Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Christmas Projects

We had fun making our parent gifts this week. We are doing white acrylic handprints on blue glass ball ornaments. The white handprints turn out to look like 5 little fat snowmen for the kids to then decorate with "painty" markers. Here is a sample that we just did today.






The kids love to do this craft and it always turns out so cute. They were pretty creative in their snowman making too, some of those hats were really wild!



The kids in my class then get a lesson in "giftwrapping" and we use school tissue paper and yarn and wrap these darling ornaments up for mom, topped of course by a wonderful handmade card.


 This year I had the kids do a handprint card which turns out to look like Santa Claus.  I paint their palm in peach paint and red and the fingers in white. Then when it dries I have them use their pointer finger and make white dots on the peach for the mustache and pom pom dots on the red hat and along the bottom of the hat too.  Then we use glitter glue for eyes and nose (I do this after school and add a few glitter stars around the card) and we glue the saying..."All We Want for Christmas" to the front of each card.

We wrote letters to mom and dad....all the things we'd LOVE for Christmas!


Then I give kids different types of cute stationery to write on and we go through the whole writing process doing a brainstorm of ideas on the board, then we write a "sloppy copy" on newsprint, and then I edit for spelling and we rewrite on the nice colored paper with these presents or gingerbread or other designs to color.  It is basically a letter to parents instead of the letters to Santa. Here's what they look like all done.  Very nice writing activity with a little art sprinkled in!  Hope mom's love this!



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