These activities for preschool Christmas theme ideas keep kids engaged with fun holiday activities — many that work for preschool classroom Christmas party ideas, preschool Christmas lesson plan, preschool Sunday school, or preschoolers homeschool co-op, too! (And, they work for holiday activities for kindergarten, too!) Super fun kids activities for the holiday season!
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Need preschool Christmas learning activities or fun Christmas activities for preschool at home, school, or Sunday school? Definitely add these to your December preschool activities or winter activities for preschoolers! They’re so much fun for young children and great ideas for a holiday theme for preschool lesson plans (early childhood Christmas lesson plans for preschoolers) and Christmas theme lesson plan ideas, too!
How do you teach preschoolers for Christmas?
Fun Holiday Activities For Preschoolers:
- Do Night Before Christmas preschool Christmas arts and crafts
- Create personalized preschool Christmas tree ornaments
- Learn preschool Christmas action songs with Jingle Bell bracelets (great for Christmas music and movement activities for preschoolers)
- Make a pet snowman
- Put on a preschool Christmas play
- Make dot sticker Christmas trees
- Play stack the presents
- Paint pinecones from a winter nature walk
- Use jingle bells to add sound effects to Christmas books readings (fantastic fun for circle time!)
- Make a winter Christmas scent lab with all the smells of Christmas
- Decorate a felt Christmas tree
- Let them decorate their own Christmas tree
- Make a fairy Christmas jar with mini fairy Christmas lights
- Do a Santa Claus beard countdown to Christmas (put one cotton ball each day on corresponding number circles to form Santa’s beard) — helps practice number recognition, too! (Fun learning and they won’t even know!)
- Have fun with a preschool Christmas tree coloring page printables or an easy preschool Christmas word search (search online for free printables for preschoolers)
- Make holiday cookies with sprinkles and Play dough (faux Christmas Cookies) or play with a Christmas playdough mats
- Create Christmas stamping pictures with a Christmas color
- Read The Grinch, watch The Grinch and make Grinch slime
- Play with a holiday sensory bin (little bins filled with Christmas themed items) or discovery bottles (Christmas sensory bottles with green or red food coloring) – great for fine motor practice
- Tell Christmas stories / read holiday books
- Play Jingle Bell Drop
- Make a gingerbread man play scene
- Color a picture for Santa’s mailing list or Christmas cards for others
- Play Pin the Nose on Rudolph for festive season games
- Make a star craft or an angel craft for the top of the tree
- Create a North Pole Santa town out of a cardboard box
- Make keepsakes with plastic ornaments and some of their favorite nature finds
- Do-a-dot marker letter ornaments on a paper Christmas tree (fun for little learners!)
- Have an indoor snowball fight
- Create your own snow for a Christmas time party
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What do you teach preschoolers at Christmas?
Teaching preschoolers about Christmas is a lot of fun! There are so many fun holiday themes and concepts kids can learn during Christmas:
- Christmas around the world traditions
- Christmas food traditions / Christmas traditions preschool activities recipes around the world
- Jesus birth
- Traditions of Christmas lights and Christmas candles
- Christmas trees
- Candy canes
- Tradition of Christmas stockings
- Gingerbread and Christmas cookies
- Gift giving traditions
- Helping others and giving back during the holidays
- Seasonal changes
Let us know your favorite Christmas theme activities for preschool and we’ll add them to the list!
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Christmas Learning Activities for Preschoolers (Simple Christmas Activity Ideas)
Here are fun ideas for preschool (Christmas pre k activities) and kindergarten activities for Christmas and winter — plenty of fun activity ideas for young kids during the Christmas season and resources for young children in preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten classroom — Christmas activities for 4 5 year olds and up (and even toddler ideas!).
Play with a Felt Christmas Trees
Felt Christmas trees are great for preschool learning because it helps them work on fine motor skills.
Plus, a preschool felt tree for Christmas is fun because kids can decorate them over and over again throughout the Christmas season!
They can keep decorating it in different way, so it’s a preschool activity for Christmas that lasts all season..
Perfect way to keep kids busy during a stressful holiday season, activity for a Christmas theme week, and a fun way to add hands-on learning to Christmas lessons preschool ages, and open-ended Christmas activities ideas.
(You can even use it as a project Montessori Christmas tree activity.)
WE LOVE THIS FELT TREE FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Do the Giving Manger
The Giving Manger is perfect for a religious holiday preschool theme!
This time of year is a great opportunity to talk to kids of different ages about giving back and the reason for the season.
I love this Christmas activity for preschoolers because it teaches the kids how to focus on helping others for the season (and not just on the gifts you get!).
Each day (or at whatever interval you decide), your preschool kids perform an act of kindness and then place a piece of straw in the manger.
By Christmastime, they have built a manger for Baby Jesus!
Kids of all ages (and even adults!) will enjoy these fun activities!
Lots of fun for everyone!
I love this for Christmas preschool lesson plans for Sunday school, too. (If you’re wondering how to introduce Christmas to preschoolers in a faith based way, this is a good activity!)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GIVING MANGER
ALSO CHECK OUT: Printable Christmas Story Bible Verses Advent Calendar
Play with Christmas Sensory Bins
Easy preschool theme Christmas activities are sensory bins or a holiday sensory bottle.
Sensory bins are another way that preschoolers can work on fine motor skills.
Fill a small bin or shoebox with dried beans or dried rice and then add Christmas theme toys and items like:
- Christmas ribbon
- Holiday pom poms
- White cotton balls
- Wood Christmas shapes
- Spoons and scoopers
- Little cups
- & MORE
You can even make different preschool Christmas centers based on favorite books or characters (Rudolph, Frosty, Grinch, etc., or other fun ideas for Christmas theme).
