December, 2007 -

S-A-N-T-A - Write a different letter on five sheets of paper. Draw a hand on the back of each sheet. Choose five children to hold these as you sing the song. Explain that as you sing the song, when you turn over the letter and see the hand, everyone should clap.

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Santa Star - Give children red stars and a few cotton balls. Can they make a Santa out of the star? Add their name, date, and a piece of yarn for a hanger. This makes a great ornament for them to take home and hang on their tree.

Handprint Santa - Trace around each child’s hand. Turn upside down and add details as shown. You can also paint the child’s fingers white and the thumb and palm red. Press on paper, dry, and add a face with markers.

Handprint Santa
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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.

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My Dreidel

I have a little dreidel,     (Pretend to hold out palm with a dreidel.)
I made it out of clay;
And when it’s dry and ready,
Then dreidel I shall play.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,   (Clap as you dance in a circle like a top.)
I made it out of clay.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
Now dreidel we shall play.

My dreidel is so playful,       (Pretend to hold dreidel in palm)
It loves to dance and spin;
A happy game of dreidel,
Come play, now let’s begin.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,    (Clap and twirl around.)
Come play now, let’s begin!
And when it gets all tired It drops and then I win.
                                           (Fall gently to the floor.)

Dreidel Snack - You will need large marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and chocolate icing to make an edible dreidel. Insert the toothpick in the marshmallow. Dip one end in icing. Twirl it in your mouth and enjoy.

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