Even while we were focusing on our letters each morning, the classroom was filled to the brim with lots and lots of Christmas fun! The first week in December the children walked into the art room to find Playmobil Santa had landed in our art room on a pile of white cloud dough! The cloud dough was filled with silver glitter for some added sparkle.
The tables were filled with fun invitation to decorate Christmas trees in a few different ways. We had a felt tree, a tree on the old Light Brite, and a mini Christmas tree with little ornaments. They got a chance to decorate and re-decorate their trees throughout December.
For some themed sensory play we had a large tub filled with fake snow. Then I filled it to the brim with snowman cups, Christmas goodies, and present boxes.
We also had fun digging into the hot chocolate sensory tub. I dyed rice brown last year and also added chocolate extract to made it smell like cocoa. I was surprised to find that the rice still smelled great when I opened the bag from last winter! I added some holiday spatulas, cotton balls for marshmallows, and cups and plates.
We also had a lot of fun working with a new art process. Buggy and Buddy highlighted this technique on her website, and I thought it looked fun and the end product was beautiful. First we filled a tray with Sta-Flo (liquid starch). Then each child dropped acrylic paint onto the Sta-Flo starch. After swirling the paint around on the pan each child laid their watercolor paper onto of the starch. It was quite drippy and messy, but we embraced it! After the papers dried I cut them into Christmas tree shapes, and we glued them down onto white paper. I thought the end product was lovely and each tree was so different.
We also made some Candy Cane puffy paint. We mixed glue and shaving cream and red watercolors for some puffy paintings.
We also found our names hidden inside of ornaments while we watercolored!
We also had fun celebrating L’s 5th birthday! Thanks to his mom for these fabulous Olaf and snowflake cookies!
The kids worked on these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments for their parents. I hope they were surprised when they opened their gifts! Each child planned out their tree, and they are each so different. I helped them with the sewing, but they quickly caught the hang of it. Then we sewed the tree closed and added stuffing to the inside. Of course they each wrapped up their tree for their parents to open.
I also saw this simple coloring idea on Buggy and Buddy. I made a sheet for each child and they added all of the details. E even added a string of lights behind her tree. They were really drawn to this activity. Sometimes coloring books have so many details, and think the simplicity of the coloring paper made it fun for them.
We also had some fun holiday themed learning trays, too. They worked on moving the holiday erasers into a gingerbread men muffin tray. They also got a chance to make icicle ornaments with these fun glittery pipe cleaners.
After reading The Grinch Who Stole Christmas we made some fun glitter “grinchy” gak. We loved exploring this glittery gak.
When they had so much fun filling the Christmas coloring pages, I left the invitation to fill in Christmas trees and gingerbread men on the chalk board. E went to town filling it out one morning.
All in all it was a very Happy Christmas in our classroom!