In lieu of Santa's Holiday Shoppe, we are hosting a Holiday Craft Night. We are giving parents the option to drop their children off in the evening, allowing the parents to go do some holiday shopping or just have a night out, while the kids come to school and do a craft.
We are planning on offering pizza for the kids, a craft, and have a movie after. Does anyone have any good craft ideas? This is for grades 2-5.
give the kids construction paper and let them make holiday cards. They can use stickers, stamps, crayons/markers and a range of embellishments (if anyone has a bunch of unused holiday stuff at home that they are waiting to get rid of...)
In the past we've had kids decorate pinecones to make them look like Christmas trees. Usually someone knows where to find a bunch of fallen pinecones. A really popular one is snow globes. It can be expensive because you have to buys jars, then little items to put in them (for instance a reindeer that is already hot glued onto the lid). Also, a popsicle stick picture frame to decorate.
In my area, you can find loads of canning jars on craigslist and at estate sales on
(they're usually stored in the basement). You'll want to buy the rings/lids new. If you start collecting throughout the year, you'll be in good stead come craft night.
There are some great instructions online for using old Christmas cards (or greeting cards in general) for making ornaments. For the older kids, try origami ornaments. My kids had great fun making those. Even learning how to make traditional cut-out snowflakes was a treat. The paper is inexpensive (you can use scrap-booking paper for both and get 4 out of one sheet) and learning how to make the intricate looking snowflakes gave them bragging rites for years to come.
If you haven't tried
for ideas, you must. It's my new crack as a PTO member and mom. LOADS of ideas for everything under the sun and a great place to keep them all. I keep a board for each school event and pin ideas throughout the year so I don't have to go hunting for them come Easter or Halloween. It worked out great for our Fall Bash!
As for finding pine cones, it sounds creepy, but around here, one of the best places are the cemeteries. They have this fascination with planting tons of pine trees there.