How to Use Holiday Treats for Student Success!

I just love this time of year, don’t you? The only down side is that it is also the time of year that students can be too excited and out of control.

So, we decided to share some ways to use the idea of treats for success in the classroom.

The gingerbread man is always a favorite so we start by reading Gingerbread Man book and then we read:

Our students love this book!

Next, we made our own gingerbread man. I just grab a gingerbread cake mix and let the students help pour in the ingredients and then we shape it into a gingerbread man shape. We let them decorate it with m&ms and then we watch the cafeteria lady place it in the oven. The class goes back to the cafeteria and watches the empty cookie sheet come out. I love to watch their little faces when they see that the gingerbread man is gone! Of course, we go all around the school looking for the missing gingerbread man. The other teachers are great about playing along and saying they thought they saw him going a certain way. We finally get back to the room and there he is on a pan on a table in our classroom and the kids get so excited when they see him!

We also got together with our third grade STEM buddies and came up with a plan to get the gingerbread man safely across the river. The students had to come up with a design and tell us what materials they needed to make their boats. We came back the next day and tested our boats by placing them in a baby pool of water. The students took turns placing their boats in the pool and blowing them across the pool. We had an awesome discussion about why they thought certain boats make it across and others sank.

Our students loved using these cards during my guided math group time. It is a fun way to practice sequencing numbers, and then we play Scoot at the end of the week. You could also tape the cards up and have the students record their answers on the recording sheet that is included. Click on the picture to read more.

Another fun activity to do with treats is decorating an ice cream cone as a Christmas tree. Just pick up cans of green frosting and have the students use popsicle sticks to frost a cone. You can use different candies to decorate the trees. We put our trees on white styrofoam plates and made a little snow village using large marsh mellows, pretzels and m&ms for snowmen and small candy canes for sleds. Some students placed grammy bears on the sleds. We sprinkled powdered sugar for snow.

We found a great way to take the villages home is to lay the cone trees down on the plates and slide the plates into freezer gallon size bags with the child’s name written on the bags.

This is a great center to do during your holiday party. You can invite parents in to help.

Another great math center to go along with your treats theme are these cupcake word problems. There is even a cute cupcake number line included.

We also have this fun math center with manipulatives. My students love using the whiteboards!

We couldn’t leave you without telling you about one of our most popular games! Students love our Candy Brain Bounce! Read over hundreds of comments about this fun game! All of our holiday products are on sale!

You can read about a fun activity with skittles and grab a free fun candy graph! Click on the picture to read more!

We hope that you will get a chance to try some of these fun activities with treats, and we wish y’all a very Merry Christmas and a great winter Break!

Pam and Brittany

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