Spread the Holiday Cheer with Stocking Stuffers!

December 1, 2012

HAPPY DECEMBER!!!!!!
The holiday bug has officially bitten me and I am counting down the days until Christmas back east with the family! This will be the first year that Parks and I are spending the holiday together 🙂
We have 3 more weeks at school and I have my schedule jam-packed with fun, holiday activities to keep my students engaged and learning! Last year, I created a “stocking stuffer” class activity that I did to spread the holiday cheer before we went off to break. This year, my group of students reallllllyyyyy need some community-building so I spruced it up a little bit and turned it into a freebie for you!
Essentially students create this quick n’ easy stocking craft:
I put a little envelope under each stocking and hang these up on the wall right outside our classroom. Over the next few weeks, my students will use free time (Daily 5 – work on writing??? or those extra few minutes before/after lunch) and write one another notes! We secretly put them in the envelopes and I make sure the students know they aren’t allowed to read their notes until right before break! Of course, I write them each a cheerful note and put in their envelope so they can remember how much Ms. Moran appreciates them as well. 
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I encourage each student to try and write a note for every.single.classmate before the break gets here. When we have our holiday party, we take our stockings off the wall and read our lovely notes! It is a such a fun, *feel-good* activity to remember how much we appreciate each other before the holidays!
I hope you enjoy the freebie and the next few weeks of fun before your break!

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  • Thanks for the freebie! What a great way to make writing fun and spread good cheer. I am hoping you might be able to squeeze one more project into this busy month. I am new to blogging and am trying to organize a Winter Wonderland Exchange Project with teachers from all over the country. I am hoping you will consider joining the fun. Please head over to fristgradecarousel.blogspot.com for more info. Thanks, Maria

    • My friend, Denise, over at "Sunny Days in 2nd Grade" thought to print some stockings on blue construction paper for your Hanukkah friends! A snowflake or mailbox would work great too!

  • Thank you so much for this! I saw it at Sunny Days and came here to pick it up! My kids so enjoyed making their stockings, writing notes to each other, anticipating getting them, and today getting their stockings! It was a great community builder for my class! Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!