Our class enjoys the holiday season. We do a lot of projects, cooking, reading stories and fun pages. Many of the projects we complete focus on IEP objectives and skills the students are currently working on. As with all the activities in our classroom, we incorporate fun, learning and skill development. Enjoy this wonderful Christmas season!
Vocabulary Development Ideas
Make a Christmas journal-cut out a large construction paper shape (I use a simple clip art picture - bell, gift, tree, etc), add several sheets of lined and plain paper. Use this journal to complete the following activities.
Arts and Crafts Projects
-Brown Paper Stockings - each student will need 2 pieces of a large brown paper bag. Use the inside of the paper bags, no writing on this part. Make a large shape of a stocking. Cut out. Decorate the stocking with various Christmas card pictures the students cut out from old cards. Students use a hole punch to put holes around the outside edge. Leaving the top open students will sew the two stocking parts together using red or green yarn. Hang the stockings from a "fireplace" bulletin board.
-Christmas Tree Mobile - cut a large Christmas tree shape (triangle) out of a 12x18 sheet of green construction paper. Cut the tree into two inch wide strips. Lay the strips in order about an inch apart. Carefully tape or glue a piece of green yarn centered to the back of the strips. Add a brown trunk to the bottom. Decorate the tree with sequins, a star, glitter, buttons, or whatever you find!
-Candy Canes - cut a large size (10-12inches) candy cane shape out of white tagboard. Roll small squares of tissue paper into loose balls. Glue on the candy cane to make red stripes.
-I Went Shopping - One player begins by saying, "I went Christmas shopping, and I bought a ________." The next player repeats the original statement and adds another item, saying, "I went Christmas shopping, and I bought a ________ and a ________." Each player must repeat all previous items in sequences and add an additional item. Anyone who makes a mistake is out.
-Christmas "What's Missing?" - On a tray place 15-20 Christmas related items or pictures of Christmas items. Discuss each item. Take the tray away and remove 1 item without the students watching. Show the students the tray and they figure out what is missing. As the game progresses take away 2, 3, or 4 items at a time.
-Santa Claus Scramble - Write the letters S-A-N-T-A C-L-A-U-S on individual index cards. Do this four times, making four sets, or forty cards (or if your group is smaller make three sets). Place the cards in a brown paper bag. To play - have the players divide into two teams on opposite sides of the room. Pass the bag that contains the letters. The teams alternate in picking a letter. The first team to combine their letters to spell SANTA CLAUS wins! You could also use any other Christmas word, Rudolph, cookie, December, etc. Use shorter words and each player tries to spell the word individually.
-Rudolph Sandwich - make a peanut butter sandwich. Cut it crossways for a triangle, add raisin eyes, pretzel sticks for the antlers, a cherry for the nose.
-Davis Creek Elementary School projects - lots of pictures
Jesus is the reason for the season!