It is hard to keep students focused at this time of year. I continue to search for materials that have speech therapy value and are not time intensive. Schools have also become more culturally sensitive which makes it even more of a challenge for what I can actually put up on a bulletin board. This activity meets many of the requirements.
I often already have a tree from November’s bulletin board. I move the limbs so it looks more like a fir tree. I use the teacher trick of tracing the student’s hands on green paper and having them cut them out for leaves. I can staple these on the tree to provide the fir part of the tree. I will then have them make and add the paper ornaments.
I found this great paper ornament that meets the requirements. It is a simple activity that even the youngest children can complete and it allows practice following directions and retelling a sequence. It is found on http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2008/12/paper-flower-ornaments.html I have access to plenty of colored paper and glue sticks so I won’t need to get additional materials.
This is a picture of how it turned out.