Reindeer Round-Up

Over the years we have had a lot of fun with reindeer in the classroom.  I thought I would round-up some of the ideas I've used plus show you a couple of new things :)
This is a super simple and CHEAP ornament or keepsake to make.  Just grab yourself some brown paint, googly eyes, and red poms!
After the handprints dried I cut around them and glued red paper behind the hand just to give it a little pop.  I laminated those for durability and hot-glued the googly eyes and poms to make a finished project!
We have also made these reindeer ornaments using clear glass bulbs, brown paper, googly eyes, red poms, and red pipe cleaners.  I got this idea from First Grade Blue Skies HERE.
Reindeer, or Caribou, or actually really interesting animals to research!  Katie and I included lots of reindeer research (and a nonfiction reader) in our Rooted in Reading special edition!  
To make it even more fun, we made this little reindeer booklet to hold all of our research.  You could certainly use it with a fiction book as well!  You just flip up the body and all of the pages are underneath!
Here are some books I've found that pair well with reindeer research:
  There are so many cute books to read during the Christmas season, it's almost impossible to get to them all!  My students love reading about Rudolph and writing letters to him (which if you research you will learn that male reindeer actually shed their antlers in the winter so Rudolph should be a girl!)  BUT, this reindeer craft can be found HERE!
Here are some really cute reindeer fiction books that we love:

 One can never have too  many crafts (in my opinion), so Katie and I included this craft in our new unit as well.
 In those last few days before break we found ourselves completing a few directed drawings.  You can find the tutorial for this reindeer drawing from ARTventurous HERE!
 They also make for too-cute Christmas card covers!
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