Winter Wonderland

I am officially on Christmas break!!!  Woo Hoo!!!  I’m so excited to have time to actually get some things accomplished and to sleep until the sun comes up.  I have to say though that despite it being the week before Christmas break, I really did have a good time with my students last week.  We got to do a few things that we very rarely are allowed to do (unless I can relate them to our standards and curriculum map), but I did set aside some time for the fun stuff last week, and I’m so glad I did.  Decimals can wait a couple more days.

One super easy project was to create a snowy day silhouette with aluminum foil and white construction paper. The only preparation needed for this activity was for me to pre cut the aluminum foil.

My students also made pictures to give to their parents.  I had some OLD picture frame matting paper, and my students made a crayon resist for four corners, and I took their picture for the middle section of the frame.  They ended up looking super cute.

However, my favorite thing is definitely our snow globes.  I wanted to do something for our door for the winter months, so I didn’t want to do another Christmas activity, so we made winter snow globes.
  To make them I bought clear paper plates and artificial snow (although I was asked at least 100 times if it was real), and I already had turquoise and red construction paper and a glue gun.  We traced the plates on the turquoise paper and cut it out (it’s best to make the circle just a bit smaller than the plate).  Then I gave my students a picture of themselves that they had to cut out and glue on their paper.

Then, they had to create a winter scene on their construction paper and make a base for their snow globe by tracing and cutting out the base on red paper, and they glued the circle on top of the base.  When the glue was somewhat dry, they placed a handful of snow in the plate and their construction paper on top of the plate to hold the snow (make sure they face their picture TOWARD the plate).  I hot glued the backs of the plates to the construction paper and made sure they were completely sealed.

The end product was a door full of adorable snow globes!



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