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Advent or Christmas Ornament

8 Dec

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HOPE…  There is so much meaning behind that one simple word… The dictionary defines is as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  These words are true, but the feeling of HOPE is one that cannot be described in words.  This Advent season we’ve been focussing on hope… The hope of Jesus.  The hope in the arrival of a very special person.  The hope for Christmas..  As our project this week, we made Christmas Tree Ornaments after we discussed our hopes…  It was an easy project with a bunch of feeling behind it….  The feeling of HOPE!  I did this at church with ages 4-11 and loved the differences in their pictures! Older kids can write a little paragraph on the back of their ornament about what the hope of Christmas means to them!

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Here are the directions:

1.  Glue or Hot Glue 5 popsicle sticks together in the shape of a barn…  What type of glue you use really depends on the amount of time you have and the amount of children doing the project.  If you’re doing this at home and have some time to wait, school glue works just fine.  If you are in more of a hurry, then hot glue might be the choice for you…

2.  Cut out a piece of paper that matches the size of your barn. I guesstimated this and then trimmed the edges once the project was complete, but you can also trace your popsicle stick barn onto a piece of paper and cut it out…

3.  Draw a picture of Joseph, Mary, and The Baby Jesus…  Glue it to your barn (again using school glue or hot glue)

4.  Add a little hope to your ornament and TADA!  Like I said earlier I made this with 4-11 year olds and the older children wrote about the hope of Christmas on the back of their ornament.  Just an option if it’s needed!

Holiday Play-Dough: Gingerbread & Peppermint

3 Dec

During the month of December in Kindergarten I used to always have a play-dough center…  We’d have these lovely smelling doughs available for cookie cutting, tower building, and snake making fun!  I am going to try to make some for the boys this weekend because I know they will love it!!!  I’ll take a picture once I’ve made some, or better yet, post your pics after you’ve made some on Mommyapolis’ facebook page and I’ll post them here!

Gingerbread Play-Dough

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2tsp. cream of tartar

1 cup water

1 tsp. vegetable oil

spices- cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients together.  Just try out different amounts of spices until you get the scent and color you desire.  We used a lot of cinnamon!!!!  Mix the water and oil together in a separate bowl and then add them to the dry ingredients.  Cook the mixture on low for 3-5 minutes or when the mixture starts to stick together like a ball.  Take it out of the pan and knead it until it is soft and smooth.  Let it cool before the little ones play with it!

Peppermint PlayDough

2 cups water
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
4 tablespoons oil
4 tablespoons peppermint extract
glitter (optional, but oh so fun)

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and pulls away from the sides of
the pan. Form dough into a ball, sprinkle with glitter and knead until it is soft and smooth.  Cool completely before allowing little hands to play with it!

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