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Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Reach Your Goal to Obtain Professional Development for the New Year at ChildCare Education Institute

Is professional development or obtaining a certification like the CDA one of your goals for the new year? This is a great time of year to set new certification and professional development goals, and ChildCare Education Institute is making it easy to achieve those goals in 2020!


This year, use ChildCare Education Institute to set professional development goals that you can reach and enjoy! 

** Set specific goals! Set realistic goals with clear schedules to complete them! Keep track of your progress so you can see where you've been and where you're going. Use the Education Coaches at CCEI to help choose your goals and make them attainable!

** Set a clear and targeted date for your goal's completion! Consider your family and work responsibilities, and set yourself up for success by making realistic goals. The courses at CCEI are marked with the hours that they typically take to complete. How much time can you really spend on your professional development or certificate? Map out a realistic schedule! Finishing a certificate program, earning an Early Childhood credential, to even articulating credits with CCEI's articulation partners (found here) can take longer if you are working full time and taking care of your own family at the same time, but with a little planning you can get started today!

** Find your interests and become an expert!  CCEI  has a huge variety of courses applicable to many different aspects of the child care industry, including Environments & Curriculum, Health & Safety, Nutrition & Food Service, Child Development, Inclusion & Special Needs, Guidance & Discipline, Administration & Management, and many more!  And they offer a free trial course for new users!  What do you want to be an expert in? Make a choice and get started! 

You can see some of the specific courses I have taken from CCEI and my reviews of them at these links:  CCEI 440: Sensational ScienceCCEI 112: Active Learning In Early ChildhoodLiterature 102: Poetry and Nursery Rhymes for Young Children, and CCEI 670: Bright Beginnings: Age Appropriate Activities for Infants and Toddlers, and check out their most popular courses HERE!
  
** Stay on track with a personalized dashboard! While you are working on your CDA coursework from CCEI (a Gold Standard Comprehensive provider), you will have a personalized dashboard that tracks all the professional development courses you've taken. You can also print your course certificates right from the dashboard--no need to wait for them to arrive in the mail!

** Take courses at home!  CCEI's courses can be taken from anywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! There is no need to travel to a physical location--you can take all the courses from your computer!

Register with ChildCare Education institute TODAY and take advantage of these benefits:

* 1 free trial course for new CCEI users!

* IACET CEU's for completed coursework with certificates printed on demand at no additional cost!

* CDA coursework from a Gold Standard Comprehensive provider!

When I first discovered ChildCare Education Institute, I had a lot of questions about them! I like to make sure the professional development I take comes from a high-quality provider, and ChildCare Education Institute did not disappoint!  I'm sharing the answers to the rest of the questions I first had right here for you!

** Is CCEI accredited?  Yes!  ChildCare Education Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

** How many students have participated in their certificate programs?  Over 15,000 early childhood professionals have already graduated from their CDA and other certificate programs!

** Do people recommend them?  Yes! Over 99% of their students say they would recommend them to others!

** Can I work on my course online?  Yes!! (This is one of my favorite features!)  CCEI coursework is all online and available 24/7, every day of the year!

** Can I get CEUs for my courses?  Yes! You can get IACET CEU's for completed coursework at no additional cost!

** Who are the courses at CCEI for?  Courses at CCEI are useful to anyone who works with young children! They are particularly applicable to adults who work in child care centers, family child care, Head Start, preschool classrooms, after school classrooms, and more!

** Are any courses in Spanish? Yes! CCEI has over 150 courses in English and over 100 in Spanish! 

I have now taken several courses from CCEI  and absolutely loved all of them!  I have found the courses to be very beneficial containing content and tips based on current research and best practices.  I am very happy to recommend ChildCare Education Institute




January is a great time of year to make new goals and plans--and this January is the perfect time to register for courses with ChildCare Education Institute creating a New You for the New Year!

This article is sponsored by ChildCare Education Institute! As always, I only share my own opinions, and I only recommend companies that I believe in 100%!


Happy Educating,
Carla


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STEM Preschool: Engineering Camp / Co-op Class

I'm teaching a STEM Preschool class this term to our preschool-2nd grade homeschool class, and I am super excited to share my plans with you all! 


