Several years ago I bought a large kid sized red fleece top, and red pants. I added white fleece around the cuffs and hems, added an old black belt, a fun fur beard, Santa hat, and my own black snow boots, and voila! We have a Santa costume.
We also worked hard on more ornaments for our parents this week, in preparation for our class Christmas party. I love the snowmen CDs, which I found on happyhooligans.ca from November 29, 2013. I painted old CDs with white acrylic paint ahead of time, and the children added button eyes, black bean mouths, and a twisted square of orange tissue paper for the noses. Super cute! The only difficulty was that when I stacked the CDs, some of them stuck together. Next time I'll put a piece of wax paper between them.
handprint alphabet pinterest board.
We had some beautiful days this week, and took advantage of it to get lots of outside time. The kiddos were so adorable, here are some of their favorite outside play choices:
Drawing, coloring and writing at our outside table...
Playing on the swings. Swinging on their tummies is ever popular, and since every child I've met wants to do it, it must feed some kind of a need. These two were super cute holding hands and swinging side to side together!
Running, chasing, playing...
Do you wonder what secrets these two are sharing? So sweet!
Then came the biggest event for the week, our Christmas party, complete with a visit from a certain jolly old guy!
Before our party, we talked about gift etiquette; looking at the giver, saying thank you, and making a positive comment about the gift - even if it is just to notice the color or to acknowledge the thought behind the gift. So often our kiddos are overwhelmed with gifts, and tear through them. Taking the time to be appreciative is important!
Julie and I give each child a small gift to keep. This year the kiddos got a small stuffed animal.
The second gift the children open is something to stay at school for us all to enjoy. We got new books, some puzzles, and stuffed animals!
Then Santa came to see us! A few of the children weren't too sure about him, but most were thrilled to have him visit.
Happy Holidays! I hope your Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate, is as sweet as can be!