Snowman Wrapped candy bars - Wrap a full sized chocolate bar with white wrapping paper and draw on the faces. For the earmuffs, use a black pipe cleaner and pom poms. Use buttons or black puffy paint and a cute ribbon and tag to complete the look.
NEW YEAR'S IDEA: Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Year's Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. I think it'll be a good way for me to keep stuff in perspective.
Your students will think that these penguin projects are "COOL!" Use water bottles, cotton balls, wiggly eyes, and construction paper to create these cute winter penguins. *Could even do some Penguin bowling
Capital letter on white spoon - Lower case letter on clear spoon - match them up. You could put the lower case letter on the back of the white spoon to help out the younger kids, then take it off later in the school year.
Simple solution to all your dice problems! Stick two dice in a small tupperware container. Have the children shake the container and look at the dice. No "throwing" dice or losing them either. I will probably use foam dice as they are noiseless.