Christmas Curriculum Ideas
Celebrate the season with Christmas curriculum ideas for preschoolers through second grade.
My daughter brought this home from her preschool and we have really enjoyed it!!
Glue a fair sized Christmas tree (Construction Paper) onto another paper. Give the children a Christmas sticker for each remaining day until Christmas with the final sticker being a star (she had an enveloped stapled to the bottom of her construction paper to hold the stickers). Each day the child can stick a new sticker on the tree and when only the star remains for the top of the tree, they know that Santa is coming that night and it will be Christmas in the morning after putting the star on top of the tree. She decorated the paper around the tree and looks forward to putting the sticker on every day.
This is actually for after Christmas. Cut the shape of a tree out of heavy construction paper or tag-board. Water down some glue for the children to paint on the tree. Then have them pull the needles off of pine tree branches and drop on to the glue. We do this the week that we come back from Christmas. Our theme is “The After Christmas Tree”.
At Christmas, I cut off the bottom few branches of our Christmas tree and put them in the sensory table with several pair of scissors. Kids love to cut the branches and the room smells great! I got the idea from my director who taught for many years and is always ready with super ideas!
Good for all ages and grades. For Christmas I made a bulletin board out of black paper, which is put up to cover the entire board Then I cut out a red circle, as big as a doorknob and put it right in the middle of the board. Last I cut out the letters to finish off the bb, it read…”Rudolph In The Dark.” My class, parents and teachers alike enjoyed this bb.
They Light Up My Life
I have the children decorate and (if able) cut out a Christmas light bulb shape. Then I hang them on black yarn. I glue the child’s photograph on his “light.” Then I string it across a bulletin board or window. I cut out the letters to spell the words, “They Light Up My Life.”
Last year I had made a Santa Claus in the middle of the bulletin board. The Santa was a window with reindeers all around. The reindeer were made of brown construction paper, a triangle. Then the antennas, I used with two pipe cleaners. For the nose I used colored pom-poms and the mouth i drew in the mind. As for the eyes I used little black triangles.
Here’s a neat Christmas bulletin board idea (for next year, of course). At naptime a few weeks before Christmas break, when our preschoolers were on their mats, I got a large Santa hat, large candy cane, and my 35mm camera. I had each child hold the candy cane and I put the large Santa hat on their heads. I told them to pretend they were asleep (NO PEEKING OR GIGGLING); then, snapped a picture of each one looking very much like they were having those visions of sugar plums. When the pictures were developed, I put some pretty bright red paper on the bulletin board and put each “sleeping” child’s picture up (everyone asked “Were they REALLY sleeping?”). The title of my bulletin board read, MERRY CHRISTMAS…(shhhhhhh..) PEACE ON EARTH. All the parents loved it and then, after Christmas, they received the pictures of their “sleeping” Santa’s as a gift from the teachers. Lots of Fun!
I have seen many cookie in a jar mixes in the stores this year so we decided to make some for our parents Christmas gifts. This involved the children reading the recipe, measuring, and pouring. I like this gift because it also gives the parents an activity to do at home with their children (baking cookies).
For a cute Christmas art project, take Christmas Styrofoam plates and cut them in four fractions. Each piece will be a little smaller than the first. Then take a strip of brown construction paper and begin gluing the pieces of the plate on the bottom of the strip. Start with the largest and go to the smallest. When you’re finished glue a star to the top and you will have a cute Christmas tree.
Preschool Macaroni Wreath
Cut 3 inch circles out of green construction paper. Take a picture of child and cut it in a circle shape, smaller than three inch wreath. Glue onto green circle. Dye ABC macaroni and glue it around the child’s picture. Punch a hole at top for yarn to hang onto tree. Punch two holes at the bottom to thread yarn through to form a bow on the wreath.