Today is the holiday extravaganza edition of Flannel Friday! To celebrate, I have not one, but TWO ideas to share (and one of them is not a flannelboard.) Also, I’m off today and working on these at home, so instead of seeing my library’s activity room and flannelboard, you’ll be seeing my apartment and carpet. Let’s get started!
Idea #1: Indoor Snowballs Made of Tulle!
I know not everyone gets a white Christmas (Texas included), but I just can’t help myself. When I think of Christmas, I think of snow! To make these babies, I cut off a decent amount of tulle, thread a needle, then bunch the tulle up into a ball and pull the needle and thread through a few times so that it keeps its ball shape. It takes less than a minute to make one snowball, though I’ll be needing lots and lots of snowballs for what I’m planning to do, so I’ll probably still be working on this for an hour or so.
My plan with these is to dump the snowballs onto the floor and play the song ‘Frosty the Snowman’ while the kids are playing in the snow. I’ll stop the song at intervals, and whenever the music stops, the kids will have to freeze! It’ll be a great stop and go game. Of course I’ll have to explain some rules, such as you can only pick up one or two snow balls at a time (to keep kids from hording all the snowballs) and if you throw snowballs in a snowball fight, you can’t throw at anyone’s head.
I saw this done at a library back when I was still in grad school, and the kids had tons of fun (and the caretakers joined in too.)
Idea #2: Santa Bingo Game
The word ‘Santa’ has the perfect amount of letters for the BINGO song, but I already did that with ‘apple’ a few months ago. So then I thought, “What about a simplified version of the BINGO game?” So that’s how I thought of this one.
I found 25 holiday clip art pictures in Microsoft Word and printed them out twice. One set has Velcro on the back so that they can form our BINGO board on the flannelboad. The others will go into a bag, and I’ll go around the room and have each child reach into the bag and pull out one picture. He or she will then need to find the matching picture on the board, and when they do, I’ll take that picture down and replace it with a Santa hat BINGO marker. Depending on how many kids will be there, we’ll either play until we have BINGO, or we’ll play until the whole board is filled with Santa hats. At the end, everyone will be a winner and I’ll hand out small prizes, such as candy or a pencil.