"I Saw Three Ships!" - Group Game, 3 Crafts, and 12 Holiday Word Wall Cards

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Play an active GROUP GAME that will get those bodies and brains working on a cold day inside! Make THREE CRAFTS! Add to your Holiday Word Wall!

This game gives a new, humorous, and kid-friendly spin on a familiar holiday song, “I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In”. This winter holiday game has lyrics that are appropriate for all settings.

What is in those three ships? Would you believe that they are carrying Jingle Bells, Candy Canes, and Reindeer Food?

Your kids will make three different Crafts to use during game play. Then they are ready to play a great fast-moving game with alternating ‘moves’ and sequential lyrics!

This Activity Packet includes:

~ Templates for the Three Sailing Ships, to use as ‘props’
~ Templates for use in the Jingle Bell Craft
~ Templates for use in the Candy Cane Craft
~ Templates for use in the Reindeer Food Craft
~ 12 Holiday Word Wall Cards that use words from the game
~ Very specific Game Directions (great for your sub folder!)
~ Simple Song Notes to this familiar tune, along with directions for a free phone app for ‘picking out’ easy song tunes like this one, using their labeled keyboard. No music skills needed!

Alternately, you can always just chant this as a Rhyme.

You will be adding these simple items:

~ One pipe cleaner and one jingle bell per kid (or you can just use the bell shakers from your music room.)
~ Two craft sticks per kid
~ Curling ribbon, paper scraps, and maybe a few sequins for decoration on the crafts.

I love the 'Steady Beat' and Repetitive Language in this group game. I use this with my Pre-K - 1st classes, my ESL/ELL groups, and my Speech and Special Ed kids.

*** Check out my "Reindeer Ball" Activity Packet! The 15 Holiday Word Wall Cards in "Reindeer Ball" are designed to correspond with the 12 Holiday Word Wall Cards in this packet. They have the same design and dimensions, and will look great together on your Word Wall!

Active holiday fun from Gail McKoy at (c)Joyful Noises Express TpT!


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