Today we did our first Christmas craft of the season: handprint Christmas trees.
red and green fingerpaint
a willing toddler's hand
Squirt paint onto paper plates. Press your artist's hand into the paint, and make a handprint on your paper. I found it easiest to make the tree upside-down. After the first handprint, each of the other handprints will be done at an angle, to create the triangular shape of the Christmas tree.
When you're done, draw in a trunk.
Once the trees are dry, you can decorate them with glitter glue, do-a-dot markers, and Christmas stickers. I am saving the embellishment step for tomorrow.
Here are a few of our favorite Christmas books --
Roger Priddy's Sing-along Christmas Carols (comes with a CD)
The Snowy Day (Jack Ezra Keats)
Dream Snow (Eric Carle)
Away in a Manger (Thomas Kinkade)
and a few other reviews from our archives:
Heart of a Snowman
Here Comes Santa Claus
Eyelike Nature: Snow (board book)
Slinky Malinski's Christmas Crackers
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
I am linking this post up with Tot Tuesday, STart, Crafty Soiree, Red Ted Art, ABC and 123, Our Worldwide Classroom, and Sunday Best.
Comment: When are you putting up your Christmas tree, if you celebrate the holiday? I'm aiming for the day after Thanksgiving, but I might jump the gun if we're bored in the next few days. What are your favorite Christmas books?
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