Thursday, 8 December 2016

Day 8 of Christmas Fun

It's the 8th of December and I can't believe how fast December is going! This week we made these adorable rice krispie Christmas trees - they were quite easy to make, looked great and tasted fabulous!

Simply make a cone out of a piece of paper/card and tape it to secure it. Melt some white chocolate in a bowl and add green food colouring to make it green. Next, add the rice krispies and mix it altogether.

Pour the rice krispie chocolate mixture into the cone and leave to set in the fridge. Once hardened, pull out the rice krispie tree from the paper cone and mix up some icing with green food colouring, pour it over the tree and add some rainbow drops as baubles and a star on top of tree.

Vwa-la complete! 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Day 7 of Christmas Fun!

Can you believe we're already a week into Christmas? I love how much you have all been enjoying my Christmas Fun blog series and hope you continue to enjoy it over the next few days!

Today's theme is a fingerprint Christmas card. I can guarantee you this will be a huge hit to send home with your students plus it's so personal with the fingerprints!

Just follow the directions below to make one of these!

What you need
Green card
White card
Selection of paints in a paint palette
Black thin marker
'Merry Christmas' title - printed out
Tissues/wet wipes

  • Fold the green card in half and place it so the flap opens upwards (portrait style)
  • Cut the white card down and stick on the front of the card leaving a small green border around the edges.
  • Use one of the students fingers (either independently or with support from yourself) and dip into one colour/color paint, place onto the card, wash the paint off and do the same with another color/colour, continue this until you are happy with how many lights are on the card. Don't forget to place them at different heights. Leave the paint to dry.
  • Once dry, use a thin black marker pen to draw the lines from the light bulbs to the top of the white piece of card. 
  • Cut out and stick on the Merry Christmas title at the top of the card.
And that is it, you've made your very own fingerprint Christmas card !! If you give these a go with your class or even your children at home be sure to tag me on instagram @teachingautism so I can have a look! Don't forget to check back tomorrow for more Christmas Fun!


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Day 6 of Christmas Fun!

Are you ready for Day 6 of my Christmas Fun series? Today we are making Christmas Pudding biscuits! So exciting, they look great and kiddos will love them!

Just follow the directions below to make them yourself!

What you need
Biscuits - these can be chocolate digestives already or plain
Bar of chocolate - to melt, if using plain biscuits
Icing sugar
Mini smarties
Green sweets

  • If you have bought chocolate biscuits skip this step. Melt the chocolate, use a spoon/knife to spread the melted chocolate over one side of the biscuit. Place in the fridge to harden.
  • Follow the instructions on the icing sugar to make icing. Use a spoon/knife to spread the icing on the top of the biscuit on one side only.
  • Use two green sweets to place at the top of the biscuit and shape as holly.
  • Use smarties to decorate the top.
  • Place in fridge to cool and set.
These biscuits are so much fun to make and they look great! If you give these a go be sure to take a photo and tag me on instagram @teachingautism ! 


Monday, 5 December 2016

Day 5 of Christmas Fun!

Wooohooo, day 5 is here already. Today's post is going to be about making a Santa craft using a paper plate! This went down a storm with the kiddos and just looked fab when it was all put together.

Just follow the directions below to learn how you can make one of these with your students!

You will need
Paper plate
Cotton wool balls
Santa hat template
Red Glitter/Paint
Skin tone paint
Small red pom pom
Googly eyes

  • Mix together the paint to get the skin tone that you want to use, paint the paper plate this color/colour and leave to dry.
  • While the paper plate is drying, cut out and decorate the santa hat, red glitter always goes down great and adds extra sparkle to it, don't forget to place a white cotton wool ball at the end! We also use cotton wool scrunched up for the fur lining on the bottom of the santa hat.
  • Once the plate and hat is dry, staple the hat to the paper plate
  • Use glue around the edges of the paper plate and add cotton wool balls all the way around it
  • Place 2 googly eyes and a red pom pom in the middle of the plate for eyes and nose.
And that's it - you have made a Santa paper plate craft! 

