Friday, December 12, 2014

A Wintry Card Exchange

One of my favorite holiday activities is to facilitate a holiday card exchange.  It's always a hit with the students, and it makes for a great take home project.  This year, I decided to go with a wintry theme as opposed to holiday, and it was just as much of a success as in years past.

Last week, I sent home a note explaining the card exchange.  I also sent home a blank card (construction paper folded in half).  The students were tasked with making a non-holiday specific card at home and returning it to school on the specified date for the exchange.

You can grab a copy of the letter {here}.

Before I sent the materials home, we talked a great deal about the expected quality of the cards.  I emphasized that their card was a gift for a classmate and that they should create something that they would like to receive.  I showed them this card as a sample.

The students exchanged cards today, and I have to say, I was really impressed with their creations!  Here is a sampling.

How cute is this mug of cocoa with real marshmallows glued to it?  Love!

Love this one too!  I forgot to snap a pic of the inside, but the message urged the recipient not to let their light shine too closely to the snowmen and included a picture of melted snowmen.  Haha!

In years past I have let students facilitate their own exchange, but in more recent years, I have assigned partners.  I do not tell them who they will exchange cards with until the day of the event. This is because seven year olds are terrible at keeping secrets.  Hehe.  I always tell the students to give each other a compliment and to say thank you.  Then, I let them all mingle about and show off their newly acquired treasure to the rest of their friends.  

The exchange is always a low key event, but the kids love it.  You can see their eyes light up and they can barely wipe the smiles from their faces. 

I know there isn't much time left in the holiday season, but hopefully you can use this idea!

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  1. What fun! I'm putting this in my plans for next year!

  2. I'm so glad you like the idea, Megan! I was so much fun, and so low key. I'm so glad you can use the idea!



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