Alphabet Book - Make a class alphabet book of toys with all those catalogs and sale brochures. Take 26 sheets of paper and write a different letter of the alphabet on each page. Add a cover that says "Toys from A to Z" and staple together. Let children cut out different toys and glue them on pages according to beginning sounds. Label the pictures or let the children write the words.

Reindeer Sandwich - Slice a piece of bread diagonally to make triangles. Spread on peanut butter. Put a red candy at the bottom point for a nose, then two raisins for eyes. Break pretzel twists and add for the antlers.

Jingle Bells - Have children sit on the floor in a line with their backs facing each other. Demonstrate how to put their arms around the person's waist in front of them like a "team of reindeer." Sing "Jingle Bells" as they move forward and backwards to the rhythm of the song. Sing the song fast, slow, loud, silently, and so forth.

Jingle Bell Painting - This project is similar to marble painting. Roll a piece of paper so you can insert it in an oatmeal canister or cheese ball can. Drop jingle bells in paint, and then use a spoon to transfer them to the can. Put on the lid, then shake the can as you sing "Jingle Bells." Remove the paper to see your jingle bell painting.

Holiday Cards - Recycle greeting cards with these projects. Children can punch holes in the cards then use them like lacing cards and sew with yarn. (Hint: A bobby pin is a simple needle children can sew with.) If cards are textured, children can put paper on top and rub with the side of a crayon to make a rubbing. Let children cut up cards to create collages or to design their own holiday cards.

A Gift of Love - Here is a simple gift parents will love. Let children wrap a small jewelry box, a scrap of wood, or a small piece of Styrofoam with wrapping paper and a ribbon. Add this note to the gift:

Here is a little gift
That you can never see.
The reason it's so special,
It's just for you from me.
Whenever you are lonely,
Or even feeling blue,
You only have to hold this box
And know I think of you.
Please never unwrap it,
And leave the ribbon tied.
Just hold the box close to your heart,
It's filled with love inside.

Hint! Add a small magnet to the back and it can be used on the refrigerator.

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