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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Jingle Bells Song & Lyrics for Kids

Jingle Bells ~ Such a fun song to sing throughout the holidays! I’ve simplified the lyrics so that they are more appropriate for kindergarten and preschool aged kids.  The original version has many more verses so I took out the extra lyrics, that are unnecessary really, and we are left with this classic simplified version of Jingle Bells that your little ones will love to learn and sing!

sleigh ride imageJingle Bells Lyrics

Dashing through the snow

In a one horse open sleigh

O’er the fields we go

Laughing all the way (ha ha ha)

Bells on bob tails ring

Making spirits bright

What fun it is to laugh and sing

A sleighing song tonight

 

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh (hey!)

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh!

 

A day or two ago

I thought I’d take a ride

And soon Miss Fanny Bright

Was seated by my side

The horse was lean and lank

Misfortune seemed his lot

We got into a drifted bank

And then we got upsot!

 

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh (hey!)

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh (hey!)

 

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Tie Dye Snowflakes

For this easy snowflake craft, you will use an eye dropper and salt to create a pretty tie dye effect! We had so much fun making these in our kindergarten class. Thanks, Cindy Bergeron for this awesome idea!

What you will need:

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watered-down acrylic paint
  • Eyedroppers
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Blue painters tape
  • Blue construction paper

Directions:

1. Start by placing 3 pieces of painters tape onto the watercolor paper in a 6 pointed star asterisk shape.

2. Add 2 short pieces of tape to the end of each point on the asterisk, use the picture as a guide.

3. Have kids paint the whole piece of paper with water.  The paper should be pretty wet.

snowflake craft image

4. Use eyedroppers to suction up different colors of watered down paint and drop onto the paper until the colors blend together as desired.

 

5. Sprinkle a little salt over the picture.

 

6. Let dry.

7. Remove the tape, attach to a blue pice of construction paper, and hang up your beautiful snowflake!

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