Thursday was our last day in the classroom before our Christmas break. Boy did I cram a lot into the two days we spent together. Thursday was very nice. I kept it low key so the children wouldn't be too revved up for their Christmas program. But Tuesday, oh boy, we finished four projects in 2 1/2 hours on Tuesday. The kids did great. I on the other hand was a bit exhausted.
So what exactly did we pull of this week? Well, first we made our Chocolate Cherry Bites which I posted about the other day. Then we made Hershey Kiss wreaths, wrapped our family presents, finished our color books so they could go home, and made a fluffy Santa face on Thursday. I'm tired just typing it.
Most of the projects are pretty easy, and I'm a bit attached to them. I keep thinking we don't have to do such and such, but I love doing the project so I end up trying to get it in.
For the Hershey Kiss wreaths, I cut a wreath shape out of tag board, tied a red piece of yarn on it for hanging, then the children glued on the Hershey Kisses. I wonder how long they stayed together?
Our fluffy Santa face involved a picture of Santa's face. The children colored the top of his hat red, then glued on cotton, a red pompom nose, and two wiggly eyes. I know it doesn't involve alot, but they are really cute and they bring a smile to the children's faces.
Finally gift-wrapping the presents. Again, this is pretty easy, because I am trying to do too much. I fold a large piece of construction paper in half and tape the sides. Then the children color a Christmas picture, cut it out, and glue it to one side of the "envelope." On the other side I write--To: Mom and Dad (or something similar), From: and the children write or trace their names. Then we slide the Handprint Poem picture inside and put it under the tree.
I also have to share with you the great cookies our leader brought in to share with us. I had never seen them before, but they look real easy. They are reindeer sugar cookies. It looks like she may have used a bell shaped cookie cutter to cut out the shape. Then turning the bell upside down she used small pretzels for the antlers and M&M's for the eyes and nose. I didn't get to talk to Mom, so I'm not sure if you add the pretzels and M&M's before or after baking. Thanks Mrs. P.
We finished off the Christmas season at school with a short program for friends and family. I hope all our visitors enjoyed the wonderful presentation by the children.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!