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1-2-3 Come Do A Reindeer Christmas Craft With Me

reindeer crafts, Christmas crafts, hand print crafts, December writing prompts, December bulletin board ideas, Christmas writing promptsI wanted to do a keepsake craft with my grandchildren, that I knew my daughter would love, so I traced one hand on a folded sheet of dark brown construction paper. 

This way, I cut once, and had two hand prints for each child.  They glued these "antlers" to a reindeer head that they enjoyed coloring. 

reindeer crafts, Christmas crafts, hand print crafts, December writing prompts, December bulletin board ideas, Christmas writing promptsThe “hand print” reindeer turned out so cute, that I thought I’d turn them into something teachers could do as well. Thus a new Christmas Craftivity packet emerged.

The craft is simple, quick and a whole lot of fun.

As you can see by the samples, completed projects make an adorable bulletin board too.

reindeer crafts, Christmas crafts, hand print crafts, December writing prompts, December bulletin board ideas, Christmas writing promptsI’ve included several posters to add a bit of pizzazz to your display. 

There are a few to use with the writing prompts, as well as two others that you can hang up with just the reindeer craft, if you opt to only do that.

There are a variety of “print & go” reindeer patterns to choose from.

Pick which is most appropriate for your students.

Younger children can simply do the reindeer craft. 

reindeer crafts, Christmas crafts, hand print crafts, December writing prompts, December bulletin board ideas, Christmas writing promptsMy Y5s absolutely love glitter, so I often use it as a positive, behavior-modification tool.

(If you're focused and on task, when you complete your project, you get to visit the "glitter station"), which I manage. Keeping everything inside a copy paper, box lid, provides easy clean up with no mess.

That splash of red glitter really adds the "Wow!" effect.

reindeer crafts, Christmas crafts, hand print crafts, December writing prompts, December bulletin board ideas, Christmas writing promptsWiggle eyes are another way to add to the "cuteness factor".  My granddaughter chose two different sizes, which added extra whimsy, so when I created the packet, I included several sizes of "eyeball" patterns. 

You can see by the photographs, that the same reindeer takes on a whole different look, depending on the placement of the eyes.

reindeer crafts, Christmas crafts, hand print crafts, December writing prompts, December bulletin board ideas, Christmas writing promptsAdding a sprig of holly, then bending the leaves up, provides a bit of 3D pizzazz; as does pressing on some flat-backed jewels. 

reindeer crafts, Christmas crafts, hand print crafts, December writing prompts, December bulletin board ideas, Christmas writing promptsTo extend the craftivity, older students can practice their “point of view” writing skills.

Students pretend to be a reindeer, and think of something the animal might say if they could actually talk.

reindeer crafts, Christmas crafts, hand print crafts, December writing prompts, December bulletin board ideas, Christmas writing promptsThis is a lot of fun, which results in some really silly & hilarious chatter.

I've included three,"speech bubble" templates for you to choose from, as well as patterns with my completed samples, so that teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share.

Samples not only help explain things, but really are a catalyst for excitement.

Since older students don't get to do many "crafty" things, they are especially excited to get down to the business of writing, when you toss in a little art into the activity.

They also do a particularly fine job, when they know their work will be hanging in the hall.

For that "finishing touch", have students practice an AB-AB (red-green) color pattern, by writing with two different color markers, which really adds extra pizzazz.

For added fun, play some Christmas music while children work. My students often sing along.

reindeer crafts, counting booklet, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, Today's featured FREEBIE is another reindeer craft. This one is called, "You Can Count on Rudolph".

Students trace & write the numbered, circle-shaped pages, to make a "Rudolph's Nose" counting booklet.

There are patterns for counting by 1's to 20, counting backwards from 10 to 0 or 20 to 0, plus skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. 

I've also included a "red-hot" cinnamon treat, counting activity too.

reindeer crafts, Christmas crafts, hand print crafts, December writing prompts, December bulletin board ideas, Christmas writing promptsWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

The snow is gently falling, which really puts me in the mood to decorate. 

