I'm no pro at this, but these are the ones we've done in my classroom. I'd love to hear of what you do too with your kids or students!
Time capsule ornament. I was racking my brain with what we could give the kids' parents for Christmas this year. I finally came up with the idea of a time capsule ornament. I ended up LOVING this project and will do it forever now. So easy and the kids were so excited about doing it. I had them write down 5 memories from 2011. I told them "no lame memories," because I'm mean like that. They wrote about vacations they went on, bones they broke and I even got, I had my first boyfriend :) Oh, to be 9.
P.S. We had zero glass bulb casualties. Jigga whatttt?? IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE.
Girls got cheetah bows (duh). Boys got stripes.
I had a few people text or email me about Sub for Santa and how we did it. I sign up for 2 kids every Christmas to sponsor. I love doing it and now incorporate my kids into the project. I tell them beforehand that I am paying for it, they just need to earn the money. I make a chart with 10 rows and 40 squares in each row. Each square represents a quarter and each row has $10. When I spot a kid being good, they color in a quarter. It's a great way to teach them about doing service in our community and we have the whole "pay it forward" chat. Sub for Santa is such an awesome program. You buy a child 2 outfits, 2 toys and a book for Christmas. It costs between $100-$150 per child.
You can sign up for a child here.
We wrote about our favorite Christmas tradition. It's nothing too extensive, just wanted them to get a little more editing practice in before the holidays.
This afternoon we listened to Christmas music and made Rudolf.
So now my classroom is covered head to toe in glitter. Glitter's a pain in the butt but it's a definite craft must-have during the holidays.
I'd love love to hear what things you do with your kids or students during the holidays! I'm always looking for fun and clever activities!