Christmas is just around the corner! Your child is likely excited about the upcoming holiday. Here are some ideas of things you could do at home this month leading up to Christmas! :)
Nativity Playsets - if you don't already have one, you could purchase a Nativity playset for your child to use at home to retell the Christmas story. Here are some of my favorites that we have in the classroom:
Christmas books - here are some of my favorites that you can read together at home if you choose:
Christmas Cookies - Bake & decorate Christmas cookies together. Let your child be involved as much as possible. You can practice so many skills during this activity--language, math, fine motor, following directions, etc.
Advent calendars - to count down the days until Christmas! Ms. Heather and her daughter made a Christmas tree advent calendar for each preschooler and we sent them home this week. There are so many advent calendar options to choose from if you want to purchase your own as well!
Christmas Ornament Shape Hunt - look at all the ornaments on your tree. How many different shapes can you find?
Christmas cards - let your child create Christmas cards to send to friends and family. This is a great way to practice writing skills, letter recognition, and fine motor skills. You can create your own or find printable Christmas cards that can be colored. Alternatively, you could also let your child put the stamps on the envelopes for any cards you send. This is another great way to practice fine motor skills!
Christmas wish list - have your child write a list of what he/she wants for Christmas. This is another good way to practice writing and fine motor skills as well as letter and letter sound recognition.
Christmas light patterns - use the following template to copy & create Christmas light patterns! There is also a paid version if you want to use cards to copy the pattern instead of coloring the pattern on paper.
Felt Christmas Tree - we have one in the classroom and the children LOVE taking the ornaments on and off the tree over and over again.
Christmas Sensory Bin - make your own Christmas-themed sensory bin at home. Here is an example.
Fill the Christmas Tree - tape an outline of a Christmas tree (or another shape) onto the floor and have your child fill it in with blocks. Here is an example.
Candy Cane Bead Patterns - use pipe cleaners and red & white beads to make a candy cane! Your child can practice patterning and fine motor skills!
Fizzy Candy Cane Science Experiment - easy & fun.
Gum Drop Christmas Tree STEM Activity - let your child build a Christmas tree out of gum drops and toothpicks! Turn it into an activity for the whole family by creating a Christmas tree building contest!
I hope you found some of these ideas helpful!
I'm Mrs. Soldner, the early childhood teacher and director at Immanuel Lutheran School. I have been teaching preschool since 2016 and have been teaching here at Immanuel since 2018.