Make: Candy Cane Ornaments

Candy Cane Ornaments

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This is a fun, open-ended, hands-on activity where children make patterns with beads on a pipe cleaner. Here are my lesson plans.

Lesson Title: Candy Cane Ornaments

Subject: Math

Objectives: Students will recognize and create an AB pattern. (Colorado Standards: Math Knowledge And Skills: Patterns: The recognition of patterns, sequencing, and critical thinking skills necessary to predict and classify objects in a pattern.)

Materials: Pony beads (in groups of 5 different colors/ styles), pipe cleaners -any color (I use red), string, Book: The Legend of the Candy Cane

Procedure:  Read Book: The Legend of the Candy Cane.  Review AB pattern.  Model what it looks like to create an ABC pattern on the whiteboard.  Today we will be using ABC patterns to make a candy cane ornament.  Review the colors.  Model what it looks like to make an ABC pattern with the beads.  Then bend the pipe cleaner so it looks like a candy cane.  Students work at tables to create their candy cane ornaments.

Assessment:  The standards will have been met when students are able to use the beads to create an ABC pattern that repeats at least 3 times.

Extension: Students create a more complicated pattern, such as an AAB pattern or ABCD pattern.

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Star of David Stained-Glass Ornaments Kids Can Make!

These Star of David ornaments are made using tissue paper and popsicle sticks and are the perfect kid-made gift to send home during the holidays.What better way to teach your students about Hanukkah than with a fun craft?

Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own Star of David “stained-glass” ornaments!

Star of David Ornament Craft Image

My four and five year olds seemed to really enjoy creating their stars.  The process of painting on the tissue paper was quite calming and meditative for both the kids and myself!

We hung our ornaments in the windows and the sunlight shining through created a beautiful stained-glass effect!

 

Star of David Stained Glass Ornament Image

 

Materials Needed:

Getting The Star Frames Ready 

After gathering your materials, you will create the star frames out of popsicle sticks. Each ornament uses six popsicle sticks.

Glue three popsicle sticks together to make an equilateral triangle. Repeat until you have two triangles for each ornament you will be making.

Let the triangles dry separately for about 10-15 minutes.

Once they are dry, place the triangles on top of one another facing opposite directions to see where they will connect. Add a few dots of glue and press the triangles together until they stick on their own. Set the star frame(s) aside to dry.

 

Materials Image

 

Thin some glue by putting it in a little bowl and mixing it with some water.

Show your kids how to lay the strips of tissue paper over the popsicle sticks and paint the glue mixture on, starting where the paper touches the popsicle sticks.   The glue mixture will soak through the tissue paper and, when it dries, will be securely attached to the frame.

 

Making The Ornament

 

The Final Steps

After students are finished adding the tissue paper pieces, you can touch up the stars before letting them dry. Smooth out the edges and add tissue paper pieces to fill in any gaps.

Place the star ornaments aside and let them dry for 30 minutes to an hour.  Some kids may go overboard with the glue water so those may take a little longer to dry.

 

star ornament images

I added names to small paper plates to help me keep track of who’s star was who’s. Next time I might just write names written on pieces of tape to create less waste.

 

Once the tissue paper is dry,  you can write each student’s name and the year on the ornament with a Sharpie.  You could even get fancy and use a metallic Sharpie if you have one laying around somewhere!

 

start of david craft image

 

Poke a small hole through the tissue paper near the inside of one of the points. A sharpened pencil works well for this.

Thread a piece of ribbon or string through the hole and tie it in a loop so it can hang in a window, or anywhere else the light can shine through, and showcase your Star of David’s stained-glass-like luminance!

 

 

Finished Star of David Ornament

 

Did You Know?

The Star of David is a six-pointed figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles. it is used as a Jewish and Israeli symbol and appears on the flag of Israel.

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Snowman Activities

Here are some activities we tried this week for our snowman theme.

Circle Time Activity:  How Do You Build a Snowman?

