Because we live in Florida and most of my kids have never seen snow, I like to give them a little taste of a winter wonderland on the first day back from Christmas vacation. The first thing I do is to hang snowflakes from the ceiling, I found these ornaments 2 or 3 years ago at Target during their after Christmas for 25¢ apiece.
I've hung these for the last 2 years and last year, I decided that I would be smart and save some time. Rather than retying each one (cause I have like a million of them...okay, 60-70, but it feels like a million when you're tying and hanging them), I thought I would just leave the fishing line/paper clips on them and just put them in the basket carefully so that next year I would just have to pull them out and hang them. Now, I know some of you are laughing at me right now and saying yeah, right, that'll never work, but I've got to tell you, that when I pulled out the snowflakes this year, I found:
Yep, a big, tangled, horrible mess!!!! Seriously, I spent like 2 hours untangling these. Stop laughing, I can hear you! I think this year, I'll just hang them from the ceiling in the closet so they don't get all tangled (plus, I can then count all of that going up and down the ladder as exercise for that day, right).
In addition to hanging the snowflakes, I also make it "snow" in our room. I use this
This stuff is great and is so easy to make. Plus, it feels cold and wet just like snow, and it melts in a few hours, so it's great for the classroom. I told the kids that I forgot to turn the heat on over the break and it got so cold that it actually snowed in the classroom. This year, my class is soooo sweet, that some of them actually believed that it really snowed in our room. Here are some pics of the classroom after the "snow":
How do you decorate for winter? I'd love to see some pictures - leave me a link so I can visit your "winter wonderland".