You can use these lessons as stand-alone lessons (they're each about 45 minutes), put them together to make a STEM Preschool Camp this spring or summer, or use them once a week in a co-op like we are! Or, use them in any way you find useful! They are all fun, hands-on learning experiences that are perfect for preschoolers!

I will write a lesson plan up for each week and link it to the following outline:

Week 1: Musical Marble Runs
Projects: Musical Marble Runs
Science Concepts: sound, gravity, force (a push or pull)

Week 2: Stomp Rockets with 2-liter Bottles
Projects: Paper Rockets
Science Concepts: gravity, force

Week 3: Bridges
Projects: TP Roll & Cardboard Bridges
Science Concepts: strong shapes, structural support

Week 4: Wrecking Ball
Projects: Wrecking Ball & Block Towers
Science Concepts: force, structural support, gravity

Week 5: Marble Mazes
Projects: Cardboard Marble Mazes
Science Concepts: sizes and spaces

I'll also package the five lessons up into a nice download for y'all too, in case you'd like to just print off the lessons! That will be available right here...but coming soon!




Happy Educating,
Carla



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Friday, January 3, 2020

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Teachers, learn more about STEM activity with ChildCare Education Institute--Includes Musical Marble Run STEM activity

Do your preschoolers love STEM activities and projects? Would you love professional development training focused on STEM for young children? Today I'm excited to share a STEM activity (Musical Marble Runs) that you can do with your preschoolers and course offerings from ChildCare Education Institute that focus on STEM education for young children!



If you'd like to learn more about STEM for preschoolers, I encourage you to check out ChildCare Education Institute!  Childcare Education Institute (CCEI) provides high-quality online training courses and programs that are perfect for teachers and parents!

This activity is a STEM project because it integrates the four pillars of STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math.

Science: Children use problem solving skills and science reasoning concepts like making observations, making hypotheses, testing and experimenting with those hypotheses, and analyzing and sharing their results. They are also investigating science concepts like gravity, force, and friction.

Technology: Technology is the application of knowledge, so using the building skills they have been developing since they were babies to create a marble run is creating their own technology!

Engineering: Designing, testing, and adjusting their marble runs is engineering!

Math: Preschoolers actually experiment with math concepts like size, proportion, and balance while they work on this project!


CCEI has over 150 English and Spanish training courses for early childhood education providers that can be taken to meet licensing requirements and coursework to earn national recognitions like CDA and Director credentials. They are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

My favorite aspects are their online availability (coursework from the CCEI website is available 24/7 every single day--you can work on it in evenings, early mornings, weekends, or any time you are available!) and their relevant courses (their courses meet licensing requirements and teach skills that are actually needed by people who work with young children)! For example, they offer CUR 106: STEM in the Early Childhood and CHD 110: Birth to Five: Child Development in Young Children!

CUR 106: STEM in Early Childhood Education course provides basic information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education so early childhood educators can promote the development of foundational science and math skills in young children.

CHD 110: Birth to Five: Child Development in Young Children course covers important developmental milestones from birth through age five, related to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. 

ChildCare Education Institute has fantastic reviews too! Over 99% of their students would recommend CCEI to others, and over 15,000 early childhood professionals have already graduated from their CDA and other certificate programs! They are constantly adding new courses--over 30 new hours every year! And they award IACET CEU's for completed coursework at no additional cost!

Musical Marble Runs is a STEM project I developed that works wonderfully with all ages! They can get quite complicated with older kids or be super simple for younger kids. My youngest toddler even loves rolling marbles along wooden ramps because of the musical "click-click-clickity-clack," and will happily experiment with blocks and marbles over and over and over.

The supplies for this project are super simple and can be easily adapted to whatever you have on hand!  In this case, we used our wooden block bin and marbles.  Next week, we will be doing the same thing with larger groups in our homeschool co-op, and we will be using kiva planks.  The key to making the music is using wooden building supplies and the marble.

As the marble rolls along the wooden path, it clicks and clacks in different rhythms. Both the kids and I actually find the sound super addictive! 

You can build walls to help direct where the marble goes.

Try turning the path.

See what happens with a tall path or a long skinny path!


You can make it an open-ended activity where the supplies are available and you all build together, or make it a specific challenge like tallest, widest, or most "clinks." 

With my younger kids, I've been encouraging them to create their favorite musical rhythm and pay attention to how the beat changes with different blocks and spacing.  (When I meet with the older kids next week, they will be calculating speed, but that's an entirely different post!)