As always, if you use this activity, don't forget to take a picture and tag me in it on instagram @teachingautism - I love seeing all the crafts you guys do! 


Elf-tacular Giveaway!

It's already the 5th of December - Christmas is going to be here before we know it! And in this household, we definitely have a lot of Christmas spirit!

December means we get a mischievous little elf appear who gets up to all sorts of tricks! But, this year, our little elf has brought along a fun filled blog hop giveaway with the chance to win a $70 TpT gift card! Thanks to the wonderful TpTers who have joined in on this blog hop with me!

So.. all you have to do is hop through the blog posts (continue the hop by pushing the 'hop on' elf image at the bottom of this post) and find the mischievous elf and the letter that he's holding on each of the blog posts. Once you've collected all 7 letters - on 7 separate blogs - simply unscramble them and use it to unlock the rafflecopter at the bottom of the post! To give yourself more entries, you can then complete the other actions.

Just think of all the fun you can have with your gift card on TpT and all the wonderful resources you can buy!

The giveaway runs until Friday 9th December so be sure to get your entries in by then! As a celebration, today only you can get 20% off everything in my TpT store too! So be sure to head on over and check out all the fab resources here.

Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year for me, between singing along to Christmas carols on the radio and buying a crazy amount of presents - more than is probably needed, just because I have so much fun buying for others!

One of the activities that the students love the most however, is having a classroom elf. 

So basically the elf becomes part of the class. The elf is watching the students all the time, and they get to complete a whole range of different Elf/Christmas related activities while still working on their everyday skills.

There are journal pages for students to record what they have seen the elf doing each day - where the elf has been hiding, what activities they've done etc.

*What letter am I hiding?*

Students have to name the Elf. One of the most fun ways is to have a classroom vote - every students gets to vote for a name they like out of the top 4 names. The highest number of votes wins!

And finally, the students get a certificate on the Elf goes back to the North Pole!

If you want to try out the Elf pack for your class, check it out here or click any of the images to be redirected. 

Thanks for reading my post - now be sure to take a note of the letter that the Elf was hiding throughout this post and write it down. Once you have 7 different letters - unscramble them to form the Christmas themed word and then write it into the rafflecopter to unlock the giveaway!

Click the elf below or here to hop to the next blog.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Day 4 of Christmas Fun!

It's Sunday.. but it's also the 4th of December, so welcome to the 4th day of my Christmas Fun blog series. Today is all about Christmas Pudding chocolate mallows.

Yep, this is a great one and you will just love it!

Just continue to read below to find out how you can make these!

Chocolate mallow teacakes (see image below for example)
Icing sugar
Red balls & green holly icing decorations

(chocolate mallow teacakes)

  • Follow the instructions and make white icing
  • Use a spoon or knife to put the icing on top of a tea cake, make sure to cover all the top
  • Place holly and red ball icing decorations on top
And that's it! That's seriously how quick and simple this is to make yet it looks great! If you give these a go be sure to tag me on instagram @teachingautism and show me the finished picture!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Day 3 of Christmas Fun!

Welcome back for another day of Christmas fun!
Today is all about making a Christmas tree Christmas card! 
These are lots of fun to make, they look great, they go down well with families of the children whom they go home to plus it's great for getting your students to practice their fine motor skills! 

Continue to read below to find out how you can make these Christmas cards!

What you need
Red card
Variety of sizes/colors(colours) of buttons
Green card
Silver glitter foam
Star button

  • Fold your red card in half (as shown above)
  • Cut out a big green triangle (make sure it fits on the front of your card!)
  • Cut out a base from your silver glitter foam and glue beneath your tree
  • Use glue around the edges of your tree and through it in zig zag movements, place buttons onto each part of the glue - see above.
  • Place a small star button on top of the tree with glue.
When making cards, don't forget to make some nice card inserts for the children to sign to send home! Be sure to tag me on instagram @teachingautism if you get to make any of the crafts or cooking I share throughout December! :)


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