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German Christmas


Frohe Weihnachten

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The Christmas Rose
There is a flower in Germany called "Christmas Rose."

The Spiders Surprise
A German Folktale

*Art

Gingerbread houses are a huge tradition in Germany.

Graham Cracker House
Need: Packages of graham crackers, frosting, trims (raisins, nuts, candies, small marshmallows, red hots), 1/2 pint sized milt containers(size that comes with child's school lunch). Styrofoam plates or heavy paper plates.

Glue the milk carton onto the Styrofoam plate. Use the milk carton as the base, the frosting as glue, and graham crackers as the walls and top.

Have children place frosting on the sides and top of the milk carton. Stick graham crackers to the sides of the milk carton for walls. Place two graham crackers on top for the roof.
Frost the crackers on the milk carton and decorate with trims.

It is best to put all glue bottles away as some children may use them to glue the candy trim onto the graham cracker house.

Can add a frosting sidewalk(outline with candy trims) on the plates.

 

Glitter Envelopes


Children write letters to Christkind telling Him what they want for Christmas. The letters are left on their windowsills for Christkind, a winged figure dressed in white robes and a golden crown who distributes gifts. Sometimes the letters are decorated with glue and sprinkled with sugar to make them sparkle.

Let the children draw pictures or cut pictures from magazines of what they want from Santa. Place the letters in envelopes. Then have the children brush glue onto the envelopes and sprinkler with glitter.

Tinsel Tree

After reading "The Spiders Surprise." Make cone-shaped Christmas trees from green construction paper. Let the children decorate the trees by gluing on strands of tinsel.

*Math/Science

Pine Cone Christmas Tree

Place pine cones in water. Then roll them in potting soil and sprinkle with grass seed. Place in a sunny window and water lightly regularly, then watch as your pine cone turns into a mini Chrstmas tree.

A Visit from St. Nicholas

With the children sitting in a circle place 5 to 6 toys in the center of the circle. Then place the toys in a box. Choose one child to be St. Nicholas. Have the children cover their eyes. While their eyes are covered have the St. Nicholas place one of the toys from the box into a pillowcase.

Have the children open their eyes. St. Nicholas walks around the circle and lets each child try to guess what is in the pillowcase by feeling it. Each child has 2 guesss'. The child that guesss' correctly becomes the new St. Nicholas.

*Things To Do-Other Sites

Advent Wreath Paper Craft
A popular tradition that seems to have begun in Germany is lighting the candles of an Advent wreath.

German Paper Stars - “Froebel Sterne” (hard for younger children)

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