Cardboard collage ornaments

We’ve been busy decorating our classroom this week and these ornaments were just thing our little Christmas tree needed…

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Mr. Hayden assisted the children in our annual tradition of setting up our classroom Christmas tree…

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Once the tree was fully assembled, it was in need of decorations.  We had a Christmas ornament station available as one of our centers.  The children knew just what to do and set to work creating some of the prettiest ornaments I’ve seen…

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The children set off to design and create their own ornaments to decorate our tree.  Various collage materials were set out on the table for the children to use.  In case you were wondering, these nifty little collage trays are fruit trays found in the produce section of the grocery store…

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Circles were cut out of cardboard to use as ornaments.  Crayons, tape, stickers, scrap paper, pom poms, and glue were all available for the children to use in their creations…

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How the children chose to use the collage materials was completely up to them.  Some children filled their entire circle, while others chose only to color it in with crayons.  A few of our children chose to work together…

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Some of our children made more than one ornament.  Regardless of how the children chose to create their ornaments, they were each unique and so special in their own ways…

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The wonderful part of this Christmas ornament station is that it ran completely independently.  The children were familiar with all of the materials and knew exactly what they wanted to do with them.  Like our Christmas card making station, this is an easy center to put together that could keep our children busy for days…

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And our Christmas tree would be ever so beautiful because of it…

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By | December 7th, 2013|Categories: Christmas, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Christmas ornament math

I love Christmas time in the classroom!  There are so many opportunities for authentic learning to take place using unique, yet inexpensive materials.  These Christmas ball ornaments definitely fit the bill!  Today I am sharing how we used these beautiful ornaments to explore math concepts, but there are so many more ways that they can be used in the classroom…

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For this activity, we worked in small groups.  Each child had their own small felt board that we often like to use during circle time activities to display the items we are working with…

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Small baggies were filled with ornaments.  Though these ornaments are shiny and pretty, they are only made of plastic so there is no worry that they will break.  Each bag contained only two colors and the children were given the opportunity to pick their own baggie…

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We like to estimate a lot in our class.  So, to begin our lesson, we asked the children to estimate how many ornaments were in our baggies.  The children shouted out their estimates.  Then we opened our bags and spread the ornaments out on our board so that we could count them…

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After counting the ornaments, we discussed whether there were more or less or the same as the children’s initial estimates…

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Next, we worked on making simple patterns with our ornaments.  Our younger children worked on creating AB patterns.  We encouraged our pre-k children, and others that were ready, to create more elaborate patterns.  When all of the children had a simple pattern made, we went around the circle taking turns sharing our pattern out loud…

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At the end of our math lesson, we piled all of the ornaments back into a box and set them out for the children to play with for the rest of the day…

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By | December 6th, 2013|Categories: Christmas, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Holiday window tracing

One of the things I love about the holiday season are all the symbols of the holidays. We spent time tracing many different holiday symbols with the help of the lighting from our big windows…

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Around the classroom, we have lots of windows which is wonderful for letting in natural light but it also means we don’t have much wall space. So to use the windows as part of our learning environment, we created a set of holiday symbols by printing simple shapes on sheets of overhead projector film…

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Another wonderful aspect of holiday symbols is that you can make many of them with the use of very basic shapes like squares, triangles, stars, and rectangles which gives us lots of opportunities to recognize and talk about the basic shapes that work together to form each of our holiday symbols…

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The shapes were taped up to our windows for the children to stop by throughout the day and trace. We set out thin paper and markers for the children to use as they wished…

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The children were invited to explore the tracing process in several ways. One way was to simply trace a shape and another way was to overlap the shapes as they tried tracing to see what the result might be…

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The children were welcomed to tape their paper over the drawings but most of the children preferred to hold their paper with one hand while tracing with another which can be very challenging to do…

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For those who wished to paint their tracings, we set out watercolor paints for the children to use…

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Some of the children decided to give the water paints a go while others were satisfied just with the tracing process…

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Of course, window tracings can be done all throughout the school year and do not have to be just holiday shapes so don’t get stuck on the idea that this idea should be only a holiday idea. Any kind of simple shapes you tape up into a window will be interesting to the children…

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Six ways to discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles

All around our preschool are pine trees and each year during the holiday season, we like to spend time discovering and exploring with pinecones and pine needles. Today, I am sharing six of our favorite pine ideas and at the end of the post, you are invited to check out or add your own favorite holiday ideas to our Discover and Explore Linky…

