Christmas

Preschool and Pre-K Christmas theme activities. Literacy, math, printables, book lists and more!

Preschool Christmas Activities

Favorite Christmas Books

FREE Classroom Christmas Party Guide
Christmas Classroom Party Guide for preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten via www.pre-kpages.com
The 22 page Classroom Christmas Party Guide is available in the printables section at the bottom of the page. This 22 page guide includes pre-written notes to parents for both holiday and non-holiday related parties, ideas for activities, games, gift exchanges, snack, performances and much more!

Teaching Telephone

This telephone is a sure hit for the holidays when placed in your dramatic play center. The Smart Teaching Telephone allows you to record your own voice to create messages. You can also program telephone numbers. During the holidays I created a phone number and message so my students could call Santa. My students love to call Santa in the dramatic play center and tell him what they want for Christmas. It’s great for oral language development, teaching number recognition, and phone numbers all at the same time. Here is the message I created: “Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve been good this year! Can you tell me what you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?”

FREE Christmas Treat Bag Toppers
Free Printable Christmas Treat Bag Toppers for Pre-K and Kindergarten classroom parties via www.pre-kpages.com
This is a set of 3 different treat bag toppers for teachers to give to their students. Simply print, cut, and attach to the top of a treat bag. This freebie can be downloaded in the printables section at the bottom of the page.

Christmas Literacy Activities

Holiday Beginning Sounds
christmas beginning sounds
sound bags
You can use gift bags and items from the Lakeshore Letter Sound tubs to practice beginning sounds. Or you can use the printable version available in the Christmas Literacy Packet located in the printables section below. In the printable version students attach clothespins with letters to the pictures that have the corresponding beginning sounds. There is also a recording sheet included with this activity.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Game
christmas alphabet game
ho ho game
You can make this game yourself using Santa shapes from the teacher store. Both the upper and lower case versions of this game are also available {black and white or color} in the Christmas Literacy Packet located in the printables section below. Students will take turns drawing a card, identifying the letter, and marking it on their recording sheet. When the Ho! Ho! Ho! card is drawn all the students say “Ho! Ho! Ho!” like Santa. This activity also includes two recording sheets, one for uppercase letters and one for lowercase letters.

Holiday Syllables
christmas syllable game
Students identify the pictures of the toys and the number of syllables in each word, then place them into Santa’s bag with the correct number. This activity is available in the Christmas Literacy Packet located in the printables section below and includes a recording sheet.

Christmas Pocket Chart
christmas pocket chart
The predictable text in this pocket chart set will help your students learn concepts of print such as left to right directionality, return sweep, one-to-one correspondence, and more. This activity is available in the Christmas Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Christmas Emergent Reader
christmas emergent reader
The predictable text in this book is designed to support your emergent readers. Use this book to reinforce concepts of print such as words are separated by spaces, left to right and top to bottom, written words match spoken words, common sight words, and more. The We Can See Santa emergent reader is available in the Christmas Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Christmas Rhyming

Students roll the picture cube and give a word that rhymes with the picture. They mark their recording sheet when they give a correct rhyme. If students need help generating a rhyme they can ask a friend. This activity is available in the Christmas Literacy Packet located in the printables section below. It includes the recording sheet and a printable picture cube you can cut out and assemble or you can print out the cards and attach them to a square box or use a pocket die.

FREE Holiday I-Spy Beginning Sounds Activity
Free Holiday I-Spy Beginning Sounds Printable + Activity
Read how to create this fun activity and download the free printable on the blog HERE.

FREE Holiday Syllables
xmas syllables
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Syllable identification
Materials: Holiday Syllable Clip Mats available for free in the printables section below, spring loaded clothespins
Directions: Seat your students around a table and place a basket or bowl of clothespins in the middle so they are easily accessible. Students will identify the picture on their card, identify the number of syllables, and clip a clothespin on to the correct number indicating how many syllables the word has. When students are finished with their card they can trade with friends until they have had a turn with each card.