You can actually hear the musical rhythm in this short video:



Another fun thing about his project is the apparent "mash-up" of supplies.  Our kids are used to building marble runs with marble run tracks. They are used to building lots of things with the wooden blocks that do not involve marbles. But combining the marbles and wooden blocks creates a new learning framework, or way to process and store information, in our kiddos' minds. I actually had one kid tell me, "These blocks aren't supposed to make marble runs!"  I let her know that she could actually build a marble run with just about anything...and she went on to do a great job!

Every course I've taken from CCEI has been useful and based on current research and best practices.  I am very picky about what materials I recommend to people, and so far I have loved everything I have seen from ChildCare Education Institute! You can see reviews I have done for specific courses from them like CCEI 440: Sensational ScienceCCEI 112: Active Learning In Early Childhood, Literature 102: Poetry and Nursery Rhymes for Young Children, and CCEI 670: Bright Beginnings: Age Appropriate Activities for Infants and Toddlers!  You can also check out their most popular courses HERE!

Do you do STEM activities with your preschoolers?  I'd love to hear about your favorites! Feel free to email me or say "Hi!" on Facebook or Instagram!


This post was sponsored by ChildCare Education Institute. As always, all thoughts and responses are mine, and I only recommend companies I believe in 100%!



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Friday, December 13, 2019

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Preschool 3D Christmas Ornaments - Book Inspired!

Today Shannon from Whimsy and Purpose is sharing this adorable book-inspired 3D paper ornaments! They are perfect for a Christmas activity with your preschoolers!




I love doing crafts with my daughters, almost as much as I love reading to them. Today's craft is making 3D paper ornaments because the 3D effect is still fairly simple, but makes it stand out from the other flat crafts that we do. Because different kids have different skill levels and interests I have provided a printable that includes several options. I hope you and your children enjoy this project as much as we have.

Choosing your Book


I've included several printables using the art from my book "The Little Pink Elephant", along with a page of templates for making your ornaments fit your child's interests. If you are interested in know more about my book, information can be found on my blog, click here to read the post I wrote about teaching our children to shine!

I have a copy of my book that was damaged so I'll be using it to show you how to use the templates to make your own custom ornaments from any book you'd like. You may choose to use any book that your child likes, its up to you.




Supplies needed:


  • Cardstock to print on
  • Print the free Printable I put on TeachersPayTeachers. The printable is called DIY Elephant Ornaments Template click here to go directly to the Printable.
  • Scissors
  • Optional an old or inexpensive book to cut up
  • Ribbon
  • Beads or pom poms
  • needle that fits through bead for ribbon (with eye big enough for ribbon)
  • Cardstock to print on
  • brush to apply glue
  • Glue (stick or liquid)
  • Glitter Glue (optional)




Directions:


  1. Print Ornaments or template pieces.
  2. Cut out the pieces based on the shape you want to make. for the 3D evect you need 3 pieces of the same shape and size.
  3. Thread your ribbon on your needle so that it can come off after going threw the bead or pom pom. Do this by keeping the loop at the far end away from the needle and do not push your bead or pom pom that far down the ribbon.
  4. Once the bead or pom pom is on the ribbon, tie a knot big enough to keep the bead or pom pom from coming off the ribbon.
  5. Gently fold each shape in half, but don't crease it. Take extra care to make sure your image is lined up the way you want it.
  6. Glue two halves together, then fit the ribbon at the center edge and press together and hold for a minute, add extra glue if needed.
  7. Add glue to the remaining piece and glue it to the two free sides of the ornament.
  8. Let dry.
  9. Optional, lightly paint ornament with glitter glue, being careful to not use to much glue. Let dry.


Shannon L. Mokry grew up in sunny California. She now makes her home in Texas. She lives there with her husband, three daughters, two cats and chickens. In recent years she has taken on the role of homeschooling her girls. It is a calling she finds both challenging and rewarding.  Shannon has been writing Children's books since 2016 and has been writing at www.WhimsyandPurpose.com since late 2018. She has written 3 series of books featuring dragons, and uniquely colored animals, each with the person of teaching and encouraging our children. You can find out more about Shannon and her books by visiting her website.  What will the future hold? No one knows for certain, but Shannon doesn’t plan to stop writing any time soon.




