Friday, December 3, 2010

Crafts,fingerplays,science, recipe and a quote :-)

Today we worked on our Christmas chain leading to the Christmas bell for Christmas day. Each strip represents a day leading to Christmas and on each one we name something that we will be doing that day.

We found that using the stapler works better than the glue for keeping it all together.

Next we prepared to make a mini Christmas tree.

Of course I had to laugh and grab my camera because Elvis jumped up ready to join in the craft and see what we were doing!

For this craft you can glue or tape into the cone shape and have your child clip the edges with scissors. Then decorate with markers (or paint, etc. one year we cut out tiny paper ornaments, this year I let her draw them,LOL)

Ta da! All done and she was super happy I let her use my permanent markers, she likes the variety of colors.:-)

Next we did a little Science fun. I drew and cut out a picture of Santa and taped it to a tall clear glass. Then I had her describe what Santa looked like through the glass.

She immediately noted that Santa was too skinny! Also very tall!

Then we filled the glass with water and observed again!

She was excited and exclaimed "there's the jolly fat Santa!" LOL. Simple experiment but fascinating to preschoolers. She can't wait to show Hayley when she gets home. :-) we also learned that looking at something through water makes it appear 25% bigger! I'm staying far away from pools from now on!! LOL

Since we have a bell representing Christmas Day in our chain I told her this story...

" Up in the tower there's a carillon of bells. Each of the eight a Christmas story tells. One bell tells of the star so bright that shone over Bethlehem that first Christmas night. Two bells tell of the two who sought room in Bethlehem but found it not. Three bells tell of the three Wise Men who made a long journey to Bethlehem. Four bells tell of an innkeeper who said, "use my manger for the Babe's bed." Five bells tell of the angels whose song assured the Shepherds nothing was wrong. Six bells tell of the shepherds who gazed at the beautiful baby and were amazed. Seven bells tell of the doves that cooed a lullaby in that stable rude.
Eight bells tell the story again of how Jesus came to the world of men."  Written by Mabelle B. McGuire

Some fingerplays:

Umm the smell of Christmas is everywhere I go (point to nose)
Evergreens and holly and pretty mistletoe (form triangle with fingers)
Gingerbread and cookies and fresh pumpkin pie (rub belly)
Smoke is in the chimney,curling to the sky. (raise finger using circular motion)

Come and trim our Christmas tree (form triangle)
Till it glistens bright
First we'll string some popcorn chains (pretend to decorate tree)
Then some tinsel bright
Now for color hang some balls (form circle with hands)
And a twinkly light (open and close fingers)
So we can dance and sing
On a Merry Christmas night
(Marguerite Gode)

Now for a yummy little appetizer recipe!

Chicken and rice puffs

1 box frozen puff pastry shells thawed
1 package (6oz) long grain and wild rice
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/2 can (10 3/4 ounce) condensed cream of chicken soup undiluted
1/3 cup chopped slivered almonds toasted
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
2 tablespoons half and half (optional)

1) Bake pastry shells according to package, keep warm

2) Prepare rice according to package directions

3) Add remaining ingredients to rice, mix well. Cook 4-5 mins until hot and bubbly. Fill shells with rice mixture serve immediately

Serves 6

Today's quote:

"Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy,forgiveness. To an opponent,tolerance. To a friend,your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
   Oren Arnold

Don't forget to visit here to enter my holiday giveaway ending December 6th!! Good luck! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comment and for following my blog through Follow Me Chickadee! I am following you as well. I love the Christmas crafts y'all did - they are so creative and fun looking! I can't wait until my son is old enough to do crafts too.

Tracey said...

Hi Jill! What a darling Christmas tree y'all made. I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe...sounds yummy! Have a wonderful weekend!


Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Jill, What an adorable fun filled time with your daughter and making sweet creations. You are so creative and such a dear mom. God is really blessing you with wonderful memories.
The recipe sounds so good and I love the little stories and quotes.
Going to go to your giveaway next. I so enjoyed catching up with your posts.
Have a wonderful weekend and Merry Christmas my friend.
Love to you, Celesitna Marie

Wendi said...

That is an adorable idea with the Christmas trees! We used a stapler for our chain also.

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

That is a wonderful idea about the little chains you put together :o)

Julie Harward said...

Jill...You are the winner of my give a way!!! (See my post)
Email me your address and I will get all of this sent out to you right away! ( I am so happy you won! Congratulations! and an early Merry Christmas to you and yours...Julie

~Niki~ said...

oh i'm stayin' away from pools too now lol.
so much fun you 2 had!

Fiona said...

What a very inspiring post full of lovely ideas. The Santa in the glass is great, and the recipe sounds yummy.

Seizing My Day said...

I love that you wrote on the countdown rings! Perfect!! I might do that... ;) Last year we had a ring garland around the entire lower level... crazy but fun... Cookie making sillyness is the best!! ;) Enjoy your week!