Our book for today was Christmas at the Top of the World by Tim Coffey.
Get your Reindeer On Our first order of business today was to get our reindeer on...by face painting Rudolph noses and donning our antlers.
Simply take red face paint and dab on their noses, then lightly add a little body glitter for the shine. Our antlers are paper bags cut and fitted into a crown with hand print antlers. There, now we can play reindeer games properly!
Pass the Present
Our first game was "Pass the present". I wrapped up a group gift, Rudolph noses aka red Lindt truffles. I did the box, inside a box, inside a box, inside a bag trick so that everyone could have a turn.
Start the song Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
Stop the music.
The person holding the present must first say, "Thank you". If they forget, it's no longer their turn and the music starts again.
If they do say, "Thank you", they get to unwrap one box and say, "Thank you" again.
Start the music again and keep going until the present is completely unwrapped.
The truffles were their dessert and they were beyond excited. They had a blast playing this game and did well with remembering to say thank you...Sassyfras actually said thank you every time regardless of who had the present.
Reindeer Crafts Our next two activities were a couple of quick and easy crafts.
The first craft is a paper bag reindeer found at Family Fun. Instead of cutting out random antlers we did hand print antlers to make it a little more personal.
The second craft is a reindeer ornament. I shredded a few sheets of brown paper and the kids stuffed clear glass ball ornaments with it. Then, I helped them dip a finger in red acrylic paint for the nose and white for the eyes. For the antlers, cut a brown chenille stem in half. Wrap one half around the top and cut the second half in half again to make the rest of the antlers.
We finished the afternoon by helping Little J make a few cocoa cones dressed up like Rudolph to give to his classmates. We'll do a few each day until they're done.
Put enough cocoa in a disposable pastry bag for 2 cups of cocoa.
Top with some mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and some sprinkles.
Close with a brown chenille stem and tie into a bow.
Glue on googly eyes and a red pom pom nose.
We'll tie a tag with directions and who they are from as well.
Before bedtime, we all piled into my bed to watch Rudolph. I'm amazed at the timelessness of of this movie. The kids loved it and I found myself enjoying it again too.