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Christmas crafts

1-2-3 Come Make An Educational Santa Craft With Me

activities for the night before christmas, christmas crafts for kids, santa crafts, december literacy centers, december writing prompts, december bulletin boards, christmas cards for kids to makeClement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” is said to be one of the most famous American poems ever written.

activities for the night before christmas, christmas crafts for kids, santa crafts, december literacy centers, december writing prompts, december bulletin boards, christmas cards for kids to makeBecause of its popularity, easy cadence, rhyming words, and the fact that the poem is packed with over 60 Dolch sight words, I wanted to design a craftivity to incorporate into our reading activities, while covering the poetry genre and practicing the “sequencing & retelling” a story standards.

I came up with this “flip-the-flap” Santa booklet.

activities for the night before christmas, christmas crafts for kids, santa crafts, december literacy centers, december writing prompts, december bulletin boards, christmas cards for kids to makeChildren color, cut & sequence the “beard” pages, then glue their top tab to the base, adding Santa’s face as the “cover”.

To retell the story, they flip his beard up to reveal the graphics, which prompt them to explain what’s happening. 

activities for the night before christmas, christmas crafts for kids, santa crafts, december literacy centers, december writing prompts, december bulletin boards, christmas cards for kids to makeFor some extra 3D pizzazz and to help strengthen finger muscles, have children pull several cotton balls apart, brush Elmer's glue on the brim of Santa's hat, then press on the "fur". 

A large white pom pom glued to the tip adds the finisheing touch. 

activities for the night before christmas, christmas crafts for kids, santa crafts, december literacy centers, december writing prompts, december bulletin boards, christmas cards for kids to makeWhile working on the sequencing booklet, I thought teachers could also use the pattern for a variety of other things.

So I tweaked the templates and included patterns for:

activities for the night before christmas, christmas crafts for kids, santa crafts, december literacy centers, december writing prompts, december bulletin boards, christmas cards for kids to make* A “Ho Ho Ho-ping you have a Merry Christmas” card.
Older students can compose, then write a letter to the recipient on the back.

activities for the night before christmas, christmas crafts for kids, santa crafts, december literacy centers, december writing prompts, december bulletin boards, christmas cards for kids to make* A “Dear Santa” letter with a twist.
Instead of having children write the usual “I’d like a …….” have students ask Santa to bring a specific gift to a special person in their life, then explain why.

For example: “Dear Santa, could you please bring a pair of boots for my baby brother Fred, so he can play outside in the snow with me. Love, Ean”  and finally,

activities for the night before christmas, christmas crafts for kids, santa crafts, december literacy centers, december writing prompts, december bulletin boards, christmas cards for kids to make* Blank patterns so that you can make a flip the flap booklet for another Santa story, or to use as a creative writing prompt of your choice.

Completed projects make a cute bulletin board or hallway display.

Also included in the packet are:

* A photo-poster of Clement Moore,
* Background information on the poem, and
* A copy of the story-poem, which you can read together as a whole group; calling on children to take turns reading a stanza. There's also
* An “alphabetize Santa’s reindeer” worksheet

Cover Snowman StackersToday's featured FREEBIE is "Snowman Name Stackers"

I like to do some sort of January craftivity, before Christmas break, so that we don't come back to a bare-looking hallway.

Since we do a big snowman theme, my kiddos enjoy making a Snowman Name Stacker.
They are a quick, easy and fun decoration for your students' lockers, or as a wall display.

activities for the night before christmas, christmas crafts for kids, santa crafts, december literacy centers, december writing prompts, december bulletin boards, christmas cards for kids to makeWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

I am literally "dashing through December" with more fun-filled activities and committments to attend than ever before.

I have to keep in mind, that it's important to savor the journey of getting things accomplished, and not just the accomplishment. 

 Wishing you lots of warm and cozy moments.

"He who has not Christmas in his heart, will never find it under the tree." -Roy L. Smith

1-2-3 Come Make a Nativity Craft With Me

Would you like your kiddos to be able to sequence & retell the Christmas story?  With that in mind, I designed 2 simple & fun craftivities, which will help them do just that.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftFirst up: “Follow the Star”, which is a nativity “flip-the-flap” booklet,

If you do a "Christmas Around the World" ed-venture, this craftivity makes a nice addition to your travels.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftThe stable is the base of the booklet and is printed on card stock to make it sturdy.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftOnce the booklet is complete, it is free standing and makes a cute decoration.

