Make a classroom elf of your own, or use this as an individual behavior modification technique and have each child make one. The body is made out of a decorative lunch bag. Children add tally marks for staying focused, completing tasks, behaving etc.
Choose a keepsake reindeer for your kiddo's to make by tracing their foot with their shoe on. Antlers are made from their hand prints. One reindeer is a slider and reviews 2D shapes.
Teach secondary colors by having students mix yellow and blue to make a green wreath. When dry, they add red finger-print holly berries, a bow and a poem in the center.
Make a single one for your class and have a different child glue a cotton ball to the appropriate number each day, using a glue dot, or run off a Santa for each student and set this up as a daily center on a TV tray.
Countdown the days of December with this sweet finger print wreath, sure to become a keepsake.
A nice alternative to making a graham cracker gingerbread house. Children color, cut and glue a variety of clip art choices to a brown paper bag. Lightly stuff with tissue to make this 3D. Makes a sweet bulletin board too. Add puffy paint, glitter glue, stickers and a child's photo in the window for that extra bit of pizzazz.
Have your students pretend to become the gingerbread man and fill in the blanks on the girl or boy writing prompt page. To make things more believable, and to practice research skills, encourage students to include factual information about the place they want to run to, using lots of description in their "ed-venture". Have students do a rough draft and underline their adjectives to make sure they have enough. To help explain what you want your students to do, I've included a completed sample.
Have students make an ABAB, AABAA ABBA or AABB pattern with red and green paper links. Older students can make a chain of 25 to countdown to Christmas, or less links to count down to vacation.
Practice and review all sorts of number patterns. Choose if you want your students to work on counting from 1-20; counting backwards from 10 to 0 or 20 to 0; or skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, or 10's.