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      This week our Preps class were invited to sing some Christmas carols for the elderly at The Russells Centre to help spread a little Christmas cheer. They all sang their hearts out, putting a… Read More

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    Recently I came across a brilliant blog post where the author had made some rather funky cupcake cones for a kid’s party. I thought this would be a fun activity for the children to join… Read More

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    Congratulations to Thomas for winning our fantastic gingerbread house, handmade by our Preps Class. We managed to raise a further £33.60 for Purple Pinkie Polio Day. That’s another 168 vaccines for the children to protect them… Read More

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      Despite the wind and snow we have made it in today to open the school. Please be very careful if you make your way in as the roads are a little treacherous and slippery. … Read More

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      SNOW CLOSURES – TUESDAY 12TH MARCH   Dear Parents The Education Department has decided to close all States Schools following advice from the Police and States Works and the Colleges are also following suit. The Preps… Read More

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      Monkey Puzzle @ Kings are taking part in Wear it Pink Day, on Friday 26th October. We will be holding a cake sale with some delicious baked goods, and asking the children to come to… Read More

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      We had a terrific find at a local car boot sale at the weekend with us acquiring this fantastic rustic tree trunk furniture from one of the vendors. He had carved and crafted the pieces… Read More

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    Since Monkey Puzzle began, we have had a fantastic response and have never looked back. There is nothing as re-assuring as hearing what parents think about our school. Here are a few recent comments. Read More

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      Please see the attached image for information regarding our Autumn Festival this year. We are looking forward to savaging for coins by looking under the sofa cushions, down the back of the washing machine… Read More

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    A couple of our preps were let loose around the playground with a camera today during the Guernsey Air Display and had a great time taking pictures of each other. We think we have a… Read More

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      We have had our annual inspections this last week at both school and nursery and we are happy to say that nothing went wrong! Linda even happily had her photo taken whilst she was… Read More

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      It is that time of the year again when we fill your diaries with important dates… Please make sure that you have these all written down so that you do not miss out on… Read More

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      We are in our final couple of weeks of summer scheme and each week we have had a different theme for the children to follow. This week it was the turn of animals. We… Read More

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    This weekend the Monkey Puzzle staff were treated to a trip to herm under the ruse of having a training session. We all gathered in the White House hotel to talk through the new changes… Read More

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      Today we all took part in our Harvest Festival Assembly and had a brilliant time showing our friends the songs that we had learnt about harvest. This year we decided to raise money by… Read More


It is that time of the year again when we fill your diaries with important dates… Please make sure that you have these all written down so that you do not miss out on anything.

Monday 3rd December 10am               Dress rehearsal and filming of Nativity play for
                                                                      Citrus and Cherry tree groups only

Tuesday 4th December 10.30               Performance of “The Fairytale Land Nativity show”
                                                                      Citrus and Cherry Tree

Thursday 6th December 1.30pm          Harry Bound Room Performance “There’s something special going on”
                                                                       PREPS MULBERRY WILLOW AND APPLE groups only.

Tuesday 18th December                        Christmas Party please see posters in the class rooms

Thursday 20th December                      Term Time children last day before Christmas

Friday 21st December                             Holiday club and final day before Christmas

Thursday 3rd Jan                                    Monkey Puzzle Reopens Holiday club

Friday 4th January                                  Holiday Club

Monday 7th January                              Spring Term begins


Please note that this year’s Staff trip to Brighton is next weekend. A back plan is in place should we be delayed by bad weather or broken planes ! Keep your fingers crossed!


As you can imagine the arrival of Christmas is on every childs mind. The christmas chocolates are in shops, the christmas adverts have begun, and the christmas play rehearsals are well under way. 

We have all been talking about that dreaded christmas shopping list and how we are going to decorate our parcels this year, because of course it has to be fun and quirky and give that home grown look. Christmas is a time of arts and crafts with glitter galore and paper absolutely everywhere, so what better thing to make than a quick and easy craft that we could use for our parcel decorations this year. We came up with pom poms!!

Pom pom making is a great way to pass an afternoon by or even as a quick filler activity if you have a spare hour or so. We have come across a brilliant way of making these pom poms without having to use the usual cardboard inserts. Instead we have used a fork!!

This is a fantastic activity for the children as it is a quick task that they can fully immerse themselves in and they adore playing with them after. They even make brilliant toppings for those Christmas parcels.

So lets get started.

You will need some wool, a fork and a small pair of scissors.

  • Wrap the wool around the outside of the fork until the ball becomes quite plump.
  • Once you have finished use a shorter piece of wool to wrap between the center prongs to tie the ball nice and tight and to keep it secure.
  • Take the ball of wool off the fork and snip all the loops. Make sure that you catch all of those loops to allow for the ball to puff out properly.
  • Trim the extra long straggly bits to make your new pom pom nice, trimmed and gorgeous.

Now that you have finished your pom poms you can use them for a multitude of things. They make a great finishing touch for gift-wrapping or, combine lots together to make some funky bunting to go around the house.  Very stylish!!


Here at Monkey Puzzle, we love to keep the children’s’ creativity flowing by taking part in lots of arts and crafts activities centred around our current topic work. At the moment the children have been learning all about bonfire night and what the ensuing autumnal weather will bring. We have covered everything from the changes in the environment, to daylight savings time, to what animals hibernate during the winter.

Art is a very important subject for us to cover as it allows for the children to think creatively about their environment around them. It is amazing what they can make out of nothing and what a few leaves stuck onto paper with some glitter can make. Talking about their artwork helps them to become more confident in their language and to help broaden their repertoire of words.

Early Education has worded the benefits of practising art with your children perfectly so we thought that we would post their article below for you all to have a look at as well as a link to their other publications.

Happy Reading!

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