Build A Snowman Activity Image

Materials:  Book: All You Need For A Snowman Snowman Pieces made out of paper with magnetic tape on the back,  Hat, Scarf, Buttons, Carrot Nose.

Objectives:  Students will begin to identify and use special concepts (first/last, over/under, etc.) c. Demonstrate use of vocabulary in oral language to express ideas and events (Colorado Standards:  Oral Expression and Listening, b. Begin to identify and use special concepts (first/last, over/under, etc.) c. Demonstrate use of vocabulary in oral language to express ideas and events) 

Assessment:  Standards will have been met when students are able to express ideas about where to place the different parts of the snowman.

Procedure: Read book, All You Need For A Snowman.

SayNow we are going to talk about how to assemble a snowman.”  Students use specific language with details needed to know where to put each piece. The teacher moves the pieces to where students say to move them.  When instructions are not explained correctly, purposely put the piece out of place.

Snowman Activity 2: Snowman Craft

Tell students they can use what they know about how snowmen are built to draw a snowman for our winter bulletin board.  Students draw a picture of a big snowman on chart paper.  Cut them out and add these to the winter weather bulletin board.

Snowman Activity # 4: Snowman Puppets

Students use white paper or cotton balls, scrap paper, popsicle sticks to make snowman puppets.

Snowman Puppets Image

More Snowman Activities

The Snowman Pokey  – Sung to the hokey pokey, each student moves a little snowman puppet to the words:

You Put Your Snowman In, You Put Your Snowman Out

You Put Your Snowman In And You Shake Him All About!

You Do the Snowman Pokey and you turn yourself about.

That’s what it’s all about (Snowman Pokey!)

 

You Put Your Snowman up, you put your snowman down

You put your snowman up

And you shake him all around!

You Do the Snowman Pokey and you turn yourself about.

That’s what it’s all about (Snowman Pokey!)

 

Here is another printable snowman poem and activity with snowman puppets: Five Little Snowmen Printable Snowmen Puppets and Poem

Large Motor Connection – Build a real snowman outside in the snow.

Snowman Take-Home Activity: Free Build-A-Snowman Printable from The Purple Pumpkin Blog 

Build A Snowman Printable

 

 

 

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Ice Exploration for PreK and Kindergarten

With icicles, ice rinks, and snow a bound,  what better time to have a little fun with some ice exploration?

Now that there is snow on the ground, ice is everywhere.  The morning before I teach this lesson, I add ice to the sensory table, including icicles and snow if possible.  This give the kids a chance to explore ice without the food coloring or salt, which we will explore later.

Here are my lesson plans:

Lesson Title: Ice Exploration for PreK and Kindergarten.

Grades: PreK-Kindergarten

Subject: Science

Objectives: Students will use senses and tools to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Materials: Book: Mice On Ice by Rebecca Emberley, Trays or plastic containers, ice cubes, colored ice cubes (add food coloring to the water before freezing) or blocks of ice (frozen in plastic bowls the night before) – keep frozen outside, salt, food coloring or water colors.

Note: Have ice in the sensory table as a morning activity

Introduction: First, read the book, Mice on Ice.

Ask, “Have you noticed that everything seems to be covered in ice?  Where did all this ice come from?”

Students discuss where they think the ice came from.

Say, “Today we will be exploring ice, and observing ice melting.”

Show students the bin of colored ice. Engage the class in a discussion about ice, what they notice about ice, what it feels like, where have they seen it, have they ever been ice skating? etc.

colored ice

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Engagement Activity: During the lesson, students explore how salt makes the ice melt faster and can see the process easily because the ice is colored. Students work at tables exploring the ice blocks, adding the salt to the ice, noting that the ice melts faster when the salt is put on it.

Assessment:  Objectives will be met when students explore the process of ice melting and make 2 observations about how the ice is melting and what they think is causing the ice to melt.

Resources:

http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-ice-with-salt-and-watercolours/

Colorful Ice and Salt Experiment

Large Motor Connection Activity: Freeze Dance

Another Freeze Dancing Music Video

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