Well, the weather here is rather dreary (another day of cold, driving rain), but that's ok, we're having fun with our daily Advent calendar! Yesterday's Christmas vocabulary word was "bell" and so we listened for church bells and the sounds of bells in the Christmas music we heard on the radio. I also played one of my favorite carols, "The Carol of the Bells," for the boys. (Fyi, I like the traditional song best.) We made some bells to ring on Christmas (see below for details) and as we worked, I asked Earlybird why he thought people might ring bells at Christmastime - what kind of sound is it? How does it make us feel?
(Because we're so happy and bells sound happy. It sounds like a party!)
We then made a very simple bell craft (a project I found on Pinterest), and here are a few pictures to explain how we did it ...
Materials: small clay plots, paint, paintbrushes, pipe cleaners, bells.
(Note: This was Little Bear's first painting experience - and he loved it!)
The boys and I painted our pots as we wished and then I threaded a pipe cleaner through each pot (using the drainage hole on the bottom). I then attached a "jingle bell" to the pipe cleaner ends inside the pot, twisting and trimming the excess. I also added stickers and glitter to dress up my pot a bit. The boys just stuck with the paint!
And here they are ...
They really do sound nice! But they're a bit heavy for the Christmas tree unless you find thick sturdy branches ...
I think they'd make nice gifts as well.
Our book of the day was a new one for us this year - Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani. The library got it in for us yesterday - just in the nick of time! And what a great story and such pretty pictures. Two children travel all over the world in a flying sleigh to discover how other countries celebrate Christmas: Kenya, Phillipines, Italy, Poland, Mexico, Sweden - and boy, their sleigh is just full of new friends by the end of the story! The illustrations are lovely and very interesting ... I am calling this one a keeper!
Now, today's Christmas vocabulary word was "snowman" ... and before you ask, Yes I know snowmen don't really have all that much to do with Christmas (Frosty aside, lol), but we still made it work. ;)
(All the details tomorrow!)
Enjoy your evening, my friends!