Sunday, December 2, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

We have now, officially, started on our Christmas crafts at school!

Our last day of school will be Friday, Dec 14th! Until then, we will work on all kinds of Christmas Stuff!!

We have been snapping pictures for crafts and we have been painting feet for some Christmas surprises!!

Monday, we made a little stocking with a footprint inside.  We had the children place cotton balls across the top. I did see this on Pinterest! I found the pattern in the Scholastic Big Book of Patterns Notebook that I have at school.

Tuesday and Thursday, we made Magic Santa Keys! This is made with keys cut from poster board.  Notice the middle of the key at the top is a heart! There is a poem that goes with this one.  We had the children place Christmas stickers all over the key.  This was topic of discussion many years ago from a preschool group that I belong to. This was, at that time, what I came up with.  This is something I have been doing in the classroom for many years now! We did this for two days, for on Tuesday, we were way down in numbers, so we decided to let others make it up when they came back to school.

Wednesday, we made Baby Jesus Candy Canes.  We cut candy cane shapes from white construction paper. We placed the candy canes in a plastic shoebox with a few drops of red paint and a rubber ball that was gotten from one of those gum machines.  We had the kiddos shake the box rolling the ball around on the candy cane.  We also had them color Baby Jesus.  We cut that out and had them glue Baby Jesus to the bottom of the Candy Cane making a J. We included a poem on this as well. It reads (the picture is a little blurred) ~ Look at the candy cane, What do you see? Stripes that are red like the blood that was shed for me. White is for my Savior Who's sinless and pure.  "J" is for Jesus, My Lord, for sure. Turn it around and a staff you will see.  Jesus, My Shepherd was born for me!!

Friday, we fingerpainted with sparkly blue finger paint on an Angel.  We cut the Angel out and glued it down to a piece of construction paper.  We had the children color the Nativity.  We then had the children glue the Nativity down upon the Angel.  We placed the Bible Verse at the top of the paper, which reads: "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."  Luke 1:7

This one I will just keep adding our items as we do them for this CHRISTMAS Season!!

May you all count your Blessings and name them one by one!!

Merry Christmas and I do challenge each of you to remember Jesus, is the reason we celebrate our Christmas Season, not presents, shopping, or even that special Christmas Ham! :)

Another week of Christmas Crafts!! We have truly had a good time with all our Christmas activities.  I have discovered there are NOT enough school hours in our day.  I certainly wish we had even an extra 30 minutes, but, an hour would be just about perfect.  However, I'm sure we would squeeze so much stuff in that hour, that eventually we would need another!! :)

This week, December 3rd - 7th.  We have gotten a lot accomplished!

On Monday, we made the cute little Santa Beard Christmas Countdown.  We gave each child a snack sized bag of cotton balls to finish up their projects at home. I saved the picture and then added text to the bottom of the page which reads: "Place a cotton ball upon Santa's beard, once a day throughout December. When you fill the beard, go to bed. Close your eyes and sleep real tight, for Santa will come this night!" The children colored Santa. For the most, they followed directions quite well!!

On Tuesday, we made, the handprint peppermint candy craft that has been floating around Pinterest.  We didn't wrap ours in plastic this year.  We also used small paper plates (6 inch size) so they would look best with their small handprints. We did use the poem which reads: Peppermint Candy Holiday treat. Just like me,
It's Oh-So-Sweet!! The kiddos painted their candy plate. We painted each child's hands and then stapled the hands to the "candy".

Wednesday, we started on our Pringle Lid Christmas Ornaments! I have some fabulous friends that have been saving Pringles Potato Chip lids for this project.  It turned out AWESOME! We took a picture of each child, they were wearing a santa headband.  The only thing different I would do next year, is not take such a close picture.  I needed to back up just a bit.  The picture size was from the collage/mini prints option at CVS. This was the 2X4 size.  At CVS, you can get two pictures for .25 cents.  I normally use the 4 picture for .25 cents option, but for this they  needed to be a tad bigger. I traced the lid, then cut out a pattern a little smaller.  This was my outter circle (I used green construction paper) I cut another pattern for my picture smaller.  It almost looked like a wreath when I put the picture in the center of the green construction paper circle.  I used tacky glue (Aileen's) to glue the green circled picture inside the lid.  We had the children place a pattern of 1/2 inch sized pom poms around their picture.  It took 5 of each color of red, green, and white! My package had 48 pom poms inside.  To make 23 ornaments, it would take 3 packs of each color, with lots leftover.  :)

