These Charlie Brown Christmas activities and lesson plans, worksheets, lessons, Charlie Brown Christmas crafts and teaching resources are fun teach with movies holiday learning and when you’re on Christmas break school. Learn with the Charlie Brown Christmas movie lesson to inspire kids now that Christmas time is here!
BEST CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES AND LESSON PLANS
Charlie Brown Christmas Lesson Plan Ideas
A Charlie Brown Christmas Activity Ideas for Kids:
- Grab a Charlie Brown Christmas movie audience participation guide for a fun movie plot activity
- Do Charlie Brown STEM
- Go outdoor ice skating like in the show
- Incorporate the Linus speech with the true meaning of Christmas discussions (reason for the season vs commercialism)
- Color Charlie Brown Christmas coloring pages or make a Charlie Brown activity pack
- Make your own mini Charlie Brown Christmas tree
- Come up with some Charlie Brown Christmas float ideas and make mini floats out of shoe boxes
- Learn about the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas movie
- Make edible snow and eat snowflakes
- Go on a virtual field trip to the Charles Shultz Museum
- Come up with some DIY Charlie Brown Christmas gift ideas
- Do a Charlie Brown character activity and recreate the different dances with a Charlie Brown dance dance off!
- Throw a Charlie Brown Christmas Party with your friends
Don’t miss the full list of Charlie Brown Christmas classroom activities and homeschool learning at home fun below — including Peanuts party ideas and fun Christmas music activities for kids!
Before we get to our Charlie Brown crafts and activities, you may be wondering will A Charlie Brown Christmas be aired this year?
Will A Charlie Brown Christmas be on TV in 2023?
It is being said that A Charlie Brown Christmas show will not air on ABC this year. Instead, reports are saying that this classic Christmas special will stream exclusively on Apple TV+. So you may need a subscription to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas episode.
Messages and lessons your kids can learn from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Lessons from Charlie Brown Christmas:
- Meaning of the season.
- Understanding the effects of commercialism on things that are important.
- Expressing gratitude (even in tough situations).
- Focusing on helping others.
- Doing the right thing.
- Be persistent when you believe in something.
- Making something good out of something bad.
- Dealing with different friendships.
- Seeing the good in people.
- Working with difficult personalities.
- How small things can create happiness.
- & SO MUCH MORE!
YOU’LL ALSO LOVE THESE FUN HOLIDAY LESSONS AND HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES ABOUT CHARLIE BROWN:
ABOUT CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS CARTOON MOVIE
One of my favorite things about the holidays is the animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas movie!
(Yes, the very one based on based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz!)
During the film, Charlie brown is depressed by the commercialism and how no one seems to be interested in a true Christmas—Snoopy is just worried about getting lights and decorating his doghouse; Sally is just concerned about her letter to Santa Claus and all the things she wants.
Then, Lucy wants Charlie Brown to direct the Christmas play, but all of his friends make fun of him. (And, let’s not forget about the shiny, aluminum Christmas tree!)
Then, Linus tells Charlie Brown the real meaning of Christmas (from Luke 2:8–14) and cheers Charlie Brown up and begins to see the season for what it really is!
The show ends with the song, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
Why was Charlie Brown feeling so depressed in a Charlie Brown Christmas?
Charlie Brown is sad in Charlie Brown Christmas because he feels that the holiday season has become too commercialized and that the others are forgetting the true meaning of Christmas and to appreciate each other. It’s a great discussion point for kids!
Charlie Brown Christmas Fun Facts For A Charlie Brown Christmas Lesson Plans
Who was the teacher voiced by in a Charlie Brown Christmas?
The wah-wah voice of the teacher in Charlie Brown, Miss Othmar, is voiced by a trombone. In later Charlie Brown Peanuts movies, it was voiced by Troy Andrews (known as Trombone Shorty), a musician in New Orleans.
What channel is Charlie Brown Christmas on?
ABC owns the rights to A Charlie Brown Christmas and it usually airs several times during the Christmas season. The show is usually scheduled to air on your local television station in December. (Check your local listing for times.) However, this year they are saying that the Charlie Brown holiday cartoon will only be on streaming services.
Other Charlie Brown Trivia
Did you know:
- The special was actually commissioned and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.
- The special was produced in only six months.
- They hired child actors for the voices, which was not something that was done during that time.
- The TV special has won an Emmy and a Peabody award!
- The jazz soundtrack has sold over 4 million copies! (Fun Fact: This is one of my daughter’s favorite albums!)
- Because of the success of A Charlie Brown Christmas, many other Peanuts television specials and films were created.
It’s so much fun to pair it up with a teach with movies and do Charlie Brown Christmas lesson plans and activities! Let’s get to it!
Taking A Holiday Break With Charlie Brown Christmas Lessons
The holidays are such a great time of year, but it can be super hectic to fit in all the learning that needs to happen between the excitement, the sugar, and the crazy schedules.
One way that you can get in some end-of-year learning and not make yourself crazy is to incorporate teach with movies.
Doing a watch-and-learn unit is a way to give you a break, but it also changes up the schedule enough to keep the interest of the kids.
(Also, movies like Charlie Brown Christmas make great topics for unit studies!)
The Charlie Brown Christmas movie is such an awesome reminder of a season of giving and has many great discussion points. This makes it a fantastic watch-and-learn option for the holidays.
One of the things that inspired me to look up Charlie Brown lessons and activities is that my daughter is obsessed with Charlie Brown.