The “doors” of the stable open, to reveal graphics of the major events that take place; from Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem to the birth of Jesus.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftBesides black & white patterns for students to color, cut & glue, I’ve also included colorful templates so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

There are several page options as well.

I’ve provided pages with text for beginning readers, as well as pages without words for younger kiddos.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftYou can also use these pages for older students, so they can write about what is happening and explain the graphic, or find a matching Bible verse to record on the appropriate pages.

To use for extra writing practice, I’ve also included a completely blank page.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftOn the back of the stable, students can write “Jesus loves me.” or “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftThere are add-on graphics included as well: 4 star patterns for children to choose from, plus a cow & donkey they can glue to the back of the last, opened pages, so that when the doors are completely open, the animals flank the manger.

Brushing some Elmer’s glue on the star, then sprinkling with gold glitter adds extra pop & pizzazz. 

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftThe "looking down" photo on the right,  shows how the pages support the stable.

When everyone is done, read the booklet together as a whole group, calling on students to explain the various events taking place. Encourage children to sequence & retell the story of Christ’s birth to their families, as they share their nativity booklet at home.

nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsNext up is a nativity "storytelling wheel".

Since my storytelling wheels have been so popular, I thought it would be fun to design one for the Nativity.

Great for parochial schools, Sunday school, Christmas Around the World activities, or simply for your own child.

Storytelling wheels are a quick, easy & fun way for students to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.

nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsThere are 3, “print & go” cover options to choose from. Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.

There are full color patterns to use for an independent center, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white pattern, so students can make their own.

After students have completed their wheel, practice retelling the nativity story using the manipulative.

Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that Mary & Joseph, who are traveling to Bethlehem, appear in the “pie-slice window”.

Call on a child to begin the story. Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”.

Afterwards, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their nativity wheel with each other. Sometimes we do this with our older reading buddies.
This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.

nativity puzzle, nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsFor more sequencing & retelling practice, I've also included a nativity puzzle . There are two "base" options, which will help practice ordinal numbers as well as reading.

nativity puzzle, nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsFor writing practice, have students complete the “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet, then color it.

There’s a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.

December writing prompts, Christmas crafts, Christmas writing prompts, December bulletin board ideasToday's featured FREEBIE is a "Wishful Thinking" writing prompt craftivity.

Students finish the prompt: "If money were no problem and I could have 5 super-fabulous gifts for Christmas, I'd like..."

Completed projects make an adorable December bulletin board.

Christmas crafts, nativity crafts, december writing porompts, december vbulletin boardsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Two of my nine grandchildren are coming over today, so my feet have hit the floor running this morning. 

I've planned some "merry making" Christmas crafts.  Wishing you a day filled with warm hugs and happy giggles.

"Christmas is the kindling for hospitality." -Washington Irving

1-2-3 Come Travel Around The World With Me!  

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcaase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, December writing prompts, Woo Hoo!  Having spent over 200 hours researching & creating, plus a small fortune on graphics designing things, I’m so excited to post this jumbo “labor of love”, "Travels Around The World" packet, which features the awesome talents of 38 clip artists!

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcaase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, December writing prompts, This super-fun packet is extremely versatile, as everything stands alone, so you can mix & match creating a unit that is tailored specifically for your class, or use pieces and parts with lessons you already have implemented. 

I think my students, favorite part of our Travels Around the World is making the cereal box suitcase, which can be done in class or for homework.  

The sky's the limit of how you want to design them. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcaase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, December writing prompts, We add 2 file folders to make a drop down interactive "briefcase" of sorts, which includes a pocket for their passports, tickets and boarding passes.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcaase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, December writing prompts, The extra files are a great way to keep everything neat & organized and provide space for them to glue on a variety of activities that we do.

My kiddos absolutely LOVE collecting the "suitcase stamps/stickers" to decorate with. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcaase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, December writing prompts, They get a few to start out, then receive more as we travel to the various countries.

Others I use as a motivational & behavior modification incentive, which is very successful.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, December writing prompts, Another huge hit is making a passport.

There are 4 options, including a passport specifically for "Christmas Around The World" traveling,  as well as a huge variety of passport stamps, which they also enjoy collecting. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, December writing prompts, The train tickets and plane, bus, & boat boarding passes. are also a huge hit.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, December writing prompts, Via a letter, students are invited to come travel with the gingerbread man, who makes a speedy tour guide. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, December writing prompts, "Gin" keeps them apprised of places they should visit by sending postcards.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, December writing prompts, I had an absolute blast designing these from real photographs & stamps from those countries. 

