This year as class mom, I’m centering each class party around a picture book with an accompanying craft. For the second grade winter party, we picked the delightful holiday story OLIVE, THE OTHER REINDEER, by Vivian Walsh and J.Otto Seibold. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading it, OLIVE, THE OTHER REINDEER is the hilarious tale of a little dog who thinks she’s a reindeer.
The party began with a reading of the story. Most of the kids were very familar with it and LOVED listening as it was read. “It’s the DELUXE edition!” they cheered as the story unfolded with page after page of interactive features including lift-the-flaps, pop-ups and even scratch-and-sniff.
For the craft, we made little reindogs. Ahead of time, I created a reindog stencil and then pre-cut enough dogs for the class using stiff tan and white felt. My daughter took charge of cutting out an assortment of black, white, and tan spots, so her class mates could easily pick and glue spots onto their dogs. She also cut out noses and ears and counted out enough googley eyes for the class. For the collar/leash the kids strung little jingle bells to red tinsel pipe cleaners.
While the craft dried, the class enjoyed a wonderful buffet-style feast with apple wedges, grapes, cheese, pretzels, chocolate drizzled popcorn, juice and homemade cookies.
Our winter celebration was a big hit and now everyone in the class, including the teacher, has a wonderful reindog ornament as a memento.