5 Christmas Activities for Your Classroom
The holiday season is upon us, and now is the time when preschoolers start getting excited about Christmas. For teachers, there are so many fun ways to incorporate the holiday into your lesson plans. Keep reading for a few fun Christmas activities that you can do with your students this month!
1. Create a Handprint Santa Ornament.
Handprint crafts are a great way for children to make something unique and memorable. For the Christmas season, why not use handprints to make a Santa ornament! Items you will need for this craft are white paper, black and red markers, googly eyes, small white pom poms or cotton balls, ribbon, glue, scissors and a hole punch. Start by tracing the child’s hand on the white paper. Then cut the handprint out. Use the markers to draw santa’s hat in the thumb area. Add a pom pom or cotton ball to the tip of the thumb/tip of the hat. Add pom poms or cotton balls to all the remaining fingers to create Santa’s fuzzy beard. Glue googly eyes to the center of the face, and use the markers to create a nose and mouth. Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the hat. Then tie a circle with ribbon to create a way to hang it on the tree!
2. Play Pass the Mistletoe.
For this game, all you need is a piece of plastic or silk mistletoe! Have the children sit in a circle. Then have them pass the mistletoe around the circle as Christmas music plays. When the music stops, everyone blows kisses to the child holding the mistletoe.
3. Make Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets.
Puppets are a fun way for children to express their emotions or explore new ideas in a safe way. Students can easily make their own puppets with paper bags. During the holiday season, what’s more fun than creating reindeer puppets? Teachers can find free printables online here or create their own. Have children find a seat at one of the child-size tables and pass out the supplies. Children can cut out antlers, eyes and a nose from the printable template. Once the children have glued their reindeer parts to the paper bag, let them use crayons, markers (and glitter if you’re feeling adventurous) to decorate their puppets.
4. Sing Christmas Carols.
Music is an important part of learning that helps with memory and language. Studies have shown that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. Singing Christmas carols is a fun activity for children to participate in this time of year! Songs like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman are good choices to sing with little children. Make it even more fun by choreographing some actions to go along with the words or letting the children dress up. Get them up and moving, and interacting with the song in more than one way!
5. Play Santa, Santa, Reindeer.
Duck, duck, goose has always been a fun and easy game for young children. Put a Christmas twist on this classic game by playing Santa, Santa, Reindeer. Have the children sit in a circle and choose one child to start. That child will walk around the circle tapping the other children on the head saying Santa. Then when the child chooses someone to call Reindeer, that child gets up and runs around chasing the first child back to that spot. If the second child doesn’t make it back to the spot before the first child, that child becomes the one to say Santa, Santa, Reindeer.
Kindermark Kids offers a variety of items to assist in your classroom crafts. From child-size tables and chairs to child-height sinks for clean-up and storage units to keep craft supplies organized, we’ve got everything you need to create a safe and fun environment for learning. Happy Holidays from Kindermark Kids!
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