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Preschool Holiday Lesson Plan: Helping Hands
Circle Time - Helping Hand Gifts
Share The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen and illustrated by Elaine Greenstein. A beautiful story about the joy of helping others, without expecting in return. Ask the children what helpful gift they would like to share with mom and dad this holiday season. You will need two envelopes for each child. An envelope for mom and one for dad, printed with the child's name. Take turns sharing around the circle. The children's helpful ideas may be printed on paper mittens and tucked inside their envelopes.
Storytime - The Mitten Tree
Dramatic Play - Performing Helping Hands
Children take turns choosing which of their "helping hands" they will perform. Props from the housekeeping area may be used. Friends guess!
Music and Movement - CeCe's Helping Hands Song
(sing to tune of London Bridge)
Children form a circle and join hands:
Helping hands wherever you go, wherever you go, wherever you go, helping hands wherever you go, helping others.
(move in opposite direction)
Help your neighbors and your friends, wherever you go, wherever you go. Help your neighbors and your friends, helping others.
Art - Personalized Gift Wrap
Personalized gift wrap with fingerprints of children. Red and green stamp pads may be used for fingerprints on a backdrop of brown kraft paper.
(Gather and wrap!) We have worked on a project today. You made helping hand gifts, and you wrapped the gifts yourself! In the story, The Kindness Quilt, Minna's teacher gives the class a kindness project. (Read the story, and then review the "Helping Hands" song.)
Ms.CeCe's Book Corner Pick - Touch The Earth
Jump aboard. Help fly the White Feather Flyer. "Our planet needs your help. Would you like to go on a helping adventure?"