Sunday, December 9, 2012

REINDEER CRAFTS AND SONGS

I was an art minor in college. And I've taken lots of art classes in my life. I am so glad I teach a gifted class because we have the time to link art and good literature several times a week. They get the other work done quickly so I am free to compact instruction and add enrichment in may forms.

Bag of Glittery food for Santa's Reindeer on Christmas Eve....HERE at Idea Room is the poem and oatmeal and decorating sugars to add to the little baggie for each of your students.

 Another one is HERE at Organized Home. I think it is even a bit cuter.  And it would be lots of fun to make some reindeer cupcakes the day we make all the other reindeer stuff.
Magic Reindeer Food Gift Tag
I think the poem here is really cute. Organized Home came up with the graphics too.
I also have the kids make a  brown bag to wrap of their parent gift and we put a reindeer on the top and staple it. Inside I add the reindeer food to kind of "cushion" the little handprint ornament we make to go inside. 
Here are some reindeer handprint ornaments to make for Christmas gifts. They are easy and turn out pretty cute. 
Reindeer Pokey (Sung To: Hokey Pokey)
You put your antlers in,                   ANTLERS
you put your antlers out,
you put your antlers in,
then you shake the,em all about.

You do the reindeer pokie
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.

You put your hooves in,                HOOVES
you put your hooves out,
you put your hooves in,
then you shake the,em all about.

You do the reindeer pokie
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.

You put your tail in,                      TAIL
you put your tail out,
you put your tail in,
Then you shake the,em all about.

You do the reindeer pokie
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.

You put your red nose in,              RED NOSE
you put your red nose out,
you put your red nose in,
then you shake the,em all about.

You do the reindeer pokie
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.

You put your whole selfin,              WHOLE SELF
you put your whole self out,
you put your whole self in,
then you shake the,em all about.

You do the reindeer pokie
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.


Other cute songs on Christmas themes can be found HERE at Everything Preschool. I love to just leave the CDs of Christmas caroling on while the kids are doing art. It is fun to hear them singing quietly along while they work.

 Here is my hallway bulletin board this year.  I have been teaching the kids what a homophone is and what "captions" on pictures in books and newspapers are. So I made this funny "caption homophone" for the first and second graders in our hallway to enjoy.


The reindeer are made with a square of brown butcher paper, a glittered red circle nose, oval eyes with rectangle eyelashes on top and some holly and berries traced from some plastic coins. The kids did their own antlers out of their own handprints. They turn out pretty funny. 

Cute Christmas Song I Love....sing it to Jimmy Crack Corn 

Eight Little Reindeer in the Sky
Santa said Fly Dasher Fly
All the little children are tucked in tight
Because it's Christmas Eve Tonight

Seven Little Reindeer in the sky
Santa said fly Dancer fly.... etc. (Each chorus starts with one less reindeer, use names below)
Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen

Chorus
Rudolph's nose is shining to light us on our way
Santa's sleigh is filled with toys for all the little girls and boys.....

A bunch of Christmas writing stationery so that you can write about your FAVORITE THINGS at Christmas time or maybe do a CHRISTMAS ACROSTIC POEM can be printed off from Activity Village. It's so great to do a writing project along with our art.

Handprint ornaments made into reindeer. 

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