Submitted by Pat Daugherty, Canton, Illinois

Idea posted February 1, 2002

When we perform our holiday concert, I try to get the concert videotaped, so we can watch it together and critique the event. Then we write thank you notes to all who helped (pianist, sound and light guy, their teachers, any parents who helped move instruments or decorate). The kids make the thank you notes out of construction paper.

Depending on time left before break (I refuse to start any new concepts then), we might do a thing with the 12 days of Christmas. I have several different arrangements they listen to, then we make a giant tree (out of that big roll paper), and each child is assigned to a group to create something from the Twelve Days, like 5 golden rings, and attach it to our tree. That gets them into my craft box and keeps them happy.