There are 3 from each country, as well as "color me" postcards, so that students can practice "point of view" writing in a fun way.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, December writing prompts, A set of gingerbread-themed posters announce where children will be traveling and how they will get there.

The 6 countries included in this packet are: USA, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Italy & Germany.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, I've included a variety of maps, which come in color to use as posters, plus black & white for students.

They come labeled & unlabeled, so you can use them as an assessment tool as well. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, My personal favorite activity, is the "Snap & Scrap" journal, with a Christmas-themed page, as well as a generic counterpart.

I've included several pages of interesting information about how each country celebrates Christmas, should you want to do the "Christmas Around the World" theme.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, The "snap" part, is a camera craft featuring a lens "booklet", with pictures specific to that country.

You can opt to do just the camera(s), or hinge them with a piece of tape to the "scrap" page, so that it flips over to reveal the information underneath.  

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, Each country also comes with factual information, which is incorporated in the "Fan Of Fun Facts For _________" craftivity.

The title is a double play on words, for the craft opens like a fan, and students quickly become "fans" of these super-interesting facts. 

Later, check comprehension by playing "Name That Country?" by reading a fact and having students tell what country it came from. 

"Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, I Spy A Country" is another game you can play to help reinforce map skills.

Teachers jot down 3-5 clues on the poster, then students write down their dated-answer on their worksheet. 

X number of correct answers and they receive a "super spy" stamp for their suitcase.  

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, I've also packed in a lot of travel-themed writing prompts, such as making an itinerary, which provides a vocabulary building opportunity. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, Students can also do a "Sightseeing Check It Out Then Check It Off" list, flag booklet, and travel journal. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, There are several options for the travel journals as well, from a "color me" text it page, to a cut & glue class-made book. 

They are different enough so that you can do them all, or pick & choose what's appropriate for your kiddos. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, The beauty of this jumbo packet is that it's very versatile, so you can mix & match things to do individually, as a whole group, with a partner, in small groups, or for homework.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, The projects can also supplement other geography activities you already have implemented.

Besides social studies, many items practice a variety of other standards like graphing, weather, telling time, comparing & contrasting & research, with a bit of math tossed in for good measure. 

There are also a variety of ways to use the packet.  Teachers can give the information, or students can pick a country and research it independently.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, The "Travel Bucks" are a fun way for students to give their presentations, as they become "travel agents", who share highlights about their country, in the hopes that their fellow classmates will use their travel cash to buy a trip from them. 

Top sales certificates & suitcase brag tags add to the fun, and are a wonderful incentive.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, An easy-peasy writing prompt for any age, is the "ginger-gram", where students fill in the blanks with a country they would like to live in, as well as one they would not. 

Older students can explain why. I've included a poster for the center of your display, as well as a suitcase sticker kiddos can earn upon completion.

Another simple writing activity is the "Travel Quilt" craft, which practices adjectives in a unique way. 

Even younger kiddos can do this, and completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.

I've included a poster for the center of your display, as well as a suitcase sticker kiddos can earn upon completion.   The "Peace is in our hands" craft, is also quick & easy, with lovely results making a terrific hallway display.

This craftivity really helps children wrap their heads around the "big picture" of their "personal geography" and their cut out hand prints add that keepsake, finishing touch.

I've included a poster for the center of your display, as well as a suitcase sticker kiddos can earn upon completion.  

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, Because my kiddos are learning about seasons, weather and appropriate clothing to wear, I designed the "Pack It Up" suitcase craftivity; where they color, cut & glue various clothes suitable for a particular country, to a "suitcase" page; while older students simply list the items they want to take. 

The suitcase opens to reveal several pages of the different things they packed for the various countries that they visited.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, Besides a “Christmas Around the World” theme, you can use this unit all year long, as I have matching generic counterparts.

Start whenever you want, then in December, board the “Holiday Express” & add the activities of how these countries celebrate Christmas.

Lessons are easily diversified for various classroom abilities & grade levels.  Simply pick what’s appropriate for your kiddos. 

a"Travel Tweets" are also an interesting way to get students enthusiastic about writing, as is the "Welcome To Our House"  booklet, "Airport Adventures" and "Whooooo Do You Want To Travel With?" color-me worksheets.

Besides black & white versions for students, I’ve included colorful templates, so you can quickly make samples to share.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, There are also graphs, Venn diagrams, posters, a song, and some worksheets, which can also be used as assessment tools.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, As you can see there's a ton of fun for you to choose from including some puzzles.

