Today, we did all things Rudolph, as we will do again tomorrow, when we go see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. We invited our buddies, Leah and Lucy, over for the reading of the book, a viewing of the movie, and some crafts! They brought a themed snack to share! It was, as usual, a lot of fun!
We started out the crafts by making the 'Handprint Reindeer Hat Craft' seen at http://www.freekidscrafts.com/handprint_reindeer_hat-e1323.html. For it, you'll need two sheets of brown construction paper, a pencil, scissors, glue, two Popsicle sticks, a pair of googly eyes, and a red pom pom nose.
Our craft table, set up for the girls!
First, cut two 2.5 to 3-inch wide strips out of one piece of your construction paper, lengthwise. Glue the strips together to make a long band. With your second sheet of paper, use your pencil to trace your handprints and cut out. These will be Rudolph's antlers. Wrap the paper strip around your child's head to determine how long your strip needs to be to fit correctly (snug). Adhere at your measurement. Glue your handprints to the inside of either side of your band, so that they will be above each of your child's ears. Glue a Popsicle stick in the middle of the palm of each handprint, on the inside, to ensure that your antlers stay erect.
Add your googly eyes, pom pom nose, and draw on a mouth to complete your Rudolph hat!
All the hat-wearing girls! :)
Next, we made the 'Reindeer Gift Bag' as seen at http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/reindeer-gift-bag-669337/. For that, you will need a brown paper lunch bag, a pencil, scissors, glue, googly eyes, a red pom pom nose, and antlers cut out of brown paper. (The site has a printable template.)
On your bag, use your pencil to draw a dotted line about midway up, and an arch with teardrop-shaped ears above that, as shown below. Cut along the solid lines so the top of your bag is rounded and you have two separate ear pieces. (You only need one layer to each ear, but because you're cutting from the folded bag, it will actually have four layers. Remove three.)
Fold your bag down, along the dotted line, so that your arch is now bent over, like below. Glue your antlers and ears on either side of the bag before adding your eyes and nose. Once dry, you can put a surprise inside! (I noticed that the bag is the perfect shape for a CD case, so this would be a great homemade wrapping idea for just such a thing!) The surprise I sent the girls home with is another craft you can make coming up ...
Anna brought these cute little cookies to share ... simple round sugar cookies with pretzel antlers and mouths, red M&M noses, and chocolate chip eyes! VERY cute and such a hit with the girls! (Thanks, Anna!)
For the girls to take home in their reindeer bags, I had made 'Reindeer Food,' using about half a cup of oatmeal per Ziploc bag, sprinkled with glitter. I used the printable seen at
http://missyballance.typepad.com/crafty_carnival/2008/11/free-christmas-printables---letter-to-santa--reindeer-food---home-baked-cookies.html for the label (simply stapled on over the top of the bag). It reads,
'Sprinkle on the lawn at night
the moon will make it sparkle bright
Santa's reindeer fly and roam
this will guide them to your home!'
Now, we're all geared up for tomorrow's field trip!