Weekend Warriors: Holiday Gift Ideas

Can you believe it's almost December!?!  It's amazing how quickly each year seems to fly by.  Just when you think you won't make it to October, it's suddenly time for the holidays and you're worried about fitting it all in before the end of the year.  

I work with a very diverse population of students and so many different holidays are celebrated this time of year.  I like to invite families to come in and teach the class about their own holidays and family traditions to honor the different cultures represented in my classroom.  The common theme throughout has always been the symbol of lights and how they are used in each celebration.

For the past few years, I have focused our holiday gifts on the celebration of the Winter Solstice.  We start by reading the book
by Wendy Pfeffer.
The book lends itself well to many science and social studies standards, too!

Then we create a symbol of light to give our families as a gift!
The Winter Solstice candle...

Here is what you will need:
1) Tree Rounds:  I get them from a Christmas Tree farm!  These are the pieces that are cut off of the bottom of the trunk.  They are usually more than happy for me to take them off their hands.
2) White school glue and a paint brush
3) Tea light candles
4) Star shaped pasta
5) Glitter

Paint the tree round with white glue.

Add glue to the bottom of the tea light candle.

Place the tea light in the center of the tree round.

Sprinkle star shaped pasta around the tea light.

Add glitter!

Once the glue is dry, we add a a gift tag.

You can grab these tags for free here!

What holiday gifts do you give each year?  Comment below or link up with the Weekend Warriors (don't forget to link back to this post!).

Then, hop on over and check out what the other Weekend Warriors have to share about Holiday Gifts below!  

Happy Holidays!

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