These come in color for an independent center, as well as BW so kiddos can make their own, as they practice recognizing & sequencing numbers from 1-10, or skip counting by 10s to 100. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcaase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, December writing prompts, Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look. Travels Around The World.

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, Today's featured FREEBIE comes from the packet and is a "Merry Christmas From Around The World" poster and coloring card, which includes an alphabetical list of how 28 countries say "Merry Christmas" , with 4 links to other websites with more countries. 

Christmas Around The World activities, Xmas around the world activities, Christmas crafts, geography activities for early elementary, gingerbread activities, passports for school, geography passports, passport craft, passport stamps, suitcase stamps, suitcase stickers, travel stickers, passport stamps, maps for students to color, maps for students to label, world maps, December writing prompts, Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

My feet have hit the floor running, as there is much to do, and not enough time in the day to get it all done.

But I will endeavor to slow my pace and enjoy the journey, making sweet memories, as we decorate our blessed home for Christmas.  Wishing you and yours a special day.

"Maybe Christmas" he thought, "doesn't come from a store." "Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more!" -Dr. Seuss From "The Grinch"

1-2-3 Come Make Some Christmas Ornaments With Me

Here’s a quick, easy & fun Christmas name ornament, that’s a perfect little craftivity for party day or those crazy last few days of school.

Christmas crafts, christmas ornaments, christmas activitiesEven the Common Core “Grinch” police, will have no problem finding this an extremely educational activity!

It can simply be done with little ones (PK-Y5) to practice their names, along with letter recognition, and the difference between upper and lowercase letters, vowels & consonants as well as counting.

Older kiddos, (K-3rd) can practice a lot of math:
such as graphing, addition, greater & less than, data analysis, inference, guess-timation, plus comparing & contrasting with a Venn diagram.

Christmas crafts, christmas ornaments, christmas activitiesI’ve included several worksheets and graphing extensions, plus a "secret" coded Christmas message that you can challenge your students to solve.

Make it a "speed" game, and see who can decode the message first.
Afterwards, students pick a partner and write a secret message to them.

For a sweet keepsake, have children write their name on the back, along with a date and grade, then glue their school photo on. 

Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look: Christmas Name Ornament Laced With Math.

Laminate your students’ completed projects; punch a hole at the top & add a yarn loop.

fingerprint tree ornament, Christmas crafts, christmas ornaments, christmas activities Today's feartured FREEBIE is also an ornament. It's a fingerprint Christmas tree, sure to become a keepsake as well.  

This little craftivity, is a terrific way to review the concept of +1 more and counting to 10, and includes a poem for the back:

"My fingerprints as you can see, have made a lovely little tree. They're stacked up straight and oh so tall, with love from me when I was small."  Children sign and date.

Christmas crafts, christmas ornaments, christmas activitiesThanks for stopping by.  I've got to hustle off to go buy the ingredients to make Christmas cookies.

That was one of my favorite memories with my Grama Lydia, and I hope to make it an annual tradition with Kaiden (3) & Kaitlyn (1) who are coming over today.  Wishing you a love-flled day.

"Grandchildren are sprinkles on the cookies of life." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Christmas Craftivities With Me

"Welcome To My House" is an interesting and fun writing prompt with two door options. 

For one, students decorate their construction paper door, trim and glue the “hinge” portion to a sheet of white paper, which they also trim. The other, is a “color me” option.

christmas activities, christmas crafts, writing prompts for december, christmas writing prompts, december bulletin board ideas, christmas crafts, christmas ornamentsInside, students write their final draft completing the writing prompt: "Welcome to my home for Christmas..."

Encourage students to use plenty of adjectives that involve their senses, to help describe what a visitor might see, hear, and smell, as they enter their home.  I've included a completed sample to help you explain the lesson.

Students who don't celebrate Christmas, can simply write a "Welcome to my home" for another celebration or holiday that their family celebrates.

If you do a Christmas Around the World theme, students can choose a country, and welcome visitors to their home in France, Sweden, Mexico etc. as they write from that point of view.

Completed projects make a lovely bulletin boardI’ve also included an address tag, to go along with your display.

christmas activities, christmas crafts, writing prompts for december, christmas writing prompts, december bulletin board ideas, christmas crafts, christmas ornamentsNext up is a class-made book: Who Will Pull Santa's Sleigh?

