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Christmas Activities for Kindergarten

Hi friends! Can you believe it's already the second week of December? We have been enjoying lots of Christmas themed activities in our class so I thought I would share them with you today.

1. CHRISTMAS SENSORY BIN


I put I dyed 3 cups of rice (each) red and green and also added some Christmas items to the bin.  Students were encouraged to explore the items and record what they found on the clipboard.  Great for vocabulary and oral language development! 

To dye the rice I just put 3 cups of rice in a ziplock bag and added 3 tsps of vinegar and the food colouring (until I reached the colour I wanted).  Just shake it up until it's evenly coated and then open the bag and let it air dry over night!


Here's a picture of one of my girls drawing and labeling a candy cane she found in the bin!

If you would like to grab the "I found" recording sheet (which can be used for any type of sensory bin) it is included in my "Play-Based Writing Templates for Kindergarten" pack.  You can click here or on the image below to check it out!


2. CHRISTMAS DO-A-DOT CENTRE


My kiddos were OBSESSED with do-a-dot markers when I brought them out for a patterning centre so I made up these printables with a Christmas theme.  We added a new one each day this week starting with S is for Santa, L is for lights, P is for present and O is for ornament.  The kids LOVED these and I think everyone went to this centre at least once, which is a rare occurrence!  These printables are included in my Christmas activities pack on TPT.  You can click here or on the image below if you are interested.


3. TRIM THE TREE CENTRE


At this centre, the students were invited to decorate the Christmas tree and then draw a picture that matches how they decorated their tree! I set the felt tree out with pom poms and bells, but you could add any loose parts to this centre!  

The extra challenge was to write a sentence on the back describing their tree.


You can find this (and all of the other Christmas printables mentioned in this post, in my Christmas activities pack!)

4. CHRISTMAS SIMPLE SENTENCES


My kids did such a great job when I made these simple sentence cards for Halloween so I made some for Christmas as well! Students are encouraged to pick a card, read the sentence, write the sentence and draw a picture that matches the words.  I set them out with paper and pencils some days and whiteboards on other days!


I set out this example to show my higher kids that they can add more to the simple sentences and make a longer writing piece.  They are getting really good at adding a second and even a third sentence to their writing pieces!

5. CANDY CANE SIGHT WORDS


This centre is always a hit and the kids loved it this year too! The students are prompted to pick a card, write it in the salt (I add a little bit of glitter) and record the sight word under the matching picture on the recording sheet.  

6. CHRISTMAS PRINTING


Letter and number formation is something that we work on with most kids for the whole year, so I made these dry erase sheets to encourage them to practice! My kids love anything dry-erase so they were all over these printing sheets!


7. MY ORNAMENT COUNTING BOOK


I have a group of kids who needed some guided math for creating numbers to 10 so I made up this ornament counting book! Just print and staple (I used the staple option on our photocopier so it made the prep super easy) and punch out a bunch circles out of construction paper with a circle punch (I bought mine at Michaels last year).


Students read the sentence and put that many circles on the tree. The numbers in this book are from 1 to 10.

8. COOKIE NUMBER ORDERING


Another skill my students need practice with is ordering numbers to 10, so I made this cookie ordering centre! To make it a little more fun and tactile, I punched holes in the cards and set them out with linking chains.  The kids love linking chains and enjoyed linking the numbers in order during math centres on Friday! 

9. CHRISTMAS DOOR DECORATING CONTEST


We are having a door decorating contest at our Christmas concert so we finished ours up on Friday! For the tree, students were given a triangle and they were asked to decorate it however they wanted using construction paper, sticker and glitter.  I love how each triangle is unique! Then we glued them together to make a Christmas tree and I added the star, trunk and snow at the bottom.  

I had a bunch of kids help to write out message at the top and I traced the words in sharpie, backed it on black construction paper and glued it to the top. 

Finally The kids got to stamp a snowflake with a snowflake cutter on blue construction paper with paint.  Then we just cut the snowflakes out when the paint was dry, added their picture to the middle and taped them around the tree! We love how it turned out and that much of what is on our door is child-created!

I hope you were able to grab some Christmas ideas to incorporate into your classroom! 

Want to see more ideas? You can also check out my Christmas post from last year here: 

Talk to you soon!

- Yukari