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A person's a PERSON no matter how small... -Dr. Seuss

I am a little pencil in the hand of God who is sending a love letter to the world. - Mother Teresa

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to THINK, than WHAT to think- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men. - James Beattie

Friday, December 18, 2009


(Just a note... our Tot school this week was mostly activities & crafts to get ready for our reindeer birthday party on Sat.) 
So, I posted about the invitations.... now I am going to show you what we have been up to the past few days. There will be a PART 3 which will show BEFORE  (tomorrow morning) and AFTER (tomorrow evening) the party and I can let you know how it went, ok?  :)

First, we made some reindeer cookies--- they are large and so we are going to put each one in a plastic baggie and it will go in the little treat box (reindeer Chinese food boxes from Dollar Tree) that each child will get to take home... We got this idea  from  Let's Explore   --- but we kind of tweaked it a bit... I just bought store bought sugar cookie dough (I know this is very easy to make- I was being lazy!! LOL) and  then just molded them into a shape... we used chocolate chips for eyes, small (broken in half) pretzels for antlers and M&M (red or brown) for the nose... I was going to do all red noses because I liked that best but Scarlett once again reminded me that there was only ONE Rudolph... sheesh!  She did finally decide to make a few red noses though...

Also inside the Reindeer Goodie boxes we have Reindeer Bells (or Santa's Belt bells) a cute snowflake plastic ring,  and Reindeer food (to guide the way to your house on Christmas eve).
I got the idea for the Magic reindeer food from Preschool Playbook.
But used this saying from another blog---(can't find where it is from!!)
Sprinkle on the lawn at night.
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home!

We have insulated our garage and I have been using it as the girls Homeschooling "Preschool/Tot School" room- I love it!  We put in some large rugs and we have a heater (and insulated too recently- yay) and we have a nice long table for doing lots of ART!   We are using this table for the party for all the little ones to sit at and I am going to cover the table with red plastic table cloth... and these ADORABLE cups that I found on (my favorite blog) Confessions of a Homeschooler .

Scarlett really enjoyed making these... while I made ones with red noses... she was determined to have some brown nosed ones as well (hey, it's her party!!)

I really think they turned out cute!! These will decorate the table... at first I thought we could use them as cups for drinking but then I realized we are talking about 2 and 3 year olds... with all the "stuff on them" that might not be wise!  So... we will use them as snack cups (which is what they were intended for in the other blog) and I bought chocolate milk boxes for the kiddos instead!

Decorations:  Red and Gold  Tinsel Garland crisscrossing the ceiling.... Balloons (a must for my parties!), Red plates and napkins, and 4 blow up reindeer (also from Dollar Tree). 
 ( Oh did I mention reindeer antler headbands for all the kiddos to wear when they arrive??) 
-NOTE: --Also from Dollar Tree!!  (thank you Dollar Tree- my shopping oasis!)

Activities- We are playing Pin the Nose on Rudolph (found a great picture to use HERE)  and then we are also making a foam reindeer ornament (very simple) from Oriental trading...  At 2 and 3 years old I didn't want to do too much and also BECAUSE..... (bells jingling in the distance)

SANTA IS COMING TO VISIT TOO!!!!!!!!!--- He is going to read them the Rudolph the Red nose reindeer book and give them their gift bags as well (doesn't that seem appropriate?) We will probably sing Rudolph the Red nose reindeer as well because that is Scarlett's favorite song... ( I used to love it too- had the record- my parents used to have to hide it from me when it wasn't Christmas or I'd listen to it all year long!)

He is just coming towards the end so we can focus on magical Reindeers and such... but I think it will be fun!

So, hopefully there will be lots of "reindeer games"... & our party will "go down in history!" (in a good way!)Look in tomorrow night (or Sunday if I get lazy) and see the "play by play"!!!

Check out where the places I linked up to as well!! :)

Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
Sugarplum Creations
Confessions of Non- Domestic Housewife
Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
Preschool Corner


zaf_fam_tx said...

SPOILER ALERT!!! Can't wait for tomorrow!!!

Loving Our Homeschool said...

I love the cookies! Very cute!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

The reindeer cookies are adorable! And I love the decorated cups. How fun to have a reindeer themed party. Thanks so much for linking up. It looks like you had a fabulous week :)

Weird Unsocialized Mom said...

Love the reindeer cups and cookies. Both are very cute!

Deborah J. Stewart said...

You're little reindeer treat cups are adorable! I once saw a recipe for reindeer food (I think it was just a sweet chex snack mix). That would be a fun snack to add to your reindeer cups. I love the cookies too!