Introducing a writing activity with a story, grabs my kiddos attention, stimulates their imaginations, and gets them excited to get down to the business of writing.

Who’ll Pull Santa’s Sleigh Tonight? by Laura Rader, is a personal favorite of my students, and was the inspiration behind this class book writing activity.

The reindeer have all come down with a cold, so Santa holds auditions for replacement animals, with some outrageous and funny results.

To practice more standards, I like to read a similar story, so that my students can compare and contrast them.

A Venn diagram activity, as well as a graphing extension are also included in the packet.

Our comparison story is, "Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?" by Jerry Pallotta. It's an adorable “go along”, with awesome illustrations!

In this story, the reindeer are not sick, as the tale starts at the beginning, before Santa thought about reindeer for the job.

christmas activities, christmas crafts, writing prompts for december, christmas writing prompts, december bulletin board ideas, christmas crafts, christmas ornamentsMany silly scenarios are presented, as different animals try out for the job.
From skunks, kangaroos and giraffes, to monkeys, mice and even snakes, your kiddos will get lots of ideas of who should pull Santa’s sleigh. 

Finally, The Twelve Days of Christmas packet, also includes several writing prompts, as well as an emergent reader, plus several games, which practice a variety of standards, as well as some posters and worksheets.

The emergent reader contains over 100 Dolch sight words!
Students read the sentence, trace and write the number and ordinal number word, then complete the writing prompts.

christmas activities, christmas crafts, writing prompts for december, christmas writing prompts, december bulletin board ideas, christmas crafts, christmas ornamentsBesides the writing within the emergent reader, there are also 3 other writing prompts:

* “If money were no object, list 7 things you’d like to have”;
* “A Favorite Gift” where students tell about a gift that they really enjoy and why it’s a favorite.
* “Something Special For Someone Special” where children choose a person that they’d like to give a gift to and write who-what-why. 

christmas activities, christmas crafts, writing prompts for december, christmas writing prompts, december bulletin board ideas, christmas crafts, christmas ornamentsThe featured FREEBIE today is "Me Mints!" one of my personal favorites.  Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board.  I've also included a smaller template, if you'd rather make a Christmas ornament.

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. I have so much to do, I'm not sure where to start. 

writing prompts for december, christmas crafts, christmas ornaments, december  bulletin board ideasA bit of housecleaning is certainly in order before I add any more Christmas decorations... hmmmm maybe I'll just go shopping instead. Wishing you a frolicking-fun day. 

"Housework: Something nobody really notices, until you don't do it." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Christmas Writing With Me

I truly believe that if you give an interesting writing prompt to students, or toss in a bit of craftiness, or make it a bit like a game, you'll grab their attention and they'll want to get down to the business of writing.

spin a story wheels, creative writing activities, december writing prompts, elf on a shelf activities, directional writing, christmas centersWith these things in mind, I designed 4, rather creative, writing prompt packets for December. First up is my "Spin a Winter Story Story" wheel.

These 14 story wheels are easy-peasy for you, as you don't have to constantly think up seasonal writing prompts, and highly motivational for your kiddos. 

My students imaginations kick into high gear, creating some really awesome work.

So that you can use them every year, simply print, laminate, trim and attach a paperclip with a brass brad.

Children choose one, or several, of the 14-winter story wheels, then spin 3 to 5 times.

They incorporate those items into a short story or paragraph on the worksheet.

For more writing practice, I've included a "Spin a sentence" worksheet, as well as one where students spin 7 times, give those pictures a one-word name/description and then alphabetize those words on the worksheet

spin a story wheels, creative writing activities, december writing prompts, elf on a shelf activities, directional writing, christmas centersNext up is "How to Dress an Elf", where children practice giving directions. My students LOVE the crafty aspect of this writing prompt; completed projects make a super-cute bulletin board too.

Encourage students to use transitions, ordinal numbers + adjectives when they explain how their elf gets dressed.
I’ve also included a set of transitional words on mini cards.

For that finishing touch, we used opalescent white glitter, flat-backed jewels and pom poms to add a bit of pizzazz to our completed “elves”.

spin a story wheels, creative writing activities, december writing prompts, elf on a shelf activities, directional writing, christmas centersIf your students enjoy The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, they're sure to get excited about this next creative writing activity.

Diary of a Wimpy Elf includes templates to make a “top secret” file-folder diary, a variety of diary pages, clip art badges to decorate their diary cover with, plus a selection of incentive “stickers” that they can earn.

