Today I made christmas trees out of hymnal pages. My mother and I wanted to add a little more decoration to our homemade centerpiece. I have seen pages in books or hymnals used to make flowers (which I am not good at making) but since it “tis the season” for Christmas trees I thought of a unique way to add a little rustic edge to the centerpiece. As I was creating the centerpiece I found that it would be a great project for preschoolers to use in the classroom. My materials are simple: paper and a toothpick. I simply cut out a christmas tree, folded it like an accordion, and poked it with the toothpick in each fold till it was threaded through completely. I poked the the tree into our centerpiece adding the special touch that it needed. Preschool children can use construction paper and poke holes with pencils for a more gross motor appropriate project.
A wonderful book to read after Christmas is called “The After-Christmas Tree” by Linda Wagner Tyler. The story is about what to do after the Christmas tree decorations are down. The children in the book kept the christmas spirit by decorating the tree with items to feed birds and other animals.
After you have read the book during group time, the students can make their own ornaments to feed the birds and animals outside.
I am one of those strange people that like seeing Christmas decorations way after Christmas has passed. Although, Christmas is over and all the presents are unwrapped from underneath the tree I will still post Christmas ideas to use in a preschool classroom. The ideas can be used for next year when ole Saint Nick decides to come back around or updated into a current classroom theme. That is the neat thing about creativity it can change! If any of the readers out there have any suggestions on different ways to change Christmas crafts, songs, and recipes into something more relatable into the new year feel free to comment below.
Still want the kids to do fun crafts and treats check out this blog! Cute Kids and Preschool Christmas Crafts has some really neat ideas about how to keep children busy even though winter break is not over.
My favorite thing about Christmas is looking at the Christmas lights. My strongest memories as a child are simply my family and I riding around town while looking at the different Christmas lights on people’s houses.
Having lights incorporated into the classroom decorations can help children be more engaged in Christmas themed activities, bring excitement while learning fundamentals, and can be a new culture experience for multicultural children.
I sure am going to miss this beautiful tree when it’s gone!
Christmas is really for kids. My class is really excited. To hype up their anticipation, we made these crafts and it was very rewarding to see the smiles on their faces when they proudly presented their finished products.
So the last weekend before Christmas has come and gone; what a wonderful whirl wind it has been! We packed our weekend full of Christmas baking, ginger bread house decorating and a few holiday movies! So just incase you are finishing your Christmas baking in these last few days before Christmas (like me!), here are a few of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes!
Christmas is a time when everywhere you look you see sparkling lights, beautiful colors of green, red, gold, or unique characters to hang on the tree. It is a creative and festive time of year where people, like myself, enjoy creating things from scratch. Anything from baking, homemade wreaths, to simply wrapping presents can make this time of year really special. Taking the time to wrap a present with a special bow or tag can say to someone you care about, “Hey! I could of paid someone to do this or thrown it in a bag but I wanted to give you something special this year “. Continue reading Christmas is Magic→
I found an old vintage cookbook my mother had bought (many years ago) in my bookcase. It was published by Parents Magazine in 1975 and have unique recipes that young children can help make. This has to be my favorite children’s cookbook not just because of the sentimental value but the pictures inside seem as if it tells a story along with the recipe. This would be a wonderful idea to help children engage more with the recipe.
Here are two recipes inside that you could make with your classroom during the Christmas season.
This recipe has some spanish translation for the dual learners or bilingual speaking children.
Cooking can build autonomy and help build gross motor skills. What better way to learn then to make christmas tree biscuits. These delicious treats are not only cute but can be help children understand different measurements as well.
250g butter, softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups plain flour
100g dark chocolate, melted
1 packet of Jaffa lollies, to decorate
1 tablespoon icing sugar, to dust
Cream the butter and sugar together with a spoon in a bowl or use an electric mixer.
Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the flour and mix until a smooth dough forms. Divide the dough into three. Wrap the dough portions separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Roll each piece of dough between two pieces of baking paper until 5mm thick. Use three different sized star shapes to cut 4 biscuits of each size. You will need to roll each piece of dough out 2-3 times to get all the biscuits.
Place biscuits on baking trays and cook for 10-15 minutes until golden. I do this in two batches. Cool biscuits on wire racks.
Dip Jaffas in melted chocolate and carefully stick ‘baubles’ on the tree branches. Stick on as many as you (or the kids) like. Place icing sugar in a tea strainer and use a teaspoon to dust ‘snow’ onto trees.
For each tree, place one large star on a flat surface, place a small amount of melted chocolate on the biscuit and top with another large star, slightly off line with the one below. Continue with using the chocolate to stick on progressively smaller biscuits.
While the method is a bit lengthy for this recipe, the biscuits are really quite easy to make and the kids will love constructing the trees.
Almost as much as they will love eating them! I placed a tree in the middle of the table when we had some friends over and the kids took turns twisting off a couple of layers. Great fun.
I make these gluten-free using gluten-free plain flour (e.g. Orgran or White Wings).