Santa hats: Melt the white chocolate bark according to package directions. Dip the wide ends of miniature pretzels 1/2 way into the white chocolate. Coat the dipped part of the pretzel in red decorator’s sugar. Use 1 white decorator’s ball (can also use 1/2 of a miniature marshmallow) as the tip of Santa’s hat.
Reindeer: Melt the dark chocolate according to package directions. Dip the narrow ends of miniature pretzels 1/2 way into the dark chocolate. Add a red hot for the reindeer’s nose.
Assorted Marshmallow Pops – Place large marshmallows on craft sticks and dip in melted white or dark chocolate bark. Set out a variety of foods, candies, and decorations that the children may choose from. Let the children be creative in making their own designs.
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes – Materials needed: 4 craft or popsicle sticks per snowflake, Christmas Stickers or cut outs, ribbon and a brass craft ring for hanging, liquid glue, pretty bags if using as gifts.
Arrange the popsicle sticks on top of each other to resemble a snowflake design (see photo above). Generously apply liquid glue in the center/between the layers of popsicle sticks. Let dry overnight if possible. The craft sticks can be glued together (by an adult) with a hot glue gun to complete the craft the same day. Have the children add stickers or Christmas cut-outs to each end of the craft sticks. We used poster putty pieces to adhere our stickers to the craft stick ends (leave the backing ON the stickers if using glue or poster putty.) Thread a brass craft ring (sold by the bags in many craft stores) over a pretty Christmas ribbon and tie the ribbon to the snowflake for hanging.
Christmas Countdown Candy Ties – Christmas Countdown
Materials needed: Waxed Paper, 25 candies per countdown, ribbon, craft bells, one Christmas Countdown poem printed on heavy paper ( one for each class or one per individual child/student), craft bells.
Roll out 2 feet of waxed paper per Countdown. Lay the waxed paper out on a table or the floor and place 25 candies (vertically) along the paper leaving a little space between each of the candies. Starting at the middle, gently tuck the candies and roll the waxed paper with the candies inside as you would a jelly roll. When finished rolling, tie ribbon pieces around the waxed paper ends and between the candy pieces. The children can then untie one ribbon and the candy piece will “slide out” for each day until Christmas (the bell is reached in the poem.) String the craft bell on the last candy ribbon tie and place on the Countdown poem (linked above) on top. Place the countdown on a wall, on the side of a refrigerator, or somewhere convenient for the children to see each day.
Our Christmas and Gingerbread Thematic Units are now available for Download via this blog! Both of the themes are filled with fun activities for your children to enjoy (and learn a little, too) throughout the month of December!