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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Fun Christmas Projects!

We worked on a variety of projects over the last few weeks!  We have a couple more to finish before Christmas!  Tomorrow we are going to make these neat ornaments as a buddy project!  I saw a few neat ornament projects using plastic ornament balls to make snowmen but couldn't get the materials organized easily or was worried how to do them quickly as a buddy project.
As I was wandering around our local craft store trying like mad to come up with an idea I realized that if I combined two different ideas together I had a quick and easy solution to my buddy project. One of the ornament ideas I saw on Pinterest had tinsel in the ball and another used ornamental snow in the ball to make a snowman face.  I pinned both ideas on my Pinterest site.  Brainwave!  Use white tinsel in the ball instead of the snow and draw the face on with sharpies!  Bought some tinsel that had snowflakes mixed in to the tinsel and experimented at home!  A three inch piece of tinsel pushed into the ornament with a pencil and a sharpie face drawn on and we are done.  Add the name and the date on the back and we have a keepsake for both the big buddy and the little buddy!

We also made a Christmas count-up book.  Take a look!

The children has fun decorating the trees in their books and then the cover of the book.  This one is from my Christmas fun package.  You can find it at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

The elf on the shelf has also been having fun in our classroom.  We made a little booklet chronicling some of her adventures with the little ghost named Gus who manages to hide my stapler and leave us notes each day.  

Here Sparkles and Gus are on a life size baby Stegosaurus that we had on our wall for a while.  

Each day they manage to find a different spot to visit in the classroom and have left puzzles and Christmas books on various days.  Lots of fun!  

This is our contribution to the door decorating contest!  

The children completed applications to become elves and then we made elves to hold the applications.  Found this great idea at The First Grade Parade.  Thanks!   There are lots of neat ideas there!  

Lots more to tell but have to go make some gingerbread!  Will post pictures of our Christmas presents soon!

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