I suppose confession is good for the soul….so….I should confess. I’ve been holding out on you. But for a really good reason, so that makes it okay, right? We held our church’s first ever respite night for our fabulous families who have children with special needs. It.was.incredible. There are a number of things I’ll do (or plan to do) differently next time, but we had a ball and the parents had a break. And that is what matters. I held out on sharing the planning because it was an “invitation only” event. The next one will be more open, but we wanted to start small, learn, and be able to serve our families well.
One thing I am glad we had, and the kids loved, was our Very Hungry Reindeer.
I found him on Pinterest (big surprise, I know). (I made 2. This one actually looks a bit rabid & frothy around the mouth, but that’s because I made a cutting error & it required tape surgery.) 🙂 If you make one, please cut the box prior to wrapping it. Just sayin’.
Anyway, you can find The Very Hungry Reindeer craft instructions and printables here. Our antlers came from Dollar Tree. The form is 2 shoe boxes, wrapped in butcher paper. The nose & eyes are cut from construction paper. The Very Hungry Reindeer book was the adorable idea of Katie at Playing With Words 365. It follows along the same idea as The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The reindeer is extremely hungry and eats Christmas themed items til he gets full. The book has multiple uses for helping children learn matching skills, reading skills, cutting, and pasting. The craft reindeer takes the book to a whole new level. Our kids at respite had a ball following along and “feeding” our reindeer the printable trees, gifts, gingerbread houses, etc. It would be an awesome activity for kids up to probably 2nd grade level. One of our special friends even took one of our reindeer home with him – along with printables – to “feed” at home!
If you have a chance to visit Playing With Words 365, don’t forget to check out her “Snowman, Snowman, What Do You See?” book as well. Adorable!