Christmas Curriculum Ideas
We also read the story of the gingerbread boy. After that I have a gingerbread man that has the poem “run run. . . ” and then it tells the children to follow his footprints to a special treat and we followed footprints that are on the wall, floor, ceiling, etc to where our snack (gingerbread men cookies) are hidden.
December is a great time to set up a gift wrapping/ dollar store. I send home a note asking parents to send in last year’s left over wrapping paper, bows, boxes and ribbons. We set up a dollar store with items I will be donating to needy families. The children pretend to go shopping to buy items for families that are in need. They pay the cashier and take their purchases to the gift wrapping center where the kids wrap the gifts. They then give the gift to another child to open just for fun. On the last day before break, we wrap the gifts one last time and turn them over to our school’s “helping hands” organization. Kids love wrapping, giving and receiving the gifts.
Coloring Macaroni Items needed: zip-loc bag rubbing alcohol food coloring shake add macaroni pour out on to paper towel The colors are vivid, the macaroni dries fast without becoming mushy.
This is an inexpensive idea that works with all ages of preschoolers. Cut apart cardboard egg cartons into single sections. Poke holes thru the tops-cover with glue and roll in glitter. Let dry then thread pipe cleaners thru the hole-attach a small bell or just bend the pipe cleaner into a small ball. Form other into a hook and you have a great bell ornament for the tree! (It’s best to use cardboard egg cartons-the glue & glitter sticks better!)
For Christmas we made the CUTEST angels to send home. We took pictures of all the kids, then cut out around the faces. Then we attached them to a large (appropriate body size) triangle of fairly heavy-stock white paper. We made the kids’ handprints on blue paper with white paint and cut them out, attaching them just below the faces on the back for angel wings. A small sparkly pipe cleaner (we used silver) was twisted into a halo. We then used a silver paint pen and wrote “Our Little Angel” and the year. As a little extra pizzazz we did a series of loops or swags with the paint pen about a inch above the bottom edge of the triangle. These were a great parent-pleaser, even though it was mainly all teacher-produced.
This is a cute gift to make for your children. Use a roll of lifesavers and glue a red pack of gum on top of that. Then hot glue four round peppermint pieces for the 4 wheels. Then hot glue a caramel on top of the front of the gum pack, and a Hershey’s kiss on top of that. It looks just like a Christmas train and the kids love them. I sent this earlier and was afraid I had left the lifesaver package off.
For Christmas we made the CUTEST angels to send home. We took pictures of all the kids, then cut out around the faces. Then we attached them to a large (appropriate body size) triangle of fairly heavy-stock white paper. We made the kids’ handprints on blue paper with white paint and cut them out, attaching them just below the faces on the back for angel wings. A small sparkly pipe cleaner (we used silver) was twisted into a halo. We then used a silver paint pen and wrote “Our Little Angel” and the year. As a little extra pizazz we did a series of loops or swags with the paint pen about a inch above the bottom edge of the triangle. These were a great parent-pleaser, even though it was mainly all teacher-produced.
Make giant peppermint candies to decorate your classroom! Give each child two paper plates, and have them use rulers to divide the plate into triangles, like a pie. Next, the kids use red paint to fill every other triangle. When dry, place one plate on top of the other (so that a painted design is visible on each side), and wrap with plastic wrap. Twist the ends like a candy wrapper, and add curling ribbon, if desired. These are so big and fun!
For a super quick and easy ornament, have kids string red and white beads in a pattern on 3/4 of a white pipe cleaner. Bend into a candy cane shape, and it’s finished!
Create a snow village in your sensory table with salt! Have the children pour in table. Add glitter. Create the village with cars, trucks and wooden/plastic people. Make houses and stores using blocks from your block area. Hot glue some together to represent different building in the village. Paint or use markers to add details to the buildings. Use blocks to make trees as well. Miniature traffic signs would be great too!
Christmas Curriculum Ideas
Paper Towel Angels
1 paper towel roll, Cut out a base that looks like a big old camel toe to tape or glue on the bottom of the roll, to hold it up, as the roll stands upright. Make sure the base is big enough to hold it up. (hard cardboard & test it first before cutting them all out). Cut out ivory construction paper wings to glue on back of roll, i usually do the wings so that are one piece. Cut out piece of ivory paper to cover the roll itself or fabric. I used a crumpled piece of paper and stuck it in the top of the roll for a head. The children drew on their own faces with felts. Halo- gold or silver. These are absolutely beautiful on the mantel for parents, so I always do them early in December.
This is real easy – I saw this in a classroom a few years ago. Take metal hangers and pull/bend them to make a diamond shape for the face. Take a brown knee high nylon sock and pull it over the hanger. Use colored pom-pom balls to make a nose (red for Rudolph) at the bottom tip of the hanger on the nylon and glue eyes on – made with felt or construction paper. You can use the top hook of the hanger to hang from the ceiling. You’ll have an adorable class full of little brown reindeer hanging above you.
A Recycled Reindeer
5 toilet paper roll brown paint googily eyes pom pom glue
First of all get you preschooler to paint the tp rolls brown. Then glue 4 of them side by side upright, then glue the last one about an inch and a half higher than the other( this will be used for the head) Glue the eyes on and a red/black pom-pom on for the nose. Now for the antlers you have two choices you can either use pipe cleaners or for a more creative look take a walk outside for some twigs and glue them in place. And there you have it, a cute little table decoration or you could also use it for a mini candy cane holder. Happy Crafting!!
Christmas Tree Mystery Tell the children this mystery and write down their responses to share with their families.
One day Mr. Black came home and found his Christmas tree completely tipped over and lying on the ground. What could have happened while he was gone?
FROSTY IS GROWING WITH GOOD BOOKS
I traced the letters onto blue construction paper. Then I sprayed the construction paper with spray snow and after it was dry I cut out the letters. They turned out beautiful.
I used white packing foam pieces for the snow at the bottom of the board. I had the children help me glue each individual piece in place.
Then every time we read a book we write the title on a snowball (white circle) and use these snowballs to build a snowman in the middle.
It turns out to be a very nice 3D bulletin board.
My group is always sad when it’s time to take down the Christmas tree. So to prolong it we now set it up outside and decorate it by stringing stale bread, cranberries, etc for the birds to enjoy.
Winter Wonderland-we have a house with painted snow on the roof then we hung snowflakes from the ceiling. We added package peanuts for snow and we also put three different size boxes to build a snowman. Gloves, scarves, hats, winter coats and a sled are a big hit. Our children love it.
During the Christmas holiday season, I put lots of gift bows in various colors and sizes in our manipulative table. Children are encouraged to sort them according to color or size.
During the Christmas holiday season, I held a “Holiday Workshop” for my students and their families. I had it on a weeknight and we had four stations. One station was Christmas books in which children and parents read together. Another station was decorating wreath cookies including a recipe booklet to take with them. I also had a station in which the students painted reindeer t-shirts or posters (if they didn’t bring t-shirts. Our final station was one in which the students and families made a reindeer ornament out of a dog biscuit. The students and their families moved freely about the different centers and at the end of the night, the students presented a mini-program for their parents. I asked for donations for items needed for the stations beforehand and had a great response. A very successful and fun activity to encourage positive home and school relationships. I took pictures with our school’s digital camera and made a book about it.