Happy Educating,
Carla


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Friday, December 6, 2019

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Sharing A Christmas Carol With Your Entire Family - a Preschool Christmas Activity

Today Kristen from A Mom's Quest to Teach is sharing our next Preschool Christmas Activity--ways to share the classic A Christmas Carol!


One of my all-time favorite stories for the holiday season is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. No matter the age of your child, there are so many different ways for you to share this classic story with them. From picture books to the original tale and cartoons and movies, you can share the story of the redemption of Ebeneezer Scrooge with them yearly.

Read Aloud 



Reading aloud the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, the three Ghosts, and the Cratchit family can become a fantastic holiday tradition. Charles Dickens enjoyed reading the story aloud before audiences of various sizes. His first public performance was in December 1853. He presented the tale over the course of three hours and—without any props or costumes—brought the characters and setting to life. If you wish to read the tale aloud in its entirety or via an abbreviated version, there are multiple editions available. In fact, there is a special Christmas with Dickens by Cedric Charles Dickens that includes the famous tale in an abbreviated version that can be read aloud in about an hour.


For Your Little Ones 



If you have little ones and want to introduce them to the classics there are many books available. One of my favorites is from the BabyLit ®  book series. A Christmas Carol is a colors primer by Jennifer Adams that features key characters from the story and connects them to different colors. It is helpful for the parent or reader of the BabyLit ® to have a good understanding of the story to help fill in the details for children who are curious as to who the characters are and why they are represented the way they are in the board book.  



Learning Words 



To help reinforce the reading of the words and the colors, I created coloring sheets with the words from the story for our children. Depending upon your preference, you could offer your children crayons, colored pencils, markers, or even paint to fill in the words the matching color from the story. This provides a fun way to introduce vocabulary and allow your children to learn their colors. We used colored pencils and then cut the words out so we put the story in order using the words. 



Crafts 



As one of the biggest symbols of the Ghost of Christmas Present is a wreath, we have created several different versions over the years including this new one! I asked our older son to draw the holly in the wreath and our younger children painted the holly leaves and berries in between the leaves. You could also have your children finger paint the berries. We will hang our wreaths up to help decorate our kitchen during the holiday season. 



For Older Siblings 

Pretend Play



Create or purchase hats for your children to wear representing the different characters.



A top hat for Ebeneezer Scrooge

A crown or tiara for the Ghost of Christmas Past
A wreath for the Ghost of Christmas Present
A hood for the Ghost of Christmas Future
A bonnet for Mrs. Cratchit
A cap for Tiny Tim

Retell the Story

Choose one scene from each of Scrooge's trips with the three ghosts and recreate as a diorama. There are some key scenes to pick from in A Christmas Carol. From the past, children can pick from Scrooge's time as a student or while he was working for Mr. Fezziwig. When the Ghost of Christmas Present first arrives, he brings with him a huge feast. He then takes Scrooge to see the Cratchit family. The visit by the Ghost of Christmas Future brings sadder scenes to recreate including a visit to the grave of Scrooge himself.

Creativity Time

For your oldest children, a fun idea might be to take one or two of the more famous quotes from the story and have them write them out in calligraphy or using other fancy lettering. You could also try your hand at knitting as one of the key character features of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit is their knitted scarves.



Sharing A Christmas Carol With Your Entire Family was written by Kristen at A Mom's Quest to Teach. Kristen is a housewife and mother to a teenage stepson and two younger children (son, 6, and daughter, 4). Kristen holds a BA in History and an MS in Teaching. She is an NJ State-certified social studies teacher. Kristen has worked as a volunteer at a National Park site, in the education department of a metropolitan zoo, and as a high school history teacher.




Happy Educating,
Carla


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Thursday, December 5, 2019

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3 Easy Gingerbread Crafts for Preschoolers - Preschool Christmas Activities

Today Jennifer from OrganizedHomeschooler.com is sharing 3 gingerbread crafts that you AND your preschoolers will love! This is the next post in our Preschool Christmas Activities series!

The holiday season is such a wonderful time with little children. Their excitement is palpable and contagious. I like to capitalize on that excitement by reading Christmas books and doing crafts. These easy gingerbread crafts are perfect for the holiday season.


