Monthly Archives: December 2013

DIY Snowman Ornament

We always make a special ornament for the kids to take home for their parents.  Of course with Pinterest around…this is not such an easy task anymore!  There are so many options out there!  Unfortunately, supplies can tend to get very expensive and my budget around this time of year is really pinched.  Luckily the teachers on my team and I decided that we should just make ornaments with what we already have.  Since I have a giant box of popsicle sticks sitting in my cabinet, I started hunting for DIY ornaments for kids using popsicle sticks.  The one I fell in love with is here.

This might be one of the cutest ornaments we have made!

This might be one of the cutest ornaments we have made!

I think it turned out adorable!  I found a 32 pack of 4×6 foam from Dollar Tree for $1 and picked up a giant piece of white foam from Michael’s for $0.99!  Otherwise this project was free for me!  I already had paint and twine so it was only $1.99 for all 26 kids to make!  Not too shabby if I do say so myself!  I had fun making mine, so I know the kids will love it!  Check back for their creations later this week!

Materials:

Large popsicle sticks (7 per kid)

White foam

Colored foam or construction paper for hats and scarfs

Elmer’s glue

Paint or markers

Twine or ribbon

Directions:

Line up five popsicle sticks with two laying across to resemble a fence.  Set aside to dry.  I did mine and put it aside for a day to make sure it was dry before I messed with it.

Line up five popsicle sticks with two laying across to resemble a fence. Set aside to dry. I did mine and put it aside for a day to make sure it was dry before I messed with it.

Using a brush or sponge, paint the side of the first one and along the top and bottom of your "fence"

Using a brush or sponge, paint the side of the first one and along the top and bottom of your “fence”

Glue on your head and hat.  Get ready to decorate!  I cut my hats out on my Cricut, but they just as easily could make their own or trace a template.

Glue on your head and hat. Get ready to decorate! I cut my hats out on my Cricut, but they just as easily could make their own or trace a template.

Add your finishing touches and there he is!  I used paint for the eyes, mouth and buttons.  I used marker on the hat.

Add your finishing touches and there he is! I used paint for the eyes, mouth and buttons. I used marker on the hat, carrot, and scarf for more detail.  

 

 

 

Elfie

Our class tree!

Our class tree!

 

I cannot believe it is December!  Elfie is the newest member of our classroom.  He magically showed up the first day back from Thanksgiving Break!  You may be familiar with a book called The Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell.  The story is about this elf that is sent from the North Pole to watch over children until Christmas.  He or she goes back to the North Pole every night to tell Santa who is naughty and nice!  It is a fun book because he shows up in a different part of the room every morning and can tend to be a bit mischievous!  There is only one rule, you cannot touch him because if you do, he will lose his Christmas magic!

Day 1:  Hanging out in Ms. Nuckles' tree!

Day 1: Hanging out in Ms. Nuckles’ tree!

The book can be used at home with the little ones, but it is a great way to get the kids motivated to work these 3 crazy weeks before Christmas Break.  The first thing my kids are talking about is where Elfie is at and wondering how he got there!  There are a few elves in our school and it is fun listening to all of the chatter in the halls about what elves have been up to.  I have also got a kick out of hearing all of the different names the classes have come up with.  My favorite, besides ours has to be Mrs. Weihe’s elf, who is named Diesel!

Our elf just appeared one day and I did not say anything to the class, as I wanted them to see him on their own.  It took about an hour, but even when one of my boys noticed him, I just said that we would find out what he was doing there later.  Some teachers had more creative ways of introducing it.  One of my favorites, was Mrs. Call, who had the office call over the intercom that their class had a package.  She played along and acted clueless as to why they would have a package and the book was wrapped up.  Her elf showed up later that day.  I thought that was cute, but I had already done ours.  There is always next year!

After reading the book that comes with the elf, we had to name the elf right away.  We sat on the carpet and I let everyone that could think of a good name raise their hand and share.  I made a huge list on the SmartBoard.  We had a ton of really cute ideas.  I decided to pick 3 and let the kids cast their votes anonymously.  They cheered as I tallied the board with the results!  It was fun to see how excited they were when the one they voted for got a tally.

And the winner is...

And the winner is…

Day 2: Elfie is napping with the tissues.

Day 2: Elfie is napping with the tissues.

Day 3:  Elfie makes marshmallow snowflakes!

Day 3: Elfie makes marshmallow snowflakes!

Day 4: Elfie and his friends are reading a Christmas book!

Day 4: Elfie and his friends are reading a Christmas book!

Day 5:  Elfie goes ziplining!

Day 5: Elfie goes ziplining!

Day 6: Elfie builds a snowman!

Day 6: Elfie builds a snowman!

Day 7: Elfie leaves a note!  Elfie has had enough children not following directions.  He needed a break!  He told the  class to follow my directions for him to reappear.  My class was so sad!  They actually were pretty good that day!  During math we talked about how much we missed him.

Day 7:Elfie leaves a note!

Elfie has had enough children not following directions. He needed a break! He told the class to follow my directions for him to reappear. My class was so sad! They actually were pretty good that day! During math we talked about how much we missed him.  It was so funny when they had not found the note yet and they spent forever looking for him.  They were pretty bummed when they found the note.  They couldn’t figure out how he picked up a crayon and did it!  It was fun!

P.S.  Thank you Mrs. Wiehe for writing this up for me!  Though we almost got caught because we write our “L’s” the same!  I ensured them that Elfie must have liked how I write my “L’s” so he tried to do it too…but his loop at the bottom was longer than mine! 😉

Day 8:  Elfie chilling in a hot tub full of marshmallows!

Day 8: Elfie chilling in a hot tub full of marshmallows!

Day 9:  Elfie makes a paper airplane!

Day 9: Elfie makes a paper airplane!

This one is one of my favorites!  A big thank you to Mr. Sergio for folding up this sweet mini airplane for him.

Day 10: Elfie plays Scrabble.

Day 10: Elfie plays Scrabble.

Day 11: Elfie joins his elf friends!

Day 11: Elfie joins his elf friends!

 

Check back for more Elf on the Shelf ideas for your classroom!

If you are a teacher, go to Elf on a Shelf’s Teacher Resource Center for a FREE Elf on a Shelf!  You may not have time to get him this year, but you can sure register for one for next year!  If you do not have an elf in your classroom, it is a must!

I registered for my elf last year and they sent me one of these books without me even asking!  Thank you!!

I registered for my elf last year and they sent me one of these books without me even asking! Thank you!!