Day 11 ~ Christmas Cookies

 One of my favourite things about Christmas, is saying goodbye to the diet and indulging in some home made sweets!  This activity has endless opportunites but is basically about baking together!  Christmas is a great time to reach out to those around you, so how about packaging some of your baked goodies and spreading some Christmas cheer?

“Looking for something for my tummy

Something crumbly, something yummy

Something with chocolate, something thats sweet

Something so delicious to eat! “

 This clue card is the first of the next set.  This set will be available to download later in the series.

Anything to do with baking! 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 This actitivy is very flexible but basically involves baking!

There are many easy and creative Christmas recipes out there!

Use the Blank Recipe Card template below to write out your own recipe! 

  • Now look at the recipe card.  For younger students don’t tell them it is a recipe and read out the card.
  • Ask them to guess what it is!  A letter, a poster, a postcard?  A recipe!!!
  • Look at the different features of a recipe. Look at the different, genre specific vocabulary (ingredients, method)
  • If you want to take a Maths focus, look at quantities, number and sequencing.
  • Now lets get cooking! Well creating at least as this recipe requires no cooking! 

We will be making..

Chocolate Reindeer Crackles!

 

These are an easy no bake Christmas treat that are simple enough for even the youngest child to get involved in, and they are delicious too!

Recipe Card Blank

 
 
The links to any cooking activity, in the Australian Curriculum,  aren’t explicit, but they are there if you look hard enough!  
It will all depend what context you focus on, it could be;
Maths: Measurements, Number, Sequencing, Conversions
English: Genre specific vocabulary,
Science: Liquids and solids and the way the can change when combined.
There is alwasy learning to be found!
So what will you be baking?
Share your favourite Christmas Recipe on our Facebook Page!  

Day 7 ~ Paper Problems ~ “My Christmas Elf” ~ Paper Roll Craft

 

Ready to get crafty?  Christmas isn’t Christmas without some Christmas Craft.  The best Christmas Craft is simple, quick and involves the kids.  What better craft supplies to use, than those lying aorund your house. Paper rolls. Toilet paper, paper towel, wrapping paper, any kind of paper roll will do, it’s time for that cheeky Elf to have some fun!

“Oh last night I had so much fun

I skipped and hopped and went for a run

But alas I tripped and a had a fall

Sorry about the mess, you will have to clean it all!”

Anything involving paper!   

Source: flickr.com via Mary on Pinterest

 

Source: Uploaded by user via Mary on Pinterest

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

We are going to use all those toilet paper or paper towel rolls to create some art and craft!

  • TEACHERS: If you are in a school or childcare you will need to buy unused toilet paper rolls.  You can buy these in bulk from educational supply catalogue or even rom Riot, art and craft!
  • PARENTS: Wrapping paper rolls are perfect for this!  Just cut them up into smaller pieces!  Or paper towel rolls, clingwrap, alfoil rolls!  Any kind of cardboard roll!

The ideas for paper roll craft are endless and it will depend on the age of the children.  But here are my favourite:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Source: budgetsavvydiva.com via Larissa on Pinterest

 These activities don’t require downloadable printables or even links to the curriulum.  Just crank up the Christmas Carols, get crafting and join in on some Christmas fun!!

Day 6 ~ Christmas Catalogue Cutting

This time of year means one thing for your mailbox, JUNK MAIL!  Our house has been over run by Christmas Catalogues so its time to put them to good use! This activity will require a very important skill, cutting!!!! We start supervised scissor practice as young as two in our house and usually start by cutting play dough with blunt scissors.  Now that little Miss A is 2 and a half I let her cut paper with safety scissors, always under my supervision!  Cutting is a vital fine motor skill and builds strength and control in those little fingers and hands.  So don’t be afraid to get out the scissors and get cutting!!!

“With a cut here and a snip there

I am using my scissors with lots of care

What would I like for Christmas this year

There is so much to choose, just look in here!”

 

 

The Elf is amongst a pile of cut up junk mail!

With a pair of scissors close by and a whole lot of cut up mess!

  • Collect some junk mail and catalogues
  • You will need scissors, glue and paper or the PRINTABLES provided below.

This activity can involve many different subject areas as a focus and is suitable for children of all ages.

Preachoolers and Toddlers: The focus of the activity will be to strengthen their cutting skills.  But you could also.

