Christmas Curriculum Ideas


Christmas Curriculum Ideas

Every year before Christmas break, I have a X-mas Craft Night, where parents and their child come and make crafts together. I set up about 4 tables, with one or two crafts to make at each table. The crafts chosen are ones that require the help of a parent (that way they work together). Also, the crafts chosen require cheap materials that I get donated at the beginning of the year. I just play X-mas music and walk around watching the smiles on the kid’s faces as they enjoy having their parent’s full attention. The families can do all of the crafts, or one or two of them, it’s totally up to them. Of course, they usually like to make all of them!!!!!!!!


Gifts For Your Class

Make several large batches of playdough in different colors. Choose three colors for each child and place the playdough balls into a holiday patterned Ziplock bag. Enclose a holiday cookie cutter for each child.

If you are so inclined, you can also enclose a miniature rolling pin. Go to a lumber yard or a home improvement store and purchase several large, thick dowels. Have the lumber department cut them into small rolling pins.


Another Gift For Your Class

What you need:

felt scraps

cotton puffs

old silk flowers

ribbons

large-sized jingle bells

pom-poms

feathers

shoelaces

tissue paper

holiday wrapping

foil cupcake liners

colored macaroni

different sizes, colors, and textures of paper

etc. etc. etc. let your imagination run wild!

Place the materials in a shoe box and wrap with Christmas paper. Make a box for each child in your class. Attach a card and encourage the children to create something at home with their art items.


 

5 thoughts on “Christmas Curriculum Ideas”


  1. I cut candy cane shapes out of white paper. I place the candy cane in a box and have the children marble paint with red and green. They look very nice when complete.


  2. As a small circle time activity, I took a small group of toys from around the room. These toys all had a different shape or feel. I showed the students the items and then had them close their eyes. I put one item in a stocking (and hid the rest). When they opened their eyes, they had to feel inside the stocking–no peeking!–and guess which toy was inside. I continued until all students had a chance to guess, changing the items each time. They absolutely loved this activity.


  3. Make your own wrapping paper.

    I take several large sheets of butcher paper (I use brown, but you can use any color). I use red and green paint and have the kids each take a sheet and use their hands or paint brushes and paint it. After they are dry I cut them down and send them home. Parents love to use this to wrap gifts. I also wrap our class gifts to the specials teachers with it. You can also cut it down to 2-3 inch strips so the parents can use it as ribbon wrap.


  4. Using the glue & shaving cream paint, (Mix 1 part glue with 1 part shaving cream non-mentholated) you can make many pictures. Here are a few ideas.

    Make a paper plate Santa
    -cut out a red triangle for a hat
    -color or paint the plate skin tone
    -google eyes for eyes
    -red button for the nose -glue/shaving cream paint for the beard (I add extra paper at the bottom to make the beard long.)

    Mitten
    -cut mittens out of tag board
    -paint them
    -glue mix at the bottom for the warm effect

    Snowman
    -draw circles on paper (snowman shaped)
    -have the student’s paint with the clue mix the circles
    -have eyes, nose, mouths ready to stick on while still wet
    -use yarn for a scarf
    -cut out triangles for a hat
    -to top the hat use a ball of tissue paper or fuzzy balls


  5. For Christmas this year, i decided to go with the “night before Christmas” theme for the nap room. I made headboards out of brown construction paper with each child’s name on it and place on the wall right above each child’s cot. Then i had the kids make gingerbread man, candy canes, angels, lollipops, trees for the sugarplums that i hung above them, along with Christmas lights. everyday at nap time, i turned the lights on and read them a Christmas story and they were fast asleep. “the children were all nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads” the kids loved the nap room!

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.