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MERRY CHRISTMAS

COOKIE CUTTER FUN
Collect several Christmas cookie cutters. Place thin sponges in pie tins and pour on tempera paint in desired colors. Show your child how to press the cookie cutters onto the sponges, then onto paper to make holiday prints.
  • For gift-wrap, print on large paper, such as butcher paper or brown wrapping paper. Printing with red and green on newspaper is also fun.
  • Create gift bags by printing on paper lunch sacks.
  • To make greeting cards, print on folded pieces of construction paper.
 

SPICY WREATH ORNAMENT
This ornament makes a great holiday gift. Cut the center out of a small green paper plate to make a ring for a wreath base. Invite your child to glue on Christmas-scented items, such as dried orange peels, cinnamon sticks (broken into pieces), whole cloves, and peppermint candies. Add a red bow. Then make a hanger by punching two holes in the top of the wreath and tying on red ribbon.

 
HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS?
Photocopy a December calendar page and let your child decorate it with crayons or markers. Attach a holiday sticker on the 25th to mark Christmas Day. Then each morning, give your child a sticker to attach on that day's date, and help him count the number of days remaining until Christmas.
 
WRAP IT UP
Select a familiar object, such as one of your child's toys, and wrap it like a gift. Ask your child to feel the outside of the "present" and try to guess what's inside. Then let her open the package to see if her guess was right. Follow up by letting her wrap an object for you to guess.
 
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