  • Sort items by colour.   
  • Sort items by age.  Toys you had as a baby, toys you play with now, toys you will play with when you are older? (See the Printable below)
  • Draw around your child’s hands.  Fill the outlines with pictures of things they would like for Christmas.

Maths – Children sort items according to their dollar value.  Choose 3 items and place them on a line in order of cheapest to most expensive. (Printable)

History – Children sequence items according to the age you would need to be to use them. (Printable)   

Science – Children sort items according to the way in which they move.  Items with wheels, items with batteries, items you push and items you pull are all sorted together.

English – Working in a small group can the children find an object for every letter of the alphabet? 

  • All of these activities have one thing in common.  They are a great way of starting conversations about sorting.  SOrting is one of the first maths and science skills a child needs to grasp.  Later in life, these skills will be sued to classify information, learn division and multiplication, fractions and even ALGEBRA!
  • These activities will also prompt many discussions about MONEY! 
  • What are the symbols we use to represent money?  
  • Talk about comparing prices between catalogues.  Use words like cheaper, more expensive, less expensive, cost more, cost less, dollars and cents.
  • What coins and or notes would you need to pay for these items?
 
 
 

Depending on how you complete this activity it can have links to the Maths, Science and History curriculum.

HISTORY – Historical Skills – Chronology, terms and concepts

Foundation: 1.Sequence familiar objects and events (ACHHS015) 2.Distinguish between the past, present and future (ACHHS016)

Year 1: 1. Sequence familiar objects and events (ACHHS031) 2. Distinguish between the past, present and future (ACHHS032)

Year 2: 1. Sequence familiar objects and events (ACHHS047)2. Distinguish between the past, present and future (ACHHS048)

MATHS: Number and Algebra: Money and Financial Mathematics

Year 1: Recognise, describe and order Australian coins according to their value  (ACMNA017)

Year 2: Count and order small collections of Australian coins and notes according to their value (ACMNA034)
 
 
I wonder what your child will cut out!!!!  

Day 5 ~ Marshmallow Magic ~ My Christmas Elf Cooking

Soft and Sugary and Sweet the Elf is ready to play a little Marshmallow Magic!  Little Marshmallows make a perfect sugary bubble bath for your elf!  This series is not just about learning but about fun too!  So time to get into some christmas cooking!

 

“Soft and white and oh so sweet

These little goodies are so nice to eat!

But they make an even better bath

Dry me off and please don’t laugh!”

The elf is found having a bath in a bowl full of Marshmallows!  Or maybe he is head first inside a packet of marshmallows with some scattered around the packet!

 

What you will need:

  • Marshmallows in varying sizes
  • Recipe Card (PRINTABLE)
  • Fruit
  • Skewers

 

  • Ask children if they know what the marshmallows are! 
  • Sitting down in a circle give each child a marshmallow
  • Ask each child to take a turn to say one word that describes the marshmallow
  • Ask them to use their senses.  They can smell it, squeeze it, taste it, look at it!  Is it soft, sweet, pink, white, small, round, big, small.  Try not to repeat any words!  If you like you can record their answers!
  • Now look at the recipe card.  For younger students don’t tell them it is a recipe and read out the card.
  • Ask them to guess what it is!  A letter, a poster, a postcard?  A recipe!!!
  • Look at the different features of a recipe.
  • Now lets get cooking! Well creating at least as this recipe requires no cooking! In fact if you pre cut the fruit yourself it also involves no knives !


CHECK IF ANY CHILDREN HAVE ALLERGIES BEFORE UNDERTAKING THIS ACTIVITY

Recipe Card Marshmallow Skewers

 Want to really get creative?  Set their imaginations alight with mini skewers for the elf!

Copy the recipe above but use toothpicks and mini mallows!  They make a great lunchbox treat too!

This activity is really for fun but if you HAVE to find the learning in it…..

Maths: Quantities, conversions, addition (You will always find these concepts in cooking!)

English: Exploring a new “text type” and its features! (A Recipe)

This sweet treat has quickly become an after school favourite in our house!
I just know your kids will love it too!

Day 4 ~ An Elf Travel Passport

 So how DID this magical Elf travel to your home?  Was it by Reindeer, floating on a snowflake, posted through the mail?  However he arrived, he will need a passport to get back home again! 