Wishing you a warm and cozy day.

"...He puzzled and puzzled 'til his puzzle was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadnt before.  Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Christmas, perhaps means a little bit more. "

From: "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss

1-2-3 Come Do Some Reindeer-Themed "Craftivities" With Me

 santa crafts, santa activities, counting down to christmas activities, countdown activities, reindeer crafts, wreath crafts, hand and foot reindeer craft, handprint reindeer antler crafts, handprint poems, fingerprint poems, finger print poems, hand print crafts, christmas crafts, christmas gifts for kids to make, kid made christmas gifts, kids crafts for christmas, shape activities, rudolph activities, shape slider, reindeer lunch bag puppet, finger print wreaths, secondary color mixing activities"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.

This paper bag puppet is terrific for interactive play during a reading of many December stories featuring reindeer characters! Click on the link to view/download the Lunch Bag Reindeer.

santa crafts, santa activities, counting down to christmas activities, countdown activities, reindeer crafts, wreath crafts, hand and foot reindeer craft, handprint reindeer antler crafts, handprint poems, fingerprint poems, finger print poems, hand print crafts, christmas crafts, christmas gifts for kids to make, kid made christmas gifts, kids crafts for christmas, shape activities, rudolph activities, shape slider, reindeer lunch bag puppet, finger print wreaths, secondary color mixing activitiesMy 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. 

santa crafts, santa activities, counting down to christmas activities, countdown activities, reindeer crafts, wreath crafts, hand and foot reindeer craft, handprint reindeer antler crafts, handprint poems, fingerprint poems, finger print poems, hand print crafts, christmas crafts, christmas gifts for kids to make, kid made christmas gifts, kids crafts for christmas, shape activities, rudolph activities, shape slider, reindeer lunch bag puppet, finger print wreaths, secondary color mixing activitiesAlso 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

santa crafts, santa activities, counting down to christmas activities, countdown activities, reindeer crafts, wreath crafts, hand and foot reindeer craft, handprint reindeer antler crafts, handprint poems, fingerprint poems, finger print poems, hand print crafts, christmas crafts, christmas gifts for kids to make, kid made christmas gifts, kids crafts for christmas, shape activities, rudolph activities, shape slider, reindeer lunch bag puppet, finger print wreaths, secondary color mixing activitiesThe 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. 

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, 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. 

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, 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. 

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core 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.

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, 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.

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, 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.

reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer games, common core reindeerThanks 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

1-2-3 Come Do Some Reindeer "Craftivities" With Me

On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen; you too Rudolph. I wanted to finish up with reindeer-themed activities, by sharing 2 revamped favorites, + 2 new FREEBIES.

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, If you're looking for an inexpensive 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: "9 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!"

If you'd like to have your students make this as a gift for their family, have them make a thumb print reindeer and sign it from their little "dear." Click on the link to view/print Chocolate Reindeer Noses. 

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, Keeping the nose thing going, I also designed The Shape Of My Reindeer's Nose booklet. This is the perfect language arts extension for the reindeer shape sliders from yesterday's post.

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. 

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core 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.

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, 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.

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, I've also included a red-hot cinnamon "reindeer noses" counting activity in this packet as well. Click on the link to view/download the Counting On Rudolph packet.

chocolate reindeer noses treat, chocolate reindeer noses poem, red hot candy reindeer noses, graphing activities, skip counting activities, counting backwards activities, reindeer color booklet, reindeer shape booklet, christmas crafts, christmas activities, reindeer activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer centers, reindeer counting, counting booklets, color word activities, shape word activities, common core reindeer, Thanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN away.  I design and blog daily, so I hope you can stop by again tomorrow for even more FREEBIES.

"Christmas is like the morning; every year we experience it as new, partly because of the magic of snow and sleighs; night silver light and the silhouette of Dancer against the moon." -Unknown

 

 

 

 

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