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Pine Wreath

The children made simple but beautiful pine wreaths last year with a paper plate, pine needles, pinecones, and a touch of red paint for the berries. You can see the entire Pine Wreath post by clicking here or on the photo below…

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Pine Discovery Bottles

Another favorite way to explore pine needles in my classroom is by making a pine needle discovery bottle. You can view the entire post on Pine Needle Discovery Bottles by clicking here or click the photo below…

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Pine in a Shadow Box

Our shadow boxes wouldn’t be complete without adding a few pinecones or pine needles. You can view the entire Nature Shadow Box post by clicking here or click on the photo below…

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Pinecone Painting

If you haven’t ever tried painting on pinecones, then I must say you are missing out! You can view our entire pinecone painting experience and ornaments by clicking here or click on the photo below…

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Pine Needle Paint Brushes

I haven’t written a post about painting with pine needles paint brushes but it is fairly simple. Just attach a few limbs with pine needles to a stick or craft stick using a length of tape and set them out with paint and paper for the children to explore…

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As you can see, we set out pine needle paint brushes out at the easel. Pine needle paint brushes create a beautiful textured painting and is an interesting process for the children to explore…

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Penguin and Pinecone book

And if you are looking for an excellent book to read aloud to your children then I highly recommend the book Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon. You can read more about this book by clicking here or click the photo below…

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This is only the beginning of things to do with pinecones and pine needles and soon my current class will be coming up with new ways we can explore and discover the season with pine. Now be sure to check out the wonderful December holiday ideas being shared in our Holiday Linky just below…

PS. Some children may be allergic to pine. Some allergies are mild and a good handwashing can help but others are stronger so find out by checking with parents first!

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10 fantastic fingerplays and songs for the holidays

We are often asked for Christmas songs recommendations.  Today we would like to share a few of our favorites.  Whether it be just for fun or for a Christmas program, these songs and fingerplays are sure to get kids singing along…

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Five Little Gingerbread

Painting our gingerbread houses

Five little gingerbread lying on a tray,

One jumped up and ran away,

shouting “Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can…

I run really fast, I’m the gingerbread man!”

Continue counting down until there are none left

No more gingerbread lying on a tray.

They all jumped up and ran away!

This is a fun song to use with props.  A cookie sheet with felt or paper gingerbread men are a cute visual.  

The Mitten in the Snow

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Sung to the tune of The farmer in the dell.

The mitten in the snow,

the mitten in the snow

Help us please so we don’t freeze

the mitten in the snow.

A __________ squeezes in,

a__________ squeezes in,

Help us please so we don’t freeze

The mitten in the snow.

A great prop for this song is a large mitten made of felt or fleece.  Add your favorite stuffed animals or puppets to the mitten as you sing.  

Snowflakes

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Sung to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Begin in a standing position, with hands in the air.

Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around,

Dance and spin around in circles.

Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.

Wiggle your fingers, then touch them to the floor.

Snowflakes, snowflakes in the air,

Repeat movements.  

Snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere.

Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around,

Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.

The Snowman

Building a snowman

Roll the snow into some balls.

Make a rolling motion with your hands.

Make a snowman, oh so tall!

Stand tall and stretch your arms over your head.

Place a hat upon his head.

Pretend to put a hat on your head.

Give him buttons that are red.

Point to the buttons on your shirt.

Use some coal to make his eyes.

Point to your eyes.

You can do it if you try!

Next he needs a carrot nose.

Point to your nose.

Where will we get one of those?

Shrug shoulders and put your hands up.

Make a mouth and he’ll be done.

Use your index fingers to point to your smile.

Making snowmen is such fun!

Ring the Bells

Ringing bells

Sung to the tune of “Jimmy crack corn.”

Ring those bells and turn around

Ring those bells and turn around.

Ring those bells and turn around.

For Christmas time is near.

(repeat and change the words to any action)

Ring those bells and stomp your feet.

(Then we ended with…)

Ring those bells quietly.

Ring those bells quietly.

Ring those bells quietly.

For Christmas time is near.

What Goes Twinkle in the Night?

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Twinkle, twinkle star so bright.

What goes twinkle in the night?

Twinkle, twinkle candle light.

What goes twinkle in the night?

Twinkling is a beautiful sight.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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We wish you a Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year!

