Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas Activity Ideas for Kindergarten and Preschool

Christmas Boots for Saint Nicholas
December is one of the kids’ favorite months. They love giving and, of course, receiving presents. But before Santa comes, there’s another important character they eagerly wait for. It’s St. Nicholas – the one who inspired Santa Claus’ character!

But who was St. Nicholas? He was a very good Christian, who sought to help people in need. He was born in Patara, which is now part of Turkey. He was a bishop who was very generous to people and who cared about children and the poor. He was persecuted by the Roman Emperor Diocletian for his religious beliefs, but found the strength to go on. We celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day on the 6th of December, because that’s the day he died.

When I was a kid I used to receive symbolic presents from St. Nicholas…some oranges and woolly socks. But nowadays St. Nicholas seems a bit more/too generous. He leaves presents in your boots.on one condition – that they’re clean! But sometimes the weather in December can be rainy and muddy, so it’s just easier to make some boots.

Here are some ideas!

(A big thank you to Ileana, who helped the kids make them!)
Punch Cards and Coloring Pages

What you’ll need: a soft mat or blanket, cardboard, toothpicks or cork board pins.
You can just download and print the pages that you prefer (click on the images below). Staple them on cardboard paper and then let the children punch holes with a pin/toothpick. This activity is great for fine motor skills! My kids enjoyed it a lot.

Christmas Card – Silhouette painting

What you’ll need: plastic covers or laminating pouches, thick white paper, snowflake hole punch (optional).

I was a bit too lazy to draw the penguins myself, so I just printed them out, then placed the laminating pouch over the paper and drew the same shape with a marker. Afterwards, I cut the penguin silhouettes and glued them to the paper. The children painted around them, and when they were dry we took the penguins and the snowflakes off.

These are very easy Christmas cards that you could make with kids as young as 2.

Shaving Cream Painting

What you’ll need: construction paper (any color, but white), shaving cream, white school glue.

Make a mixture with shaving cream and glue (half and half, or a bit more glue), then paint with it and add decorations. Let it dry for a couple of hours, It’s that easy!

(Valma, thank you!)

The Little Elves’ Song (Tune: Frère Jacques)
Walk, walk, walk, walk,
Little elves, little elves,
Santa’s bells are ringing, Santa’s bells are ringing,
Ding-dang-dong, ding-dang-dong.

Have the children suggest other movements that you could introduce into the lyrics of the song. For example: jump, hop, tip-toe, clap. You can also teach children to use the bells for the last line.

Have a wonderful week!

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