There are plenty of gingerbread-themed books that could accompany these craft projects, but one of my favorites is The Gingerbread Man: Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray.

In this story, the Gingerbread Man and his classmates make gifts for members of their community. They go around town delivering the gifts.

This is one of my favorite gingerbread-themed books because the cute rhyming text talks about community helpers.

Read the book and then dive into these festive crafts.

These cinnamon scented gingerbread crafts are a fun and festive way to create gingerbread men for all kids, but it is especially handy for children with dietary restrictions that make the cookie version off-limits.

Decorate a scented gingerbread person


Decorating a scented gingerbread person is the very first step to these crafts.

Materials:
* Sandpaper
* Gingerbread shaped cookie cutter
* Pen
* Scissors
* Cinnamon stick
* Glue
* Decorations - The options here are pretty limitless. I used coffee beans, google eyes, red pom moms, craft pony beads, dried beans, and paint pens.


Trace a gingerbread cookie cutter onto sandpaper

Begin by tracing a gingerbread cookie cutter onto the back of a piece of sandpaper. This works best with a pen. Pencil is not dark enough to see clearly.

You can use any grit sandpaper you have handy. I used 180 grit.

Cut out the gingerbread man shape with scissors

Cutting out the traced shape requires adult scissors, so it might be best left to an adult.

Rub the sandpaper with a cinnamon stick

Rubbing the sandpaper with a cinnamon stick adds the holiday scent. The sandpaper acts like a grater but it also holds onto the cinnamon particles.

The cinnamon scent is real, so it is not overpowering like artificial cinnamon can be.

Decorate the sandpaper gingerbread man

The gingerbread man can be decorated with many items that you have around your own home. Take a look through your craft supplies and kitchen pantry to see what you can find.

I used regular Elmer's school glue to attach all of the decorations.

Make as many scented sandpaper gingerbread as your kiddos like. I like to leave out a tray with pre-cut sandpaper gingerbread men, cinnamon sticks, glue, and decorations. Then my kids can make as many gingerbread as they like, whenever they like.

There are 3 options for using the scented gingerbread men, so you can never have too many!

3 Easy Gingerbread Crafts for Preschoolers


All of these easy gingerbread crafts use the scented sandpaper gingerbread men.

Make an ornament


It is super simple and quick to turn the scented gingerbread men into ornaments. All you need to do is attach a loop of ribbon onto the back of the sandpaper gingerbread man. I attached a loop of ribbon with heavy duty packing tape, but hot glue would also work.

Create a festive garland


Create a cute holiday garland by stringing an assortment of sandpaper gingerbread men onto a length of ribbon.

This can be done two ways:

* Create small slits in each gingerbread arm and weave the ribbon through the holes
* Hook each gingerbread man onto the ribbon with a paper clip

When my kids were in the toddler and preschool stage, I preferred to use the paperclip technique anytime the garland would be within their reach. This gave them the freedom to rearrange the gingerbread as often they wanted.

Make a gingerbread wreath


Create a truly one of a kind gingerbread wreath. All you need are a few of the scented sandpaper gingerbread, fake pine needle wreath, flexible metal ornament hooks, and hot glue.

First, glue an ornament hook on the back of each gingerbread man using a dot of hot glue.

Then, just arrange the gingerbread men around the wreath. Attach them with the hook.

If your preschooler enjoyed this book and crafts, consider planning a Gingerbread Day- a full day of gingerbread-themed fun!


Jennifer Knick is a homeschool mom of two. Before having children, she was a kindergarten teacher. She shares organizational tips, hands-on lesson ideas, and great book lists at OrganizedHomeschooler.com. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband. Follow her online on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Monday, December 2, 2019

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Christmas Tree Cookies ~ Preschool Christmas Activities


Today is the first day in our Preschool Christmas Activities series! I have some fantastic "visitors" to share Christmas activities they like to do with their preschoolers that go along with Christmas books! Today, Charlene is getting us started with these adorable edible trees...and a wonderful book!

Stacked sugar cookie star and the tale of three trees Christmas book activity

Christmas Book Activities For Kids - The Tale of the Three Trees


Have I got a Christmas treat for you today!

Are you familiar with the children's Christmas book, "The Tale of the Three Trees"?

Let me tell you - this is one adorable book. Probably one of my very favorite Christmas books for kids.

