Materials: 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1 cup packed brown sugar, ½ cup white sugar, 1 ½ cups chocolate chips, 1 quart wide-mouth canning jar
Directions: Layer the above ingredients in the jar. Attach these directions:
Thoroughly mix the ingredients in the jar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, cream 1 cup margarine until fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix in the cookie mix. Drop spoonfuls of the dough on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Cool and eat!
Materials: instant hot chocolate with miniature marshmallows, zip sandwich bag, wrapped candy cane, red ribbon
Directions: Put the package of the instant hot chocolate in the zip bag. Tie on a candy cane with these directions:
Here’s a little snowman soup –
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’ll warm you up real quick!”
TASTE OF THE SEASON
Wreath Sandwich - You will need bagels, cream cheese, green food coloring, and fruit loops to make this snack. First, dye the cream cheese green. Spread it on the bagel and add red fruit loops for berries.
Menorah Snack - Children will need a small banana, pretzel sticks, and a piece of red licorice to make this menorah. Peel the banana and insert a piece of red licorice in the middle. Insert 4 pretzel sticks (candles) on either side.
Reindeer Sandwich – You will need bread, peanut butter, pretzel twists, raisins, and a red M & M to make this yummy sandwich. Cut the bread into two triangles. Spread peanut butter on the bread and then decorate with raisin eyes and a red candy nose. Break pretzels in half and add for antlers.
Note! If children have peanut allergies spread with cream cheese or another topping.
Materials: paint, construction paper, glue, markers
Directions: Trace around children’s hands and cut them out to make these decorations. Or, have children dip their hand in paint and print. Use these ideas for cards, wrapping paper, or other decorations.
Adaptations: Use fabric paint and make holiday shirts with children’s handprints.
CHOIR OF ANGELS
Materials: paper plates, red construction paper
Directions: This is an easy idea if you need a quick costume for a school program. Cut the rim off a paper plate. Attach a red construction paper bow. Cut a slit so it can open and be placed around the neck. Now, you can tell your students to shine their halos!
THE GIVING BOOK
Materials: wrapping paper, white paper, advertisements, scissors, glue
Directions: Have your students discuss why they like to give gifts to others. How does it make them feel when they do something special for someone they love? Explain that they will each get to make a book of things they would like to GIVE to others. Cut the wrapping paper into 8 ½” x 11” pieces. Lay two sheets of white paper on top of the wrapping paper. Fold in half and staple. Provide children with catalogs and store advertisements. Let them cut out objects they would like to give others and glue them in their “Giving Books.” Encourage them to label the presents with the recipient’s name.
Adaptation: Use a gift bag to make a giving book. Cut the front and back off the bag. Cut paper the size of the bag and give a sheet to each child. After children draw or cut out pictures of presents they would like to give, staple their pictures in between the front and back of the bag to make a class book.