Friday, December 21, 2007

A Grinch Lapbook and Reindeer Craft

I have such lovely memories of my dad reading to me and my siblings when we were little. He was, and still is, so great at changing his voice to reflect the different characters of each story, and always had us children totally captivated. As a child, a few of my favorite books (and this could just be because they were my dads favorites) were One Morning in Maine, The Blueberry Pie Elf, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Even now, my dad pulls out these old, well loved, books to read to his grandkids.

Right after Thanksgiving, Homeschool eStore was offering a whole bunch of free downloads. I downloaded a few of them including "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" which included everything needed for the boys to make a two-folder lapbook based on our favorite Dr. Suess book.

We started by reading the book and watching the cartoon!

Then, I helped the boys assemble the foundation of their lapbooks using red file folders. After that, the boys made quite a few mini books to place inside the lapbooks. Their lapbooks are now packed with information, including: a vocabulary list, a list of their favorite Christmas songs, various facts about the book, a grinchy-quiz, a mini-biography about Dr. Suess, their definition of "grinch", a comparison of the book and cartoon, a letter to the grinch on why he shouldn't hate Christmas, a bit of copywork from the book, and much MUCH more!

While the boys were working away on their lapbooks, the girls had fun making reindeer and serenading Snuggles with Christmas Carols! It was so cute! (Snuggles was tucked into his cradle swing and they were standing in front of him holding a couple science books their song books singing Silent Night, and other Christmas songs, as he watched them smiling!)

These reindeer are so easy to make! The head is made from a tracing of the child's foot, and the antlers are their hands! Then you just add a nose, smile and eyes and its done!

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