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Christmas and Kwanzaa Activity Theme
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Description: Either glue the poems in advance or let the child glue the poem on after their sack is decorated. Decorate the paper bag for Christmas. We use crayons and punched christmas trees, hearts, stars, stickers etc. Attach the following poem to the bag...
After the bags have dried (you may do this one day, then send home another day) from decorating and gluing. Mix Oatmeal and birdseed and whatever else you'd like to clean out of your cupboard. Have the children help you mix this special treat and put several scoops in their bags. Then make sure they understand this is to be done the night before Christmas and that it will help make sure that Santa can find their house because the reindeer will smell the food and some down right away!On Christmas eve I'll leave a treat
- Noodle Necklace
Description: First you need to divide the
noodles into three containers. One for each color. Let the noodles soak
in the paint overnight. Next day strain noodles let dry, (air, or put
in oven 200° for 15 minutes). Then measure out the size of yarn you
want, and finally lace noodles onto yarn alternating colors.
Christmas SongsLet's sing a stanza
Here's a collection of preschool and kindergarten Christmas Songs from Gillian M.
Nothing, but bells would make some of the songs more interesting for
Comments: Any age children love these songs, including babies and toddlers. My nursery children love the 5 White Snowmen song and singing Jingle Bells usingI'm A Christmas Reindeer
a set of bells each.
Materials: Snowballs made of crumpled up tissue paper.
Description: Have the children sing the following song to the tune of Let it Snow.
We're so glad you came here todayComments: The kids LOVED throwing snowballs at the audience and the parents
loved the surprise too!
Tree Or Kwanzaa Corn Magnets
Materials: Wonderfoam, magnetic strips, glue, glitter, sequins, buttons, etc.
Description: Cut out a tree or corn shape from your wonderfoam. We used green for the tree and a small brown rectangle for the base. Yellow is fine for the corn. Let children put dots of glue all over and lines for the garland. Put glitter on the lines for the garland and sequins, buttons, beads, etc. on the dots. attach a magnetic strip on the back to be used as a magnet.
Comments: Our families loved their gifts. This can be done at any holiday with any type of shapes.
Alphabet Christmas Tree
Materials: Printed copies of christmas trees with alphabet ornaments on them, green and red M & M's, alphabet flash cards and pencils or crayons.
Description: Teachers copy a picture of a Christmas tree and for ornaments decorate the tree with different letters of the alphabet. Then take alphabet flash cards and play this game with the children.
Hold up a letter and they have to find it on the tree. When they find the matching letter they put an M & M on top of it. Soon the tree is decorated with M & M ornaments. Another way to use this idea is decorate the tree with different letters but place one letter of choice many times on the tree and have the children find just that one letter as many times as they can. For example " C" for Christmas placed on the tree 10 times among the other letters of the alphabet. Have the children find all of the C's.
Comments: I use a clip art program that I
purchased to make and decorate the tree
Materials: Small baby food jar, small candle
to fit in jar, old Christmas card,
Description: Cut out a pretty christmas picture
from a card small enough to fit on
When it is dry remove the rubber band.
Using a paintbrush (or child's finger) spread glue over entire outside
of jar. Hold the jar over a tray or paper and sprinkle salt over
it until it glistens. Let the jar dry on a tray or paper.
Comments: I used this at school and also with my son as grandparent gifts.
Pine Cone Christmas Trees
Materials: Large, flat bottomed pine cones,
green spray paint, cotton balls,
Description: Use large flat bottomed open
pine cones. Teachers spray paint
Materials: All you'll need for this activity
are your fingers and to know how to
Comments: The children love to sing this song at circle time. The song can beOne and a two, three more days till Christmas.
sang every day all you have do is subtract days.
Materials: A shoe, a hand, pom-poms, and wiggly eyes.
Description: First, trace a shoe for the reindeer's
face or have the child trace
Materials: Plastic jar, a container, paper, a variety of small objects such as paper clips, rubber bands, rice, pasta, beans, etc.
Description: Once a week put a number of the
same objects in a jar and put it on
Talk about estimating, how the students made their guess, too much or too small. Use a small number of items for younger kids. Use holiday objects during those times, such as small candy canes for Christmas, message hearts for Valentine's Day, etc.
Description / Process:
Comments: This gives a nice smell too! The kids enjoy playing & cutting out shapes.
Materials: Large newsprint, brown paint, paint brushes, and an easel. Large roll of white paper for tracing bodies or large brown paper bag. Crayons, glue, tape, glitter or glitter glue.
Description: First I
have the children at center time volunteer to paint full sheets of paper
brown. Then we hang it to dry. After we have about 15 done,
we piece together a manger. Then we tape it to a wall. Next
we choose a Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, 3 kings, sheep, cow(s), camel(s).
The children have to work together and trace the people and animals.
Comments: The parents loved it and the children were very proud of their work.
A Christmas Tree Of Hands
Materials: Green construction paper, various other things to decorate the tree, markers, crayons, construction paper, paint, glitter and glue stick.
Description: Trace each child's hand onto construction paper at least 10 times. Glue the hands together forming a tree. Start with four hands glued in a line as the bottom of the tree and then three and then two and so on. Until just one hand is at the top. Have the children decorate the tree any way they want, using paint, markers, crayons, glitter etc.
Comments: Instead of cutting out hand prints using construction paper, teachers could just paint the child's hand green and make a tree out of hand prints. After it's dry, the child can decorate it!
