Christmas Treats

12 Days of Kid-Friendly Holiday Treats

One of my favorites things about Christmas is all the yummy holiday treats! Not that I enjoy expanding my waistline, I simply enjoy the process of kitchen creativity with my children. These special moments develop into wholesome memories of love and holiday goodness.  My prayer is that one day when my sons have families of their own, they share fond memories of us making holiday treats in the kitchen. Perhaps they will continue the tradition with their own families.

Of course, I looked to Pinterest for some great ideas. But what’s super fun about these recipes is that they are adaptable so you can play around with them to make them your own! Let me just say I do not plan on making all of these holiday treats. No, ma’am! However, I put this list together to refer back to when I’m looking for something fun to make with my kids.

So, without further ado, let the kitchen creativity begin! Here are twelve Christmas treats that are sure to bring some holiday cheer into your home or classroom. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to discover which treats me and family end up making!


 12 Days of Kid-Friendly Holiday Treats

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1.    Rice Krispies Christmas Trees

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2.    Snowman Oreo Pops

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3.    Holiday Pretzel Bites

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4.    Reindeer Rice Krispies

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5.    Strawberry Santas

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6.    Marshmallow Pops

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7.    Cornflake Wreath

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8.    Chocolate Covered Strawberry Trees

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9.    Peppermint Bark

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10.    Hot Cocoa Cookies

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11.    Grinch Kabobs

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12.    Gingerbread Cookies

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Which one was your favorite? Let us know down below!

Christmas Letter Templates

FREE Dear Santa | Dear God Letter Templates

This week, I created Christmas inspired letter templates! I know there are a ton of free Christmas templates out there, but I wanted to customize my own to use in my classroom. I want to reinforce to my kids that gratitude and generosity are great qualities to embody, especially during the holiday season. Therefore, I included a “guide” so to speak, encouraging kids to write down something that they’re thankful for, something that they’re hoping for, and something they plan to do for someone else. If your students choose to skip the guide, blank templates are also included for them to write as they wish.

You will also notice that the templates include a choice between a “Dear Santa” and “Dear God” salutation. That is because my children do not believe in Santa Claus, so we will be writing letters to God. Even though we don’t celebrate Santa (nothing wrong with people who do!), I still like my kids to write letters that include things they are hoping to get for Christmas. Makes my job easier! I know I am not the only parent who chooses not to play the Santa game, so I decided to share these templates with others.

These templates are totally FREE to download. No strings attached. All you have to do is click on the link below! There are twelve templates total with 4 design options. I hope this helps someone. Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Theme Worksheets

New Christmas Worksheets for Reading and Math!

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! By Monday, many of us will already have our Christmas tree up complete with trimmings. But is your classroom ready?

Be the best teacher ever and make these adorable Christmas-themed worksheets a part of your classroom! Below are some of my latest kid-approved products coming from my classroom to yours. Check them out!

MATH FACTS PRACTICE

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Bring some holiday cheer into your classroom with these unique, Christmas-themed math practice worksheets. Designed for the 16 December days that lead up to Christmas break, these worksheets offer a motivational quote for each day as a “gift” of encouragement to students. The following quotes are included:

Day 1. You were born to stand out!
Day 2. Always do your best!
Day 3. Nothing is impossible!
Day 4. If you dream it, you can do it!
Day 5. Be yourself!
Day 6. You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing!
Day 7. Never give up on yourself!
Day 8. Think happy thoughts!
Day 9. You are somebody’s reason to smile!
Day 10. You can learn anything!
Day 11. You are super special!
Day 12. The world is a better place with you in it!

Aside from being inspirational, these printable math facts worksheets are designed to develop and improve the following skills for grades 1-2:

1. Develop strategies for adding and subtracting whole numbers.
2. Fluently add and subtract within 20.

There are 12 worksheets for addition practice and 12 worksheets for subtraction practice. A total of 24 worksheets and 352 math problems!

READING COMPREHENSION

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Bring some holiday cheer into your classroom using these adorable, Christmas-themed reading comprehension worksheets. Included are 16 quirky letters to Santa with 48 follow-up questions.

These printable worksheets are designed to encourage and strengthen the following skills for grades K-2.

1. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of key ideas and details.
3. Express creativity through the use of drawing to narrate the text.
4. Produce clear and coherent writing.

As a bonus, this set also includes a fun letter template for students to customize their own letters to Santa!

Both packets are common core aligned. Check them out on Teachers Pay Teachers for common core strand details.

Thanksgiving Crafts

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts that Reinforce Gratitude

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! For us parents and teachers, that means it’s time to look for Thanksgiving craft ideas for our little students. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! This year, I’ve collected twenty “thankful” themed crafts and activities that kids will love. These activities can be found on my Pinterest “Thanksgiving with Kids” board, or you can simply click on the titles below for instructions.

1.    Thankful Turkey 

2.    Thankful Family Framed Art

 

3.    Thankful Fall Placemats

 
4.    Thankful Tree

 
5.    Thankful Banner

 
6.    Thankful Pumpkin Pie Wheel

7.    Thankful ABC Sheet

 
8.    Thankful Turkey Bag

 
9.    Thankful Wreath

 
10.    Thankful Paper Bag Book

 
11.    Thankful Sunflower Plant

 
12.    Thankful Gift Idea

 
13.    Thankful Wheel

 
14.    Thankful Rocks

 
15.    Thankful Jar

16.    Thankful Lapbook

17.    Thankful Puppets

 
18.    Thankful Minion Bulletin Board

 
19.    Thankful Cards

 
20.    Thankful Crescent Rolls


Gratitude is something we often talk about in our home. I believe we set our children up for success when we teach them how to focus their attention on what they have, rather than what they lack. Some of these gratitude ideas will definitely become a family tradition for us during the holiday season, especially the thankful jar. I’m so looking forward to doing some of these crafts with my kids during the upcoming weeks!

What are some of your favorites? Let us know down below!

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