You can buy this book in bookstores all over. You can also order it in on Amazon. This is a great book to add to any Christmas library.

But for purposes of time, I am going to drop the embedded YouTube version of this book here. That way you can read this book with your kids right now. And then we can jump right into the fun Christmas activity for preschoolers that surrounds this awesome book.

Read The Tale of the Three Trees


"The Tale of the Three Trees" is a story about three little trees who live on the top of a hill.

Each of these little trees has a dream of what they want to grow up to become.

The first tree wants to become a grand treasure chest filled with the grandest and most valuable treasure known to man.

The second tree wants to become a strong sailing boat that is important enough to carry the greatest of kings and queens ever to walk the earth.

The third little tree doesn't want to be cut down. She dreams of staying on that hilltop forever and growing grand and tall. She wants to grow so tall that when others look to her, they look to Heaven.
Well, time goes by, and eventually, each tree is chopped down.

To his dismay, the first tree is not turned into a grand treasure chest but is instead turned into a trough for animal feed.

The second tree is disappointed when he is turned into a lowly fishing ship and not a big, strong sailing boat.

And sadly, the third tree is turned into a wooden beam and thrown into a woodpile, forgotten and alone.

And you will have to read the story to find out what happens to these trees next...but let me tell you - it is a tear-jerker! (Seriously - I cry every time I read this book. Or even just re-tell it! I'm such a softie.)



Stacked sugar cookie star and the tale of three trees Christmas book activity

Making Star Trees as a Fun Christmas Book Activity for Preschoolers


So what are we doing with our preschoolers today to make reading this fun Christmas book even more fun?

Why, we're making Christmas TREES, of course!

4D Sugar cookie Christmas trees. Don't these look so fun?



4D Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees

I know it looks complicated, but really, these stacked Christmas trees aren't that hard to make.

First, you'll want to start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe.



You're welcome to download it if you like.

But really, you can use any rolled recipe you want.

Making these stacked sugar cookie trees is a beloved Christmas activity at our house. In fact, we do it almost every year!

Star Tree Cookie Instructions


Gather your kiddos together and do some fun baking. Mix, refrigerate, and roll, and you're ready for the next step!

Next, you'll want to cut your dough into various sized stars.

There are kits available that you can buy. These kits are nice to use because they make the stars uniform and spaced out nicely, which makes them easier to stack. But if you have a couple of star-shaped cookie cutters in varying sizes, that will work nicely as well.

Cut your dough out, making sure each child has a star of each size. You might want to cut out a few spares in case any get broken. (Or eaten!)

Bake your cookies according to your recipe's instructions. You can read your new Christmas book while you wait for them to cool!

Once they have cooled completely (this is important!) you can get to stacking!

Give each child a star of each size and have them organize the stars in order from smallest to largest.

Take the biggest star and put some delicious frosting on top. (I always use store-bought frosting for this.) Then take the next largest star and place it on top, but kind of off-centered so the 5 points of the star are sitting in the middle of the bigger cookie's points.

Now frost that cookie and top it with the next-largest star.

And so on.

When you've reached the smallest cookie, you can either stick it flat or stick it so it is standing upright. Whichever is easiest for you.




Decorating Your Star Trees


Now you can add other decorations to your star, as desired! Edible pearls, nerds, and MNM's all work nicely for this part. Or you can just use regular sprinkles!

While you are making your tree, you can talk about the book you just read and how each of the trees had their dreams fulfilled in surprising and unexpected ways!

Leave your star trees to enjoy for a few days, or eat them right away.

Either way, this is a fun Christmas activity your kids can enjoy year after year!

And if you don't own this fun Christmas book yet, wouldn't it be a great Christmas gift idea for your kids? (We usually like to include a lot of non-toy Christmas gifts for our kids.)

About The Author



Charlene Hess headshot

Charlene Hess spent many years teaching kids before she had her own kids. She now has 7 kids of her own, whom she has been homeschooling for the last 10 years. Charlene still teaches other children outside of her home but finds great joy in exploring the world with her family. Charlene has participated in many leadership trainings with John C. Maxwell. Charlene and her husband blog about their homeschooling and parenting adventures over at https://hessunacademy.com.

Christmas Book Activities For Kids - The Tale of the Three Trees




Happy Educating,
Carla


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