It’s the holiday season, and what better way to celebrate with students than with a Christmas directed drawing! Perfect for a Christmas writing center, sub plans, or a holiday party activity. Plus, they make a great gift too!
Ho, Ho, Ho! Christmas Directed Drawing For K-2
Bring on the carols, twinkling lights, and the glorious smell of pine because it’s Christmas time!
It’s normally the most wonderful time of the year.
But what do you do when you have a couple of days before the holiday break and your students are pushing the limits?
Break out the Christmas directed drawings!
Festive Christmas Directed Drawings
Christmas is such a magical time of year. Chatter about Santa, flying reindeer, and elves often fill primary classrooms, and teachers get to share this fun with students.
It’s the perfect time to take a step back from standards, spelling tests, and worksheets to enjoy holiday activities with students.
Santa Claus Directed Drawing
The big guy in red is always a favorite. Students love to create this Santa Claus directed drawing. Afterward, decorate using watercolors or oil pastels to add the finishing touches of color. These coloring options make the drawings pop!
Grab your free Santa Claus tutorial at the end of this post!
Gingerbread Man Drawing
“You can’t catch me. I’m the Gingerbread Man!” A great way to finish a Gingerbread Man read-aloud is this gingerbread man directed drawing. If students feel creative, have them use the directed drawing template with lines and create their own story.
Reindeer Directed Drawing
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Drawing a Christmas reindeer is a fun addition to any holiday party or sub plans. Softly turn on the song or read Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and have students create a cute reindeer using the step-by-step directed drawing template.
Many students may have a special elf on the shelf at home, and this Christmas directed drawing allows them to draw their own elf. Who knows what mischief Sparkle, Buddy, or Jingle will get into?
Festive Christmas Tree
Decorating a Christmas tree is one of the best parts of Christmas. Students may put an angel or star on top or white or colored lights around their tree at home. But at school, they can decorate this Christmas tree however they please!
Other Holiday Themed Directed Drawing Ideas
Once students get bit by the directed drawing bug, they’ll ask you over and over for some more directed drawings about Christmas.
Don’t worry! There are many other fun Christmas Directed Drawings resources out there.
Looking for more advanced Christmas directed drawing ideas all in one place?
The Art For Kids Hub Christmas Archive is full of how to draw Christmas directed drawings!
Fun Holiday Activities to Fit into Your Plans
Teachers may worry their principal or peers see directed drawing as a holiday activity that lacks educational quality. It can be hard to convince people of the benefits of directed drawing. Instead of persuading them, work directed drawing into your holiday lesson plans and show them how much students learn from it.
Easily incorporate Christmas directed drawing into fun lessons like the ones below.
- Research and write about the origin of the Christmas tree. Then, attach their writing to their tree drawing.
- Have students write a “how to” writing piece on catching Santa when he comes down the chimney. The book How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan goes great with this activity!
- Give students the opportunity to “apply” to be one of Santa’s elves at the North Pole. Ask them to describe why they’d make a great elf and why Santa should pick them to join his crew.
- Read The Gingerbread Man Loose At Christmas, bake gingerbread cookies, and then draw a gingerbread man.
- Have students play the reindeer number line race from Fun Learning For Kids before working on their directed drawing, or add the directed drawing to your list of reindeer crafts for some holiday fun.
- Fill your December bookshelf with other Christmas stories and use them in connection with your drawing activities for the month.
Directed Drawing Calendar
The holiday season is a time for gift-giving, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift for kids to make for their loved ones, the directed drawing calendar is a perfect choice! This calendar has over 24 directed drawing choices and gives you plenty of calendar design options. It makes the perfect holiday keepsake.
Plus, the directed drawing calendar includes some of the above Christmas directed drawing options!
Free Santa Claus Directed Drawing
Try a Christmas directed drawing in your classroom with this FREE Santa Claus drawing activity! Students will fall in love with their Santa creations. The finished product will make a great bulletin board or family holiday gift!
Click the image below to grab a copy.
Christmas Directed Drawing Mats
Try the December Directed Drawing Mats by Proud to be Primary. You get 5 different holiday themed directed drawings, plus tons of templates to choose from.
They make the perfect activity for holiday parties, sub plans, centers, or when you need a little break from teaching! Just print, direct, draw, and have fun!
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