Holiday Classroom Craft-Candy Cane Reindeer
What a week! While I have taught for 15 years, I don't think any school shooting has hit me quite as hard as the shooting in Connecticut on Friday. As I drove home listening to AM radio to get more details, my heart was broken. I am not a crier, but I wept for those moms and dads that did not have the opportunity to head home like I was, able to grab my kiddos and give them endless hugs and kisses.
The shooting is not something I have chosen to talk about with my 6-year old, first grade son. This is not in his realm of understanding, so I have made the choice to avoid all news stories with him around. If questions arise, I will answer them, but I don't believe he is capable of understanding such ugliness and horror. As a 36-year old, I struggle. School is supposed to be a safe place with safe people!
So our weekend has been filled with playtime, basketball, shopping, and CRAFTING. I am finding it hard to believe how quickly Christmas has come, and how much I have to do to prepare. I will share that I do have a different perspective after the events of the week...the "perfect present" is no longer the worry or concern-time together is!
With a craft for my son's holiday party in question, we took to Pinterest. We found a clever reindeer candy cane craft that he thought would be fun. I headed out with my daughter to buy supplies and tweaked it a bit to make it as first grader friendly as possible. I will be constructing these with my 6th graders, also. They love to create and craft...
Materials: candy canes, brown pipe cleaner, red pom pom, a glue dot, adhesive googly-eyes, and a piece of tape.
|Candy Cane Reindeer|
|Brennan's triangular creation!|
|Lilah's snow-covered cabin!|
As you finish up your final school days before the holidays with your students, enjoy that time. I know I will try to stress a bit less, and focus on the joy of our time together! Happy Holidays and God Bless!