Excitement fills the air with fairy plums and sweet gumdrops! Your students are all pumped up for Christmas. It’s all they can think about or talk about and you want to give them the best Christmas party possible on a low budget without putting a strain on the student’s parents finances. Here are a few fun crafts and activities that will lead you in the right direction. Since schools are well equipped these days with computers in classrooms or libraries, this will be of great use for some of these arts and crafts, and activities.
Make Play Dough (bought Play Dough is fine as well) to use to make Christmas tree ornaments. Use cookie cutters, plastic if possible, to cut designs out of play dough once it has been rolled out into a thick circle. Use different colors to really jazz it up and trim with glitter glue.
Make Traditional Play Dough with your class to cut costs and ensure that all students can participate in this event. Here’s the recipe: 1 c flour, 1 c warm water, 2 t cream of tartar, 1 t oil, 1/4 c of salt, food coloring. Bring hot water in a thermos bottle or heat your water up in the teacher’s lounge’s microwave oven.
Make a Christmas gift. Make a bathroom fish display ornament. Here’s instructions to make a fish. Using a bar of Caress soap, Sweetheart Soap, or any soap shaped in the Caress shaped form, use 2 squares of mesh netting material (multiple colors), layer the different colored materials of different sizes and shapes of netting (make sure the square is large enough to cover the soap entirely), put soap in the center of netting. Gather together, twist end to make tail. Secure with a rubber band for the first layer making sure it’s tight. Add second layer of netting. Secure with a rubber band, pipe cleaner, or favorite hair ribbon (with ribbon cover rubber band and tie in a bow). Use large to medium sequins and straight pens or craft glue. Cover both sides of your soap entirely. Using goggle eyes or small buttons, make eyes on both sides of soap by gluing or securing with straight pens.
What party is complete without some fun activities? Here are three simple activities that you and your little elves will enjoy! With computers, we’re going to visit some fun sites. These sites are too cool: holidays.kaboose.com/christmas-books.html; freeprintables; allfreecrafts.
Give your little elves a Christmas letter from Santa or make e-mail letters to Santa: SantaGram; Santa-Clause; homeschooling; santas.
Play games for Christmas: clause (Favorite site of mine); kidzpage; thehoidayspot; familycrafts; marysfreebies.
Have tons and tons of fun! Merry Ho Ho Day!