Let’s all do a little clapping,

Let’s all do a little clapping,

Let’s all do a little clapping,

To spread Christmas cheer!

Repeat “We wish you a Merry Christmas” 3x, then add other action verses such as jumping, stomping, or turning, alternating with “We wish you a Merry Christmas.”

Four Little Bells

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Four little bells,

Silver and round,

Each one makes a different sound.

Bell number one…

Ring-a-ling-a-ling!

Bell number two…

Ding-a-ling-a-ling!

Bell number three…

Ding-ding-dong!

Bell number four…

Bing-bang-bong!

Ring-a-ling-a-ling!

Ding-a-ling-a-ling!

Ding-ding-dong!

Bing-bang-bong!

Ten Little Candy Canes

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Ten little candy canes,

With stripes of red and white.

I’ll lick, lick, lick, and

Chomp, chomp, chomp!

And one goes out of sight.

Repeat in descending order until there are no candy canes left.  Then rub your tummy and say,

Yummy!

The Reindeer Pokey

Reindeer

You put your right hoof in,

You put your right hoof out.

You put your right hoof in,

and you shake it all about!

You do the reindeer pokey,

and you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about!

Continue with left hoof, right antler (using hands on head), left antler, tail, and red nose.

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Candy cane play all around the clasroom

Candy canes are a fantastic way to bring multi-sensory experiences into the classroom!  They smell good, are yummy to eat, and provide so much inspiration for activities all around the classroom…

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The stripes on a candy cane are super simple for preschoolers to recreate, making candy cane art an obvious choice for teachers.  This candy cane art even smells like peppermints…

Candy Cane Art

Did you know that you can make glitter out of candy canes?  We used our candy cane glitter to decorate paper Christmas stockings…

Candy Cane Glitter

Math

In our classroom, we can take just about any item and turn it into a math lesson.  It was no wonder that these great candy cane ornaments were used to explore several different math concepts with our pre-k children…

Candy Cane Math

Felt Board

These simple felt candy canes are so festive that they can be used on your felt board all season long…

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Science

Our children love a good science experiment!  This candy cane science lesson was fun and our children really enjoyed it…

Candy Cane Science

Sensory and Light Table

I’m sure you’ve seen these plastic tubes filled with various candies at the grocery  store.  Well, we emptied them out and made candy cane sensory tubes.  They are really cool to explore and soothing to play with, like a discovery bottle.  And they can also be used on the light table…

Candy Cane Sensory Tubes

Fine Motor

Those candy cane tubes can be used in so many interesting ways around the classroom.  Here is just one more way to use them for building fine motor skills

Candy Cane Paper Play

Play Dough

Play dough is always a popular activity in our class!  The addition of peppermint extract makes this candy cane play dough even more enticing…

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Circle Time Games

Our children just adore large group games where everyone gets a chance to be the center of attention.  This candy cane game was so simple to play, but so much fun…

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Well, there you have it!  Lots of candy cane inspiration for all around the classroom.  Now, I wonder what we will be inspired to do next…

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10 ways to manage holiday stress in the classroom

As we begin our holiday season here at Teach Preschool, we are reminded of the many ways our lives can feel stressful.  We’ve compiled a list of ten ways to reduce your classroom stress during this holiday season…

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1. Plan ahead:  Almost all teachers will have their students create some sort of gift for parents.  Determine what supplies you will need for your gift, wrapping, and cards.  Purchase your supplies well in advance to avoid the hassle of running from craft store to craft store at the last minute.

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2. Set your sights at preschool level: If all of the beautiful blogs and Pinterest posts give you inspiration to create new activities and crafts for your classroom, then look all you want.  If, however, you start to feel overwhelmed or inadequate in any way, then walk away and use the resources and ideas you already have. Remember, most of the beautiful and flawless ideas you see online are made by grown-ups and not by a large group of preschoolers.

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3.  Keep it fun and simple:  If you are making gifts, let it be fun and don’t choose something so complex that you end up doing all the work. Keep it simple and child-made!

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4.  Give yourself the gift of time:  Once you are ready to tackle the gift creating process, take it one day at a time.  If your gift involves paint or glue, be sure to give it a day or two to dry before you do your wrapping.  There is no need to make gifts, cards, and wrapping paper all in one day.  Spread it out throughout the week and be sure to make arrangements for children who will inevitably be absent during this time.

