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    Christmas art projects
    By Paula

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    This is my first year in a private school and the first year I can actually do Christmas projects! Here are some I am doing (I found some on the Web): --Handprint wreaths-kids trace and cut out 8 or 10 handprints on green construction paper (I had my kids do 2 handprints a day until we had enough). Then fasten the hands together and kids can decorate with red construction paper bows and berries
    --Gingerbread ornaments--I can't remember the exact proportions but you mix together white glue, cinnamon and apple sauce to make a dough that will harden overnight--they smell great!
    --For presents for the parents we are taking large baby food jars and using a mixture of glue and water to cover the jar with colored tissue paper. The you add a votive candle--it makes the tissue paper glow!
    --Shape Christmas trees-A triangle for the tree, a rectangle for the trunk, squares for the gifts underneath the tree, and a star on top. They then decorated the tree with markers and some really cool snowflake sequins I found at a craft store.
    Sorry for the long response but these activites worked well in my class! The shape trees they can pretty much do themselves (I traced a triangle for them and they cut it out), the ornaments and baby food jar activity I do in small groups with a parent helper. Hope this helps!

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