Thursday, we finished up the ornaments, and we made our version of the paper plate candle which included a Bible Verse that said: "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven. Matthew 5:16.  We had the children paint their plates green. Together, we added red glitter glue dots.  Each child colored their candle.

Friday, we played catch up day, we had about 8 children out of 13 that needed the candle wreath.  One that finished up her Santa Countdown picture, and we put up the last three pictures upon our Bulletin Board!

I am bursting at the seams to post a picture of our Parent Gift this year, but, I am friends on facebook with several of my parents and most follow me on Pinterest as well, so I had best wait till next week.  Our party is Wednesday, with our last day of school being Friday, December 14th! I know I will be ready to post all our neat stuff for next week!! :)

Merry Christmas to you all! Remember, Jesus is the Reason for this Season.  (It is for our Household)

Sherry :)

Well, our Christmas Season at school has ended! Sometimes, you just wonder where the time went!
We had so much fun creating ornaments and gifts! Here are a few things that we did.  This time, it won't be a Monday through Friday thing... I will be posting everything we sent home on Wednesday with our kiddos after a FABULOUS Happy Birthday, Jesus  Party! Some of the items sent home, we did on Monday others on Tuesday.. Some we started on a week or so ago! But everything got finished! Everything went home! Soon, when we get back to school, we will start on winter items! :)

We hope some of you may be able to use some of the items that we have posted! :)

This is a picture of our Parent gift this year.  We used a 10 inch embroidery hoop, glittered all around the edge with spray adhesive and gold glitter.  The cloth used is broadcloth. We used fabric paint to paint feet, and then the embellishes to create Baby Jesus in the Manger! We just tied some shiny gold curling ribbon around the little screw that holds the hoop together.  The writing was done with a Paint Marker. 5 yards of broadcloth made 44 hoops with a little left over. (We get enough for two classes)

I know we didn't actually do all the work on this one.  This hoop was done by the other class for the parents of the their two year olds.  (It was just too cute to not post!) They used ruffled ribbon around the edge of their hoops! We used to use lace, but, it was just way too expensive!! It did take right about a yard of ribbon to go around each 10 inch hoop. (A little more if you include the bow) A red paint pen was used for the writing.  The "berries" were fingerprints from each child.

We sent home a little white lunch bad decorated by each child with Christmas stamps and stickers with the ornaments that we had already made. Also, included in this one was the pom-pom wreath ornament made from the Pringles Lid. It's further up the page.

The snowman ornament was made by using the glittery styrofoam ornaments. They were purchased at Hobby Lobby.  The sticker price was $4.99, but we happened to catch them half price!! The eyes and smile was used with their very own fingerprints.. some of our children didn't want to get paint on their hands to we just guided them with a pencil eraser for a lesser mess! The nose was created by dipping a make-up wedge sponge. The little tree that the ornament is hanging upon, was given to us by our fabulous Parents! Where there was a bow on the tree, there was money tucked inside and wrapped around the branches! We were given a MONEY TREE!! :)

We must have had a snowman theme.. we also made this snowman from a plastic spoon. We chose to use a craft foam hat, a permanent marker for facial features, three cotton balls, and pipe cleaners.  The red and green twisted pipe cleaner was cut into thirds after they were twisted together.  It took half a pipe cleaner on the hat for the hanger.  (This idea was found on Pinterest!)