Christmas Math Activities

Holiday Graphing
holiday macaroni graph
holiday pretzel graph
These holiday graphing activities are available in the Christmas Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Holiday 1:1 Ice Cube Game
holiday ice cube
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number sense
Materials: one ice cube tray per student, foam die, Holiday erasers (see resources section)
Directions: Give each student in the small group an ice cube tray. Place the holiday erasers in the center of the table in a bowl or other container so they are easily accessible to all students. Each student takes a turn rolling the die and putting the corresponding number of holiday erasers in their ice cube tray.

Christmas Cookie Patterns
christmas cookie patterns
You can use holiday stickers and stamps for pattern practice with the free pattern grid located in the printables section below or you can use the printable patterns pictured above which are included in the Christmas Math Packet also located in the printables section.

FREE Rudolph 1:1 Game
rudolph one to one
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number sense
Materials: red pom-pom’s, rudolph 1:1 mats (available for free in printables section below), foam die
Directions: Give each student in the small group a Rudolph 1:1 mat. Place the red pom-pom’s in the center of the table in a bowl or other container so they are easily accessible to all students. Each student takes a turn rolling the die and putting the corresponding number of red pom-pom’s on their mat.

Christmas Tree Number Identification Game
christmas tree number identification game
You can make this game yourself using Christmas tree shapes from the teacher store. This game is also available {in black and white or color} in the Christmas Math Packet located in the printables section below. The Christmas Tree Number Identification game comes in two versions, 0-10 and 0-20. The playing cards are available in black and white and color for your convenience and a set of blank cards to modify the game to meet your student’s needs. Also included are two printable recording sheets, one for each version of the game.

Christmas Tree Roll ‘N Stamp Game
christmas tree roll and stamp game
Students will roll the die and mark the number on their recording sheet with a bingo dot marker. This activity is available in the Christmas Math Packet located in the printables section below and includes a printable die.

Big and Small
big small
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Sizes
Materials: two stockings- one big and one small, objects of different sizes
Directions: Have students place objects of different sizes into the correct stockings.

Decorate the Tree Races
decorate the tree race
This activity helps build number sense and one to one correspondence. It is available in the Christmas Math Packet located in the printables section below. Students will roll and die and move their playing piece towards the tree.

North Pole Board Game
board game one
north pole board game
You can make this board game yourself using stickers and clipart or you can use the printable version from the Christmas Math Packet located in the printables section below.

FREE Rudolph 1-6 Roll ‘N Stamp
reindeer roll stamp
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: number sense, number recognition
Materials: Rudolph stamping sheet (available for free in printables section below), red Do-A-Dot markers, foam die
Directions: Give each student in the small group a 1-6 stamping sheet. Have students take turns rolling the die. The students will identify the correct number of dots on the die and stamp the corresponding number on their sheet with a holiday stamp.

Cookies for Santa Counting Book
cookies for santa counting book
This easy to assemble book helps reinforce number sense and counting. The Cookies for Santa Counting Book is available in the Christmas Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Counting Cups
counting cups
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1, Number Sense
Materials: Holiday cups, holiday erasers (see resources section), number stickers
Directions: Place a number sticker on the front of each cup. Have students place the correct number of holiday erasers into the cups.

Holiday Sorting
holiday macaroni sorting
The holiday macaroni sorting activity is available in the Christmas Math Packet located in the printables section below. Students will sort colored holiday macaroni and record the number of each item in the box.

Holiday 1-5 Counting Grid
counting grid
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1, Number Sense
Materials: 1-5 counting grid, holiday erasers
Directions: Give each student a 1-5 counting grid. Place the holiday erasers in the center of the table in a bowl or other container so they are easily accessible to all students. Have students place the appropriate number of erasers in the grid next to each number. You could also use holiday stamps for this activity. The grid is available in the free printables section below.

FREE Christmas Tree Math Printable
Christmas Tree Math Activity + Free Printable
Find the directions and free printable for this activity on the blog HERE.

Please Santa
please santa
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Number identification, number sense
Materials: holiday ads from newspaper, scissors, glue sticks, permanent marker, stocking copied on red paper
Directions: Using a permanent marker write a number on the front of a blackline master stocking. Choose the number according to your curriculum. Photocopy the master on red paper. Give each student in your small group a red stocking to cut out. Next, have students cut out pictures from the holiday ads and glue the correct number of items to the front of their stockings.

