Cute Winter/Christmas/Holiday Activities

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  1. Lauren1

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    I thought it would be neat to start a thread on Winter/Christmas/Holiday writing or bulletin board activities? What do you do? What bulletin boards do you create? What's your best bulletin board yet?
     
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  3. Miss W

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    Bulletin Board and Decoration Ideas

    Well, I posted this one somewhere else:

    "Illuminating Work"-Create a border with large Christmas lights (mine are not real, but I guess you could use real ones). I have a pattern of Christmas lights that I copied on several colors of construction paper. I then laminated and put silver glitter glue on them to make them sparkle. Put the lights around the edge of your area and connect with green or black yarn to look like a string of lights. Place the title "Illuminating Work" on the board. Put really great work up.

    I'm also doing a pre-made Grinch bulletin board set because my room is in Dr. Suess.

    On my windows I have gel clings that I bought from Wal-Mart. You can find them at Hobby Lobby as well. The clings say "Let it Snow" and have lots of different snowflakes. Hanging from the ceiling will be various snowflakes I've found at dollar stores.

    I try to put seasonal things up on my windows and hanging from my ceiling. That way it can stay up for a while.
     
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    one of my very favorite bulletin boards to do is this:
    title the board with the sentence, "CHILDREN ARE LIKE SNOWFLAKES...EACH ONE IS UNIQUE" - I add a photo of each student in the center of the snowflake.
     
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    I think these are great! I really like both ideas!
     
  6. Gandalf

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    We make a Christmas trees with flags from around the world as ornaments to go with Holidays Around the World. We also make passports that are stamped with each country where we study holidays. Then we have different local cultural groups come and visit the classroom.
     
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    ok, so I don't have builten boards..... but we are making garland from foam shapes..... I have snow flakes out today........I also have used the ginger bread with loli pop shapes.
     
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    I love this idea, I'm going to use it. We just created snowflakes and we are adding glitter to ours tomorrow. I will be taking their pictures and adding them to the center.

    Thanks!
     
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    You're welcome! :love:
     
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    Snowflakes can be kept up all winter. We do them as a grade level and hang from the hallway ceiling.
     
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    One of my all-time favorite projects is this...
    I read Snowballs by Lois Ehlert and ask the kids to notice the supplies used to create the snow family. Afterwards we generate a list of "good stuff" to make a snowman with. I send the list home and the kids bring back whatever good stuff they can-fabric, plastic silverware, buttons, doll clothes, yarn, raisins, etc. the list is endless. I give everyone a pre-cut snowman from posterboard and they create a masterpiece on one side. I hang them above their desks. Just be sure to have a glue gun (for you to use, of course!) for some of the harder to glue on objects. The beauty is, they can stay up for ALL of winter!
     
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    GREAT IDEA!!! Love it, gonna use it! :love:
     
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    TeacherSandra

    Just wantged to let you know I finished my bullitin board and it came out fantastic. We glittered up the snowflakes. I took pictures of each kid then I had them brain storm ideas on why they are unique. Then they each wrote one reason why they are unique. Its really great, thanks again for the idea.
     
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    I wanted to do that!!!

    that's just what I was planning!
     
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    I think too many bulletin boards are starting to look like people's houses...way too commerical.... everyone competing to get the biggest, best, prettiest, shinnest, STORE MADE decorations!

    stuff that 3 year olds should never touch, taste or smell! :unsure:

    yes, they look lovely, but as Charlie Brown said..

    "Isn't there anyone here who can tell me what Christmas (in preschool) is all about???"

    In a developmentally appropriate classroom, all the decorations would be made by the children! I don't see the point in using anything besides store bought borders and die cut letters.

    so what if your kids snowflakes only have one point, or a reindeer has 4 legs and 4 eyes! it's the kids art! we are getting too hung up on making things look 'right'!!!

    I may be fighting a lost cause here...but I think it makes it hard on the rest of us who are a bit old fashion and broke!

    I am waiting to see a power strip or extension cord hanging from somebody's bulletin board! :crosseyed
     
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    He, he, he.... I'm all about having students help create the bb too. My Illuminating work idea (see page 1) is handmade christmas lights hotglued as the boarder. We put silver glitter on them to make them look like lights. After I connected all the lights with string (to make it look like a string of lights), I made a fake plug in and wall outlet. The kids love it. Their work is displayed in the middle.
     
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    beautiful!

    I didn't want to get on my soap box, but we have lots of parents and little ones in our building, and a zero to three program too. Guess I am saying something like the real buttons on snowman, celophane covered letters, and tiny berries and holly leaves shouldn't be used...IMO
     
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    Beth MI---I used your activity with reading Snowballs and we created our own snowmen. They look awesome hanging in the halls!
     
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    Yeah! Glad to help.
     
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    Website

    Your website is great but I am unable to open any links under teacher resources. Do I need to do something different?
     
  21. Miss W

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    Hmm... that's strange. It could be that they are updating the network. They work for me at all the computers I go to.
     
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    I'll try again on my computer at school. Thanks for responding.
     

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