I have done a fun one with spare puzzle pieces (they need to be little). Spray paint or have the kids paint the pieces green (if the students paint them, it takes a long time, and can be very messy). Use a cardstock or cardboard wreath pattern and have the students glue their green puzzle pieces on. I also paint a few pieces red. Then I randomly glue the red pieces in to make them look like berries. Sometimes I hang the students picture in the middle of the wreath or on the bottom of the wreath. I also put a bow on the bottom of the wreath too. These are cute and fun to keep for the parents.
I got this idea from book but hVe not tried it yet. We are going to do it the week after THanksgiving. You cook spaghetti and let it cool. Then you dip the noodles in watered down glue and lay it on wax paper in the shape of a snowflake. Then sprinkle it with silver glitter while the glue is still wet. Let it dry and then peel it off and hang it up.
We are going to have the kids make one larger one to hang from the ceiling and then each child will make a small one as an ornament.
How about shrink art ornaments? These are fun to make, and the kids love seeing them shrink before their eyes. Pictures from X-mas cards or coloring pages work well.
This activity does require access to a toaster oven or oven and plastic containers. Check with your local grocery store to purchase or donation. See the link below for instructions. I've never tried this with 4th graders but will this year.
Upper math grades