We also sent home a cute little brown lunch bag decorated as a reindeer.  We placed some reindeer food inside which was Christmas Captain Crunch Cereal, Bird Seed, and Oatmeal Flakes.  We were going to add some Christmas Cake Sprinkles, but, there wasn't any left in the classroom from a previous craft! We just left it out.  The food was bagged into a snack size zippered bag.  To make the reindeer bag, we folded down the top sides of the bag to form a triangle.  Then Fold the triangle down to create the face.  Add a red pom pom to make your little Rudolph! We then added handprints that were traced from brown construction paper for antlers. The card is a printable from Pinterest! It reads, "Sprinkle on the lawn at night. The moon will make it sparkle bright. As Santa's reindeer fly and roam. This will guide them to your home!" Sticker eyes were used. The Printable Reindeer Food card was found on Pinterest!

We do hold a book exchange with the children.  Each children bring in a wrapped inexpensive book to exchange with each other! The children took home their books from a friend, and we gave them a little coloring book with crayons, and a sketch pad.  Everyone had their hands full when they left school on Wednesday!!

Thursday, we made some little Baby Jesus Ornaments.  This was created by using half a toilet tissue cardboard tube, some rafia type straw, and woodsie pieces.  The oval was used for the blanket and the circles were used as the head.  We bingo dabbed the oval then added some glitter glue to it for some shine! The head was bingo dabbed yellow, and Melissa drew the tiny face.  During an Act of Kindness, she created the Baby Jesus Ornament! We 're happy to announce and say, this is an original idea!!  Way to go Melissa, this Momma is proud!! :) We did use the glitter glue for a halo and gold shiny ribbon to hang.  Please note, that it is way easier to punch a hole in the cardboard tube without the straw and baby!

On Friday, we made Pickle Ornaments! Yes, you heard right, pickle ornaments!  An aunt of mine, Debra, a long time ago had asked me if I had ever heard of the pickle tradition in Germany.  She showed me her pickle ornament.  Last year, after Christmas, I was strolling around the dollar store. (A teacher's dream store!) The whole memory came back of her telling me about this tradition, when I saw a pickle ornament laying before my eyes.  The tradition was typed right there on the card of the ornament.  We decided that it would be fun to make a pickle ornament and share the tradition with our parents.  I went to and from there, I searched for some pickle clipart.  Glory and behold I found the one that I thought would be perfect.  It was a little happy faced pickle! I typed up the pickle tradition into little cards and brought them to school.  We used glittered green fingerpaint to paint the pickle.  We even painted the card, so it can be easily disguised if someone wanted to pick up the tradition in their household! This is the reason that everything was green!  While making this craft, one of our precious little guys pointed to his pickle and said, "It's a tootumbar!" Well, in reality, we couldn't tell him he was wrong.. so we told him it was a cucumber that was made into a pickle! Here's the tradition according to the package on the pickle ornament:

The Tradition of the Christmas Pickle

It’s Christmas, a time of jingle bells, stockings,
presents under the tree and family traditions.
celebrate the holidays with a time-honored,
German tradition and have fun with your family for
years to come! Following an Old World custom,
parents waited until Christmas Eve to hide a small
pickle ornament on the Christmas Tree,
tucking it out of sight among the branches.
On Christmas morning, the first family member
to spot the pickle was rewarded with a special Blessing
for the coming year and received the first present from under the tree.

Here's the picture of our pickle!

As you can see, we covered just a little of everything! We had so much fun and can barely wait to see what's gonna be new next year! We thank all of you that share your ideas and crafts through Pinterest.  Our parents love the items we send home!! Our first week back to school, we will have a New Year's Theme! 

May you all be Blessed with a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year!!
Blessings of Joy,
Sherry :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! It's a time to think about and thank all those that you are thankful for.  The colors that surround us are absolutely gorgeous.  Digging up old family recipes and even creating new ones fill my heart with joy! Remembering loved ones that you wish you could say hello to again.  It's just a fabulous time of year for me!

It was certainly busy at school.  We got to enjoy the older classes perform their Thanksgiving Program.  We also were able to make some awesome stuff! I have to admit, we didn't get to all that we planned for.  We had a few sick kiddos that came back to school at the last minute and the things we did were just too awesome for them to get passed up.  A couple days, I even snuck out of work, and headed to CVS to get some last minute pictures done!!  :)

First we made sure everyone had a "Thankful" picture. The paper was found at Hobby Lobby.  It was my lucky day, for it was also half price!!  A teacher's favorite thing to hear!

