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Santa and His Reindeer (Lacing skills)

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The difficulty level can be modified according to the objectives of your lesson. I just wanted the kids to do a simple lacing activity while making a Christmas craft, so this is what I came up with.

Materials:

Picture of Santa in his sleigh, picture of a few reindeer, a string (or whatever you find it appropriate to use), crayons, glue, glitter glue pen (for the stars), and yellow art paper (for the moon)

Directions:

For teacher/adult: Punch holes on the reindeer

For the kids:

1) Color the pictures

2) Cut them out

3) Have the kids lace the string into the reindeer

4) Stick the front of the string onto Santa’s hand so it looks like he’s holding it

5) With the help of an adult, use a masking tape/glue the extra string to the back of the paper, so it won’t look like it’s ‘cut-off’

6) Stick Santa onto the paper

7) Cut out yellow circles (For moon)

8) Let the kids have fun creating the stars with the glitter glue pen to create stars!

Have a fun-filled Christmas & Happy New Year!

Elf on the Shelf 3D craft (4-5 yo)

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Was supposed to post this 2 weeks ago, but as usual, work got in the way. Anyhoo, this is a very simple Elf on the Shelf craft but has gotten many compliments in school.

Materials:

a cut out of the Elf, art paper, scissors, crayons, cellophane tape

Directions:

1) Print out Elf picture

2) Let the children color it then cut it out

3) On another piece of paper, let the children draw the picture you intend them to draw, or let their imaginations go wild (depending on age. The older your kid is, the more accurate their drawing will be. Otherwise, draw them an example, and ask them to copy it, which was what I did with my kids)

3) Fold the Elf’s bottom and knees, so it’ll look like he’s sitting down.

4) Fold the cellophane tape in such a way that when you stick the elf, it’ll look like it’s sticking out of the paper, for the 3D effect. (Refer to the picture attached)

5) Tada! Your very own Elf on the Shelf! πŸ™‚

Baa Baa Black Sheep Lolly-stick Puppet Show!

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IMG_4767We had so much fun making these! After we were done, we had a little ‘puppet’ show! How? We sang the Baa Baa Black Sheep song, of course! πŸ™‚ The kids couldn’t wait to perform it at home too πŸ™‚

It’s very simple! Just print out the pictures from this template, cut it out, then stick it on a lolly/ice-cream stick. And voila! Your puppets πŸ™‚

To perform:

1) We need at least 2 people.

2) Go behind a cabinet. Make sure you aren’t seen by the audience πŸ™‚

2) Sing baa baa black sheep and pop out each character as you sing the song. For example, when you sing “baa baa black sheep”, show the sheep; “one for my master”, show the master and so on πŸ™‚

Happy making and performing!

Baa Baa Black SheepΒ template.

I Can Sing A Rainbow

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IMG_4744I love the “I can sing a rainbow” song (You can find it on youtube :)) and missed singing it with the kids from my previous school, so I decided to teach it to this new group too. To reinforce what we learned, we made this rainbow craft. It’s really simple.

Materials needed:Β paper plate, pictures of stuff we see in the sky (we had a sun, hot air balloon, and a plane. Template below)

To-do:Β Cut the paper plate into half. Draw the outlines for the colors of the rainbow.

Instructions:

1) Color the rainbow

2) Color the sun, hot air balloon and a plane. You can add the clouds too, which my kids did πŸ™‚ OR you can use cotton balls πŸ™‚

3) Cut out the pictures.

4) Glue them on the rainbow πŸ™‚

Template for the pictures:Β I can sing a rainbow template Have fun! πŸ™‚

Another Elmer the Elephant craft idea :)

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IMG_4739As I was browsing the net for some craft ideas, I stumbled across a few that inspired me and gave me this idea for Elmer the Elephant πŸ™‚ (I’ve done another craft for the Elmer and the Lost Teddy Bear. You can find it here.)

This one’s pretty straight-forward really.

This is the template:Β Elmer craft

To make it more ‘fun’ I used the fasteners for Elmer’s ears so the kids can move them up and down πŸ™‚

Great children’s books to check out and read-aloud to your kids! :)

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brown bearCame across this post when browsing my facebook page…

These are some really great books to read to your children. Some of my favorite from the list are:

1. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

2. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (OF COURSE! :))

4. The Napping House by Audrey Wood (I’ve not read this book myself but from its synopsis, it sounds like a charming little story which I’d love to read to my kids :))

5. Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle (Also one of my all-time favs!)

For the complete list, click here.

Hope you can find something that tickles your fancy! πŸ™‚

16 Shockingly Profound Disney Movie Quotes (from Buzzfeed)

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AliceWonderlandThis is so good I have to share. Something I came across while FB browsing. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Alice in Wonderland: I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. (Ahuh…I agree with you Alice!)

2. The Little Mermaid: The human world…It’s a mess. (LOL how true Sebastian)

3. Peter Pan: A jealous female can be tricked into anything. (True. True? Hmm….LOL)

4. The Lion King: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it. (But of course!)

5. Pocahontas: The water’s always changing, always flowing. But people, I guess, can’t live like that. (Not everyone can deal with change…or like change)

6. Mulan: You’re at peace because you know it’s okay to be afraid. (Ohhhmm….)

7. Pinocchio: A conscience is that still, small voice that people don’t listen to.

8. Alice in Wonderland (I LOVE THIS ONE): If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.

9. Aladdin: Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.

10. Snow White: You’re never too old to be young. (OH YEEEAH! :D)

11. Winnie the Pooh: I’m glad. At least I think I’m glad. (Yep! Positive thinking, Pooh ;))

For the full list of movie quotes, clickΒ here.