How do we celebrate
The winter holidays?
With songs, games, and stories…
There are so many ways.
With candles and bright lights;
With good foods and sweet treats;
With smiles on our faces,
For everyone we meet.
With special gifts to give
To people who are dear;
With love we want to share
Throughout the coming year!
Gather red, green, and yellow straws. Cut the straws into 1-inch pieces. Give each child some pieces of varied colors. Next, give each child a piece of black yarn about 7 inches long. Wrap tape around one end of the yarn. Help children string pieces of straw in alternating colors onto the yarn. When finished, place yarn around children’s wrists and tie a knot in the ends of yarn to fasten.
A HANUKKAH SNACK
Cut bananas in half. Then cut each half lengthwise. Give each child one of the lengthwise pieces of banana. Break pretzel sticks in half and give each child eight sticks. Help children push the half sticks into the banana length to resemble a menorah. Place four half sticks to one side and four to the other. Finally, push a full pretzel stick into the banana length, between the two groups of four half sticks. This resembles the candle that is used to light the others on a menorah. Let students enjoy!
On a large piece of poster board, draw a bingo grid. In each square, show a picture (cut out and laminated) of a symbol for one of the winter holidays (Santa, menorah, Kinara, and so on.) Give each child pieces of blank paper. Divide children into small groups. Start with one group by calling out the name of a picture and letting one of the children cover that picture with a piece of blank paper. Continue and when a row is covered, begin the game again, giving another group of children a turn.
Help children create sponge-painting decorations for display or for wrapping paper. Cut kitchen sponges into the shapes of holiday symbols. You can use symbols from Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, or Kwanzaa. Pour various colors of tempera paint into low trays. Help children place their sponges into the paint and press them onto white paper. Children can create a long decorative classroom mural or several large pieces of paper to be used for wrapping gifts