Thursday, December 1, 2011

Countdown to Christmas: Days 1-7

Let the Countdown to Christmas begin!

Our paper chain is complete and ready to be torn. I tried to vary the days with crafts, foods to make, movies to watch, fieldtrips and Nativity-related items. Here's the lineup for Week 1 (pictures will be added as applicable):

Day 1: Make a Paint and Glue Christmas tree
Craft: I drew a Christmas tree with a sharpie on white paper and gave the boys green paint. Then they each chose several pieces of scrapbook paper that they liked and I cut out circles for the ornaments. The stars are made from foam paper and they decorated them with glitter glue.

Day 2: Peppermint Twist Preschool Time at our library
Daytime Field trip

Day 3: Christmas at Nash Farms in Grapevine (morning) and A Charlie Brown Christmas movie and Christmas cookie party at our church (afternoon)
Field trip as a family

Day 4: Road to Bethlehem in Grapevine
Field trip as a family

Day 5: Winter Wonderland Tot Pack and Pooh's Jingle Bells
Preschool learning

Book craft: Reading Pooh's Jingle Bells and making jingle bell bracelets with pipe cleaners and bells. We watched Winnie the Pooh and Christmas too afterwards!

Day 6: Make a paper plate wreath
Craft: Cut out the inside of a white paper plate. Give kids green paper to tear into small pieces and glue to the circle outline. Decorate with red pompoms (for holly) and a red ribbon. Attach a string to the back so it can be hung.

Day 7: Watch Small One as a family and Gingerbread Play-doh
Movie Night

Craft: The gingerbread play-doh was a great texture and really easy to roll out and use with cookie cutters. We pretended to make Christmas cookies and then did some of the activities from the Gingerbread Baby Tot Pack and read the Gingerbread Boy book.

I have a few back-ups in case something falls through, but I'm really excited about our daily activities! The boys found their first hidden Christmas book this morning and were so excited to tear it open and read it.

Are you doing anything fun to countdown to Christmas this year?


Anonymous said...

I love the paper chain idea! I hadn't considered that option. I think that would take less time than the calendar I put together and, in the future, would be more fun for the kids to tear apart.