One of my favorite things about Christmas in the classroom is CRAFTING!
Last year I taught Kindergarten, and these were the parent gifts we made:
These jumbo glass ornaments featured reindeer thumbprints. PLUS students wrote a little story about their reindeer which we rolled up and placed inside the ornament. Then, I used colorful baker’s twine and attached a cute little poem.
This was my favorite! My hubby cut out 4 x4 blocks and distressed them. I took pictures of the students and used picmonkey to put either elf gear or Santa accessories on them. Then I modpodged the pictures to the front of the block and modpodged their Christmas wish on the back…in their own handwriting and with their own spelling. I again added colorful baker’s twine. I just loved what a sweet keepsake these were!
For the students, I presented a row of Christmas peeps on a stick with this fun gift tag:
We made reindeer boxes using brown kraft boxes, red pom poms, pipe cleaner antlers, and googly eyes. You can never have too many googly eyes! Inside the boxes, we placed these mini canvases (3 x 3) with handprint snowmen on them. I used a snowflake ribbon to create the hanger for them so they can be hung on the tree. They are ADORABLE!
We also made reindeer ornaments using card stock triangles, brown yarn, googly eyes, red pom poms, clothes pins and pipe cleaners. These were easy and fun to make! I think they are TOO CUTE! We wrote about our pet reindeer using a writing form from my Pet Reindeer packet on TPT. You also have the option to use the craft templates I included in the packet to make a paper reindeer…or you can do a reindeer directed drawing!
I placed the pet reindeer ornament and writing page inside a cellophane Christmas bag. Then I placed this baggie, our reindeer gift box, and our reindeer directed drawing inside a Christmas gift bag for students to present to their parents. They were really excited about giving them to Mom and Dad!
Here’s the packet on TPT if you want to check it out:
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