Sunday, December 12, 2010

sunday kids' craft and classroom party audition: jingle bells

Welcome to classroom party craft audition THREE and Sunday Kids' Craft!  Two for one!  (Go here for audition ONE and here for audition TWO.)

By now you are seriously wonderful about my ability to make decisions.  I mean, who spends THIS MUCH TIME trying to pick a craft for a bunch of kindergartners? 

Me!  That's who!

Yesterday, we were stuck inside all day, and we spend about two hours of that at the table trying out crafts!  Most of the pics below are of me doing this particular craft because it's REALLY hard to get kids to pause in the middle of the steps for pictures.  But not only did my 5 year old make these bells, but my 2 year old did too.  So rest assured that these party crafts have been kid-tested and mother approved!  (I secretly LOVED every minute of our snowy day.  Snowed-in days are the best excuse to take a break from the world for a day!  And yes, we stayed in our pajamas ALL DAY LONG!  You can read a recap of our day here.) 
And here's number three:
Jingle Bells
Audition #3

Here’s what you need:
~an egg carton cut a part . . . each child will need two of those little egg cups
~one pipe cleaner per kid
~two bells per kid
~decorations - glitter glue, sequins, stickers, markers, etc.

Here’s what you do:
1) Poke small holes in the top of each egg cup.  I recommend that an adult does this part.  I used wooden skewers for this.  Someone gave us these as a wedding gift, and I'm pretty sure I've never actually used them for food.  I've used them for crayon ornaments, egg blowing and egg dying, and various other projects, but never as actual skewers.  You've got to get a set of these!

2)  Push the pipe cleaner down through one of the holes.

3)  Push the pipe cleaner through the opening at the top of the bell and pull it out about 1/4 of an inch or so.  Then twist this tail around the rest of the pipe cleaner to secure.   

4) Repeat with the other egg cup and bell.
5)  Decorate!


Hang these over a tree branch for a one-of-a-kind jingle bell ornament.  I made one of these in preschool 30ish years ago, and my mom still hangs it on their tree every year. 

I love these.  They aren't "perfect" or "polished" looking, but they are easy, allow for creativity and individuality.  (My girls picked mostly pink and blue decorations as much as I tried to influence them to pick the more traditional Christmas colors.  They like to put a their personality into every craft we do.)  And my 5 year old LOVED this one too.  She's been jingling her bells all day!

What do you think?  What's your first choice so far?  I have at least two more to audition before I make a final decision.  Weigh in!

Craft on!

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Tricia said...

Great idea! I'll be emptying my egg cartons tomorrow! thanks for sharing!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

These are adorable. My daughter would love to do this. She's very into pipe cleaners right now:)

Papgena Made It said...

I like this one! Is very simple but very effective! This is my number 1 for now and in second the tree tube.

valentinegirl said...

Here are some of the ornaments that I have made with Kindergartners (and preschoolers). I know how it can be....obsessed with finding the perfect craft for the classroom! I love these beaded candy canes and snowflakes...

Unknown said...

How fun! And they could even paint or color on the egg cartons to make them even more individualized. Every kid loves bells and pipe cleaners, I think :)

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

These are really cute!! And your girls smiles showing them off are so sweet. They made me smile. ;)

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

Easy, fun, and unique. What more could you ask for?

Leigh the sewing diva said...

These look so much fun! Just added them to my to do list on my blog. Not long started, who knows maybe mine will be half as good as yours by my blogiversary!
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