- January 28, 2015 10:28 PM
These were our TOP SECRET Valentines from last year!!
Mason had so much fun searching for and making all sorts of detective style goodies for his classmates. We stuffed all the TOP SECRET treasures into a treat bag and sealed it was a CLASSIFIED VALENTINE INSIDE banner… The “Top Secret” card has teeny tiny Valentine jokes for kids to read with a magnifying glass. We used the crayon resist technique (write message with white crayon then color over with dark crayon to reveal words) on the “Secret Message” card.
If you’d like to add a bit of detective fun to your treat bags this year here are the printables I used (FREE for personal use only!):
Bag Toppers: HERE
Top Secret (Use magnifying glass to reveal): HERE
Secret Message: HERE
I recommend printing on heavy weight card-stock so you can easily attach crayons and magnifying class with glue or tape! (Personal use only please!)
I ordered the mini magnifying glasses and “Operation Cupid” cards with a secret decoder from Oriental Trading Company. The little red striped box of crayons is from Target. You could also tape individual crayons (use a dark color for the message to show up clearly) onto that card!
We started “12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS FUN” a couple years ago!
It’s been a wonderful way to celebrate some of our favorite themes of the season.
See this post for details!
See this Grinch post for printable links and more ideas!
1. The Fun Boxes! 2. After a visit to Santa’s salon! 3. Reindeer Readers 4. Gingerbread Day!
I hope you’ll celebrate Christmas with me just a little bit longer! I still have so much to share with you.
only 511,629 minutes until Christmas 2015! Here is a quick peek at our CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD celebration! We traveled to nine countries in about one hour! JET LAG!? LONG LINES?! Nope! :):) The teacher in me absolutely loved this activity.
After the kids visited each country they added a stamp, pictures and/or written facts in their passports.
Each country had a simple treat or activity for the kids to enjoy.
…As a “pre-travel” activity we made construction paper maps for each country.
Here are a few of the countries we visited!! We kept the information about each destination ultra simple and relevant for kiddos ages 3-10. You are welcome to use our notes… but beware these just basic NOTES (not facts!) I’m sure some of these aren’t accurate!
Next year I’d like to really plan ahead and have a food to sample from each country. My dear friend Ana sent us a a beautiful array of Spanish desserts for us to enjoy!!! Thank you FF!
Kids put handouts and favors from each country into their file folder “luggage.” We used google translate to hear MERRY CHRISTMAS in each country’s native language.
…I’ve seen this activity done school wide… what a celebration it would be to have each classroom host a country! Inspiration and ideas via Reindeer Land Christmas Traditions, The Controlled Chaos Classroom, and Teachers Pay Teachers
- December 29, 2014 11:26 PM
One day, in late November, I yelled to the kiddos, “Put something Christmasy on and meet me on the porch! It’s time for our Christmas card photo!” I think I also added a little bribe too… “Anyone who joins in doesn’t haven’t to do chores!”
We all met on the porch.
Just as I started to take my first picture…
it started to SNOW.
Big white gorgeous snowflakes came tumbling out of the sky.
And that’s exactly how Christmas went for us this year… full of unexpected, mostly fun and beautiful surprises. It’s hasn’t been easy. We’ve dealing with some heart-wrenching stuff too. But through it all, over and over, we are feeling God’s love. We are embracing the surprises.
I still have a million pictures to share with you. I might get to some more.
I hope you’ve had the merriest Christmas!