Monday, December 17, 2012

Kids' Holiday Fun & Christmas Place Mat

One week until Christmas!  I can't believe it is sneaking up on us so fast.  Last weekend, I organized a special holiday event for the expat children in our community.  I dusted off my doodling skills, and mustered up a drawing to be used as a place mat.  The kids had lots of fun coloring them, and we even had time to have them laminated for them to take home.  I was so happy with how they turned out.

Kids, hard at work decorating their placemats!

We had a visit from Santa,
enjoyed some hot chocolate and some snacks while we listened to Christmas music.

The children each made their own stocking.  I cut the shapes out of card stock, punched the holes, and the kids did the rest.  They "sewed" them together and decorated them with cotton balls, glitter, and foam stickers spelling their names.
 Before the children left, we filled their stockings with some goodies as an extra surprise.

We also had a cookie decorating station
where the children decorated their own Christmas sugar cookies.

As things were winding down, we played a fun game of Christmas Bingo.  I found THIS beautiful  and FREE Christmas Bingo game for download at Simply Fresh Designs!  
Free Printable Christmas BINGO Download.  From Simply Fresh Designs.

The kids LOVED the Bingo game, and it worked perfectly for a group of kids of all ages. 

I'd love to share my place mat with you.  Because the original was drawn on an 11" x 17" sheet of paper, I tried my best to get it onto a file that you could easily print.  I'm hoping that one of these options will work for you.  You can right-mouse click on the image below and "Save image as..." to your computer.  OR, you can download the PDF file I have created HERE.  The PDF is created using the same .jpg image below on an 8 1/2" x 11" paper.

I would recommend printing the PDF and taking it into the copy shop to have it enlarged to fit an 11" x 17" sheet.  Have the kids color, laminate, and you have a fun little holiday place mat to enjoy for years to come.  It doubles as a place mat for Santa's goodies on Christmas Eve too!  This image/file free for your personal use at home or in the classroom.  It is not to be published or printed for sale without my permission.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday!!!

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