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~ Rudolph & the Reindeer Theme ~

Crafts, Activities & Games
Songs, Fingerplays, Nursery Rhymes

Also see:  Christmas; Santa

Crafts, Activities & Games

Rudolph Pine Cone Ornament ~
For each Rudolph you will need a pine cone; one nine-inch white pipe cleaner; white and black felt (or 1/2" googly eyes); glue; a small red pompom.  Fold the pipe cleaner in half, bend like stairs to create antlers; glue onto the pinecone.  Cut the felt into circles (cut the white slightly smaller than the black) for eyes and glue on.  Glue on the pompom nose and a length of yarn, ribbon or raffia for hanging.

Reindeer Magnet ~
For each magnet you will need:  1 small dog biscuit; small wiggly eyes; small red pompoms (for the nose); brown chenille cut into 2 inch lengths (for antlers); magnet strip

Hold the dog biscuit vertically and hot glue a red pompom near the bottom (above where the biscuit indents). Glue the eyes above that.  Twist the chenille sticks into antlers and glue at the top of the biscuit, in behind so that they stand up at the top. Attach a small piece of magnet to the back.

Rudolph Christmas Card Holder ~
Cut off the top section, below the handle, of a gallon milk jug.  Cover with brown paper (grocery bags work fine).  Trace the child's hand and place on the back of the jug.  On the front, draw eyes and a mouth.  Attach a big red pompom for a nose.  Place xmas cards inside.

Reindeer Games ~
Cut 1 1/4 inch circles from red construction paper.  Dab a bit of vaseline on each child's nose and apply the red circle for a Rudolph nose.  Have relay races, brean bag tosses, and other games wearing the red noses.

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Songs, Fingerplays, Nursery Rhymes

Reindeer Pokey
   (Sung to the tune of "Hokey Pokey")
You put your antlers in.  You put your antlers out.
You put your antlers in and you shake them all about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

(continue with:)
You put your hooves in...
You put your red nose in...
You put your fluffy tail in...
You put your reindeer body in...

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Rudolph Sandwiches~
Take a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cut it crossways for a triangle.  Decorate it for a reindeer - two raisins for the eyes, a few more for the mouth, add broken pretzel bits for the horns and a bright half a cherry for the nose!

Reindeer Cookies~
Make your favorite sugar cookie dough.  Drop in rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Flatten out with your palm or a flat bottomed glass. Add chocolate chips for eyes, and a red m&m for the nose. At the top of the cookie, press in 2 mini pretzels for the "antlers". Bake in a 350*F oven for 8-10 min. Let cool on wax paper!

Reindeer Crunchies~
1/2 cup peanut butter; 2 cups Reindeer Treats (recipe below); raisins; pretzels

Stir Reindeer Treats with peanut butter.  Mix well.  Place the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes, so the ingredients will cool and harden a bit.  While waiting, cut apart the pretzels.  Each pretzel makes two reindeer antlers.  Don't worry if you break a takes a little practice!  Remove the mixture from the fridge.  Shape a spoonful into a ball to look like a reindeers head.  Place raisins for eyes and nose. Push the "antlers" into the top of the head.

Reindeer Treats~
1 cup raw quick oats; 1 cup bran cereal; 1/2 cup shredded coconut; 1/2 cup raisins


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