Each year we study the arctic and as we go along our classroom transforms! Here are a few of the cute projects we do to make our classroom a winter wonderland…
Polar Bear Art
If you’d like to try this, I have a complete tutorial. Click here to see it and give it a try with your students! It’s easier than it looks, I promise!
Arctic Tundra SceneSince polar bears aren’t the only ones who live in the arctic, we also made other arctic animals and glued them onto a long sheet of black paper. You can see they all tried to copy my poster in the middle with their own versions.
We experimented each day with some glitter-glue, and then some white glue with glitter sprinkled on top, both of which turned out to be beautiful. It was a fun surprise each morning to see how it looked after drying over night.
The second kind of snowflakes we made were the large paper snowflakes hanging in the picture above.
I’ve been doing these ones for years, but there’s a tutorial on how to make them HERE.
We had our big buddies (grade 4) help us the first time, and after that everyone was obsessed with making them. Even the grade ones could make them independently! We now have twice as many hanging from the ceiling as we did when I took this picture.
If you like working with dough, then this one is for you. The combination of ingredients makes a lovely soft and delicate dough. It needs to be worked to make it pliable, but once warm it’s very soft. Once dry, it’s nice to draw on with markers or pencil crayon. **Note: Keep these ones small because they can be brittle and crack. You will find a tutorial HERE.
Do you write to Santa? Our student can ask for anything they want, but I require them to be polite and give Santa a compliment first, and ask a question too, before launching into their wish list.
You can get these templates for free HERE.
Or you can join us in spreading the Christmas Kindness with this fun activity for school or even to send home over the holidays this winter!
You can read more about Winter and Christmas activities, art and celebrations around the world by clicking HERE. You’ll also find this cute freebie – trim Santa’s beard for each act of kindness this season!
If you’d like to see more step-by-step photo tutorials, you can choose from these huge collections of art lessons for elementary classrooms. Each has lots of photos, a teacher script to read aloud to students, and literacy components to deepen thinking and expression through writing. CLICK HERE to take a peek!
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