I’ve also included 30 writing prompt ideas to jump start your students' minds. 

Finally, "Stuff It!" is a personal favorite and literally stuffed with lots of Common Core.

For the writing prompt portion of "Stuff It", students gather in groups of 3-4 and exchange their decorated paper stocking with each other.

spin a story wheels, creative writing activities, ST blend activities, december writing prompts, elf on a shelf activities, directional writing, christmas centersEveryone in the group "stuffs" a Christmas compliment into their classmate's stocking, by writing something nice about that person. Encourage the use of adjectives.

These completed projects also make a nice, self-esteem building, December bulletin board, which is particularly appropriate if your school does the "Bucket Filling" program.

The other writing prompt option, is for students to "stuff" their stocking with a list of things they'd like to find in their stocking, if money was no object, or you could also write a realistic one.

Along with the writing prompts, students can also stuff their stocking with words that begin and end with the ST blend

spin a story wheels, writing a letter to Santa, creative writing activities, ST blend activities, december writing prompts, elf on a shelf activities, directional writing, christmas centers I've included an alphabetical list of 92 words that begin with st, as well as a list of 64 words that end with the st blend, plus matching mini-word cards.

There's also a set of 6 worksheets that are played as timed games, as well as an "I Spy a Shape" whole-group assessment game, plus a "Shapes on a Roll" dice game.

spin a story wheels, writing a letter to Santa, creative writing activities, ST blend activities, december writing prompts, elf on a shelf activities, directional writing, christmas centersToday's featured FREEBIE is A Letter to Santa with a twist.

Instead of children asking Santa for something they want, they write on behalf of someone special to them, that they think deserves a present. 

Introduce the activity to older students with "If there really was a Santa, and he really could bring a special gift..."

I've included my sample that you can share to help explain what you want your kiddos to do.  Completed projects make a sweet "Christmas is Caring" bulletin board too.

spin a story wheels, creative writing activities, ST blend activities, december writing prompts, elf on a shelf activities, directional writing, christmas centersWell that's it for today.  My feet have hit the floor running! I have lots more shopping to do, and our tree's still not up! 

Wishing you a day filled with energy, and lots of peaceful moments to breathe in the joy of Christmas preparations.

"May peace be your gift at Christmas, and all the year through." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Study Coins With Me

I'm always looking for quick, easy and fun ways to study the various standards and still include my theme. 

coin activities, coin crafts, christmas crafts, common core christmas, With that in mind, I designed this Christmas tree craft, that's decorated with coins. (penny, nickel, dime & quarter).

Run the tree template off on green construction paper, or use white and have students color.
Children pick a partner and take turns rolling the dice four times.

coin activities, coin crafts, christmas crafts, common core christmas, Their 1st roll equals how many penny ornaments they will glue to their tree, the 2nd roll is for nickels and so on.

Students color, cut and glue the matching number of coins to their tree.
This way, each tree will be trimmed differently.

coin activities, coin crafts, christmas crafts, common core christmas, After they are done “decorating” their tree, older students complete their math worksheet by adding up the total value of their tree, writing that on the star or trunk.

I’ve also provided a worksheet where students break down the total of each coin.

For more advanced math practice, have everyone share their total, write them on the board, and figure out how much all of the trees are worth.

coin activities, coin crafts, christmas crafts, common core christmas, Also included, are several worksheet options for different levels of study, including one that reinforces color wordsThe photographs of completed samples help clarify things.

Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board too. Caption: "Cent-sational Math Work".  

Click on the link to zip over to my TpT shop to have a look: Christmas Money Tree

cover gingerbread doughThe other money activity that goes hand-in-hand with this one, is my "Christmas Cookie Dough" packet. 

The packet includes an emergent reader, with several options for you to choose from, including 2 sizes.

The first one is a “cut & glue” the appropriate coin to the page, the other version already features a picture of the coin.

Students read the simple sentences, filled with 20 Dolch sight words. I’ve switched up the pronouns for that teachable moment as well.

PREVIEW Sum CookiesThey trace & write the coin words, as well as the values, and color words, then color the cookies accordingly.

I’ve also included a “Sum Cookies” craftivity, which makes an awesome interactive bulletin board, or wall display.

Children choose which cookies they want, then color, cut and arrange them on their aluminum foil “cookie sheet”. When they are satisfied with how things look, they glue their cookies down.

Using the “cookie key” or referring to the pocket chart cards, students figure out the price of all of the cookies on their cookie sheet, writing an equation showing the price of each cookie, then adding to solve the problem.

