Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments

'Tis the season for Christmas books, crafts, lessons, and activities!  December is my favorite month of the year because of all of the exciting and fun lessons I get to do with my students.  
Today, I wanted to share with you the Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments that the kids make to give to their parents.  
I also wanted to share a few of my favorite Christmas books/lessons!  
All you need to make these NON-EDIBLE ornaments is applesauce, cinnamon, and glitter!  I ask parent volunteers to send in the ingredients we need.  I start with about 3 cups of applesauce and 3 cups of cinnamon.  Depending on the weather/humidity, I usually need to add lots more cinnamon.  {Hint: Have lots of extra cinnamon available or you will be begging the cafeteria manager for some!}  Work the applesauce and cinnamon into a dough that can be rolled out with a rolling pin.  

Put cinnamon on your hands, the rolling pin, and the baking mat before rolling out the dough.  Cut the dough with cookie cutters.  Poke a hole in the top of the dough with a drinking straw.  Allow the dough to dry for approximately 2 days.  {I usually make the ornaments on Thursday/Friday, and let them dry over the weekend.}  
On Monday, have students apply Elmer's glue to the hardened ornament using a paintbrush.  Then let the glitter fun begin!  :)  
I let the students choose any shape they want...gingerbread man, Santa, star, stocking, bell, etc., but I've found the easiest shapes to "glitter-ize" are the stars and stockings!  
After the glitter dries, add ribbon so the ornament can be hung on the tree.  Finally, my students wrap their ornaments in several sheets of tissue paper and wrapping paper.  They create a gift tag, and their gift is ready for their parents!  
These ornaments smell AMAZING!  The picture above is of a few of the ornaments I have on my Christmas tree at home.  I made those particular ornaments FIVE YEARS AGO and they still smell of cinnamon!  You won't regret making these ornaments, and the parents will love this sentimental gift.  Have fun!
Here are two books I'm super excited to read aloud in December:
Lesson Ideas for Merry Christmas, Splat:
1. Have students write a persuasive letter to Santa explaining how they have been "good" this year
2.  Have students make a list of things they have done to be on Santa's nice list
3.  Have students write a story about a time when they waited up for Santa
4.  Have students recreate an illustration from the book  (Don't forget Seymour the mouse!)
5.  Have students write/draw about Splat's Christmas gift from Santa

Lesson Ideas for Turkey Claus:
1.  Have students create an alternative disguise for Turkey.  Students can write about it, draw it, or create it with construction paper and art supplies.
2.  Students tell which disguise was the best and support their claim with three reasons.
3.  Students write a letter to Farmer Jake convincing him not to have turkey for Christmas dinner.  
To check out more great books and Christmas activities, stop by the Teaching Blog Addict's latest post.  Just click the button below!  
Christmas Week


Amber said...

I made one of these over 21 years ago when I was little and it is still my absolute favorite ornament on the tree! It stills smells great too! :)

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Cindy Calenti said...

I love the Thanksgiving book by Wendi Silvano so I'm excited to see this Christmas themed story. I'm off to order it now! Thanks for sharing! :)

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