Sunday, December 9, 2012

SANTA HUNT


Your kids are going to love this “Santa Hunt” that Sara Lensing adapted from “The Cool Bear Hunt.”  She shared this idea with me last week in Des Moines and she pinky promised to send it to me and she did.  What is a pinky promise?  You link pinky fingers with a friend and then seal it by kissing your fist!

Santa Hunt  
Get out your backpacks.
Open ‘em up.
Let’s put in some cookies for Santa and his reindeer.
And, let’s put in a thermos of milk in case he gets thirsty.
Oh. and don’t forget your Christmas lights in case it gets dark.
Zip ‘em up and repeat after me.
(Children repeat each line.)
We’re gonna find Santa  (March and slap thighs.)
Before Christmas day.  
He has a big, round belly  (Extend arms.)
And a long, white beard.   (Pull down from chin.)
Look over there!  (Point.)
It’s a Candy Cane Forest!
Can’t go over it.  (Arms over head.)
Can’t go under.    (Arms down low.)
Can’t go around it.  (Circle arms.)
I guess we’ll go through it.  (Open palms and shrug shoulders.)
Slurp, slurp, slurp!  (Pretend to suck on candy cane.)

We’re gonna find Santa
Before Christmas day.
He has a big, round belly
And a long, white beard.
Look over there!
It’s an egg nog river.
Can’t go over it.
Can’t go under.
Can’t go around it.
I guess we’ll swim across it.  (Stroke arms as if swimming.)

We’re gonna find Santa
Before Christmas day.
He has a big, round belly
And a long, white beard.
Look over there!
It’s a gingerbread house!
Can’t go over it.
Can’t go under.
Can’t go around it.
I guess we’ll go through it.
Yum, yum, yum!  (Pretend to eat gingerbread.)

We’re gonna find Santa
Before Christmas day.
He has a big, round belly
And a long, white beard.
Look over there!
It’s Santa’s workshop.
Can’t go over it.
Can’t go under.
Can’t go around it.
I guess we’ll go through it.
Shhh!  (Finger over lips.)
Get out your Christmas lights.  (Pretend to get out lights.)
Turn them on – click.
Let’s set out the cookies and milk.
I see a big, round belly.
And a long, white beard!
It’s Santa!
He-he-he! We can’t let him see us!
Tip toe!  (Tiptoe.)
Quick!  Go through the gingerbread house! Yum, yum, yum,!
Swim across the egg nog river!
Go through the Candy Cane Forest! Slurp, slurp, slurp!
Go home.
Open the door.
Shut the door.
Phew!
We found Santa.
Merry Christmas to all!
*Children could do a time line or a story map of the hunt for Santa as a follow up activity.

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