Merry Christmas Teacher Friends!
Here are a few things we completed during the month of December.
I put a paper plate with washable tempera paint and several q-tips at each of the students' tables. Painting with q-tips is so easy and there is not a lot of wasted paint at the end of the project. The only directions I gave to the kids were to use one q-tip per color and get a new q-tip when they needed a new paint color. The kids painted and decorated a gingerbread man pattern on brown card stock. The gingerbread man pattern is from The Mailbox magazine. We used the painted gingerbread men to decorate our class Christmas tree.
(To help save time, I cut out the gingerbread men after the paint dried.)
This next activity was super fun and easy as well. I put several 1 inch x 9 inch wide strips of construction paper on the floor and all the kids gathered round with their glue sticks. They created a paper chain garland for our class Christmas tree. This was a simple activity and one of the most fun. The kids really enjoyed doing this. We had enough paper chain garland to go around the tree, the classroom door and across the room.
We made Santa puppets from the Teacher's Friend resource book. This little student added glasses to his Santa. Those glasses make me smile.
We created the Santa hand prints for a parent gift. One of my kindergarten co-workers found the cute Santa paper at Hobby Lobby.
In between all the fun activities, we have been completing our regular lessons as well. This little student wrote about Rudolph one afternoon during Writer's Workshop.
"I bet Rudolph has a shiny nose."
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!