Get your students to write a great persuasive writing piece for the holiday season. Students brainstorm ideas that would make for a great new reindeer for Santa. Then they write their persuasive newspaper ad. After that, students color their reindeer cutouts with markers, colored pencils, or crayons and glue their reindeer onto their papers shown in the example.
Helpful hints: read The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett to peak student interest and get their minds going on what makes a good Christmas reindeer. Brainstorm ideas first, draft second, confer with writers before allowing final drafts and craft.