So I am taking a moment out to celebrate Christmas in July. I have to say my favorite holiday activity I do with my kids is NOT Christmas related, but Hanukkah.
So a few days before we do the actual activities we save our milk cartons. I hot glue them closed and then I poke a really sharp pencil through them upside-down. The day before, we take a few minutes to paint them blue. All this time we are talking about the holiday and the true dreidel game. (Oh... and Latkes.)
But then these dreidels become great teaching tools! I have the kids glue on white squares to each side of the blue carton (unfortunately I don't have a picture of that part.) I then will go around and write on what I want the kids to practice. The kids will then spin them and practice that skill!
Some sample skills are sight words, addition facts, or letters. The great thing about this activity is that you easily differentiate by putting different things on for different kids.
(A special thank you to my friend Heather who provided me with this picture! Since blogging I have realized I need to photo-cronical my year! Is that a word? =) )