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 :)

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