“This little elf is far from home

But how did he get here, nobody knows?

It’s not stamps that help you travel far away

It’s a passport and you need to make one today!”

    • Children find the elf covered in postage stamps as he has tried to mail himself home or stuffed in an envelope!  
    • Or maybe he is half in and half out of the mailbox or front door or stuffed in an envelope!  

 

If you have a toy bus, car, motor bike or airplane (The Fisher Price variety are perfect) he could be trying to hitch a ride!

TEACHERS AND PARENTS:

  • The Elf spent his first night away from home and is homesick  😥 Tell your children that occasionally the Elf will pop back home to visit Santa.  They better be extra good because when he returns to the North Pole he will report on the children’s behaviour! 
  • But if he was to go back home, how would he get there?
  • Look at where the North Pole is on a globe or atlas.  Even use Google maps to calculate how far it is from your place!
  • How would he travel that far?  Could he go by car? Plane? Boat? What do you need to travel out of the country? A Passport of course!
  • If your children have their own passport have a look at it and discuss with them what it is for and what is written on it.  Otherwise get your own passport out! 
  • Look at the features of a passport and discuss what information is recorded in a passport.
  • Talk about the stamps that go in a passport and the ways in which this records where you have travelled to!  Can you find these places on a map?
  • Now it is time to create your very own Elf Passport!
  • Fill out the “My Christmas Elf” Passport Printable with your children.  This will promote lots of discussion!  As you complete each question ask your students or children to answer the question about themselves as well!  What colour eyes do they have?  Where were they born? What is their Date of Birth.  Where possible let the children fill out their own Elf passport. 
  • Height: Talk about what they think the word “Height” means.  Use words like  long, tall, short.  How do you measure height?  Using a ruler or tape measure measure how long your elf is!  Talk to the children about how you will record this measurement (how do you write height?) Even small children can read out the numbers off a ruler!
  • Weight.  Have the same discussion.  What does weight mean use words like heavy, light, kilograms and grams. How do you measure weight?  Get out the scales and weigh your elf!  They wont weigh much so make sure you have sensitive scales!  Now how do you record weight?  Older children can be introduced to the correct terms and abbreviations such as kilogram (kg) etc
  • Occupation. Get creative!  Explain what an occupation is and discuss what an Elf might do for a living!
  • Draw a picture of the Elf’s head and face in the frame box.  Discuss that passport pictures don’t show your whole body.  Remember this activity is for your child so help where you can but give them a chance to write and draw when they c
  • Now Your’e Elf is ready to travel!
  • On the printable I have included some boxes to add your own passport stamps!  You could create your own stamps on paper, cut them out and glue them on or for little ones christmas ink stamps are readily available at dollar stores and Big W!
  • OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES 
    • How did the Elf arrive?  Write a short narrative telling the story of the Elf’s journey to your home or school.
    • Get Crafty.  Design a stamp that represents your family, class or home that could go in the Elf’s passport.

Elf Passport

 There is also a blank sheet included in the Printable if you want to use it to write a story about The Elf’s Journey From the North Pole to your home! 

Maths – Measurement and Geometry – Using units of measurement

Foundation 

  • Use direct and indirect comparisons to decide which is longer, heavier or holds more, and explain reasoning in everyday language (ACMMG006)

Year 1 

  • Measure and compare the lengths and capacities of pairs of objects using uniform informal units (ACMMG019)

Year 2

  • Compare and order several shapes and objects based on length, area, volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal units (ACMMG037) 


  • Compare masses of objects using balance scales (ACMMG038) 


So which is your favourite mode of “Elfy Transportation?”
 

Oh and how far is it to the North Pole? 

Day 3 ~ A Nifty Name ~ Naming Your Christmas Elf

Just like naming a doll or pet, naming an elf can be difficult!  But you can’t go any further on your elf adventure without a befitting name for the main character!  Talk to your children about how you chose their names and the meaning behind their name. Brainstorm a list of names and as a family chose which one suits your elf!

“Maybe it’s Snowy, maybe it’s Sue

Whatever my name is, it’s up to you!

Please make it lovely or maybe just fun

Something easy to say and spell for everyone!”

 

The Elf has a marker in its hand and is writing a list of names with some crossed out.  Add the children’s names for a bit of fun! 

 

Maybe the Elf has spelt your child’s name out with cereal!

