December Check-In Board
For December I wanted something that could stay up through the whole month (after Christmas) so I went with an old time favorite of mine, Gingerbread Houses/Girls/ Boys. Draw a house and lots of candy etc onto a white poster board, laminate, then add magnetic strip. Click on the picture above for the template of Gingerbread girl and boy. The children move their gingerbread person to the gingerbread house. What Fun!
Christmas Tree Ornament
What you need:
• A picture of each child
• Red and Blue poster board
• Glue Sticks
• Glitter or sequences
What to do:
~ Cut out circles from blue poster board and ornament (front) out of red poster
~ Decorate the red part with
glitter or sequences
~ Put child's picture in the
middle and glue together.
~ Wrap in tissue paper for a
memorable present for Mom
Make this adorable Rudolph with hands and fingers! Paint on black eyes and red nose. Simple and cute!
Oh Christmas Tree!
Oh Christmas Tree!
Every year I make our own Christmas Tree in
the classroom using the children's hands and a string of lights from the Dollar Tree. I love how it looks (especially at nap time when its dark)
You Will Need:
•Green,Brown and Yellow
•3 Pieces of Poster board (2 white and 1 dark blue)
What to Do:
1) Fold green paper into four and trace child's hand onto the paper (you will need alot of hands) No need to write names on them. I try to get each child's hand trace 5-6 times so that I will have enough hands to
make the tree.
2) Cut out the hands (I know its time consuming) I do this during nap time.
3)The poster board will be the background of the tree..as you can see in the picture I have the background as "snow" with a little bit of night sky (dark blue poster board) be
creative. I taped the poster boards together on the backside longways.
3) Glue the hands starting at the bottom
(leave room for tree trunk) one line at a
time. the next line of hands should be a tad bit shorter and layered on top of the one below. Keep doing this until you have a "triangle"
4) Cut out a star and add glitter to it,
place on top using glue.
5) Cut out a tree trunk and glue to bottom
6) After the tree is dry string the lights using clear tape to hold in place. The end of the lights will pop through the star from behind. (poke a hole for each light to come through)
Go to the bakery section of your local grocery store and ask for the tin pans they use for cinnabuns etc (usually hold about 6 or so). Cut out the shape of a Gingerbread man from brown foam and glue onto the pan. Decorate.
Create this wreath by cutting out the center of a large paper plate. Tear pieces of construction paper and glue to plate like shown. Add tissue paper for berries.
Trace and cut out hands from green construction paper and glue like shown to a large paper plate (cut out center) and add red tissue paper for berries (or torn pieces of red paper).
Cut out the center of a small paper plate. Crumple up green tissue paper for wreath and red for the berries. Glue to plate like shown.
Trace hand onto green constuction paper and cut out. Glue hands around a picture like shown to create a beautiful wreath! Add glitter to make
Tape 4 craft sticks together and paint brown. Paint two additional craft sticks brown and attach like shown. Add googly eyes
and a nose made from foam or construction paper. Draw mouth with a sharpie. Attach
magnet to back.
Baby Food Jar Reindeer
Squirt brown paint into the jar, replace lid and shake. Use a brown sharpie to color the lid. Using a glue gun assist the
children with attaching the eyes, nose and antlers (made from brown pipe
Let's Feed The Reindeer!
Combine Quaker Oats and glitter in a large mixing bowl and have each child fill a baby food jar with the special reindeer food. Attach lid and use a brown sharpie to color the lid. Using a glue gun assist child with attaching the
eyes, nose, and antlers. Attach a small card using ribbon with the following on it:
On Christmas Eve when the stars are bright,
leave these oats within the reindeers sight.
The glitter will sparkle, it will bring them near,
and the jingle of sleigh bells you just might
Hand Print Angel
Paint hand white and press down onto dark blue paper like shown. Add glitter while it is still wet. Cut out a circle from whit construction paper and color. Attach like above. Add hair with tissue paper or yarn. Make halo using glue and glitter.
What you need:
• Red,peach and white paint
What to do:
• paint the fingers white (beard)
• paint the thumb and top part of the hand red (hat)
• paint the "middle" peach (face)
• add eyes and nose with a marker
Triangle Christmas Tree
Create this simple tree by gluing the triangles from largest to smallest on top of eachother onto a piece of paper. Decorate, add a star and trunk.(click on picture
Paper Towel Roll Christmas Tree
• Cut a paper towel roll in half. Paint 3/4 of roll green and 1/4 brown, dry. Cut out a green triangle and a yellow star out of construction paper, Cut a slit on both sides to put the triangle down into. Decorate.
Paper Plate Santa Mask
What You Need:
• paper plate
• red construction paper
• peach paint
• cotton balls
• red pom pom
What to do:
• cut out eyes from paper plate
• paint plate with peach paint
• glue cotton balls on for beard
• cut out a hat from red construction paper and glue cotton balls onto it as shown
• add pom pom for nose
Paper Plate Gingerbread Man
Use a large paper plate,construction paper,yarn,googly eyes,and pom poms to create this adorable gingerbread boy!
Hand Print Christmas Tree
Paint hand and form a Christmas like shown. Add ornaments using glitter etc.
Paper Plate Santa Caterpillar
Paint four small paper plates red, connect with a hole puncher and yarn. Attach a white paper plate for the head. Cut out boots from black construction paper and a hat from red construction paper. Add a pom pom for the nose and cotton balls for the beard and top of the hat. Add googly eyes.
Paper Towel Roll Angel
Cut a paper towel roll in half and paint it white. Use the angel wings template in the template tab and trace it onto white
construction paper, cut out and glue to the back of the paper towel roll as shown. Use a whit pipe cleaner for the halo. Cut out a circle for the face and color. Use another pipe cleaner for her hair.
Gingerbread Man In Disguise
Send home a gingerbread man cut out like below made from poster board and have the children "disguise" him so he will not be eaten!
Paint hand and press down onto a large piece of white construction paper like shown to form a wreath. Allow to dry, add berries with fingerprints dipped into red paint, and cut out.
Cut head from brown foam, add eyes, pom pom nose, and antlers made from pipe cleaners. Attach to popsicle stick.
Tape together glue sticks like shown and paint white (beard). Paint 2 craft sticks red and one more white for the hat. Glue hat to a piece of foam or construction paper like shown. Color a circle "peach" and attach behind like shown. Add white pom pom for top of hat and googly eyes. Use a sharpie for the nose.
Use a glue gun and assist the children in
attaching peppermints to a lifesaver roll of candy like shown. Add a caramel square then a hershey kiss like above. Tape or glue ribbon for hanging.
Christmas Tea Light Baby Food Jar
Water down elmer's glue and paint onto a baby food
jar. Attach green and red squares of tissue paper and allow to dry. Place a tea
light (one that is run on batteries and you can turn off and on) in the jar. Makes a beautiful table decoration.