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5.  Put classroom issues on the back burner, at least temporarily:  Having trouble getting your children to share or clean up?  Are you struggling to get your children’s attention during circle time?  Don’t sweat it!  As long as the children are safe in your care, small issues can wait until the holidays are passed.  Think of the New Year as a fresh start for everyone.

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6.  Plan for fun:  This time of the year can feel chaotic, with the children being a bit more ramped up than usual.  Continue to maintain your regular classroom routine and schedule, while adding in fun holiday themed elements through center play and circle times.  If you are planning a special day with a party or completely different routine, try to schedule it for the last day before break.

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7.  Don’t let the holidays get you down:  If you aren’t able to celebrate the holidays in your classroom, there are plenty of other ways to explore the season without it being holiday oriented. Winter is a wonderful time to explore snow and ice, hibernation, winter animals, and even baking.  Rather than focusing on what you can’t do, challenge yourself to make the best out of what you CAN do.

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8.  Don’t be a slave to tradition:  Don’t feel as though you have to do everything that you or your fellow teachers have always done in the past. If time or money is an issue, then give yourself a break. The children will never know otherwise.

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9.  Get outdoors as much as possible:  With all the excitement of the holidays, young children need to be able to go outside and run! It may be cold but time spent outside enjoying the fresh air every day will help everyone feel happier.  It will also help curtail a little bit of the classroom rambunctiousness that comes along with the holidays.

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10. Take care of yourself:  Holidays in the classroom are fun! It is often the shopping, wrapping, and baking outside the classroom that can be stressful. Take time to relax. Schedule a time for you to get your hair or nails done or to have coffee with a friend.  After all, you can’t be your best in the classroom if you aren’t taking good care of yourself.

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Now it’s your turn…

Do you have any other tips for reducing classroom stress that you can share? Leave us your tips in the comments below!

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By | December 1st, 2013|Categories: Christmas, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , |6 Comments

A gift for the teacher

Every school year, my students (and their parents) bring me all kinds of wonderful gifts for Christmas. Each gift, no matter how simple or how elaborate, is a gesture of  teacher appreciation that is very meaningful to me…

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In addition to the gifts I receive for Christmas, I am always keenly aware that each day when my students show up for preschool that this is a gift of trust and time…

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Thank you to my parents for the gifts of appreciation as well as the gift of trust and time with your children.

I am truly blessed!

~Deborah

And to all my loyal readers….

May your teaching experience

be blessed all through the New Year!

By | December 24th, 2012|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , |6 Comments

Holiday in a box

I find that at the end of any holiday we celebrate at home or in my classroom, I often have a variety of different objects left over. A fun and simple way to use up those holiday left-overs is to invite your students to make their very own “Holiday in a Box!”…

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To make a holiday in a box, you will need a box to start with.  In the past, we have used shoe-box lids and cardboard jewelry boxes.  This year, we used some left-over square gift boxes. We used both the bottom and the top of each box as a holiday box…

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Oh, and to go along with our holiday boxes, we read the book “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell!” by Lucille Colandro.  This book ties in nicely since it seems the old lady likes to swallow many of the things we used in our holiday boxes…

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To fill our holiday boxes, we used items that we had on hand like bows, bells, candy canes, ribbon, ornaments, and glue. You can modify the objects you collect and set out to represent the holiday(s) your are celebrating in your own classroom…

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To make the holiday boxes, the children set their boxes up at one table and made a large puddle of glue into the box…

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Next, the children tilted their boxes different directions until the glue covered the entire bottom of the box…

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I would say that the amount of glue varied in each box but we added enough so that the holiday objects would sit down into the glue just a little bit…

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Once the children added the glue to their boxes, then the children went to the other table to select what they wanted to put inside their boxes.  To slow the children down just a bit and to get them to think about what they wanted in their boxes, I told the children they could only select one item at a time from the table to put in their box then they could go back again and select another and so on…

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As the children added things to the glue in their holiday boxes, they took their time to decide where they wanted the items to lay. In other words, they made their own designs…

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We have done these types of glue boxes before so my students have a good grasp on what it means to take time to think about where they want things to go in their boxes rather than just rushing around and tossing things any old place in the box…

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Once the children added their items to their holiday boxes, we set them aside to dry for a few days.  The length of time for drying will depend on how much glue the children used to begin with.  I find that if I set the boxes up where they are not laying completely flat on the floor, they will dry faster…

