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Christmas Activities

We have been enjoying lots of Christmas activities and using them to to talk about Jesus as the joy, hope, peace, saviour, light, king and judge of the world (see here).

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– tape resist Christmas tree paintings

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– shadow puppet nativity

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– decorating play dough Christmas tree

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– decorating cardboard Christmas tree

– target practice (aiming for stars with the descriptions of Jesus written on them)

– bell maze (inspired by this one)

– trees from paintings with the descriptions of Jesus on them

We hope you are enjoying preparing for Christmas too. xo

 

 

Christmas Countdown

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With little more than 5 weeks until Christmas the boys have been begging to start some Christmas activities. As we read about Jesus’ birth in the Bible and do crafts and activities in these coming weeks we will be talking about some aspects of who Jesus is, being:

– Jesus is the joy of the world

– Jesus is the hope of the world

– Jesus is the peace of the world

– Jesus is the saviour of the world

– Jesus is the light of the world

– Jesus is the king of the world, and

– Jesus is the judge of the world.

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We made some stain glass windows with these descriptions of Jesus alongside pictures I drew of parts of the nativity (Mary, Jesus, angel, shepherd, star, wise man, Herod) using black paper, contact and coloured tissue paper (cellophane would also work well). (Inspired by these).

xo

Olympics

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Like many others we are looking forward to the Olympic Games beginning. We had our own celebration afternoon tea today and a few activities hidden away in these black paper bags for the coming days. Hope you enjoy the Games too.

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– Finger olympics: mini versions of some Olympic events using tiny balls, sticks, arrows, nets and so on

– Olympic countries: learning about different countries and in particular the host country, Brazil

– Olympic spirit: to install good sportsmanship

– Your Olympics: imagining some new ideas for the Olympics

– Olympic charades: acting out some key components and events of the Olympics

xo

Tigers

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The little man brought the class pet tiger home with him this week which was all the inspiration we needed to have some tiger fun.

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– tiger face collage

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– sensory activities with jelly crystals and shaving cream with paint

– matching joke questions with answers

– tiger lunch

– paper tiger crafts

xo

Pancakes

 

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Today is shrove Tuesday so we’ve been enjoying some pancake fun while talking about Easter approaching. I think this is a good time to talk about our sin and God’s great grace and forgiveness so we have been looking at 1 John 1:9:

But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. (GNT)

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xo

Back to School

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We have been playing school quite a bit lately with a preschooler and kindergartener eager to start the year (which runs calendar year here in Australia).

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– Story about what the little men are looking forward to

– School cake

– Noun-adjective-verb sort

– Tissue paper apples

– Dot number match

– Apple science (oxidation)

– Letter hunt

– Vocabulary expansion word profiles

– Letter stamp painting

 

We hope your little ones get off to a great start this school year!

xo

Christmas Superheroes

Our final Christmas theme for this year has been Christmas superheroes. We have been looking at some of the many names of Jesus to learn that he is so much more than a superhero. While it seems like there are some similarities (such as saving others and being kind) Jesus is far superior – he is real, God himself, more powerful, more selfless and humble, and saves us from sin, something more sinister than any of the physical threats that superheroes save people from. His many names are like “word pictures” to help us understand how great Jesus is.

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– names of Jesus spider web. The web is covered in a piece of contact with the sticky side facing outward. We threw balls of paper at the web, talking about the different names of Jesus as the paper landed near them. (Inspired by this sticky web).

– names of Jesus x-ray bags. Each bag contains a clue for a name of Jesus. We guessed the name and talked about what it means. (Inspired by this guessing game).

  • Bread – Bread of Life (John 6:35)
  • Light – Light of the World (John 8:12)
  • Sheep – Good Shepherd (John 10:11-15)
  • Book – the Word (John 1:1)
  • Branch – the True Vine (John 15:1-5)
  • Crown – King of Kings (Revelation 19:16)

 

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– superhero capes

 

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– comic strip of the nativity

– painting a Christmas tree with spray bottles and brushes

– superhero sensory box (including some clues for names of Jesus, similar to those in the x-ray bags above)

– movie night (we watched, Vischer, P. (1996). The Toy that Saved Christmas: VeggieTales).

 

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– superhero baubles (Inspired by these baubles and simplified for the little men)

 

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– invisible paintings (tape resist paintings of Christmas trees)

– Bethlehem skyline (watercolour painting for the background, cut out paper for the buildings)

xo

 

Nativity Pretend Play

We are continuing to excitedly prepare for Christmas with plenty of time spent talking about the birth of Jesus as we craft and play as well as some celebrations with Christmas desserts and friends.

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– Peg doll nativity

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– Angels from mini funnels

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– Cardboard box nativity for pretend play

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– Christmas dessert evening

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One week to go!

xo

Christmas Travellers

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We have been exploring Christmas around the world and all the differences there are in traditions and celebrations. Despite all the differences we could see that there are people all over the world celebrating the birth of Jesus, a truth we kept coming back to throughout all these activities. We enjoyed Christmas celebrations, Christmas crafts, Christmas cookies (and other special foods) and Christmas cheer.

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Christmas Celebrating

We chose a few cities and found out what continent and country they are in, what language they speak and what the climate is at Christmas time. Then we researched what Christmas is like in that city. Some of the cities we chose for their unique Christmas traditions and others because we know people living there.

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Christmas Crafts

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We enjoyed some crafts from around the world.

– Danish woven hearts

– Scandinavian gnomes (inspired by these, although we used cardboard rolls and cotton wool balls)

– Stencilling Mexican patterns (using bunting from Kmart as a stencil)

– Painting poinsettias with cardboard tubes (idea from here)

– Paper parol from the Philippines (instructions here)

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– Class gifts for the little man to give (chocolate bar wrapped and decorated)

 

Christmas Cookies

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We baked cookies from other countries. Links to some of the recipes we used are here and here, the other recipes we used are family favourites.

 

Christmas Cheer

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We matched the Christmas greeting in different languages to the country in which they speak it.

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We hope you are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus wherever you are.

xo

 

 

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