Materials: Each child will need three jumbo craft sticks (perhaps a doctor mom or dad will donate tongue depressors), two large "google" eyes, a brown or red pompom, a set of brown felt antlers, and a 6" length of ribbon, and glue.
Description: Prep work: To make this craft fun for our little creators, the teacher will need to hot glue the three craft sticks into a triangle ahead of time. You will also need to hot glue the ribbon into a loop on the center of the back of one side, this will become the top of the reindeers head. If you cannot buy felt antlers you may need to cut them out ahead of time or you can substitute brown pipe cleaners. That saves a lot of prep time.
Give each child their triangle with the flat side with the loop at the top. Allow children to glue eyes, pompom nose, and antlers where they want. Its fun to see where they put them. Let dry.
Comments: This craft makes a cute holiday gift.
Materials: Red and green construction paper, a sheet of poster board, glitter, scissors, glue, stapler, pencil for tracing andribbon.
Description: Each child gets each hand traced on either red or green construction paper. They can cut out their hands, or have assistance from a teacher. They can paint their hand with glue, and then sprinkle on glitter, the color of their choice.
After all the hands are made and dry, they are stapled onto the poster board. It must be cut into a wreath shape before. The hands should be arranged so that red and green alternates through out the wreath. A bow can be made and added to the wreath. It makes a nice decoration in the classroom during the ChristmasSeason.
Comments: Ages 2 1/2 and up, older children can do more themselves, such as cutting. It makes a beautiful decoration and each child knows that his or her hands helped to create it. Their name should show so they can see which ones are theirs.
Materials: Large white paper across whole table all, sorts of Christmas objects such as; ribbon, cards, gift wrap, magazines, glitter, stickers etc., scissors and glue.
Description: Have children glue on objects learning to cooperate and work together to create a picture for all to enjoy.
Comments: Children love to make this kind of picture! Have many different kinds of objects for them to use.
Materials: 6x8 index card, picture of child with head on pillow and eyes closed, Christmas material cut in 1 inch squares, glue, magnet strips, fleece like material (for pillow) and glue.
Description: Have child glue a piece of fleece (for pillow) about 2x5 inches to top of an index card. Glue child's picture with head cut out to fit on pillow then have them glue on squares of material to make a BLANKET- COVER ALL OF CARD.
Place a piece of strip magnet to the back. We put them all on display with a sign saying, "Children all nestled so snug in their beds" for our Christmas party.
Comments: Parents absolutely loved this as a keeper!
Activity: Holly Wrapping Paper
You will need:
Teachers must prepare potato stamps in advance by cutting each potato in half with one even stroke of the sharp knife to give the potato a smooth surface. With the edge of the knife make a straight cut about 1/8 inch deep from one end of the potato surface to the other. Make a second cut, right beside it, slightly angled toward the first cut. Lift out the thin strip of potato.
Next, starting at one end of the cut line, cut out three curved sections along the edge of the potato, ending at the opposite end of the cut line. Now cut out 3 curved sections on the other side. This makes the general shape of a holly leaf (looks like a scallop design). Blot away the potato juice and cut a small piece of potato or use a pencil eraser for printing the holly berries.
Let the fun begin!
Extension: The design possibilities of potato printing are endless. Experiment with combining circles, squares and odd shapes in different colors to come up with unusual patterns that help preschoolers learn about shapes. Wrapping paper for all kinds of special occasions can be made in this way.
You will need:
"Take a sugar cone and turn it upside down on a paper saucer. Ice it with vanilla icing using craft sticks. Roll it in sprinkles, then sprinkle it with green sugar crystals. We used Lucky Charms marshmallow shapes for the top for stars, they have several shapes that will work and they're just the right size to "top" your "tree"!
"Go to the thrift shop
and buy a 1000 piece puzzle. If you can find a picture with a lot of green,
the more the better. I was going to spray paint the pieces green, but
found a picture that was 2/3 green - easy!!!! Cut out a 2 1/2" -
3" circle out of
Use tacky glue / hot glue to glue another layer of pieces on the "seams" of the bottom pieces. Glue a couple of small jingle bells on each side of the "wreath" and put a mini bow ( 12/$1 at the Dollar Store ) on the top. Attach a red 1/8" satin ribbon loop ( 6") to the top for a hanger. This is easy, cheap and nice!!"
An Advent Calendar
A Manger Scene
Materials: Cardboard Tubes (small- the one that come on clothes hangers), red, green, and black spray paint, glue and cardboard boxes.
Description: Cut the tubes into small pieces.
Make sure that the black pieces are
Materials: 3 pieces of 11x17 construction paper (1 black, 1 red, & 1 green) and scissors.
Description: First fold the black paper in half. Then cut slits upward on the fold. This creates the paper loom. Next, take the green and red paper and cut into paper strips. Finally, take the strips and alternate color weaving over and under the the black loom. When you finish you will have beautiful creation that is nice enough for any centerpiece.
Comments: To preserve the mkeka laminate or cover it with clear contact paper.
Craft Activity: "Corny Gift Wrap"
You will need:
Teachers encourage a small group of preschool children (no more than 4) to cover a low table with old newspaper. Then spoon the orange or yellow tempera into the styrofoam trays. One color per tray. Now, encourage each child to roll one ear ofcorn in the yellow tempera and then roll it on the paper. Youngsters should roll the corn in several directions, covering the paper.
Next, children roll their ear of corn in the orange tempera and then roll on paper. Allow the paint time to dry and you have wrapping paper! Ask the preschoolers to rinse and dry the corn so another small group can enjoy creating wrapping paper.
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