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Whatever you’re doing for the upcoming holidays, there’s sure to be lots of wonderful food and drinks. If you’re in charge of the food, you may be overwhelmed already! I have an easy yet festive refreshing drink recipe guests of all ages will enjoy. A few simple ingredients are needed, featuring 7UP®.
7UP® Gumdrop Christmas Fizz Recipe
Add a scoop of raspberry or lime sherbet to a glass. Pour a small amount of lime or cherry flavored syrup. Top with canned whipped cream.
Gumdrops on skewers add a fun holiday element! Your guests will be impressed with this simple yet creative drink.
- 7UP® or Canada Dry Ginger Ale®, flavored if desired
- Lime and Raspberry sherbet
- Lime and Cherry flavored syrups
- Whipped Cream Topping
- Scoop sherbet into glass.
- Pour small amount of flavored syrup over sherbet.
- Add whipped cream topping as desired.
- Slowly pour in 7UP® or Canada Dry Ginger Ale®.
- Top with whipped cream.
- Garnish with gumdrop skewers.
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It’s time for early childhood teachers everywhere to scramble and get holiday crafts and parent gifts done and very soon out the door. I’m in that boat. Here’s a quick and easy card that will be treasured by parents everywhere. I made it into a handy printable template so all you have to do is print it out and get little hands busy!
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Printable Fingerprint Christmas Tree Card
- Print on cardstock.
- Using ink pads or paint, use finger to paint tree as desired.
- Add glitter to star.
- Write a personal message, photo or drawings inside the card,
Each card is unique! Encourage children to use whatever colors they want. It helps to provide a wet wipe so they can clean one color off their finger before choosing another. 2-4 year olds created the cards below. I assisted them with the glue and glitter for the stars.
The kids were so pleased with what they created and I’m sure they will be parent favorites!
We use Colorations Classic Colors Jumbo Washable Stamp Pads – Set of 6. They are long lasting and the ink washes right off little hands.
Sometimes while I’m working, I have an idea. I was washing out tomato paste cans and thought, “What could I use these for?” Any early childhood education teacher or child care provider thinks of this on a continual basis – nothing gets wasted, except the food you cook for those kids. Just kidding. Sort of. Then I thought, “A snowman!” as I lined them up on the counter. Finally I got to this project that was forming in my mind.
Make a Recycled Can Lid Snowman Ornament
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- (3) 2″ can lids – I used small tomato paste can lids, removed with Safety Smooth Edge Can Opener
- black felt cut in a hat shape
- ribbon scraps for scarf and hat decoration
- small buttons
- Sharpie markers
- craft wire – I used 20 gauge
- small sticks for arms
- hammer & nail
- wire cutter or needle-nose pliers
- hot glue gun
- Wash can lids.
- Tap holes in lids for wiring with a hammer and nail. Top lid will have two holds to attach wire. Middle lid, top & bottom, bottom lid, hole on top.
- Wire lids together with small lengths of wire. Clip ends and twist in so they are not poking out or sharp.
- Draw face on snowman as desired.
- Glue on buttons.
- Cut hat shape and glue on. Decorate as desired.
- Glue stick arms on.
- Tie on ribbon scarf. Secure with hot glue if needed.
All done! So cute!
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Our beautiful Winter Wonderland paintings are just simple paintings at the easel, but the experience offers so many benefits for young painters! This activity goes along with our Mother Goose Time theme this month.
Offering a variety of colors allows for creativity exploration in color mixing. Working at the easel is vertical surface work that provides many developmental benefits.
Open ended materials and free time to create builds a healthy self concept. Doing it “myself” allows for trial and error.
Winter Wonderland Paintings
Beautiful work to display on our walls for the winter months!
Sometimes we think art needs to be big and complex, but really, it’s the experience that matters. And what beautiful results from just simple materials! Our Mobile Art Rack seen in the pictures above is from Discount School Supply. We also use it for our activity trays. Love it!
One of our centers this week is Trim the Tree Dramatic Play. This super fun and festive activity is not only dramatic play but works on fine motor development. In the pictures you can see how hanging the small objects onto the tree works the small hand muscles and promotes eye hand coordination.
Trim the Tree Dramatic Play for Preschoolers
- small tree – craft store
- small non-breakable ornaments – ours are from The Dollar Tree
- string of beads – ours were necklaces that are taken apart
The girls also found some curling ribbon in the Holiday Wrap Cutting Bin so they put some ribbon on it too, which is a great idea.
Decorating a miniature tree is one way for children to experience the holidays in a hands on way. They use the tree when playing house or just stop in for a little tree decorating during free play time.
Its not always so pretty and it tips over and things get tangled, but isn’t that real life??
Trimming the tree is always a favorite activity here at holiday time. I leave the tray out all month and vary the ornaments so there’s plenty of time for everyone to explore and get a chance to decorate the tree themselves.