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Stocking Stuffers!

This week I stared the CUTEST holiday project with my kids and I just have to share it with you! This project was created by my friend Susan over at T.G.I.F. It's really amazing and it's FREE! It's a wonderful community building project. The kids make their own stocking and then all through the month, they can leave each other little notes in their stockings. At the end of the month, they get to read all of the notes their friends left in their stocking!

Click HERE to see Susan's original project and download your own copy. I made a couple of little tweaks. First of all, I copied all of the stocking onto bright colored paper instead of traditional Christmas red and green to make my little Hanukkah celebrants feel a little more included. Then instead of gluing the stocking onto a paper and adding a separate envelope, I just sealed an envelope and then cut it in half and taped it to the back of each stocking. That way it looks like the actual stocking is being stuffed.


I gave each student a sheet of the little notes to keep in their folder and a class list. We talked about how sad it would be if someone had an empty stocking at the end of the month. So we agreed that we would write at least one note to each person in the class. Then we could send a second note to anyone after that. So they're keeping track on their little class lists. So far, so good! 


How cute is that little elf tree?! He was $30 at CVS, but it makes me happy. I put out this little stocking stuffer basket on the counter for the kids to leave their finished notes in. Then at the end of every couple of days, I actually stuff the stockings. I had to hang them kind of out of their reach and this way I also get to monitor the notes and make sure no one gets a less-than-nice note. I've actually started looking forward to this part of the day. Their notes are so stinkin cute!

As I was going over the directions, I had one little girl who kept waving her hand in the air and I kept telling her to wait thinking if she'd give me a second I would answer her question. Her little hand just kept popping up and popping up. Finally, I called on her. She wanted to know if I was going to have a stocking so they could write notes to me! How sweet is that?? So of course, I had to make one.

I noticed a nice little side effect of the project today too. We were talking about how and when to use commas and a couple of them were so excited to tell me that you use them in a letter, like for our stockings!  

We're all loving it in room 852 and I can not wait to see their little faces when they open their stockings at our winter party!
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15 comments:

  1. Thanks for passing along this activity -- I will keep it in mind for next year! Love the elf tree! :o)

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  2. I started it this week as well!! My kids love it! I've already had to copy more of the little letters! Its a great activity for this holiday season.

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  3. This is ADORABLE! I am totally doing it!

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  4. I am so glad you shared this! I would love to incorporate this into my room! What a wonderful gift...the gift of friendship!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized
    amyhowbert1@gmail.com

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  5. I LOVE your neon stockings!!! They look great. I hope your kids are extra sweet to each other this month!! :)

    Susan
    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

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  6. Your stockings look great!! I am using these notes for our Bucket Fillers this month. We always run out too,
    it's one of their favorite things to do. We just did our stockings today with Wintery colors to include everyone:)

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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  7. So cute! I'm doing a secret snowman gift exchange and the kids can leave little surprises over the next couple weeks. I think the notes would be a neat idea. Loving the little tree too!
    Gina
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

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  8. oh, thanks so much! I'm starting this Monday...got the grade seven girls to cut out the stockings! HA!

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  9. LOVE this activity!! I saw it during my kiddos resource time and printed them right away!! Can't wait to read their sweet notes : )

    Primary Punch

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  10. Your elf tree is adorable....the stockings are so bright and cheery :)

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  11. Totally stole this idea from Susan as well right when I saw it! Such a great community building activity and my kids LOVE it!!!!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

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  12. What a sweet idea...I love it! What a great way to talk about "giving" to others and how to give the gift of words. =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  13. Thank you for the great idea! The kids and I are having so much fun with this in our class!

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