Updated: Dec 12, 2019
It's hard to approach Christmas without singing, "You're a mean one..." in a deep voice. Since I was a small child, the Grinch has been synonymous with Christmas. My kids love it, too. It's a book they want to read throughout the year. (Did you know there's even a couple cartoons that star the Grinch that aren't Christmas?!?!) Imagine the delight my kids had when we did a Grinchmas theme!
We kicked off the day by reading the book, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" and with having the kids build Who-ish trees out of homemade play dough. The kids formed their playdough into cones which were then decorated with some baubles from the Dollar Tree and erasers from Target. Presents were placed around the trees.
We devised a Grinchy game where the kids would then remove these adornments and presents. They would draw a domino, count the dots on the domino, and then proceed to remove that number of items from the tree. Eventually the trees would be bare and the presents would be gone. Then the kids would have their hearts grow and redecorate their trees anew.
1 cup all purpose flour, plus additional
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup warm water
A generous squirt of green food coloring
A 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract
Mix the dry ingredients and then add the wet. Slowly add in additional flour until the right consistency is reached.
We also made Grinch ornaments. The Dollar Store has clear, plastic ornaments (because glass is jut asking for trouble in this case). Grinchy green items such as pompoms, pipe cleaners, and confetti are placed inside along with a single "red" heart. My kids were pretty proud to have an ornament for the tree that they had made themselves. These could make good gifts, too that allow the kids to make something for loved ones that isn't too messy.
Finally, my mother-in-law brought some "Grinchy" activities she had created. The kids were able to play a "Grinchy" shape game looking for shapes around the house. Next, they traced and decorated "Grinch" ornaments. My kids had a wonderful, grinchy day and learned along the way.