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Christmas Tree Activities for Kids

Did you know that December 8 is National Christmas Tree Day? There's nothing like the fresh smell of a real Christmas tree in your home.  In the spirit of the holidays I thought it would be fun to share some of our Christmas Tree Activities below!

I found one of the sweetest Christmas tree books around.  The Littlest Christmas Tree by R.A. Herman may be a quick read but it was the perfect book for us!

After we finished reading the story, we made Christmas Tree Spritz Cookies!  The recipe comes from my grandmother.  She would make them every Christmas.  We loved decorating the Christmas tree cookies!

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
Wilton's Green Gel Icing colors

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
3. Cut the butter in the flour mixture.
4. Beat together the water and egg. Then add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract to the flour mixture.  Mix well.
5. Add the Food coloring.
6. Put through cookie press onto cookie sheets.  Decorate with sprinkles, colored sugar, or non-perils.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

At the end of The Littlest Christmas Tree, they all sing the song "O' Christmas Tree" so we were excited to help the Littlest Tree sing it.  When we were finished, we listened to the German version of the song, "O Tannenbaum."  

We decided to make our very own little Christmas tree.  This is a Christmas freebie just for you!  Check out this freebie in my TPT store, it's filled with holiday fun!

I made these cards to practice our new Christmas tree vocabulary.

We practiced our sight words with our emergent reader.

We sequenced the book and retold the story using our very own little book.

We created a Christmas shopping list of all of the items we needed to decorate a Christmas tree.

We came up with some ideas on how to decorate a Christmas tree.

Finally we completed our "How to Decorate a Christmas Tree" booklet.

During one of our math centers this week, we used an interactive Christmas tree mat and filled in the ornaments with red pom poms.  

We counted the ornaments and found out our Christmas tree has ten ornaments!  This Christmas tree interactive math activity is from my Christmas Tree Math Centers in my TPT store.

We ended our week by making Christmas Tree Ice Cream Cones.  First we made the white icing magically turn green.  Then, we frosted the ice cream cone with the green icing. Finally, we decorated them with M&Ms, gumdrops, crushed peppermint, mini marshmallows, and sprinkles.  

I love decorating my Christmas tree!
Growing up, we always had an artificial tree.  The thing I love best about an artificial tree is that the lights are already on it.   Do you have an artificial tree or a real tree?

Cranberry Day Activities for Kids

Happy National Eat a Cranberry Day!  Each year, in October, the Wampanoag celebrate Cranberry Day.  The Wampanoag have been celebrating it for years.  We are having lots of fun with our Cranberry Day activities. Check out some of our ideas from our Wampanoag unit below!

We practiced our rhyming words using our cranberry poem.  This is the perfect poem to introduce little ones to text.

  This week we explored a cranberry sink or float activity!

We did a cranberry tasting with dried cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, and fresh cranberries.  We compared the cranberry products and we thought the cranberry sauce was the yummiest!

We used our cranberries to practice our estimation skills!  All that counting definitely had us going cranberry crazy!

We decided to make a simple cranberry wreath.  First, we painted a wreath template.  Next, we took a cranberry and cut it open.  Then, we took the cranberry halves and used them to make cranberry prints by dipping them in red paint.  Last, we stamped our cranberries onto the wreath.  This is my favorite time of year for crafting!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted knew I wanted to read Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin. The story is about a Grandmother's cranberry bread recipe that is stolen during Thanksgiving dinner.  This was the perfect read aloud for our Cranberry Day!

At the end of the story, the grandmother shares her secret cranberry bread recipe so of course we decided to make this delicious bread. There is nothing like the smell of fresh cranberry bread baking away!  Do you have a favorite cranberry recipe?

Apple activities for kids

Fall is the perfect time to teach little ones about apples.   October is apple month, did you know?  Today, I thought I would share with you one of our favorite apple activities. 

We started off reading a cute little story called "The Little Red House."  The story is about a Little Red House with no doors and no windows, but a star inside.  At the end there is a fun surprise and shows that there is a star inside of an apple.  To go along with the story, we cut open a red apple, sideways, to see the star inside the apple.

