When our family spent a year in Australia (my oldest was born there), my favorite part of the familiar holiday season were crackers. Also called “bon-bons” or “poppers,” crackers are tubes that have (worthless) trinkets inside. Pull the sides apart, and *crack!* a loud noise startles you and the toy is yours!
At the time of my discovery, I determined that we’d have holiday crackers every year, but because they are relatively unknown in the USA, they have been hard to find in past years! This year, however, I started seeing them everywhere! I was so excited that this British tradition has made it to America.
But, since this is a “new” tradition, I always forget about them on Christmas. So why not make them into a New Year treat? I think they fit better with New Years anyway, since they are noisy and fun and so is the countdown!
At any rate, we had fun with compound words by putting the crackers together during our hands-on Language Art lesson.
I love the magic of compound words. Put a key with a boring old board, and now you have a keyboard! The simplicity of holiday crackers is a perfect match: inside the crackers on the interactive worksheets are images of the compound word “treat” to enjoy .
Happy New Year!
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