Written by Jacalyn Slingerland
Lead Play to Learn Facilitator
• 1 Packet of hot cocoa
• 1 Clear cone bag
• 2 Googly eyes
• 1 Glue stick
• 1 Brown pipe cleaner
• 1 Red pompom
• A clean working surface
HOW LONG WILL THIS TAKE TO DO?
VA: CR 1.2. 1,2,3a
DEVELOPMENT SUBJECT AREAS: Fine Motor Skills Literacy
Social and emotional development
This lesson allows your child to create a reindeer craft, while also enjoying some delicious hot cocoa. This lesson will emphasize creativity and help with social and emotional development of your child.
Rudolph was a little reindeer who was teased for being different. He had a big shiny red nose! Rudolph first didn’t like being different, however, it turned out that his red nose made him special. Do you have anything that makes you special? If your friends or classmates are different, what are some ways you can make them feel special and appreciated?
To celebrate the holidays, we will be making a yummy and creative treat! Let’s decorate a plastic bag and turn it into a familiar little reindeer with a red shiny nose. After decorating we can have some sweet hot cocoa.
STEP1 Glue googly eyes and one red pompom to the cone bag to resem-ble a face.
STEP 2 Wash your hands, and make sure your working surface is clean! STEP 3 (optional) Separate the marshmallows from the hot chocolate.
STEP 4 Pour hot chocolate into the bag.
STEP 5 Pour marshmallows into the bag.
STEP 6 Wrap the top of the bag with the pipe cleaner.
STEP 7 Fashion the left-over pipe cleaner into antlers.
STEP 8 Admire your creation and treat yourself to some hot cocoa!
MAYA: A group of indigenous people in Mexico and Central America.
COCOA SEEDS: The dried partly fermented seeds of a South American evergreen tree that are used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter.