Check out this exciting blog post filled with festive Christmas activities for kids! Whether your little ones are at school or home during the holidays, this post features a variety of engaging activities and games that will bring the holiday spirit to life. Dive into the December classroom atmosphere and make this holiday season unforgettable for children!
Christmas Activities and Games to Keep Kids Engaged
The holidays always bring fun, excitement, and a little disarray! While the chaos is unavoidable, you can make it manageable with fun Christmas activities and games for students.
Imagine this: Students are overly excited about potential gifts, relatives coming into town, and Santa! Their energy is unmatched, and it takes an extra five minutes to calm them down during each classroom transition.
It would be Ideal if you had meaningful activities to grab their attention and keep them focused.
Some exciting activities with a Christmas theme will keep them focused and on task. They will think they are playing and having fun but still learning. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Table of contents
- Christmas Activities and Games to Keep Kids Engaged
- The Christmas Fun Pack is Here to Save the Day
- Resources to Help You Teach During the Holidays
- More Christmas Activities for Kids
The Christmas Fun Pack is Here to Save the Day
This pack of Christmas activities for Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students has everything you need to keep kids entertained and learning before the holiday break or for a Christmas party week. Plus, the activities are also great to send home with kids if families want activities to keep kids entertained and learning at home.
Here’s an idea of some of the fun resources inside!
In December, incorporate Christmas-themed vocabulary to enhance your lessons and engage children in their projects. Encourage students to utilize these words in their writing exercises, word work centers, write-the-room activities, and other interactive tasks. Displaying these meaningful words on the walls can greatly benefit kids. For an added element of fun, consider printing them in vibrant colors!
“If I Were Santa Claus” Writing Prompt & Header
Let’s be honest: all kids think about Santa this time of year! Give them a writing activity that lets them get creative—model how you might finish a prompt about Santa, and then let them write on their own. Kids will come up with great ideas about what they might do if they were Santa for a day. They will enjoy sharing their writing with the class, and the finished product makes a cute bulletin board display.
“My Elf Application” Craftivity
Kids will have a blast completing their elf application! They can personalize it by adding their favorite color and activities to the template. There’s even a delightful elf coloring piece included! Proudly showcase their creations around the room and encourage them to share with their family once the holiday break rolls around.
Peppermint Math Activity
Peppermint candies can be used as a creative and engaging tool to measure objects and solve basic math problems. Recording sheets allow students to have more fun answering questions and solving these problems. As an added bonus, children can enjoy eating their candies once the activity is complete.
Crystal Candy Cane Experiment
If you want to add an element of science to the holiday festivities, try this candy cane experiment. You need pipe cleaners and a few other supplies. Kids will watch crystals form on their candy cane-shaped pipe cleaner. They can make predictions, record observations, and discuss their findings afterward. Just wait until you see the results!
Gumdrop Tower Activity
If you love STEM activities for kids, this is just the thing. Kids get gumdrops and toothpicks to build a structure that won’t fall over. They can work independently or in groups to make the most robust tower. Have them brainstorm, make predictions, and discuss afterward!
Christmas Hat Craftivity
Students will have a delightful time showcasing their cherished Christmas activities with the help of their festive hats. With a variety of activities to select from, children can pick their favorites, color them, and attach them to their hats.
Each child will have a unique memento of the holiday season by personalizing their hats in this way. Moreover, this activity encourages students to share and compare their creations with their classmates, discovering both similarities and differences between their chosen activities.
A reindeer craft is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills and engage students’ enthusiasm during the holiday season. It can be used as a morning activity or as a fun project on the last day before the break. Students can unleash their creativity and decorate the adorable reindeer in any way they desire. Displaying these festive creations around the room will add a welcoming touch. Additionally, consider embellishing them with ribbons, bows, or even wrapping paper for a customized touch.
Within this Christmas Fun Pack, there are five games to choose from. Each can easily be added to a holiday center or Christmas celebration in the classroom. Spread them out over the week to keep the fun going.
Would You Rather – Students choose from scenarios and decide which they would instead do. These are great discussion starters and can be used during centers or as a morning work activity during December. Pull a card each day or during transitions to help make the classroom smoother for the holidays.
Holiday Action Game – Place holiday cards around the room and have students take turns completing the tasks on them. Use this as a brain break or to transition to a new task. It gets kids moving, laughing, and having fun!
Santa’s Sleigh Ride – In this board game, students pull a card and follow the instructions. They will answer holiday-themed questions and act things out to reach the end! Add this to holiday centers for tons of fun with peers.
Charades – Kids will reenact fun holiday-themed scenarios for their classmates to guess. This is a festive activity for whole group time or a holiday party! Have it as a center or invite the entire class to play during December.
BINGO – Invite kids to fill in their BINGO cards with festive images! Draw cards and let kids race to cover their boards. If you use it during a holiday party, offer simple treats or prizes (lollipops, mini erasers, class coupons, and anything else they may be motivated by).
Fun Activity Book
The Christmas Activity Book has simple tabletop activities that students can do together or independently. Make a book for each student filled with word searches, word scrambles, coloring pages, crosswords, poems, write-the-room games, and more.
Resources to Help You Teach During the Holidays
Christmas Activities Fun Pack
Love the activities featured in this post? Grab them all in the Christmas Fun Pack by Proud to be Primary. It includes many games and activities to make Christmas in the classroom fun. Choose from partner games, independent activities, worksheets, printables, and centers. There’s plenty to incorporate all month long!
FREE Christmas Sample Pack of Activities
Make the holidays joyful in the classroom with this free sample of the Christmas Fun pack with printable and directed drawing activities. Find a North Pole writing prompt, graphing activity, book report template, and an elf directed drawing lesson.
Complete the activities independently during centers, teach the art lesson as a group, or use it during your holiday party week.
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More Christmas Activities for Kids
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