If you have a baby name book have the elf sit on top of it!

TEACHERS:

  • When you are brainstorming Elf names record the options on some cardboard and have children help you spell each name.
  • Narrow the names down to the 4 or 5 most popular options. You could use a simple “Hands up, vote once” voting system.  Record the most popular options along the bottom of a large graph.
  • Now using post it notes or square pieces of paper each child “votes” for their favourite Elf name. 
  • As you call out each name option, the children who have voted for that name bring their post it up and place it on the graph.
  • At the end of voting count up which name had the most votes!
  • Give The Graph a Title
  • Discuss which name had the least votes, which name came second and third?
  • Discuss what other options they could have used to decide a fair vote? (Picking names out of a hat, hands up and counting, picking the short straw)

Need help thinking of a name?  Kids really are cretive when it come to choosing Elf names but some popular Elf names we have heard are;

  • Jingle
  • Trixie
  • Pixie
  • Snowy
  • Red
  • Buddy
  • Rudolph
  • Santa’s Helper
  • Elvis The Elf
  • Evie
  • Eve
  • Holly
  • Belle

PARENTS and TEACHERS:

  • Now that your Elf has a name!!!!  If you have bought an “Official” Elf On The Shelf you can register their name online! Follow the instructions in your pack.
  • Make your elf  a name card! Use the “My Christmas Elf” “Name Your Elf Printable” to write the Elf’s name, draw their portrait and record how you came up with their name! Get creative! Use paints or stamps or stickers to make it an artwork.  

 

Name Your Elf Worksheet 

 

Clue Cards For Weeks 1 and 2

Maths – Statistics and Probability –  Data representation and interpretation 

Foundation

  • Answer yes/no questions to collect information (ACMSP011)

Year 1

  • Choose simple questions and gather responses (ACMSP262) 


  • Represent data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value. Describe the displays (ACMSP263)

Year 2

  • Identify a question of interest based on one categorical variable. Gather data relevant to the question (ACMSP048) 


  • Collect, check and classify data  (ACMSP049) 


  • Create displays of data using lists, table and picture graphs and interpret them (ACMSP050)

Year 3

  • Identify questions or issues for categorical variables. Identify data sources and plan methods of data collection and recording (ACMSP068) 


  • Collect data, organise into categories and create displays using lists, tables, picture graphs and simple column graphs, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMSP069) 


  • Interpret and compare data displays (ACMSP070) 


So what will you name your Elf?  

“My Christmas Elf” ~ A Christmas Tradition


Oh how very true.  And I have been doing just that…..

Creating an experience, to share with somebody VERY special…

YOU!!!!

INTRODUCING

Late October “My Pigeon Pair” will be presenting……

“My Christmas Elf  ~

A Series of Fun and Educational,

ideas and activities to enrich your Christmas Elf Tradition!”  

“My Christmas Elf” will run over 20 days (Monday-Friday)

 on the “My Pigeon Pair” blog.  

Each day will feature; 

  • A new activity to enrich your Elf Tradition
  • Printables to enhance each activity
  • Positioning ideas for your Elf!
  • Australian Curriculum Links for Teachers of children Foundation – Year 3
  • Much, Much more!!!
This series is appropriate for children aged 2-8 and has been created for both Teachers and Parents! 
 
Why Late October?  Running the sereies a month before you really need it allows you time to organise and prepare for the busy Christmas season.  You can print and prepare as you go and come the 1st of December you will be ready to welcome to your Elf!  It also means school teachers with classes that finish at the end of November (like me!) will still be able to participate in this wonderful tradition!!!
 
 
What kind of activities?  Think writing, reading, maths, creating, crafting, cooking and just spreading some Christmas cheer! 
 
 
What does it cost?  Printer Ink and paper!!!  During the series all printables will be FREE.  Just share the love!  If you love it let your friends know! Oh and it will also help to have a few basic craft supplies on hand and a bit of imagination!
 
 
What if I don’t have time?  This series just gives you some ideas!  Each activity is completely separate to the one before it so you can do as many or as few as you like and at a time they suit you! 
 
 
How do I get involved?  
 
 
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and be ready for a Christmas your children will never forget! 
 
So are you in???
 

A massive thanks to Lisa from “Life As We Know It

who is an absolute creative graphic genius!