One of those easy Christmas activities preschool that can be changed out for any holiday theme.
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Not A Creature Was Stirring Mouse Craft
This is one of those super easy preschool Christmas crafts that you can make with craft supplies you already have!
And, it’s even more fun because you can read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and then do a not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse craft (which also makes easy Christmas decorations for preschoolers to make!).
These are easy group holiday preschool crafts that any age will enjoy really and also makes a great addition to preschool Christmas lessons and they make really cute preschool Christmas tree ornaments or preschool handmade Christmas gifts.
Great way to get rid of leftover candy canes, too!
If you’re doing Night Before Christmas preschool Christmas lesson plans or literacy preschool Christmas activities lessons, definitely add this holiday party activity or Christmas themed activities for preschool.
GET DIRECTIONS FOR THE TWAS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS CRAFT
Make Christmas Busy Bags
This is another fun way to get in some preschool Christmas art activities: make holiday busy bags!
Busy bags are bags that are filled with a variety of items.
When a child opens the bag, they have to make something out of what’s in the bag.
It’s great for Christmas preschool activities / pre k Christmas take home ideas!
For a Christmas Busy Bag, you can include:
- Cotton balls (for snowballs or snowmen bodies)
- Foam Christmas shapes and items
- Christmas pipe cleaner
- Green paper, white paper, and red paper
- Construction paper
- Lowercase letters and numbers (paper, magnets, etc.)
- Preschooler Scissors
- & MORE
A preschooler may need a little more direction than if you give this as a kindergarten Christmas craft (or for older kids).
So, maybe you ask preschoolers to make their favorite Christmas tree out of the items (or something similar).
Good for working on scissor skills, too!
These are even great for a busy toddler. Just adjust the supplies to be age appropriate!
LEARN HOW TO MAKE BUSY BAGS FOR KIDS
Build a Snowman Craft
These also make easy preschool Christmas food crafts because you can premake all the snowman craft bags and hand them out for the preschool project!
You can watch the movie Frozen, read some Frozen books (we like THIS BOOK to go with the snowman theme), and then build a snowman!
It’s one of those simple Christmas activities that’s great fine motor skills practice.
Even if you don’t add it to your Christmastime projects, definitely do it for one of your preschool winter holiday crafts!
These were a huge hit for preschool Christmas theme activities when we did them for a party!
One of my favorite hands-on activities for the holidays.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE A BUILD A SNOWMAN CRAFT BAG
Play the Snowman Plate on Head Game
The Snowman Paper Plate Game is one of those super fun preschool Christmas learning activities disguised as a game because it helps your preschoolers follow directions.
If you’re doing this for pre-school, you may want to show them first what the scene should look like before starting the game.
(Draw the scene on paper or on the board ahead of time.)
This is one of those fun games for preschool Christmas party or even circle time Christmas activities for preschoolers, too!
(Honestly, it’s a great holiday party game for all ages, even adults!)
LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE SNOWMAN PAPER PLATE GAME
Dreidel is a fun game, whether you observe Hanukkah or not!
Grab some dreidels and chocolate gelt and teach your preschoolers how to play.
It’s also a great Christmas learning activity for preschoolers to learn more about Hanukkah!
I also love this for preschool Christmas circle time ideas.
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Make Snow Ice Cream
If it’s snowing, be sure to make snow cream with the kids!
Add this to your fun preschool Christmas food ideas because kids will not believe that they can make ice cream out of snow!
You can also make snow taffy suckers! (Another one for great fine motor skill activity.)
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Make a Giving Basket
This is another holiday project for kids (of all ages) that I love because it focuses on giving back to others.
A Giving Basket is a Thank You basket that you put out for delivery people that deliver to your home or school.
You can make a sweet sign and fill it will grab-and-go snacks (like bottle waters, granola bars, and more) to help them get through a busy season.
Read books about helping others and then fill a basket!
LEARN HOW TO MAKE A GIVING BASKET
Have a Bethlehem Dinner
I love this activity for kids (of all ages) because you can incorporate the reason for the season (which makes it perfect for preschool Sunday school class, too!).
A Bethlehem dinner allows kids to experience sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of what Bethlehem was like during the time Jesus was born.
(Even if you’re not religious, it’s still a cool geography lesson or good for cultural studies!)
You can read about the First Christmas and then enjoy the dinner.
You can even make it an entire event: do a preschool Christmas play about the birth of Christ, wear period clothing, sing easy preschool Christmas songs, and then have the dinner from Bethlehem!
LEARN ABOUT HOSTING A BETHLEHEM DINNER
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Take a Winter Nature Walk and Make Nature Garland
Taking a nature walk in the winter is a totally different experience than fall nature walks or summer nature walks.
Things are quieter and calmer and it’s fun to see what your preschoolers can find — from acorns, to pinecones, to evergreen leaves and more.
Then, bring the nature finds back and a make a nature garland craft — perfect for Christmas circle time activities after you read some children’s winter books!
LEARN HOW TO MAKE GARLAND WITH NATURE FINDS
Have an Indoor Snowball Fight
If you can’t do preschool Christmas outdoor activities, how about having an indoor snowball fight?
Grab these soft indoor snowballs, clear and area, and have fun with a snowball fight!
After, you can even make some homemade hot chocolate to carry on with the winter theme!
Make Reindeer Food
Making reindeer food is a good Christmas Eve craft for kids or the week of Christmas craft.
It’s so simple that it also makes a good toddler Christmas craft, too!
LEARN HOW TO MAKE REINDEER FOOD (AND GET A FREE BAG TOPPER)
What are your favorite Christmas themes preschool ideas?
Let us know in the comments so we can add them to our theme of Christmas list!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy some of the best Christmas activities!