Christmas Theme
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Theme Ideas

Santa's Bean Bag Toss

Decorate a large paper bag or cardboard box with Christmas wrap, ribbons, and pictures of Christmas toys and candy (Santa's bag). Tie ribbons around bean bags to make gifts to toss into Santa's bag.

Ring the Bell Game

Using a large (4-foot x 3 foot) piece of heavy-duty cardboard, cut a large bell shape from the center. Add ribbons with jingle bells attached to hang from the open middle area. The children threw bean bags through the bell to "Ring the Bell". Great for hand-eye coordination and throwing skills!



      Wrap a small book, one for each child, give them each one sitting in a circle, read The Gingerbread Ma' story and each time you say the word 'RAN' they pass the book to the person to the right, continue with story, and once the book is done, whatever book they end up with they keep. EVERYONE is a winner.


      divide into two teams

      For each team you need a medium bowl, serving spoon, Christmas stocking ~ medium size, and wrapped candy.

      Each child takes a turn spooning up some candy and walking across the room to put in a stocking. Once everyone has had a turn see whose team has the most candy.

      Or play until the stocking is full, the first team to fill wins.


      Wrap empty boxes up, divide into two teams, put a stack of presents across from teams. One child from each team goes to pile gets a gift unwraps it then goes back to the line for the next child to go, the first team to unwrap the stack of presents wins.




      All can be done like Pin the tail on the donkey!


      Use white Styrofoam balls to throw into a pail or bucket, Person that gets the most in wins.

~Submitted by Christie

Christian Christmas Activities

Hang a glittering star over a quiet corner in your daycare. Under the star, place a rocking chair & a doll-sized manger (can be made from a cardboard box & a little hay). Inside the manger, place a doll, wrapped in "swaddling clothes." Allow the children to care for "Baby Jesus."

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Christian Christmas Activities

Explore hay. Explain to the children that the baby Jesus did not sleep in a soft, warm bed as they do. Jesus slept in a bed of hay. Have the children tell you what it feels like. What does it smell like? Would it be comfortable to sleep in? Put the hay in your sensory table for the children to continue to explore.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Christmas Stockings

Teach the children this little poem:

5 Little Stockings - Original Author Unknown

5 Little stocking hanging by the fire
The first one said "I'm beginning tire"
The second one said "But Santa's in the air"
The third one said "Yeah and we care"
The Fourth one said "Oh FUN! FUN! FUN!"
The Fifth one said "Christmas time is fun"
Ding went the clock and out went the fire
And 5 little stockings were filled by Santa that night.

Then try this activity:
Fill the Stocking: Cut large stocking shapes from colored construction paper. Provide old toy catalogs for the children to cut and glue items to fill their stocking.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Christmas Stockings

Provide a few different sized stockings and various sized toys. Encourage the children to fit the toys into the stockings. Have small, medium and large stockings and toys available.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Reindeer Food

Pour oatmeal and glitter in the bag. Attach the following saying: "On Christmas Eve sprinkle this magical dust on your front lawn. The glitter will sparkle in the moonlight to help 'Santa and his reindeer find your house. The smell of the oats will guide the reindeer to your house."

*Variation: Here is a similar version using bird seeds which is better for the birds: bird seed, bags for seeds

It is the night before Christmas
And since every year
You feed Santa Claus
Now feed his reindeer!

Put out on Christmas Eve by sprinkling reindeer food on the lawn. Put 1/4 c per bag. Put the poem on the bag. Can decorate with a cute bow.

Here is an alternate verse:
"Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home!"

Snowman's Poop

Put together with a baggy of mini-marshmallows, a ribbon, and a tag:

I hear that you've been naughty
So's the scoop
I'm running short of
COAL this year
So here's some snowman poop.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Reindeer *poop*

Use small, round chocolate candies, like covered peanuts or raisins in a plastic bag, tied with a ribbon, and a card attached:

I woke up with such a scare when I heard Santa call...
"Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!
I ran to the lawn and in the snowy white drifts,
those nasty reindeer had left "little gifts".
I got an old shovel and started to scoop
neat little piles of "reindeer poop".
But to throw them away seemed such a waste,
So I saved them, thinking ~ you might like a taste!
As I finished my task, which took quite a while,
Old Santa passed by and he sheepishly smiled.
And I heard him exclaim as he rose in the sky ~
"Well, they're not potty trained, but at least they can fly!"

Candy Cane Hunt

Make an assortment of candy cane shapes, decorate, and laminate for durability. Play a game of search and find.

Card Stitching

With old holiday cards, laminate and punch holes around the edges. Tie one end of a piece of yarn to the card and attach a lacing needle to the other end (or wrap the end in tape if you don't have lacing needles). Let the children practice sewing.

Christmas Concentration

Cut rectangular "cards" out of red construction paper, then cut slightly smaller rectangles from wrapping paper (two from each kind) and glue to construction paper. Laminate and play Memory/Concentration. You can also use pairs of Christmas stickers.

Feely Box

A feely box containing Christmas items such as bows, cookie cutters, wrapping paper, nonbreakable ornaments, stockings, bells, candles, etc., can be placed on the science table.


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Coloring Pages!

Christmas Coloring Pages -
Ivy's Christmas Coloring Pages
The Twelve Days of Christmas Online Coloring Book

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