Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree!

In the spirit of decorating for Christmas, I chose Christmas trees as our theme this week.  I figured a lot of families decorate after Thanksgiving, and the mention of Christmas trees got my preschoolers really excited!

First, we read The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll.

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Then, I gave my kiddos a precut and prepunched Christmas tree for them to decorate with squares of construction paper!  Here's how they turned out...

The template I used for the trees is from DLTK.  Click on the link to take you right to the free template.  Instead of construction paper, you could use tissue paper!  Another idea is to add a star to the top of the tree.  A lot of my students asked about having a star... (I'll have to remember that for next year).  And you could add a hole-punch and string at the top to turn the craft into a paper ornament.  Tomorrow and Friday my classes will be making a "Christmas Hearts Pattern Tree"  from Tunstalls Teaching Tidbits.  This link will take you to her blog- not to the craft!  Come back tomorrow to see pictures, but in the meantime, be sure to check out Reagan's blog and her Christmas Art Projects Pack on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Here's another tree activity that we did today for morning work... students had to sequence the pictures.  This is from a Mailbox magazine.  If you're ever curious of which month and edition any of the pages come from let me know and I can add that.

Happy Tree Decorating!

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