Mason (5), Anthony (4), and Nolan (3) helped make these one afternoon. Later, Anna (10) and Garrett (11) made extra reindeer during a break from our Nancy Larson® Science 3 lessons.
When the holidays are over, these reindeer will hang around and help with your word walls. Below, you’ll see the children making the ornaments, and the industrious reindeer helping with Nancy Larson® Science 2 words.
|For the reindeer, you need:|
clothespin, wiggly eyes, a sequin,
a brown pipe cleaner (fuzzy stick),
glue, and scissors.
I put the glue in small jar lid and then
|Use a toothpick to make a line of glue for the eyes.||The glue line will be above the metal bar and go across the clothespin. Place the two wiggly eyes on the glue line.|
|Make a dot of glue under the metal bar.||This glue dot is for the nose. Use a sequin for the nose. We had a lot of Rudolphs.|
|One brown pipe cleaner makes the antlers. First cut in it half, then cut one piece in half again. You’ll have a total of three pieces.||Bend the long piece in the middle. Then twist it tight around the backside of the clothespin, near the top.|
|Bend each short piece in half and twist each around one long antler.||Garrett and Anna had the idea of using magnets.|
After we made one reindeer together, I had the young boys make another one by themselves. It was a chance to see if they remembered the steps and would use their first reindeer as a sample. Here are the results.
|Mason is serious about details.||Mason is a master reindeer maker.|
|You can see how focused Anthony is on getting it exactly right.||Success. Here are the two matching reindeer.|
|Nolan studies his reindeer for accuracy. Perfect.||Here’s the reindeer he did all by himself.|
|Reindeer holding card on the tree.||We did it. What’s next?|
I liked Anna and Garrett’s ideas for letting the reindeer do more.
|To help the reindeer stick around, glue a piece of magnetic tape on the back of the clothespin.||Ready and willing to work. We use the refrigerator or a magnetic board for our word wall.|
|Our word wall reindeer are working hard and hanging around.|
Contributed by Madon Dailey, Homeschool Manager, Nancy Larson® Science, www.nancylarson.com You can see Madon and learn all about Nancy Larson Science at the Teach Them Diligently Convention.