December is upon us; I think I can hear sleigh bells off in the distance. Old Saint Nick will be visiting young boys and girls around the world sooner than later, so you know what that means, right? Time for all the teachers to start decorating their classrooms!
Sometimes it can hard to come up with a few ideas, especially new ones! A lot of us end up doing the old same old crafts year after year. Here are a few examples of the things you can do, for low cost, that your students will have a blast making!
The Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree
Save Popsicle sticks in the months leading up to Christmas. If you don`t have enough, start dishing them out as rewards. The children will love it!
Make sure each student has three in total.
Have the students paint them green.
Cut out little rectangle pieces of brown construction paper and give one to each student.
Glue the three Popsicle sticks together by the ends, making a complete and enclosed triangle.
Glue the brown rectangular construction paper piece in the middle of on of the sticks and jutting away from the triangle. This will be the base of the tree.
Glue multi-colored puffballs in random intervals around the triangle. These do a great job of representing Christmas ornaments.
Tie a small string around the peak of the tree. You can now hang it on a real Christmas tree, the wall of your classroom, or wherever you like!
Find and purchase some cheap puzzles. You might even have some lying around or have a friend willing to donate some.
Give each student five pieces. Don`t use the edge pieces.
Color all five pieces brown or beige.
Attach too pieces together (It`s OK if it`s not a perfect fit!) and place a little glue on the backside to hold them together permanently.
Glue them to the bottom half of a third piece. This new piece should be half underneath the original two.
Glue the remaining two pieces on the last piece and on an upward angle.
Glue two fake eyes to the center.
On the bottom tip, glue a red ball or puffball, to represent Rudolph`s big red nose.
Tie a string in a loop, and glue it to the back between the two antler pieces.
Rudolph is ready for the tree!
Sight Word Christmas Tree Puzzle
Cut a small rectangular piece of brown construction paper. (This will be the tree trunk)
Cut a triangular piece of green construction paper. (This will be the body of the tree)
Write the target sight word on the brown rectangle that represents the tree`s trunk. Here is a list of some sight words to get you started; see, do, all, on, it, in, go, to, at, is, you, can, the, and, not.)
Cut the green triangle, that represents the body of the tree, into equal size pieces, debating on the amount of letters your chosen sight word contains.
Write each letter of the chosen sight word in the corresponding piece of tree.
Students now have to pick a trunk and then complete the tree puzzle by using the trunk as a reference.