After the story, we took our apple halves and used them to make apple prints by dipping the cut apples in red and green paint and stamping them onto paper.  We had so much fun painting with our apples.

When the paint was dry, we created this apple keepsake by cutting out one of the apple prints and pasting it onto the apple booklet we made along with the little red house riddle.

Get the Little Red House star and keepsake in my TPT store.

Teddy Bear Day Activities

Since September 9th was Teddy Bear Day, I thought I would share all of our activities from  our week long celebration.  All of the following activities are included in my Brown Bear, Brown Bear unit located in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  We started off our unit by celebrating with a very special picnic. 

 The day before our special teddy bear picnic, I made homemade pumpkin muffins and sliced the strawberries.  

That morning of our picnic, I packed our picnic basket.  We also woke up our favorite teddy bears and packed them to take with us!

After filling our bellies with lots of bear treats, we decided to head home for a long winter's nap. The Teddy Bear Picnic was so much fun.  We all had a blast! 

In honor of Teddy Bear Day, we made this teddy bear craft. 

We started off the next day by exploring our teddy bears through a Teddy Bear investigation.  First we traced around our bears. Next, we measured our teddy bears. Finally, we described how our teddy bear looked and felt.

We even learned a new song with movements!

We used all of our leftover Teddy Grahams from the picnic to help us retell the song "Ten in the Bed."  We had so much fun counting down ten in this nursery rhyme!

One center this week was sorting alphabet cards.  Then we matched the upper and lowercase cards! 

We also compared real bears with teddy bears.

We ended our teddy bear day celebration with a brown day.  First, we listed things that are brown.  

Next, we painted the letter "B" brown and made bear crafts! 

Then, we read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Eric Carle.

Finally, we ended our week by making brown bear brownies!  It was a "beary" busy week!  

Home Office Reveal

I know I haven't posted in a while so I'm packing in a few months stuff into one blog post.  The past several months have been so crazy busy moving into our new house! We desperately needed more space with our growing family.  Our primary focus has been moving and making our new house feel like home.  

One of our must-haves was an extra bedroom that we turned into my home office.  This was my chance to design my dream office. Take a peek and see what it looks like!

To brighten up the space, we repainted the room with Sherwin William's Alabaster white. Next, we replaced the original door to the room with a french door that my husband painted white. The chandelier is my favorite!  The moment I saw it I knew it would be perfect for my office.   

Yes, there is a lot of pink decor, I just couldn't help myself.  To go with my pink shag rug, I chose a fuzzy pink pillow and pink curtains. 

I was looking for some wall art inspiration when I randomly came across a white peonies art piece.  I quickly headed over to Georgiana Lane's etsy shop and saw the most beautiful peony photographs.  The photographer is amazing and I absolutely love everything in her store! When I saw the pink peonies wall art, my heart skipped a beat!  

I am so excited now that I have a beautiful and organized work space.  I absolutely love how it turned out and it was so much fun decorating!  Next up is our classroom.

Big Pumpkin Activities

Don't you just love pumpkins?  I love all things pumpkin!  Over the weekend, we found a real pumpkin patch.  What I mean is that the pumpkins are grown at the farm and the pumpkins are on the vine!  So last Sunday, we drove early that morning to this pumpkin patch.  The farm is about 2 hours from where we live but it was well worth it.  We were able to pick out our very own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch to take home with us. 
Not only can families take a tractor ride out to the fields to pick their pumpkins, they can partake in various games, rides, and activities. There is a full day of fun for everyone!

On our way home, I thought about one of my favorite Halloween read alouds, "Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman.  It's about a witch who grows a large pumpkin that is stuck on the vine.  It's so big, her friends can't pull the pumpkin off the vine either. 

So I recently came up with a reading unit based on the book, Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman. 

I have also included a pocket chart poem, an emergent reader, and a few retelling crafts that are also included in the unit.  Click to see more of the Big Pumpkin Unit.

Throughout the week we also investigated our pumpkins.  We used our pumpkin exploration worksheet to record our pumpkin data. 

In the book, the characters make pumpkin pie with the big pumpkin, so of course, we made some too!