Log chew/ group new sharing in a controlled manner!
Beaver soft toy
Throw soft toy (we use a Beaver called Lumberjack) around group and whoever holds it says their name and something they did over the holidays (for example) then throws it to someone else. If a beaver has already had it they pass it to a neighbour who hasn't.
Only the person with Lumberjack can speak, everyone else must listen.
Adults should also join in and share news.
If someone is too shy to speak, throw again but give them an opportunity to add something at the end if they wish.