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Painting with Bows

Painting with Bows

This is a fun and festive alternative to painting with paint brushes. Last week, I bought a bag of gift bows at the store, and I had some paint stirring sticks left over from all the painting we did when we were getting the school ready. I attached a stick to each bow so that we could paint without getting our hands dirty (although some of us still did). Then I put red and green paint on plates and we…

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Wrapping Presents in Preschool

Wrapping Presents in Preschool

Every year at Christmas time, I set up a present wrapping center in the classroom. Ripping tape, cutting, and folding paper are great small muscle activities for young children. Besides, it’s lots of fun to wrap and open presents! To set up, I fill the wrapping center with rectangles of wrapping paper, bows, scissors, tape, an assortment of boxes, and some small toys from around the room. As children came to the center, I explained how to rip the tape…

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Christmas Countdown Calendar

Christmas Countdown Calendar

I wanted to make a calendar for my class to count down the days to Christmas. I wanted to make it more interesting than simply removing numbers. At the same time, I didn’t want to put prizes under each number like the traditional Advent calendars do because it would be difficult to fit enough prizes into each box for eight children. Then I remembered seeing somewhere on the Internet, although I can’t remember where, the idea of putting an activity…

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Ornaments

Ornaments

We have been making lots of different ornaments this month. Here are five of my favorite ornament ideas. 1. Pine cone Christmas trees.  We put a glob of air dry clay on the base of the pine cone so that it could stand up. Then we squeezed on some glue.  And added some colorful craft beads.  2. Popsicle stick snowflakes. The teachers glued the sticks together the day before. When it was time to decorate them, we gave the children…

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Christmas Tree Stumps in the Block Area

Christmas Tree Stumps in the Block Area

Update: I wanted to update this post because I did the same thing again this year except with a few differences. First, the Christmas tree people gave me the stumps for free. Hooray! Second, they let me pick out my own stumps, so I got a better variety. I picked out lots of small ones for inside play. The children built with them and put the plastic animals on them. I also picked out some bigger ones for outdoor play….

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Baking Cookies

Baking Cookies

I wanted to make a batch of Christmas cookies with the class this week. At first I planned on buying a package of pre-made sugar cookie dough at the grocery store but after some thought I decided it would be fun to make our own dough in the classroom. So today I brought my Kitchen-Aid mixer into the classroom. Before beginning the activity, I talked to the children about being safe when using kitchen appliances. We discussed who can turn…

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Glitter Glue Christmas Ornaments

Glitter Glue Christmas Ornaments

Just before Halloween we made Jack O Lanterns by squeezing glue onto round plastic lids. Today we used the same process to make Christmas ornaments. The only difference is the color of glue that we used. For this project you will need round plastic lids, red and green glue ( you can make this by adding food coloring to white glue), glitter glue, and glitter.  I set out all of the materials on the art table and the children went…

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Decorating the Christmas Tree

Decorating the Christmas Tree

I found a small artificial tree at Amazon.com for twelve dollars. It was just the right size for toddlers! I also found a box of plastic mini ornaments at Target for only five dollars.  I brought these into the classroom along with a string of Christams lights and we spent the morning decorating the tree.  The ornaments were just the right size for little hands.  Pin It