Christmas Tree Play Dough Counting Mats
christmas tree play dough counting mats

Small, Medium, Large Bows
bows
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Sizes
Materials: holiday bows in 3 different sizes, glue sticks, paper.
Directions: Have students glue the bows in order from smallest to largest.

Pass the Present Game
present
Setting: Large or Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Number Sense, Identifying sets of objects
Materials: one small holiday box, small items that will easily fit inside the box, choose the number of items you want your students to learn to identify in a set
Directions: Put small objects inside a small holiday box. Have students sit in a circle on the floor. The first student shakes the box and dumps the contents out on the floor in front of him. The student orally identifies the set of items with one number, for example, “There are 4 things in my present”. The student passes the box to the person sitting next to him and the next person repeats the process until everybody in the circle has had a turn. This game will help your students learn to quickly identify sets of objects.

FREE Holiday Number Counting
xmas number mats
Setting: Large or Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Counting, Number Identification
Materials: Holiday Counting Clip Mats from printable section below, spring loaded clothespins, laminating film, scissors
Directions: Print the counting clip mats from the printable section below, laminate, and cut. Seat your students around a table and place the clothespins in the middle of the table so they are easily accessible. Students will count the number of items on each mat and place their clothespin on the correct number. When students are finished with their card they can exchange with friends until they have completed all the cards.

Fun Christmas Activities

Stocking
stocking
Materials: red construction paper, scissors, glue, cotton balls, glitter glue, black crayon
Trace a stocking pattern on the red construction paper and cut it out. Next, glue cotton balls to the top of the stocking. Write each child’s name on their stocking using the black crayon (don’t use watercolor markers or the ink will run). Have each student put glitter glue on top of their name.

Rudolph
rudolph
Materials: white construction paper, brown construction paper, glue, wiggly eyes, red pom-pom’s, brown paint, scissors
Trace Rudolph’s face on brown construction paper and cut with scissors. Glue Rudolph’s face to white paper. Glue two wiggly eyes and a red pom-pom for a nose. Paint each child’s hands brown and place at top of page to make antlers. Print out the poem HERE to make this a special gift for parents. Add the child’s name, date, and small school picture.

Tree
tree
Materials: green construction paper, scissors, glitter glue, paint (various colors)
Trace a tree shape on to green construction paper and cut out with scissors. Use glitter glue to make “garland” on the tree and various colors of paint to make the “ornaments”. These look great with a die-cut yellow star on top too.

Santa Face
santa face
Materials: paper plates, glue, cotton balls, crayons
Cut paper plates into the Santa shape. Use crayons to color Santa’s face and hat. Glue cotton balls on hat and face to make beard.
Snowflake
snowflake
Materials: tongue depressors, glue, brush, glitter
Using the brush have students coat three tongue depressors with white glue. Next, cross the sticks in a snowflake shape (see picture left). Shake glitter on top of the sticks until coated and let dry. These look great as Christmas tree ornaments, you don’t even need a string to hang them.

Wreath:
wreath
Materials: small paper plates, green tissue paper, red tissue paper, glue, scissors
Cut a hole in the middle of a small paper plate. Glue small squares of green tissue paper to the paper plate. After the plate is covered in green tissue paper crumple small balls of red tissue paper and glue to plate to resemble holly berries.

Magic Reindeer Food
Here is a link to the recipe and directions at DLTK I suggest putting the mix in a bag instead of a glass jar for obvious reasons.

Christmas Printables

Christmas Literacy Packet {54 pages} $5
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Christmas Math Packet {57 pages} $5
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Dramatic Play Wrapping Station {30 pages} $2
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Holiday Dramatic Play Printable Kit for Pre-K and Kindergarten via www.pre-kpages.com
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FREE Classroom Christmas Party Guide {22 Pages} (it’s free, just add to cart)
Christmas Classroom Party Guide for preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten via www.pre-kpages.com
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