PREVIEW Cookie Dough PKTI’ve included a spatula to show their work, which is attached to their cookie sheet.
When everyone is done, collect and number the cookie sheets, then display them, along with the spatula answers.

For more math practice have children figure out how much the various sheets of cookies cost, writing their equations and solutions on the worksheet.

Students can do one a day, or however many you want them to do. They check their work, by flipping up the spatula flap.

sample cookie sheetFinally, there’s a cookie matching game. Depending on ability, students simply match a cookie to a cookie.

Older kiddos can match a cookie with its value, to the matching coin card, and/or the coin word card.

coin poems, coin posters, coin flashcardsThere’s also a certificate of praise as well: “When it comes to coins, you’re one smart cookie!” 

Today's FREEBIE also features coin identification.   It's a set of poster-poems. I hope you find them useful.

MeWell that's it for today. All this talk of cookies, brought on the cravings. 

Time to grab a mug of milk and dunk my favorite--chocolate chip . . .  Wishing you a delicious December.

"Never spend your money before you have earned it." -Thomas Jefferson

1-2-3 Come Make a Gingerbag House With Me

Do you do some gingerbread activities during December? Are you contemplating making a gingerbread house?

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house, christmas craftsIf so, I think you and your kiddos will really enjoy making a "gingerbag".

It's a non-messy, quick, easy & fun craftivity, as an alternative to the gooey graham cracker creations, that often fall apart.

There are 8 pages of candy, cakes and ice-cream trimmings, chimneys, doors, and windows, that your kiddos can choose to decorate their paper bag gingerbread house with.

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house, christmas craftsFace the bag towards you so that the bottom of the bag is at the top, and looks like a flap. This is the perfect place to glue the “candy roof” and chimney.

Students cut out whatever pieces they want to glue to the front of their house.

They arrange the pieces ‘til they are satisfied with the look, and then glue them down.

Children then color the trimmings with crayons or markers.

White puffy paint, glitter glue, and stickers can all add pizzazz to the houses.

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house, christmas craftsFor that finishing touch, glue a child’s photo in one of the windows.

You can also spritz them with a bit of cinnamon fragrance.

For writing practice, I've included 2 worksheets, where students describe their gingerbread house.

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house, christmas craftsCompleted gingerbags make a cute bulletin board too.
Caption: “Mr(s.) _____________’s kindergartners are wishing you a sweet and cozy Christmas.” OR…. “From our house to yours, we’re wishing you a yummy New Year.”  

Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look: Gingerbag Craftivity.

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house, christmas crafts, gingerbread parts of speech postersThe featured FREEBIE today, also has a gingerbread theme. 

They are a set of gingerbread-themed parts of speech posters. I hope you find them useful.

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread house, christmas craftsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'm thrilled to be having the entire family over for dinner and games today. 

That's 21 people!  Woo hoo.  Gotta' get going on the yummies.   Wishing you a love and fun-filled day.

"Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained." -Maurice de Vlaminck

1-2-3 Come Countdown To Christmas With Me!

Counting down is a great way to help your students practice counting backwards, as well as visually being able to "see" the passage of time, which is a rather abstract concept for young children.

christmas activities, counting backwards activities, christmas crafts, countingdown to christmas activities, elf crafts, elf activities, christmas tree crafts, My Countingdown To Christmas Craftivity packet includes a variety of quick, easy and interesting ways for your kiddos to countdown to Christmas.

I've included a file folder cover, which your students can decorate, to keep all of their countdown work in.

christmas activities, counting backwards activities, christmas crafts, countingdown to christmas activities, elf crafts, elf activities, christmas tree crafts, Since there's a nice variety of options, why not have them do a countdown that they can color, another they bingo dot, and finally, one that they earn stickers for.

christmas activities, counting backwards activities, christmas crafts, countingdown to christmas activities, elf crafts, elf activities, christmas tree crafts, I’ve also included a Christmas tree and Santa’s beard countdown activity, where students snip off a section each day. (Let's "trim" the tree & Santa's beard.)

After the last one is gone, children have a paper ornament to hang on their tree.

christmas activities, counting backwards activities, christmas crafts, countingdown to christmas activities, elf crafts, elf activities, christmas tree crafts, Snipping paper is a super-fun way for kiddos to strengthen finger and hand muscles too.

