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Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Christmas Tag

               The Christmas Tag

I would happily start talking about Christmas in September! I'm the teacher that doesn't mind when the kids start to mention it! Christmas art, can't get enough of it either, except the glitter, that I can do without! 

I've seen the Christmas Tag going around and thought it would be a nice way to get to know the bloggers you follow. So here goes 😊 

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?

I love Christmas movies in general but my all time favourite is 'Miracle on 34th Street'. I have a boxset of the original and the remake, and I love watching both of them.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Christmas Morning, the earlier the better!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

I've always loved decorating the Christmas tree, and watching The Toy Show. Every year those two things signalled the start of Christmas for me.

4. Favourite festive food?

Christmas dinner, Christmas pudding and mulled wine (more a drink but anyway). Oh mince pies too! 

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?

I have received lots of gorgeous gifts over the years and I treasure many of them. For me Christmas is about spending time with friends and family, I prefer get together with the girls for a spa day rather than buy presents. 

All that said, a Fashion wheel when I was 7/8 stands out in my memory 😝 Wish I still had that actually! 

6. Favourite Christmas scent?

The smell of a real Christmas tree and cinnamon (probably because it means there is something baking in the oven).

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

I love the traditions of Christmas, every year my family goes out for breakfast on Christmas Eve. We soak up all the festive excitement around town and then we head home to help with the final preparations for the big feast. 

8. What tops your tree?

A red wooden star. It is very pretty but I can't wait for the day my little boy brings home a decoration to take pride of place on the top of our tree. 

9. As a kid what was the one gift you always asked for but never received?

A Mr frosty! We were always spoilt at Christmas and still are, but Mr. Frosty was never to be mine. I loved getting art supplies and books. 

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

As cheesy as it may sound I mean it...Spending time with family and friends.

Oh and the food! 

Happy Christmas x

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Paper Bag Christmas Art - P2

Two quick ideas to finish off my paper bag christmas art posts.

Christmas decorations 

Cut two of your chosen shapes from the paper bag. Decorate one side of each, with markers, paint, crepe paper etc. once dry staple the two sides together leaving a gap to stuff and add a ribbon. I used cotton balls to stuff the decoration. Next make a loop with the ribbon and put the open end into the gap and staple it to close. 

Gift Tags

I used old envelopes for this but ops per bags will work just aswell. We finger printed Christmas trees on ours but snowmen, robins, reindeer or whatever you fancy will work. Don't forget to punch a hole to tie to your present!

Monday, 7 December 2015

Nativity Silhouette

As part of our religion lesson I like to incorporate some art. 

This silhouette scene is very effective and is lovely for the kids to bring home and share the story of Christmas. 

To create the background firstly we put an A4 sheet onto a tray. Then we rolled marbles in paint and dropped them onto the sheet. Carefully we rolled them around the page to create a pretty design.

We cut out silhouettes of the stable, Baby Jesus, Mary & Joseph. Once the background was dry we glued the silhouettes on and finished with some stars. 

If you have silver or gold paint it works really well on the background.

If you don't want to do a nativity scene you could do a Christmas tree or snowman. 

Friday, 4 December 2015

Christmas Classroom Reads

I love Christmas Stories! 

Here are some picture books that I've collected over the years and my classes always enjoy. 

If you have any questions about any of these books please comment :) 

1. Olive the Other Reindeer ( Seibold/Walsh)
2. The animals Christmas Eve (Wiersum) 
3. Bear stays up for Christmas (Wilson & Chapman)
4. Just right for Christmas (Black & Beardshaw) 
5. Snow Bunny's Christmas Wish (Harry)
6. The Polar Express (Allsburg)
7. Wombat Divine ( Mem Fox ) 
8. The Mitten ( Jan Brett )


1. The Wild Christmas Reindeer (Jan Brett)
2. Twenty-Five December Lane ( Ward & Anderson)
3. Melrose and Croc Together at     Christmas (Emma Chichester Clark)
4. Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear ( Wood & Wood)
5. Santa's Stuck ( Greene/Cole)

I use 'The Mitten' and 'Santa's Stuck' as inspiration for art. I will do a post detailing how I use these books over the weekend. 


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas Displays


The tree pot and Santa face are printed from Mrs Pancake. They look lovely displayed on your class door. For Santa's beard children just trace around their hands on white paper and cut out πŸŽ… 

The reindeer (as modelled by me) is more craft rather than art but I love it! The body is printed from Mrs Pancake but rather than using the antlers I get the kids to do hand prints instead. 

I drew out figures for our nativity scene onto large white card. The kids then coloured and decorated the figures in groups. I love how it turned out.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Christmas Paper Bag Art

I had hoped to get this post up ages ago! *hangs head in shame*

Here are four ideas for reusing paper bags this December. I have enough ideas for another post later this week so keep an eye out. 

1. Gift wrap

Open out the paper bag, if you can lay them out flat with heavy books on top it makes printing on them easier.

Use sponges or potatoes cut to the shape you desire to create a pattern. We printed the snowmen using a circle of sponge and the hat using a small cuboid. Once dry add details using markers.

2. Gift bags

We glued small pieces of paper over the logo on the paper bag and painted holly wreaths. Berries were added by dipping cotton buds into red paint. The wreath was painted by dipping the edge of an old loyalty card (credit card style) into green paint and then dragging in a circle. 
The bumpy effect is from the glued paper underneath. 

Any Christmas picture could be painted on your bag.

3. Paper Snowflakes

We cut large shapes from the paper bags, folded them and cut pieces from each side and edge to create snowflakes. These would look even prettier painted silver or gold!

4. Gingerbread Houses

On white paper we designed windows, doors and roof tiles. We coloured them in and cut them out. We folded an A4 sheet in half and glued it on for the roof. We then stuck on the tiles, windows and doors. 

You could make a pretty gingerbread village with shops or just lots of tasty houses.