Merry Grinchmas!

Our library hosted a Grinch themed family night in December and it was a hit! We had so much fun and had a great turnout.

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Whoville Cookies
My awesome co-worker made this since I am not the best baker 🙂 Below is the recipe she used from Midget Mamma

Ingredients: (Recipe makes 4 dozen cookies)

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cups butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • red and green food coloring
  • 1 cup holiday sprinkles

Directions:
Cream sugar and butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl and add to butter mixture, mix well. Separate the dough in half and color one part red and one part green. Put one of the freshly made dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll 11 x 9 inches and 1/4 inch thick. Repeat with the other color dough. Put the rolled dough including the parchment paper, on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer. Take the top layer off both dough’s and lightly wet the tops. Sandwich the two colors together, using a paring knife trim the edges to make straight edges. Remove the top layer of paper and start rolling up and use the bottom layer of paper to pull it tight. If the dough tears you can just pinch it together. Poor the sprinkles onto a large platter and roll the log onto the sprinkles and press them in. Place the dough into the fridge for 15 minutes or longer. slice the dough into 1/4 inch slices and bake on parchment lined sheets. Bake at 325° F for 10 -15 minutes. Let cool.

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Grinch Punch
The easiest punch you will ever make and the kids favorite treat!

  • Lime Sherbet
  • Sprite/7-Up
  • Plastic Cups
  • Fun straws!

I put 3 scoops of lime sherbet in each cup and filled it up with Sprite! The fun Santa straws added an extra holiday touch.

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ACTIVTIES

Grinch Pills
Each family had to guess how many Grinch Pills (Mint M&Ms) were in the jar. The winning family received a holiday book! I also had a bowl of M&M’s out so everyone could take a handful to eat 🙂 The poem that goes along with the Grinch Pills is too cute!

Source: The Speech Ladies

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Pin the Heart on the Grinch
My director drew the Grinch free handed- so awesome! However if you aren’t an artist (like me) I would trace him using a projector. Cut out red hearts with each child’s name on it. At the end we saw who came the closest!

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Pictures with the Grinch
We were fortunate enough to have another library lend us their Grinch outfit! I thought it would be too scary for the kids but they LOVED him! I made a photo area using a holiday tablecloth as the backdrop. We set out holiday props and Santa hats for everyone to wear. If you don’t have a costume to wear you can make Grinch masks for everyone to wear!

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Grinch Handprint Ornament
These were fun to make with all ages. Everything you need is in your craft closet! Paint the palm of the hand green and the fingers red, don’t paint the thumb. Place the handprint on white cardstock. Using cotton balls, create the Santa hat. Once the paint dries (mine did very quickly), draw the Grinch face!

Source: I Heart Arts N Crafts

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MOVIE

While we ate snacks, we watched the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I like the orignial animated one because it’s only 25 minutes. I wanted to read the book but it was just too long for this program. We bought The Original Christmas Classics movie from Amazon. It has a few short Christmas movies in it, all on separate discs.

The Original Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town / Frosty the Snowman / Frosty Returns / Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol / Little Drummer Boy / Cricket on the Hearth)

 Merry Christmas!

–Mollie

 

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