Thanks to Pinterest and a couple other ideas put into one, we came up with this awesome turkey craft! This I must say was a huge hit! Pictures were taken of each child wearing a silly turkey hat that was purchased after Thanksgiving at the Christmas Tree Shoppe! This handprint, accordion legged turkey had so much personality and was a huge hit!!

Now mind you, getting a picture of everyone in the class is not an easy task.  We have children that come two days here, three days there, sometimes four, and on occasion all five days!! Somehow, God was with us and we were able to get pictures of everyone.  Unfortunately, with that, we had to go a day or two without a new craft.  Especially since, we decided on TWO picture crafts!!

Lastly, we made a footprint and hand prints turkey. Now it was my idea to turn this into our felt board story that we have been doing all month.  The kids love the song and love learning their colors in English and Spanish, but this one was WORK! This turkey was so time consuming I honestly didn't think we would get this finished. And some of the kiddos still had their turkeys hanging in the hallway on Friday, when we left.

All of the projects took at LEAST two days to complete! This is what I am sad about, for usually we manage one craft a day!! I feel like we just missed something!  :)  Now, my parents loved what they got and commented over and over how much they liked it.  It was just not my norm!

Next, we will begin our Christmas Items.  I hope we can do better with more stuff to send home!! :)

May you all have a very Blessed Thanksgiving!!
Until next time,
Sherry :)

Friday, November 16, 2012


Although I'm a little late with my blogging this time and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, (next week) I decided to make my fall post.  The one I was supposed to make a week after Halloween!!  :)

The Thursday after Halloween, we began our fall stuff! We had a good 7 days of fall crafts.

On Thursday, we painted an acorn and included a little song to go with it.  We kept things a little simple.  I think everyone was recouping from a busy night before!! Even through that, we didn't forget to crack our nut!!  That was done with a little gold glitter glue!

For Friday, we decided to make some coffee filter leaves.  We found a little song and included it with the fall colored leaves.  We had the children color with markers then we sprayed the colored coffee filters with water to make the colors bleed together!

Monday, we made a Happy Fall mobile.  We bingo dabbed a fall leaf cut from card stock. I typed up Happy and Fall. I know I took a picture of this, but it's somewhere out in cyberspace on a camera card from somewhere.  Tonight, I just don't have it.  :(  I will try and locate a picture, and post it a little later! :)

Later came! Melissa was babysitting one of our kiddos and they still had it hanging up, so she captured a picture. It's not the best picture, but now, actually remember exactly what we did!! I did type up Happy and Fall in the largest outline font that would fit on one line.  They kiddos bingo dabbed the letters, then we cut them out.  They painted a leaf.  We mounted the letters on brown construction paper, then hung the painted leaf in the middle of both pieces of brown construction paper!! This was a little work, but did turn out cute!

Tuesday was a lot of fun, we made edible acorns! We used a milk chocolate chip, whipped milk chocolate frosting, a miniature nutter butter cookie and a hershey kiss for each acorn.  We allowed the kiddos to make two each and this they took home!  I created our own poem for this one.  The acorn font was found free online.

Wednesday, we hooked up with the other two year old classroom and painted some bread with a little tiny bit of milk and some food coloring! The children LOVED this.  Then we put the bread in the toaster, toasted it and used a leaf cookie cutter to make the leafy toast.  As the cookie cutter cut through the bread it made a crunching sound.  We told the children that's how dried leaves sound when they step on them.  (Don't use too much milk or the bread will become very soggy.  We also used brand new paint brushes for this because we didn't want the children eating old paint!! :) We placed the milk and food coloring in a muffin tin.  We knew we couldn't send the toast home. So we decorated a leaf cut from card stock.  Some of the children wanted more toast!  I'm not sure if they liked painting it or eating it most!! :)

Then on Thursday, we decided to make a little leafy squirrel. The kiddos painted a squirrel, with bingo dabbers, then we added a little poem on the side. When it was nice and dry, They put sticker eyes upon the squirrel giving him lots of personality.  The bingo dabber gave the squirrel a more furry look.

