Grinch Day!

Do you celebrate Grinch Day in your classroom?  If not, you totally should!!

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The Grinch visits our classroom one day each December and leaves a lot of GREEN in his path.  It's a really fun day for the kids, especially the ones who believe in the magic of it all ;)  Read on for some of the ideas I use in my classroom each year! 
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I greet my kiddos with a green streamer curtain on our door. My kids say it is "SO FUN!" to walk through the curtain each time we leave the room.  It's the little things.

Just outside the door, the Grinch alters my welcome sign and labels me as "Mrs. Grinch."  I'm sure both my students and family would agree that sometimes I can be a little Grinchy. ;)

The Grinch loves himself so much, that he frames a photo {er... an old craft} of himself and renames Christmas, "Grinchmas" on our little countdown calendar.

Our elf visitor usually brings us red candy canes {not pictured} and of course, the greedy Grinch has to lick them and turn them all green!  One year one of my kiddos was truly appalled-- until I told him I had a sneaking suspicion that they tasted like apples.

The Grinch makes himself a Super Student with loads of jewels... and he clips all my little ones down to RED!  They are always very concerned about how they will have to color their behavior calendars at the end of the day (maybe the only day they are concerned, ha!)!

Our classroom rules are also tampered with.  Grinch Rules include talking over others, not following directions, and making a mess!  Silly Grinch.  We take this opportunity to discuss what our classroom rules REALLY are.
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The green guy has to make an appearance, of course!  He made his way from Barnes and Noble a few years ago, but I found a Grinch that is even wearing a Santa suit!  The Grinch also renames our classroom elf to Grinch {anchor chart inspired by Cara}.

Our elf usually finds himself in some Grinchy trouble, like the time he was tied up in green streamers and had to hang out upside down with our lanterns for the day.  The kids wanted me to rescue him but there's that whole "no touching the elf" rule and all!

The Grinch puts our reading buddies {shower puffs from Pier 1... cheap and efficient} into Grinch Jail!

Our class enjoys green frosted cookies and lime green sherbet, courtesy of the Grinch!

Last but not least, a Grinch ornament!  Super easy:  Paint a 3x3" canvas in green.  Paint on a red heart or do as I did and add a foam sticker.  Add red glitter if you like, and hot glue on some ribbon.  Voila!  A Grinchy decoration for your tree :)

**More ideas not pictured!!**

I sprinkle green Grinch glitter all over our desks (it's a mess, but man it's worth it).  The Grinch takes away all our sparklers and classroom compliments {I put them back at the end of the day}.  He sends us an email midday saying that his heart is growing and we can clip back to green.  We read How the Grinch Stole Christmas and watch the cartoon movie.  You can also decorate with green balloons and silly string!

I hope you can use some of these great Grinchy ideas for your celebration next year!!  Do you have any other ideas that you use on Grinch Day?  I'd LOVE to hear them!!
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4 comments

Joei C said...

I absolutely love, love, love this! The Grinch is one of my favorite characters and I will definitely be doing this next year. Thank you for all your great ideas and Merry "Grinchmas" to you! :) - Joei Crow

Courtney B said...

So fun! Love your ideas!

Tonya said...

LOVE this! I did a Grinch day too, but I am always looking to add more things! I made a trivia game for after the book and movie! It was SO fun!

Tonya
Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

Heidi Martinez said...

What fun! I love the Grinch and will definately do this next year. Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration!!!

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