The "fingerprint" keepsake wreath, is another fun way to keep track of time, and comes with a sweet poem for the center. 

christmas activities, counting backwards activities, christmas crafts, countingdown to christmas activities, elf crafts, elf activities, christmas tree crafts, Children keep their work in the folder and take it out each day to countdown.

Only takes a few minutes, and frees you up to do some pull-out activities.

Send the folder home on the last day before vacation, so students can finish their countdown at home.

christmas activities, counting backwards activities, christmas crafts, countingdown to christmas activities, elf crafts, elf activities, christmas tree crafts, Finally, I’ve also included a “How many days until vacation?” Countdown paper chain that you can suspend from the ceiling by your calendar.

I review all sorts of math skills in just a few minutes, with this festive decoration.

Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look at the Countingdown To Christmas Craftivities.

christmas activities, counting backwards activities, christmas crafts, countingdown to christmas activities, elf crafts, elf activities, christmas tree crafts, If you do Elf on a Shelf you may like the "Elf Help" countdown craftivity.

Have your students color the elf's "stockings" in an ABAB pattern to reinforce patterning. 

I've included a traceable calendar of December, for years 2015-2017, with a blank one if you want students to fill in their own.

Tracing and writing the numbers as they countdown to Christmas, is also a fun way to practice numbers, as well as have a visual of "time passing".   Click on the link to check out the Elf on a Shelf countdown craftivity.

christmas activities, counting backwards activities, christmas crafts, countingdown to christmas activities, elf crafts, elf activities, christmas tree crafts, Today's featured FREEBIE is also a countdown activity. I put "Santa" on my whiteboard and we do "You Can Count on Santa" during our calendar time. 

Simply print off the poster on card stock, color, then choose a different child each day to pull apart a cottonball, and glue it to that number on Santa's beard.

christmas activities, counting backwards activities, christmas crafts, countingdown to christmas activities, elf crafts, elf activities, christmas tree crafts, Well that's it for today, have to make a mad dash to the store to get a few things before everything closes up for Thanksgiving.

Wishing you a day filled with many joy-filled moments.

 "If men liked shopping, they'd call it research."  ~Cynthia Nelms

1-2-3 Come Make A Name Ornament With Me

I'm not sure about your kiddos, but as the last day before vacation neared, I could sense the energy levels climbing.  To help them stay focused, I always tried to do a few hands-on "craftivities" that my students would really enjoy, but also wanted to include standards to keep the administration content as well.

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, With that in mind, I designed the Keepsake Name Ornament packet.  It's a quick, easy & fun Christmas ornament that helps reinforce your students' names, letter recognition, vowel identification, capitalization, graphing, counting and addition!  Woo hoo! 

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, This would be a wonderful center on the last day before vacation, or a special "craftivity" to do for your Christmas party day. 

I've included upper as well as lowercase letter tiles that your students trim and glue to a strip of construction paper.  I used red & green, but just one color looks nice too.

While children are at lunch or recess, laminate your students' completed projects and have a room helper cut them out, punch a hole at the top & add a yarn tie.

Gluing on a school photo makes them even more special, and even though the ornament spells their name, have them write their name and the date on the back.

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, For some math fun, I've included two point value charts, so your students can practice a bit of addition, by adding up the point value of their letters. 

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, Use the chart with point values to 4, with younger students, and the chart with numbers to 26, for older students. Because their total will be large, have children figure out the place value of their name using this grand total.

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, There's an ornament worksheet to record their answer, along with other data, so that you can review consonants and vowels as well.  Students can color this ornament, or simply run off on a variety of colors of copy paper.

Vowels are also reviewed, with a graphing extension. There's a graph for the total number of letters in your students' names too.   As you can see, I've packed in all sorts of math extensions in this simple ornament "craftivity".

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, To add to the fun, I've included a "secret" coded Christmas message that you can challenge your students to solve.  Students refer to the point value poster to figure out what the sentence says. 

Make it a "speed" game, and see who can decode the message first. To save you time, I put two on a page for quick printing, and included an answer key.  Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Name Ornament activities. 

keepsake ornaments, christmas ornaments, christmas crafts, christmas games, christmas activities, name activities, vowel activities, Thanks for visiting today.  As always, my December days fly by.  I've got to get to the post office today or my family in Wisconsin, won't get their goodies in time for Christmas.  Wishing you a stress-free day.

"May voices join with the multitude of the heavenly host to proclaim His glory. May hearts be filled with His everlasting song of joy and peace this Christmas season."  -Unknown

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