On Friday, we painted hands and feet once again!  This time to make a crow from them.  This craft was found online!  The song, we tweaked until we got it to say what we wanted!!

Next blog will show our Thanksgiving Crafts!!

Until then, may you be Blessed with an awesome week!!
Sherry :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

H-A-Double L-O-W-Double E-N spells Halloween!!

Well, I had my blog all typed out.. Had a little distraction and have to leave the computer and of course.. as it usually does when you don't save something.. Pooof! Gone! I came back to the computer, had another window in front of the blog, and closed everything out!!  I was trying to get this posted at least ON Halloween!  Now everyone is posting Thanksgiving ideas and I'm last on the totem pole with Halloween!

Enough of the pity party!  We just go with Plan B and start all over again!!  :)

We had an awesome 8 days before our big celebration at school.

For Monday, we started out with the Christian Jack-O-Lantern.  We had the children glue on the pieces from the Christian Jack-O-Lantern Poem accordingly.  For a personal touch we included a handprint leaf!

Tuesday through Thursday, we decorated our Fun-Fest Bags! This is an original idea as far as I know from Melissa and myself.  To my knowledge, I have not seen another bad made quite like this one!  It took us three days to make the bags because our children come to school different days! To make sure each child in the classroom had a bag, we had to stretch this craft!  Prep for this craft takes a little time.  Fringing one bag, then folding it over gluing another bag inside. Then poking holes in the first bag on the sides, placing reinforcements on each side of the hole and then tying the curling ribbon to form a handle is  quite time consuming but well worth it in the long run! We cut out the hats and allowed the children to pick their colors, then we matched the name with the color hat using markers.  The kiddos glued on the large wiggle eyes and the noses.  (Noses were cut from black construction paper)  The scarecrow bags turn out very cute and we had a lot of compliments on them!!  Melissa just drew on the big happy smile! The hat is attached to the second bag which is glued in the folded bag.

Friday, we finished the week with a Christian Door Knob hanger.  This was made from black construction paper, curling ribbon to hang. The pieces were typed up on the computer.  I found the Jack-O-Lantern picture on under black and white clip art!  We had the children bingo dab their Jack-O-Lanterns with orange and green.  Then we put some gold glitter glue inside the face to help with the shine.  My granddaughter made the one in the picture, and she just colored hers. (That works too!)

Monday, we stamped hands and feet and created bats. This idea was found on Pinterest!  We did place a little song on each person's bat picture!  The kiddos placed the sticker eyes to give each bat some extraordinary personality!!

Tuesday, we just made a little spooky hand.  We used a latex free, powder free glove.  Filled the tips of the gloves with candy corn, then the rest with popcorn.  Each child got to pick out their very own spider ring and each glove had a cute little friendly ghost with the child's name.  This turned out very cute.  I've never made them before now.  I have seen them done, just hadn't done one myself!  This little craft is all over the internet!  

Wednesday, our day of celebrations! First we went to each classroom door and paraded our costumes and used our manners upon leaving the classroom for treats (candy or trinkets) We did this first thing upon dropping children off asking parents if they could stay with their child throughout this event. Later in the day, we had a lunch party.  We had pizza, apple slices, gold fish, and juice boxes!!  The kiddos LOVED their special lunch!!  Immediately following lunch, we decorated some pumpkin cookies, had a pumpkin story, then back to the table for mini pumpkin decorating!!  Our party was AWESOME!!  This is a picture of Melissa and me! I'm the purple crayon and she is the pink kitty!!

Thursday, we decided to finish up the week with fall decorations.  We painted an acorn! Added a little gold glitter glue for a little shine and cracked our acorns to accommodate the Acorn Song!

Friday, we cut out some leaves from coffee filters.  We had the children color the leaf filters with markers (red, yellow, brown, and orange) Then we allowed them to trigger spray water upon the filter leaves to make the colors bleed together.  We glued these down on construction paper with a little song about leaves to the tune of London Brides!

Next week, we will continue with a fall theme!  Soon to start on Thanksgiving!!  :)
Until then, we hope everyone has a fabulous week!!