weeks in October and November called Craft Club! Although there are several craft sessions for children on the Rock, PACS felt that these can be very expensive and therefore not available to all. So, in time for Halloween and autumn we have run some special craft sessions. These have been very popular with the children and parents alike, with all sessions fully booked within minutes of advertising.

Week one the children made Halloween themed Ghost and Spider Door decorations. Children got to stick paper and cotton wool and make scary faces with googly eyes! The second session saw children using autumn leaves to make hedgehog drawings and autumn sensory jars with glitter, leaves and oil. And to finish the craft sessions for this month, the children made their own play dough and then created letters, animals and monsters from it. All sessions were a great way for children to learn key motor skills and let their imagination run wild!

Due to the success of these session PACS is looking at running some Christmas based sessions in December. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for details.


Totally Toddlers – Mondays 10.00-12.00pm

We will be getting all festive and ready for the Christmas season! For our story we will be reading “Dear Santa.” And for Craft the children will be printing snowflakes and making Christmas Trees! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Come join us at Mid Harbours Family Centre

Bumps & Babies – Wednesdays 9.30am – 12pm

Our regular social catch up for parents to be and babies is held at The Living Room Café, Methodist Church. 

The home from home atmosphere makes this a relaxed session, where parents can meet up with their young babies to enjoy a cup of tea, make friends and chat about the highs and the lows of parenting.

Diddy Discoverers – Fridays 9.45 -11.45am

This month at Diddy Discoverers, as well as having our climbing frames and slides, our sensory table will have some Christmas fun and we’ll be having a Tea Party! 

Come join us for our action-packed session at The Methodist Church.

Sensory Story Time – Thursdays 1.00 – 2.00pm

Come and join us for some interactive Story Time fun! Different themes every week!

Cooking Club – Wednesday & Friday 12.30 – 2.15 pm

Cooking Club will be making Pizzas and Rocky Road. Kids will have the opportunity to make a mess and taste new foods! Come to this yummy and creative session at The Methodist Church

Craft Club will also be running a Christmas
Session. Check our Facebook page for details!

*This session is PACS only session that must be pre-booked via email pacscooking@outlook.com

Contact Us for more information


It’s Christmas time

At PACS Christmas is our favourite time of year. Here are a few of our favourite Christmas reads, crafts and recipes. 

Every year we read “Dear Santa” by Rod Campbell to our toddlers at story time. It’s the follow-up to the classic Dear Zoo. Our toddlers love to lift the flaps to unwrap each present, until Santa finds the perfect present. The repeating phrases are ideal for a pre-reader. Another favourite is “How the Grinch stole Christmas” by Dr Suess. Its rhymed verses and unique illustrations make it a fun for parents to read aloud to their children.

Remember paper doilies? They make the perfect stencil for snowflakes. For one of PACS Christmas crafts we simply secure the doily to a paper plate with paper clips. Toddlers apply paint usually dark blue using a sponge. Then they simply peel off the doily to reveal the snowflake pattern.  A perfect short winter craft for toddlers. Another fun craft is painting pinecones to make mini-Christmas trees. Toddlers paint a pinecone using green paint and then add glitter and sequins to decorate. Its also great fun to find your own pinecone if you can make it to the woods for a winter walk with the family.

Christmas cookies, whether they are store bought or homemade, toddlers love decorating Christmas cookies with icing and sprinkles. In fact, some of their creations have more sprinkles than biscuit. 

We hope you can join us at our playgroups this December to get into the Christmas spirit. Or try these stories, crafts and recipe ideas at home. 

Whether you are celebrating your baby’s first Christmas or have excited toddlers and pre-schoolers who are beginning to understand the magic of Christmas, we wish you a wonderful Christmas.

In the eyes of children, we find the joy of Christmas; in their hearts we find the meaning. 

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