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Advent Activities #2

Here are the majority of our advent activities for this year. The first four themes are here, the last four are here and the full list is here.

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ANGELS

We will look at the messages the angels brought and focus on their rejoicing at that good news.

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– Angel pancakes (not pictured)

– Decorating polystyrene angels

– Painting with angel cookie cutters as stamps

– Pom pom and wooden peg angels (idea from these fairies)

– Angel wing match (matching pairs of words with the same silent letter – k, h, w, b, g and t)

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CAROLS

Linked to our theme of angels, we will enjoy the music of Christmas carols as well as the message they tell.

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– Wooden spoon carolers, which we will both make and use as puppets

– Matching lyrics of carols

– Salt tray with sheet music of carols underneath

– Singing together

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SHARING THE GOOD NEWS

Again this theme is linked to angels – just as they shared the good news we also want to share it. I have chosen to incorporate bells into this theme as they bring attention to those sharing the good news. I also want to reinforce and have the little man retell the Christmas story in different ways so that he is proficient at sharing it.

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– Christmas bingo

– Bell Hershey kisses memory. We have two versions, one using pictures and another using lower and uppercase letters (idea from here)

– Bell scoop transfer (idea from this bauble transfer)

– Storybook prompts for the little man to write his own Christmas story

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SHEPHERDS

Once again the shepherds shared the good news, and glorified and praised God for what they saw, so we will focus on doing the same.

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– Sheep and shepherd tic-tac-toe

– Multiplication by counting groups of stars, angels, sheep and shepherds

– Paper bag sheep with painted wool and details to glue on

– Marshmallow sheep (idea from here)

– Paper people sheep and shepherds to decorate

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WISE MEN

The wise men were joyful and worshipped Jesus, giving him gifts, so we will encourage each other in how we can worship Jesus also.

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– Wise men chalkboard silhouettes to draw on

– Cut and paste wise men craft

– Felt crowns to decorate

– More and less than with gold coins

– Wise men bottles with stars (we have one bigger one to represent the star that the wise men followed), glitter, water and oil (idea from here, under science activities)

– Explanation of the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (not pictured)

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STARS

This theme is linked to the wise men and the star that they followed.

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– Crayon resist star painting

– Star search and find (there are chocolate stars hidden in with the Hershey kisses)

– Wool wrapped star ornaments

– Star cinnamon ornaments (not pictured)

– Star sandwich (not pictured)

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GIFTS AND KINDNESS

This theme is also linked to the wise men and we will use it to encourage each other to be selfless and kind toward others.

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– Gift-wrapping station (idea from here)

– Wrapping candy using cut out paper to look like a wise man (we have used small boxes of skittles)

– Washi tape tree cards, both to make and to write in and give to others (inspired by these cards)

– Small presents for some of the little man’s friends

– Painting presents using a square stamp and ribbons

– Coming up with ways to be kind (not pictured)

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Owls and Fireflies

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Lots of owls and fireflies this week, inspired by PD Eastman, Sam and the Firefly. Beginner Books, 1958.

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– paper bag owls (inspired by this)

– bottle fireflies with glowsticks (inspired by this)

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– pom pom addition with owl and firefly cups (inspired by this)

– decorating jars as candle holders

– glow-in-the-dark painting

– owl and firefly facts, similarities and differences

– beginning letters

– shadow puppets (idea from here. Made from cardboard and straws, with freehand drawings)

xo

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day

We have spent the past couple of weeks using Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to talk about God’s love – God’s love for children, God’s love for everyone, our love for God and our love for others.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~ Matthew 19:14kerienevalentinescookies

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16

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Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ ~ Matthew 22:37-39

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo

Dinosaurs

We spent a week having fun with dinosaurs, choosing a book and a few activities for each day. I used this week to explain that God is bigger, stronger and smarter than anything we can imagine, even dinosaurs.

How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. “He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind. Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion? See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea. Job 36:26-30 (NIV)

 

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Whybrow and Reynolds, Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum. Koala Books, 2005.

– painting over a white crayon dinosaur drawing (pictured below in collage)

– making fossils (we used plastic dinosaurs in a salt dough, then baked the dough imprints. Idea from here)

– dinosaur dig

– trip to the museum (my favourite activity of the week. The little man was impressed by the dinosaur bones, “all the way to the roof!”)

 

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Andreae and Wojtowycz, Dinosaurs Galore! Orchard Books, 2004.

– paper dinosaurs (not pictured)

– dinosaur egg hunt and sorting dinosaurs

– build-a-brontosaurus

– peg stegosaurus (idea from here)

 

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Shealy and Biggs, I’m a T-Rex. Golden Books, 2010.

– word matching with dinosaurs and eggs

– spot the difference

– cutting and pasting with dinosaur teeth

– dinosaur snack

 

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Donaldson and Roberts, Tyrannosaurus Drip. Macmillan Children’s, 2013.

– dinosaur world (with a volcano, instructions here. We sorted our dinosaurs into habitat by land, sea and sky)

– dinosaur memory game

– odd one out using emotions

– dinosaur snack (Arnotts Pizza Shapes)

 

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Brian and James, I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. Penguin Books, 2013.

– Making dinosaurs dirty then clean

– Dirty dino letter tracing

– Action cards using words from the story (not pictured)

– Dinosaur feet to paint footprints (pictured below in the collage)

 

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Other books we read: Ball and Lindgren, Flip-o-saurus. Abbeville Kids, 2009. Mayo and Ayliffe, Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! Walker, 2010.

xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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