First up... Turkey Word Work
here to download the turkey bodies
Click here to download the feathers
Moving on to Reindeer... because Christmas is right around the corner. Now, I'm not one of those Christmas fanatics who puts up Christmas decorations the second week of November. But-- I do like to do these reindeer during the first few days of December so we can use them all month. I call them Reindeer Mail. I send home a letter to the parents requesting that they send in a small item (candy, Christmas pencil, small notebook, other junk from the Dollar Store) for the reindeer pockets. The children also spend a little time each day writing a note to each child in the class. For the notes, or Reindeer Mail, I tell the children who we are going to write a note to for that particular day. Within 17 days we have a note for each child. When I pick your name, you get to write a note to me :) By the time our Christmas party rolls around each child has a reindeer pocket full of little treats and special notes. We open them on the day of our party. Each first grade teacher does this and we all use our bulletin board outside the room to hang the reindeer. The kids are so excited to see what's inside.
To make the reindeer pockets: fold a 12 X 18" piece of brown construction paper twice- until you have a V shape. Staple a few times on the back. I use the large circle di-cut for the eye balls and nose. We have a smaller circle di-cut that I use for the eyes. I always give them a choice of blue, brown or green for the middle of the eyes. I use a 4" di-cut 0, cut in half for the bridle. I like the look of glitter on the noses, but I do that part myself-- for obvious reasons :)
Since I'm obviously not good at blogging each day-- or each week-- I'll share another idea. This is one of my favorites! Each year my kids make Christmas books for their parents.