Oh No! Santa's Stuck in the Chimney

The holidays are a magical time for kids and treasure trove of project choices for teachers.  A quick search on the Internet provides idea after idea of craft activities to bring into the classroom.  When choosing a holiday craft, look beyond the end product and search for ways to use the activity to practice several skills in the classroom while having fun at the same time. 

 

For example, “Santa’s stuck in the chimney” is an activity that practices language skills, problem solving, fine motor work, spatial planning, sensory integration, following multi-step directions, and cooperation while at the same time being cute and fun to make. 

 

In this activity the children are given a problem to solve, “What would you do if Santa were stuck in the chimney?”   Answers are collected and then shared as a group.  As a group, the children build off each other’s ideas to solve Santa’s dilemma (early brainstorming at its best!)  For the construction of Santa, the kids’ sponge paint a chimney; cut leg, boots, and trim; and assemble.  Or in other words they squish wet sticky paint with a sponge; work their finger muscles while controlling a pair of scissors and squeezing a bottle of glue; follow directions; and plan how to assemble Santa so his feet are sticking out of the chimney.  Their individual responses build verbal skills through creative problem solving, imagination, and descriptive language. 

 

Ways to help Santa if ever he were to get stuck in the chimney:

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I would push him down by his feet and if that didn’t work I would put soap on his feet and push again.”

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I would put a rope down the chimney so Santa could grab it and the reindeer can pull him up.”

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I would pull him out of the chimney and then tell him what I want for Christmas.”

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I would go on the chimney and jump down so Santa would drop down.”

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I would have my dad get a ladder, climb on the roof, balance on top, and pull Santa out.”

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I would get a hose and go in the house and spray him so he will be clean.  The chimney is dirty.”

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I will push him down gently because I want to be on the nice list.”

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I would get a rope, tie it around his feet and gently pull him. Then I would flip him over.”

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I would take the Christmas tree and use it to push him out.”

 

“If Santa got stuck in the chimney I would get the elves to fly him out.”