Christmas Activities and Lesson Plans
The Christmas seasonal pages will provide you with great resources for the Christmas holiday season. Ideas within this section include: journal activities, ornaments, craft ideas, lesson plans, and more.
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Make bread dough - and this is science!
I have them use a recording sheet to note all the observable changes, and it is written as a science experiment. Do all the steps as if you were making bread (rising, punching down and rising again after the bears have been shaped). Then, the fun stuff. We make 'teddy bear' ornaments which can be kept for years. Here is how:
Each child gets a 'ball' of dough about the size of a tennis ball or smaller. Cut it in half. One half is for the round body. The other half gets 'halved' again. Half of the half, (or quarter) is for the head (we are into fractions here now). Make the head nice and round. Using a tad of water, join and pinch. The 1/4 left is now halved again. One of the 1/4s is for the two ears. One of the 1/4s is for the four paws (the bear is facing you, 4 paws toward you). Use cloves for the eyes and the belly button and a little piece of roundish dough for the snout. Put a hole through the top by inserting a paper clip before baking. When baked, allow to dry gradually, otherwise they will crack. Put a towel over the trays of bears. When dry, they should be sprayed with a shiny acrylic and they look like they just came out of the oven and are 'buttered'. Put a little ribbon around the neck and you have darling ornaments.
Submitted by: Joyce boudreau@email-removed
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp. veg. oil
lots of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, whatever!
(the recipe called for food coloring, red and green to make brown, but I didn't need any after I threw in my spices.)
Mix the dry ingredients. Play with the spices till you get the scent you want and the color. Mix water and oil together first and THEN add them to the dry ingredients and stir. In a pot, cook the mixture for two to three minutes, stirring frequently. The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the pan and clump together. Take the dough out of the pan and knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. Allow to cool and store in an air tight container. ENJOY!!
Submitted by: Unknown
Find some great links and a variety of gingerbread resources!
Submitted by: Krista - APool37253@email-removed
A fun way to collect student's favorite recipes, create a great gift, and get computer instruction while working! The students bring in their favorite recipe/recipes and they type them on the computer (word-processing practice). We even put Christmas/Holiday clip art (more computer training) on each page. The students enjoy doing this and learn at the same time. They learn to save to disk and save their disks to put in their portfolios at the end of the year.
Submitted by: Susan suefel@email-removed
An inexpensive and fun project for your kids. They can gather all the supplies! Take pine cones and use them with cinnamon sticks to make reindeer.... Use a large cone for the body...attach 4 sticks as legs with a glue gun (works best), use a small cone for the head...glue it to body...use those small eyes one can purchase at a craft store or WalMart...and use small red pom-pom for its nose...Use tiny twigs for antlers...they come out really cute! Cheap and very simple and easy! The kids could use them as they are or create a diorama for them to be placed in.
Submitted by: Marcia m2teach@email-removed
A creative ornament that uses your old cans! Press on the top and bottom of a clean aluminum can to turn them in the same direction. Next, place the can on a sidewalk and smash flat with your foot. The smashed can should result in a rounded square with the top and bottom of the can on the same side. Spray paint both sides of the can the color of your choice. When the paint dries, decorate the flat side of the can with Christmas wrapping paper cut-outs, stickers, collage materials, or glitter designs. Fasten a yarn loop around the can's tab on the back side of the ornament. These are a great recycling project, very inexpensive, and look terrific on a Christmas tree.
Submitted by: Mary Jo Gibbs Pre-school teacher
A fun holiday craft idea that makes a great gift.
Submitted by: Sue Bowman
FREE printable Christmas journal & activity pages...over 50 to chose from! (PDF format)
Lots of coloring pages that you can print and color!
Be sure to visit our December Bulletin Board page! You may also find other helpful boards on the Winter page as well.
Create your own Crossword or use our premade Christmas word/clue list.
Create your own or use our Christmas word list.
Create your own custom list or use our Christmas word list.
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