Primary teacher here. I would love to create a "Winter Wonderland" classroom/schoolwide this year for our children. The last 18 months have been tough on them with pods, bubbles, COVID cases, and repeated closures. I want to make this Christmas special. Any ideas where I could get like - second hand trees, etc. on a budget? This will all be coming out of my own pocket, so the less I have to spend the better. I have never minded spending money on educational materials, but if I could do this on a budget it would be amazing.
This is a great idea and I'm sure the kids would love it.
Here's one thing to get started. Get all the kids to make snowflakes out of A4 sheets and string them around the class.
I did a quick check on youtube and saw this as an option - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeR5p8OocUE
Only material needed here would be A4 paper, scissors and string.
Maybe you could ask the parents if they had some spare/old decorations, trees etc they could lend you?
Teachers get a bad rap at times and it's things like this that people don't see and appreciate.
Join your local Freecycle groups / zero waste groups and request donations of trees and decorations! If you explain what it's for I'm sure people will be thrilled to donate.
Also for purchases, try using shein.com for cheap items. Delivery takes two weeks from China.
Egg cartons can be cut up and painted, use a bit of string and you have Christmas bells.
Strings of paper looped and sellotaped together and then coloured make cheap decorations. Colour them in.
This brings back great memories of school 😀
It's probably not very PC to suggest the decorations we used to make - our nanny's used cigarette boxes wrapped in wrapping paper with a ribbon on them or thread and hung on the tree!! But anything similar that would be going in to the bin anyway just wrapped in some gift wrap and a bit of string or ribbon to hang them would be fun for kids to make.
I remember we used to make these with green, white & red crepe paper.... (think it was cheaper to buy back then or something)
School & home!! My folks hadn't a lot of spare cash back when we were kids so we made do as best we could and homemade decorations were a popular one growing up.
Absolutely. And my mother still has some of our homemade decorations and puts them up every year even though the youngest of us now is in their 30s! My mother has bells made from egg cartons and covered in tin foil that my brother made as a child......he's 48.
Brilliant. Love hearing of unique family stuff like that. That's what makes Christmas great.
I've mentioned on here before (a few years ago) my folks still have a Christmas log (small half tree truck, sprayed with fake snow and has a candle hole in it) that I made in primary school (early '80s),
Ah, the homemade Christmas logs and egg cartons with tinfoil ♥️ love them. We still put those egg cartons on the tree. Made by myself and my brother in the early to mid 90s! I remember we each made a snowman in school as well from a toilet roll(the cardboard bit) and cotton wool and bits and bobs. Might be an idea for an in class activity! Or the Christmas copy book! We used to get a bit of time in school to draw a Christmas scene on each page of our Christmas copy books. Another great activity. But, yeah, get them making some of those decorations and they might still have them in 20 or 30 years time :)
If you can find balls of yarn at a charity shop or get a stash of odds and ends from a knitter, you could make snowballs poms (which can be used as garland for deco, then for an indoor snowball fight on the last day of class)...like these: https://simpleacresblog.com/yarn-pom-pom-snowballs/ But this would probably be the easiest way to make them in bulk: https://houseandhome.com/gallery/diy-pompom-garland/#image-3
You could make these big 3d paperbag snowflakes (white bags maybe?) https://www.pinterest.ie/pin/355925176810977111/ ...or these toilet paper roll ones https://www.pinterest.ie/pin/583708801701022576/
This might be fun on a door or bulletin board, (you could add kids names on the lights): https://i.pinimg.com/236x/cb/67/32/cb6732be01e67fb42be8a582989235b8.jpg
Or you could buy a pack of inexpensive round, white, coffee machine filters and the kids can cut out their own snowflakes and you could paste them all together on a bulletin board into a class snowman, kinda like this: https://i.pinimg.com/564x/7f/ff/6c/7fff6c4c5e8259a52f7e7bbd59c652ea.jpg
We used matchboxes. Not quite so many of those available though 😉
Dealz and the Euroshop often have mini trees (3ft) for 1.50 or 2 euro in the run up to christmas. The Camden Casket also have lovely old fashioned large paper decorations, again for around 2 euro.