Monday, December 6, 2010

12 Days of Learning: Snowman Soup

On the second day of Christmas, Carter is share-ing...
some Snowman Soup for friends in our building.

We are making some fun little Christmas gifts to share with some of the people who live in our building. This includes friends, front desk, house keeping, room service (sad, we know them too well), and John's (my husband's) co-workers because, yes, we all live together. Smile!

There are different ways to make Snowman Soup (aka: Hot Chocolate).

However, I have no way to get most ingredients. But, I do have this stuff, for some SUPER SIMPLE fun:
That is see some packets of hot cocoa. :)

I used:
  • Cocoa Packets
  • Hershey kisses
  • Pocky Sticks (Chocolate dipped cookie sticks)
  • Ribbon
  • Jars (Cost $1!!) Check your Dollar Store, Hobby Lobby and even CVS!
1. I simply alternated the Hot Cocoa, topped with kisses, tied up in a ribbon!
2. The FINAL touch will come when I print these Snowman Soup Poems and mat them with construction paper!

Teaching Tip:
Get your kiddos involved! This is a fun way to teach measuring! Even if you do it the "Sarah-way" they are doing math. Some of the very first skills taught in Pre-K and Kinder are patterning. This is also WONDERFUL pre-reading skills.
Example Lesson:
Timmy, a pattern is something that over and over again in the same order. We are going to make a pattern with the Hot Cocoa. Vanilla, Mocha, Vanilla, Mocha, Vanilla....What do you think comes next? Mocha? You got it! You know patterns! Can you pour the packets in the jar and keep the pattern going? The Vanilla packets start with the letter V and we know vanilla is white (keep the box up for reference) and the Mocha starts with the letter M and is more brown (do the same).

We are going to leave these anonymously on the door steps as a little surprise to spread Christmas Cheer! Who doesn't LOVE coming home to a little treat waiting for you!

Talk about the act of selfless giving. Why is it harder to give without acknowledgement? Explain that God wants us to give selflessly and read:
John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave us his only Son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

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