Begin the project by having the students create a picture of Santa using a drawing tool (Kid Pix Deluxe 3D is my favorite software and ABCya Paint is my favorite web-based tool). Save the picture and print it.
The next step is to brainstorm what students might say if they could talk to Santa. Students will practice reciting their letter to a buddy until they are fluent and ready to record. Students will then use the online tool called Vocaroo to record their audio letter to Santa.
The final step is to print the QR code and attach it to the student's drawing. These QR audio letters make a GREAT interactive bulletin board display and then the projects can be sent home as a Christmas gift for parents to enjoy. (You may want to include the URL to the child's recording on Vocaroo if parents want to download the audio file to permanently save it).
Following is a sample QR audio letter to Santa created by a VERY imaginative 1st grade boy. Scan the QR code and listen for yourself!