Fun Christmas Project from Nancy Larson Science

For the entire month of December, this homeschool mom has a hard time with school as usual! I’m ready to sit down with my hot chocolate and enjoy the beautiful decorations and extra fun time with my children.  Thankfully, Madon Daily of Nancy Larson Science has given us a craft we can make on those days when a fun project really fits the bill!  Then, you can use your new creations to hold vocabulary cards, flash cards, Christmas cards or whatever you’re working on at the time. With a little creativity, maybe you could even modify this project to produce angels, shepherds, wise men and more!   Isn’t homeschooling great?!?!
If you and your children do make these cardholders, send us a picture!! The first 5 families who send a picture to [email protected] will receive a free Teach Them Diligently T-Shirt!  We’d love to see what you create!
Have a wonderful Thursday!
Reindeer Cardholder
One of the ornaments we make in December is a reindeer cardholder. The reindeer clips on a tree branch and holds a Christmas card.

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 toothpicks to spread it.

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,  You can see Madon and learn all about Nancy Larson Science at the Teach Them Diligently Convention.  

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