Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

photo of: Countdown to Christmas (Advent Calendar) by We Heart Art at Prek+K Sharing


photo of: Countdown to Christmas Advent Tree Project via We Heart Art at PreK+K Sharing

This is a lesson that I used to do waaaay back in the day while my kids were wild and crazy during Thanksgiving week. I decided to pull it out of the vault this week for my students and they are SOOOO happy that I did! This is a Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, and is a great directive-style art project which will have your kiddos swooning!

For this project you will need:
25 strips of paper (I cut ours 1.5"x10" long)
  • 1 yellow strip per child
  • 5 red strips per child
  • 3 brown strips per child
  • 16 green strips per child
1 hand-held stapler per table (I use mini staplers, you will see them in pictures down below)

You can pretty much see the configuration of these strips when you look at this photo. It's basically loop one, hook two, loop two, hook four, loop 3, hook 6, trunk. I know, I'm speaking jibberish....
Here you can see the top of the tree. The rest of the tree follows suit. You surely need to practice making this before you try to do it with kids! If you feel that it too complicated, you may have each student decorate individual strips and YOU can assemble them for your classroom.

Either way, you're going to have some ecstatic kids in your classroom once this whole thing comes together! Don't have time to do the 25 days of Christmas on your Advent Calendar? Hop on over to We Heart Art to see how you make a "12 Days of Christmas" version!
Happy Holidays from We Heart Art to you and yours this season. Thanks for all the love and support you have shown PreK and K Sharing this year!

My Peppermint Plah-doh recipe was a HUGE hit here last year. 
Be sure to mix up a batch for your family or as a gift for your appreciative neighbors. 

photo of: Peppermint Play-doh Recipe by We Heart Art at PreK+K Sharing

Joanna Davis is a National Board Certified Art Teacher and teaches Art at Garden Elementary School in Venice Florida. She doesn't like tacky holiday crafts, but this project would be welcome on her fridge ANY day! Happy Holidays!

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