Three holiday projects starting with nature! 1) SANTA ROCK PUZZLE Materials Rocks Pencil Paint Pens Scissors Twine Glue gun/ glue sticks Sock Beads Acrylic paint Sticky tack Paint Brushes We always find these items helpful too: Smock Craft tray Directions Go out with an adult for a nature walk, collecting rocks. As you collect your rocks, lay them out to see if they work for creating Santa’s body. Don your smock. Paint your rocks. Allow them to dry overnight. We used paint pens to add details. You could also glue on details using beads, etc. Experiment with where you want to place your items by using sticky tack. We glued on a fuzzy sock for Santa’s hat. (Perfect for those single ones that everyone always seems to have!) Make your hat by tying off the end of your sock and trimming it. Allow to dry and play with your Santa! If you are using the puzzle in your classroom, we have a sign you can print out: santa Pin this idea for later: 2) MEMORAH Materials Rocks Sticks Acrylic paint Brushes Container Watercolour paint Water We always find these items helpful too: Smock Craft tray Directions Go on walk with an adult, collecting 9 rocks that you think look like flames and 9 sticks (with the one you will use for the centre shamash a bit taller. This candle lights the others.) Don your smock. Paint your flames with your acrylic paints. (You could use paint pens too.) You may have to do a few coats to get an even coat. We put the sticks in a watercolour wash bath. (Water enough to cover the sticks with a bit of paint). The longer you let them soak the more vibrant the colours. (Ours had the bark removed so it was pretty quick!) . We put them on a cooling rack with a paper towel underneath to dry. Once dry, enjoying lighting your play menorah for the 8 days of Hanukkah! 3) TURKEY Directions Find the full tutorial for this project, including tips here: https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/PAINTED-ROCK-TURKEY-CRAFT-FOR-PLAY (*This where we learned about rock puzzles- check out their giraffe and flamingo!) 4) Have you seen our ROCK CHRISTMAS TREE? http://make-it-your-own.com/painted-rock-christmas-tree/ Purpose Getting out into nature to source materials. Playing and manipulating objects to create an image. Recognizing some of the symbols of various holidays. Safety Notes We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces. Use scissors with care and adult supervision. Cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose. Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.