Our next Holiday Extravaganzaa was to celebrate Kwanzaa and Las Posadas.
Below are the schedules we made for the activities of the day.
Below is the recipe directions for fruit kabobs. The students created patterns with fruit on the skewers. All of our students enjoyed the fruit kabobs with their lunch later in the day.
Here are the directions for making a Kwanzaa mat. We simplified the mat to glue pieces of paper down instead of actually weaving the paper.
We color coded dots on the paper so the kids could match the paper to the dots. This gives them a visual cue to help them be independent with the activity.
The Kwanzaa BINGO boards were made using Boardmaker software. We have plain boards that students use chips to mark and one set that is velcroed to be a picture matching game.
Earlier in the week, each student made a pinata. We blew up ballons and used newspaper strips and a flour/water mixture to make paper maiche pinatas. We then let the kids paint their pinatas however they wanted.
Below are the directions for the pinata station.
We used a clothes hanging rack (that had previously been used as a vocational center) to tie the pinatas to for the breaking process. You can see the waiting chairs for the kids to wait their turn. I tied the balloons to the rack and pretty much endded up holding the balloons so the kids could get a good hit in. We used a plastic bat as the stick to break the pinata.
Once the pinata broke, we had the students gather the candy and sort it into the container below. This way, the students used sorting skills and the adults were able to control the candy until lunch time.
This was another successful day! The kids are really starting to understand the centers as we teach they how to rotate to various activities. Overall SUCCESS!