Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Bells

Book Ideas:
Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani
"Presents the words of the familiar Christmas song, plus extra verses and brief descriptions of the Christmas traditions of Mexico, Sweden, the Philippines, Poland, Italy, and Kenya."

The polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
"A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa."

Why the chimes rang by Raymond Macdonald Alden
"Two brothers prove to the world that the greatest offering that someone can make to honor the Christ child is not in gold, silver, or even a king's crown, it is in compassion, sacrifice and reaching out to others."

Songs and Rhymes:

Ring the Bells It's Christmas Time
Tune: London Bridge

Ring the bells it's Christmas time,
Christmas time, Christmas time.
Ring the bells it's Christmas time,
Merry Christmas time!
*Play the drum it's Christmas time
*Stamp your feet it's Christmas time
*Clap your hands it's Christmas time.

Hear his bells
Sung to: "Are You Sleeping?"

Are you sleeping?
No more peeking,
Or I'll tell, or I'll tell.
Santa Claus is coming.
Santa Claus is coming.
Hear his bells.
Hear his bells.

Ring the Bells
Sung to Row, row, row your boat

Ring, ring, ring the bells,
Ring them loud and clear.
Christmas time is finally here
So spread some Christmas cheer.

Silver Bells

Verse 1:
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks.
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on ev'ry street corner you'll hear....
Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day

Verse 2:
Strings of street lights
Even stop lights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch
This is Santa's big scene
And above all this bustle You'll hear....

Repeat Chorus

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight
Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh!

Activity Ideas:
Idea #1: Dance and freeze game with bells
Read one of the books and then put on some Christmas music and dance around with some jingle bells. You can even play the freeze game (When the music stops you freeze and when the music is playing you dance and shake your bells).

Idea #2: Mini Plastic cup bells

Read one of the book titles and then make your own Christmas bell. You will need some string or yarn, a jingle bell, a mini plastic cup (clear applesauce cup or kid's size yogurt cup etc...), some scissors, and items to decorate your bell (stickers, glitter, paint). If you use a cup that is not clear, you may want some tinfoil to cover the outside of the plastic cup.

Assembling the bell is too hard for most kids to do. You should assemble the bell first and then Let them decorate it however they want. If you want to involve them in the making of it, let them hand you the supplies as you need it, or let them wrap the cup in tinfoil before you start.

First, if your cup needs to be wrapped in tinfoil, do it now. Then, string your bell with a piece of yarn or string. Using a slip knot, knot the string an inch or so away from the bell. This will be the knot on the inside of the cup to help keep the string from sliding through the hole and allow the bell to hang low inside the cup.
Next, being very careful, open your scissors and push a small slit or hole through the center of the cup (an exacto knife would work well too). Then, push the yarn ends through the cup and knot it again, this time on the outside of the cup (you may have to use the tip of your scissors to help push the yarn through the hole). So in the end you should have one knot just above the hole, and one knot just below the hole on the inside of the cup.

Now, let your child be creative and decorate their bell. Provide a variety of materials to make the project more fun. Stickers, glitter glue pens, paint, etc..

(We were in a rush to do this project so they didn't have a lot of time to decorate them.)

Idea #3: Paper bell Wreath
Read one of the stories and then make a bell wreath using a paper plate, green paint, a sponge, some paper, scissors, glitter and glue.

Before you start, print off the bell outline and the bow outline. You may want to copy and paste the image into a word document so that you can change the size and then copy and paste it several times to print several on a page.

Cut out the center of a paper plate and then let your child sponge paint it green. Set it aside.

Next, let your child spread glue on their bell and bow outlines and then shake on glitter.

Then, glue the bow and bells onto the wreath (we glued them on even when the paint was still wet. Let it all dry.

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