Two easy reindeer crafts

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My kids love their teachers.  They talk about them all the time like they’re the biggest heroes in the world.  (Which I truly believe they are!)  And when it comes to saying thank you I really want my kids to take some ownership in the things we do to say ‘thank you’ to the people we care about and love.  So the boys and I decided to make some homemade things for our teachers for the holidays and one of things we decided to make were some chocolate bar reindeer wrappers that I saw on Pinterest.

easy reindeer chocolate bar craft from preschoolers to teacher

We used Theo chocolates because it’s a neighborhood factory (yay for shopping local!) and the guys love the free samples they give out.  (The Theo Chocolate tour also inspired us to go on a chocolate tour on a recent trip to Costa Rica) These reindeer wrappers that we saw are a little too complex for preschoolers, but they’re the same type of idea.  I ordered the glue dots, construction paper and pom-poms from Oriental Trading.

making a reindeer craft with preschool kids

The 6×9 construction paper size wrapped the chocolate bar nicely and didn’t have to be cut or trimmed.  We used glue dots for the first time and the guys could easily peel and stick them themselves and we had no gloppy glue mess everywhere.

easy reindeer craft with preschool kids

easy chocolate craft for teacher christmas gift from preschoolers

They really enjoyed being able to make something special and it was absolutely adorable listening to them talk about each teacher they were making the gift for while I cut out antlers for them to glue on.  These wrappers were so fun to make that my super-talented sister-in-law helped make some designs I’m going to use at a little winter playdate/party with some friends.  (These ones were wrapped around mini chocolate bars saved from Halloween.  I think they’d make a nice little goody-bag filler.)

easy christmas gifts for preschool teachers from kids

We also did a run-through of these reindeer cookies that I’m going to have the kids decorate for a snack.

easy reindeer cookies with kids

easy reindeer cookies kids can make

Super-easy.  Super-fun.  (We just mixed a little cocoa in the royal icing to give it the brown and it worked out okay.)  Could also be super-messy.  We’ll see.

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