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Old 12-03-2008, 07:51 PM   #1
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I am absolutely pulling my hair out looking for a simple craft that 2nd graders can complete during the classroom "winter" party. I want it to be holiday themed but not the same things that they've made in previous years. Please let me now if you have any ideas. Thanks!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:22 PM   #2
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Personally, I would lay out the craft supplies and ask them to make a winter scene using any of the materials. It can be 3-D, it can be coloured, glued together, etc.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:12 AM   #3
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My favorite craft from school was a reindeer magnet. I realize now how much work the room mother put in beforehand, but if you are up to it, it makes a terrific craft.

Milk bones - sealed with shellack or other sealer
tiny red pompoms
green felt - cut into 5 inch wide antler shape - think moose, all one curvy piece
googly eyes (2 each)
magnet strip (3 pieces each)

Glue the sealed milk bone to the green antlers, glue eyes and nose on opposite ends of milk bone to make the reindeer's face. Affix magnets to back of milk bone and either end of the antlers.

A search revealed this craft using pipe cleaners for antlers. http://www.thevirtualvine.com/reindeer.html

I only found one photo of this craft, but it was NOT good. You can do much better.
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it's kind of junky, but my kids had a blast with one of those foam ornament tubs from Hobby Lobby (50% off). They claim to make 24 ornaments. My kids might get 12 out of it since they are putting all of the stickers on a few of the main sections. Lots of glitter glue included.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:51 AM   #5
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I had the Brownies (2nd and 3rd grade) make a Christmas tree ornament. They could make a tree however they wanted and decorate it with a variety of craft stuff. The suggested size was about 3.5 inche. Then we glued it to a laundry pin and then they can clip it to their tree at home or attach a magnet for their fridge. We used the wood hinged pins.

Could do a snowman or anything instead if you need to avoid Religious stuff. Our school doesn't make us so anything goes.
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Candy cane

This is super easy and the kids do these very quickly!

Supplies:
White or red pipe cleaners (oh yeah, they call them chenille stems now )
Tri-beads in red and white. The craft stores have tons of them now. You can find them near the pony beads.

Instructions: Put on 2 white (or clear) and 2 red alternating all the way. Bend at one end and you have a candy cane.

Prep work: 1) Pre-cut the pipe cleaners.
2) Put one bead on first and bend the end of the wire up just a bit. This will keep the beads from sliding off the bottom.

Finishing: Bend the wire just a bit around the last bead.

I have made them with girl scouts K-4 and they loved it. I cut the wire to 4", but I may go to 5 or 6 this time. I am doing this in a 2nd grade classroom this year.


Here's a link to a website that has instructions and a picture of a finished candy cane.
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My favorite craft from school was a reindeer magnet. I realize now how much work the room mother put in beforehand, but if you are up to it, it makes a terrific craft.
OMG! These are super cute....and EASY!! I plan on doing this for my sons 4th grade class. It's a pretty quick craft and we only have a short wondow for the party this year.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:45 PM   #8
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At the school I work at the 1st-3rd graders made these snowmen this week.

The kids each had a glue stick, pair of scissors, and a sharpie. The body is white fleece or felt rubbed with a little glue stick and rolled up. The hat and nose are felt. The scarf is fleece. They used glue stick on the hat and then twisted the pipe cleaner on to hold it tight.

They hung these on the tree immediately afterwards (no drying time).
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snowflakes...you know, the old folded up piece of paper with cuts in it
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My DD made this with her GS troop - they were in an American Girl Magazine (maybe the Dec. issue? Nov. issue?).

Christmas Paper Tree
Items needed: party hats (for the cone shape)
Christmas wrapping paper
tape

To make: Cut a 3" strip of wrapping paper for the length of the roll (30"? however wide it comes), fringe the edge (hers was about 1" fringes, but could make fringes closer together if desired) and then wrap around party hat, beginning at the bottom. Tape on in layers.

Add a mini bow at the top (or place 2, back to back).

Make sense? They were really cute AND kids could then wear them during the party!!!
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:54 PM   #11
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One year I had my son's class decorate ornaments..the cheap plastic ones that look like glass...drawing snowflakes or whatever on them with paint pens. Quick and easy!
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At the school I work at the 1st-3rd graders made these snowmen this week.

The kids each had a glue stick, pair of scissors, and a sharpie. The body is white fleece or felt rubbed with a little glue stick and rolled up. The hat and nose are felt. The scarf is fleece. They used glue stick on the hat and then twisted the pipe cleaner on to hold it tight.

They hung these on the tree immediately afterwards (no drying time).
Those are super cute! The ladies at the retirement home would like to make these.
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I just made some cute reindeer ornaments with my first graders today.

Glue 3 popsicle sticks into a triangle.

With a flat side horizontal, twist two brown pipecleaners to form antler. I also cut smaller pipecleaners to add more "points" to the antlers.
Glue wiggle eyes between the antlers and add a red pompom at the point for the nose.

I use a glue gun to glue the popsicle sticks beforehand. I had to help some of them with their antlers, but they really did well considering that it's not that easy!!
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My favorite craft from school was a reindeer magnet. I realize now how much work the room mother put in beforehand, but if you are up to it, it makes a terrific craft.

Milk bones - sealed with shellack or other sealer
tiny red pompoms
green felt - cut into 5 inch wide antler shape - think moose, all one curvy piece
googly eyes (2 each)
magnet strip (3 pieces each)

Glue the sealed milk bone to the green antlers, glue eyes and nose on opposite ends of milk bone to make the reindeer's face. Affix magnets to back of milk bone and either end of the antlers.

A search revealed this craft using pipe cleaners for antlers. http://www.thevirtualvine.com/reindeer.html

I only found one photo of this craft, but it was NOT good. You can do much better.
Here's a picture off the one I made. I used a gem like looking nose because it was shiny.
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I was also looking for a second grade winter party idea. We aren't allowed to do anything "Christmas" in the public schools but winter themed works. This is what I'm considering. Family Fun had a very cute and easy fleece hat that they rate for 5yrs+ (with help). All you need is 1/2 yard of fleece (on sale 50% of at JoAnne's) per kid. For second graders I will pre-sew one edge to make a tube. They can tie a pretty cord or ribbon on one end and roll the other end so it fits their little heads. I am going to cut fringes instead so they can knot them together for a floppy ski hat effect. They can then decorate the hat with cute stickers or beads to personalize.
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My DD made this with her GS troop - they were in an American Girl Magazine (maybe the Dec. issue? Nov. issue?).

Christmas Paper Tree
Items needed: party hats (for the cone shape)
Christmas wrapping paper
tape

To make: Cut a 3" strip of wrapping paper for the length of the roll (30"? however wide it comes), fringe the edge (hers was about 1" fringes, but could make fringes closer together if desired) and then wrap around party hat, beginning at the bottom. Tape on in layers.

Add a mini bow at the top (or place 2, back to back).

Make sense? They were really cute AND kids could then wear them during the party!!!
those sound adorable - I think even our 3rd graders would enjoy these!
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Here are some ornaments I did with elementary kids.

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We had the kids decorate their treat bags. I went to Michael's and bought 3 dollar stamps (snowflake, etc...) and 3 washable ink pads. I put one stamp and one ink pad at each table. The kids took turns coming up and going from table to table. They seemed to really enjoy it! We just used regular lunch bags for treat bags.
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