If you’re looking for some great Charlie Brown Christmas ideas and activities, too, check these out.
39+ Charlie Brown Christmas Lesson Plans, Projects, and Peanuts Activities
Charlie Brown Christmas Movie Lesson Plans
Peanuts has a fantastic Charlie Brown Christmas audience participation guide to use with the movie. (Scroll down to get the guide.)
Also try these Charlie Brown lessons:
Get Charlie Brown Christmas coloring pages.
Do a Christmas Tree STEM challenge by stacking Christmas cups up to make the tallest Christmas tree you can!
Bible Lesson Plans For Charlie Brown Christmas: Linus True Meaning of Christmas Lessons
If you’re looking for Bible-based learning to pair with your Charlie Brown Christmas movie (perfect of Sunday school ideas, too!), start with Linus and his speech from Luke 2:4-14:
WATCH THE LINUS CHRISTMAS SPEECH VIDEO (one of our favorite Charlie Brown Christmas characters moments!)
Here are other Linus and Charlie Brown lessons to incorporate with this study unit:
- Perform the Linus speech from Luke 2:8-14
- Welcoming the Baby Jesus lesson plan
- Story of Jesus Birth printable book
- Make and advent calendar or do an Advent coloring book
- Birth of Jesus, foretold by Mary
- Teaching through the Nativity
Music of Charlie Brown Christmas (Fun Christmas Music Activity Ideas)
The music of A Charlie Brown Christmas (often called the Charlie Brown Christmas song) is something that almost all of us recognize—a jazz score by Vince Guaraldi.
The songs from Charlie Brown Christmas can also be a great part of learning for this unit!
FUN TIP: Review the Peanuts musical ice skating rink scene, which has some great music.
Try these to learn more about the Charlie Brown Christmas music:
Listen to Behind Guaraldi’s Timeless Holiday Soundtrack and learn about the music for Charlie Brown Christmas
Learn more about the art and music of Charlie Brown Christmas
- Read about the music of Charlie Brown Christmas
- Read about the musicians of the Charlie Brown Christmas
- Play the Piano music of Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown Christmas Crafts
There are plenty of fun Charlie Brown Christmas crafts and activities to pair up with the movie!
Try these crafts and projects:
- Recreate the snowflakes on tongues scene by creating edible snow with wafer paper and a snowflake cutter.
- LEARN HOW TO MAKE EDIBLE SNOW
- Learn how to draw Characters in Charlie Brown Christmas like Snoopy and Charlie Brown (fun for a Snoopy Christmas theme, too!)
- Create your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree for fun Charlie Brown Christmas tree ideas
- Make snowflakes
- Make a Christmas Charlie Brown and Snoopy craft
- Do A Charlie Brown Christmas Wrapping Paper Activity
- Make Charlie Brown Christmas movie ornaments for fun Charlie Brown Christmas decorations ideas
- Make this SUPER sweet Charlie Brown Christmas tree inside an ornament
Charlie Brown Christmas Party Ideas
(Because who wouldn’t want a Merry Christmas Charlie Brown party, right?)
Here are some fun ways you can incorporate the Charlie Brown movie and/or book into a theme party for your class, friends, homeschool co-op, or family!
Have a Charlie Brown Christmas Dance Party where everyone has to assume the dance of one of the Peanuts gang:
(Is it wrong that my daughter and I do these dances every time we hear this song and see the Charlie Brown Christmas dancers?)
- WATCH THE CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS DANCE
- Assign each party goer a Charlie Brown Christmas dance and have them do the dance during a dance off -or- have a Simon Says game for the Charlie Brown Christmas dances
- Play who has the best Snoopy Dance Christmas game
- Rent time at an ice skating rink and recreate the Charlie Brown ice skating rink scene or make a fun Charlie Brown Christmas on ice show
- Grab this for part of your Charlie Brown Christmas games
- Make a Charlie Brown Christmas ice drink inspired by the Charlie Brown skating rink
- Grab a Charlie Brown Christmas tree for Charlie Brown Christmas decor ideas
- Make Charlie Brown Muddy Buddies (I love this for easy Charlie Brown Christmas food!)
- Top your snack bags with Charlie Brown inspired bag toppers
- Make Charlie Brown-ies (Ha! Clever! I know!)
- Make Charlie Brown marshmallow pops
- Get Charlie Brown Christmas plates
- Print FREE Charlie Brown coloring pages
If you have fun Charlie Brown Christmas theme party ideas, let us know and we’ll add them to our party list!
Charlie Brown Christmas Books, Music, and Movies
Read, listen, and watch the following as companions to the Charlie Brown Christmas movie!
- A Charlie Brown Christmas Book
- Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales
- 40 Years A Charlie Brown Christmas Music
- Charlie Brown Holiday Movie Collection
- Peanuts Merry Christmas Charlie Brown Board Book
- A Charlie Brown Christmas Wrapping Paper Activity Book
MORE HOLIDAY FUN IDEAS FOR KIDS
Add these other fun ideas to your Christmas lesson plans or for fun holiday activities for families at home!
- Watch The Star Movie and Do Holiday Themed Activities for Kids To Go With The Movie
- Learn How To Make Beeswax Ornaments
- Have A Little House Christmas Party
- Enjoy Christmas Around the World Lesson Plans and Kids Activities
Enjoy Your Charlie Brown Christmas Activities!