1-2-3 Come Do Some Reindeer-Themed "Craftivities" With Me
"Do you have any easy reindeer activities for younger students?" asked Emily from Colorado. I was happy to e-mail her back with a big "Yes!" While I was linking her up to a few of my favorites, I thought I'd feature some in today's blog article.
Reindeer are the perfect animals for making hand and foot print "craftivities." I've designed several keepsake cuties for you to choose from.
The Lunch Bag Reindeer is A wonderful keepsake art project that makes a great manipulative to whole group assess spatial directions, and body part identification.
My personal favorite reindeer "craftivity" is Rudy. His head is made by tracing a child's foot with their shoe on. The antlers of course are hand prints cut from a darker shade of brown construction paper.
Add a neck and wreath collar and you have an adorable keepsake. The poem I wrote on the collar reads: "These are my finger prints oh so small, that I left on your heart and every wall. This is my hand you used to hold, when I was only ____ years old."
Ribbon, wiggle eyes, a red pom pom nose and a photo of the child, add those finishing touches. Click on the link to view/download the Reindeer Hand and Foot Print Crafts.
Also in this packet is Reindeer Noses. These "Sliders" are a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess 2D shapes.
To review an ABAB pattern as well, have students alternate coloring the shapes red and black. Call out a shape; students slide to it and then hold their reindeer in the air.
Call on quiet students to continue to choose shapes 'til all have been reinforced. You can see at a glance who is is having difficulty. I'm designing
The last craftivity in the reindeer keepsake packet features a reindeer that students color. You can add wiggle eyes and a pom pom nose as well. Call students up to the painting center and paint their hand a dark shade of brown. Press to make antlers. On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen; you too Rudolph.
If you're looking for an inexpensive, quick and easy treat to give your kiddo's, I think you'll enjoy making a Snack Baggie filled with 8 chocolate reindeer noses + a red gum ball (Rudolph's nose.)
This is my version from several other Pinterest pins that I've seen. My poem reads: "Nine delicious reindeer noses from me. Packaged with lots of love and TLC. They come with happy smiles of joy to say--I hope you have a Merry Christmas Day!"
Students could also make this as a gift for their family. To make it extra special, have them make a reindeer with their thumb print and sign it from their little "dear." Click on the link to view/print Chocolate Reindeer Noses.
Keeping the nose thing going, I also designed The Shape Of My Reindeer's Nose booklet, which is perfect to do with the reindeer nose shape slider mentioned above.
You can cover a lot of Common Core State Standards, as students read, add end punctuation, underline capital letters; trace and write the shape word; trace and write the color word; trace the shape and then draw and color that shaped nose on the reindeer.
A graphing extension is also included, where students tell which shaped nose they liked the best. Click on the link to view/download The Shape Of My Reindeer's Nose.
Finally, I revamped "You Can Count On Rudolph" and included trace & write pages.
Students can count to 20, count backwards from 10 to 0 or 20 to 0, or skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's. and 10's.
I've also included a red-hot cinnamon "reindeer noses" counting activity in this packet as well.
My Y5's LOVED filling their own mini baggies. Click on the link to view/download the Counting On Rudolph packet.
Thanks for visiting. I have a mountain of cleaning to do today, as I put away Thanksgiving and fall decorations.
I'm excited to haul out the Christmas stuff. Wishing you an energy-filled day.
"Reindeer are not only for children; they are for grandmothers fond of watching the moon." -Unknown