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Here are a couple of our completed boxes…

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And this is a set of our holiday in a box after they were almost completely dry (a few still had a little bit of wet glue dripping when we set them up on the shelf). Once the holiday boxes are all up where we can see them, we can play the “I Spy” game!…

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Here are a few other glue boxes we made…

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And this is the holiday boxes made by The Seeds Network last year…

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Christmas Party Games for Preschoolers

We had our annual Christmas party today and it was a whirlwind of activity, wrapping paper, pajamas, pancakes and a few simple games that I thought I would pass along to you – just in case you are in need of a couple of last minute ideas…

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Ornament Toss

I made an ornament toss game out of a big box (found at the local recycle center). I painted a Christmas tree on the box with liquid tempera paint and cut a few holes in the box large enough for our unbreakable ornaments to fall through…

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The back of the box was left open so the children could lift the box to take the ornaments back out and play again.  I put a soft sheet of foam on the ground to keep the ornaments from making a loud crashing sound every time one dropped through the box and landed on the hard tile. The foam sheet also helped mark where to place the box when the children set it back down to play again…

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I also had an easel that was left standing just in front of the ornament game for the children to keep “score”.  They could place a mark next to their name each time an ornament went into the hole. The children however, didn’t actually keep close track – they just put as many marks next to their name as they liked…

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This was an easy game for the children to stop by throughout the morning and play whenever they wished and pretty much any way they wished…

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Gift Box Game

The gift box game was played as a large group.  I wrapped a large box (also picked up from the recycle center) so it looked like a really big gift. The children found the box sitting with gifts on top of it when they came into the classroom.  The children were anxious to find out what was in that box…

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Before playing our game, I let the children guess what they thought might be in the box.  We had some great guesses including a television, a computer, and a new kitchen for our housekeeping center. But when I lifted up the box, the children discovered it was actually a big empty box. To play the game, one child left the group to hide his or her eyes then we chose someone from the group to hide under the box.  Then the first child came back and had to guess who was missing from the group…

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The children loved taking a turn to hide under the box and it was quite challenging trying to figure out who was missing from our group.  We gave lots of hints as to who might be in the box (and often even mentioned the name of who was under the box – just to help out a little of course). I let each child choose if they would like to hide inside the box or not just in case someone didn’t feel comfortable but everyone wanted a turn.  I also kept the game moving along so no one stayed under the box too long…

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For independent play, the children liked to hide objects under the box and some of the children just wanted to hide inside the box on their own.  The only rules were that no one could pound on the box or hold the box down while someone was inside the box.  We didn’t have any problems but just to be on the safe side, I did make those two rules…

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Pass the Bow

We used this game to help the children pick a present from our gift exchange under the tree. To play the game, the children passed the bows around the circle while we all sang (well mostly I sang) Jingle Bells.  When the singing stopped, whoever was holding a bow went to pick a present under the tree then brought it back to the circle and put it in their lap…

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I used two bows so I didn’t end up with just one child still waiting to pick a present and so the children didn’t have to wait so long to get a gift.  I stopped singing systematically so that the bow would always land on someone who didn’t yet have a gift in their lap…

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Once the children all had a gift – they jumped right in opening them up! Oh the excitement of it all!

Stocking Jounals

At the table, the children found construction paper stockings, glue, scissors, cotton balls, scraps of gift wrap, and crayons to decorate and use as a stocking journal….

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The children were invited to draw pictures of things that go into a stocking.  Not every child chose to make a stocking journal because we had so many things going on all day and some children chose to take a journal home to decorate and draw in instead…

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Some of the children asked the teachers to label their objects in their journal as well…

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As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, this was a pajama and pancake party too so we definitely had to make our own pancakes. The children helped mix up a batch of pancake batter then Mrs. Courtney put the pancake batter into squeeze bottles for the children to squeeze out their own pancakes on the griddle.  We didn’t let the children do any more of the cooking part because the griddle was too hot…

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The children were curious  if the pancakes would taste different because of the different colors but they soon discovered that the pancakes all tasted the same…

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These were just a few highlights of our Christmas/Pajama/Pancake party that I thought might be helpful in your own planning!

Christmas games and activities by Teach Preschool

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By | December 21st, 2012|Categories: Christmas, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments