this year i am doing some new also. I bought clear glass ornaments and I am going to have the kids decorate the inside with glitter then have them write their name and year on the outside, tie a cute ribbon on the top and then wrap them up. Don't know how well this is going to work, just ready for something new.
First you need to prepare a sandpaper, and some colored chalks. Second let them cut the sandpaper in any shape they like. Third let them write their own letter to their parents. Third if you know how to make an envelope make one for them and teach them how to. Then call a teacher parent meeting and let the kids give the letters to their parents.
I've seen the clear ornament done with paint on the inside swirled around and then written on the outside. Its very pretty. My kids made the flower pens last year and that was a huge hit. I plan to do that again this year.
They are really neat. You just put the borax soap powder into hot water and stir. The kids each make an ornament from a pipe cleaner and you suspend them in the borax mixture overnight and you get awesome cyrstal ornaments that will last for years and years to come! If you google it you can get the instructions. I have found that the more borax you put in, the better crystals you will get.
I used Bic pens. You can get them in packs of 10-12. I used some wire cutters and cut off the ends. I tried to pry the "plug" out and didn't have much luck. For the flowers, I bought some garlands at Michael's (used coupons or bought clearance flowers). Just pull the flower off and put some hot glue on the end of the flower and stick it in the end of the pen. Then take some florist tape (it comes on a roll) and wrap it around the pen, twisting the pen as you work it to the end.
The tape is sticky and you can squeeze it together and it will stay. You can also tie some ribbon around the top of the pen for extra decoration. We did ours for Mother's day and used spring flowers. They would be pretty with pointsetta's for Christmas.
I saw this on a teacher's website and I can't wait to do it!
I'm getting blue ornaments. We are going to paint the kids' hands with white paint and have them hold the ornament thus creating a snow like bottom with the fingers being turned into little snowmen. Somewhere we are going to put the kids name and the year. Then to wrap it I'm going to michaels to get some simple take out boxes and having the kids decorate the box by making christmas pictures then putting them on the boxes with double sided tape to give it a 3d effect.
I made flower pens even easier than the previous poster. I do use the flower part of the flower and since its Christmas, I always buy the red poinsettas that have the gold glitter on the edges. I cut or bend the wire back and forth until it breaks. Hold the flower at end of the pen and take the floral tape and begin wrapping it around the stem of the flower which is also against the pen. Pull tight as you twist the pen and wrap the tap down to the end leaving just a little bit of the pen exposed. You are done!! We wrapped them in tissue paper and tied curly ribbon around them.
My class made those snowmen ornaments last year. They turned out really cute and were pretty easy to make! I can't post an attachment, or I'd show you one of ours. But I did google "handprint snowman ornament" and found this youtube video about them.
First let me say, I'm totally going to make those snowman ornaments this year. They are so cute!
Second, I saw an idea at a craft show last year and copied it to use as a parent gift last year. It was really easy and the kids had a ton of fun painting it.
I bought a bunch of square 2.25 in. jiffy peat pots online for about $5 (and that was enough for 2 years worth) and then I had the kids paint the whole pot white. When they were dry, they used markers (I let them use my sharpies) to draw coal eyes and a carrot nose and a coal mouth on one side so that it looked like a snowman's face. After that I poked a hole in each side and strung a wire through it. Then, we put a spread out cotton ball inside of pot to look like snow and I had them put a couple of peppermint candies in it and they had a little ornament to hang on the tree.
The original at the craft show used 3in. pots and it was just to sit around as a decoration, so you could do that too. I was mad that I had bought the wrong size at first, but I just turned them into ornaments .
I don't have a picture and I tried to find one online but I couldn't find anything, so I'm going to attach just a picture of the peat pot. Maybe seeing the pot will help make sense of all this incoherent rambling!!!
I made these last year, and the paint chiped off whenever they were touched. Then I went to JoAnn's and got some spray clear paint to coat. It helped, but was still not perfect. What type of paint do you all use? I used tempra paint and won't do this ornament again unless someone can tell me something better! They were darling, but would never hold up. Help and suggestions please!
We always make calendars for the upcoming year. I bind them with a plastic spiral binder. They color a picture for each month--I encourage them to have a "theme" critter in each picture such as a penguin, mouse, etc. It appears in each picture. Then they use small rubber stamps to stamp special days they celerate such as religous holidays, national holidays, birthdays,etc. It is a great keepsake.
Yes, the acryllic comes off easily. It requires a little more soap than tempera, but it's no big deal to get off.
I buy my ornaments the day after Christmas for the upcoming years. But, even not on clearance, they are still cheap at Walmart. I think they are usually about 1.88 for 12, so for less than $5, you should be able to do a class set.
Robin, The calendar template is very basic and you can get it either on Appleworks if you use a MAC or on the Microsoft software if you have a PC. The calendar is very plain but you can "fancy it up" with stamps and color. I have the kids take their rulers and draw a "frame" around the picture. They then decorate the frame with small candycanes for Dec., small ubrellas for April, small shamrocks for March, etc. The calendar is copied on card stock before it is bound. They really turn out nice but you need to start early or they can get messy.
I do something a little different with my ornaments. I buy the clear ornaments and make a snowman head out of them. They use pieces of pipe cleaners and cotton balls to make earmuffs, paint to make the eyes and mouth, and a small piece of orange pipe cleaner bent and hot glued for the nose.
I LOVE them!! I do them every year. It takes patience with the hot glue, but they turn out sooo cuuuute