Christmas Curriculum Ideas


Christmas Curriculum Ideas


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!!

Waiting Tree
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.

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.