Winter Wonders

Opportunities For Enrichment


On the search for fun ways to challenge yourself, while having fun at the same time? This is just the newsletter for you. Each Smore will have activities that meet a multitude of interests and personalities. You can choose to participate in one, many, or all of the challenges. Be sure to share some of your work on our monthly Padlet. That will allow us to learn from and be inspired by other amazing students.


"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." -Victor Hugo

Quote Challenges:

  1. Create a visual that represents the meaning of the quote.
  2. Write the quote in your own words.
  3. Find another quote that you think means something similar.

Share your work using the Padlet link below.

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Choose a holiday or winter object/item to SCAMPER. Draw it out and label the ways you are innovating your object. Share on the Padlet.

Below are SOME Possibilities:



Santa's Boots

Santa's Suit

Santa's Hat

Santa's Bag



candy cane



Christmas tree

winter coat

ear muffs



Fellow GT Teacher, Terri Eicholz, had a great challenge for her kids. SCAMPER a board game. Click on the YOUR WINTER BREAK CHALLENGE to read more about it. I would love to see what the kids come up with. Share on PADLET.

Challenge: Build An Above Ground Pipeline

Materials Needed:

flexible straws

duct tape

craft sticks

modeling clay

3 oz. Dixie cups

10 oz. styrofoam cup


The link below has directions for this challenge. Be sure to add pictures or video to our Padlet.

Snowball by Shel Silverstein

I made a snowball

As perfect as could be.

I thought I'd keep it as a pet

And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas

And a pillow for its head.

Then last night it ran away

But first--it wet the bed.

Poetry Fun

  • Try memorizing the poem.
  • Can you create a comic strip for the cartoon?
  • Could you create a board game or write code (Scratch or Hopscotch) for a game inspired by this poem?
  • What is something silly that you could have as a pet? Would it last? Can you write a poem about your 'pet'?

Visual Thinking with Origami

Share some pictures of your finished origami on Padlet. You can even take it a step further and create a comic, story, song, or poem about your finished origami.

Science Fun: Snowflakes

We don't have a lot of opportunity to see snowflakes, so let's make our own. All you need is Borax (found at HEB) and water. Click on the link below to learn how to create your own Borax snowflake.

Programming Fun: AgentCubes

Are you interested in learning how to build a fun 3D game? Well, then AgentCubes is right up your alley. Click on the site below and see what you can learn about the world of coding and 3D design. If you enjoy Minecraft, check AgentCubes out!

Don't Be Shy. Share, Share, Share.

Padlet is a website that can be accessed on ANY device and is a terrific way for us to share work with others.

You can add pictures, video, links, and text to Padlet. So, you can video your work, take an image, or just write about what you have done.

Students can also use their NEISD Google Credentials and use their Google Drive to create work. That link can also be shared on Padlet. If your child needs help accessing their NEISD Google Account, please email me. I will be happy to help them get it up and running. If your child does create a Google presentation to share on Padlet, be sure that they make the link AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WITH THE LINK so that others can enjoy their work.

Be SAFE: First Names only, never share last names on any work you post.

Bulverde Creek Elementary

My name is Kacie Germadnik. I am the Gifted and Talented teacher at Bulverde Creek. I hope that you will enjoy diving into some of these activities for fun with your kiddos. Please feel free to email me with any questions.