Christmas Preschool Centers
I am pretty sure that I say this every year, but I LOVE Christmas. It is my most favorite time of the year. I love the pretty colors and decorations and, if I liked gingerbread cookies, I am SURE I would also love the smell of baked gingerbread cookies! There is something about ginger that just doesn’t sit well with my taste buds… Yesterday, I made a green juice and the recipe asked for ginger. So, I did what any person who doesn’t like a certain ingredient does – I halved the quantity. Well. Let me just say. I should have just left it out completely. I had to hold my nose to drink the stuff!
But we are getting away from the real reason we are here today: to take a sneak peek at my Christmas Preschool Centers and to give you a few freebies to help you decide whether this is something you would like to use in your classroom or home!
(Please note: This post does not contain all the pages included in my Christmas Preschool Centers, just a few sample pages! If you wish to purchase the complete Christmas Preschool Centers packet, please click here!)
First up, is a Christmas tree fine motor activity. I use red and green buttons for this, but you could use any small objects: pom-poms, gems, bells, baubles, pebbles, playdough formed into balls!
(Click the photo below to get the Christmas tree fine motor practice mat.)
Another activity turned fine motor is the Christmas tree color sorting activity. You could sort anything to the differently colored trees (buttons, tinsel, baubles, beads, bows, to name a few), but I decided to use sequins.
(Click the photo below to get colors red, orange, yellow.)
I also added a Christmas ornament tracing activity for both upper and lower case letters. You could make a write and wipe tracing booklet with them by making a hole at the top of each ornament and securing them together with a key ring. It’s definitely a fun way to practice correct letter formation during the season! But, there are so many other uses for these alphabet ornaments! You could have children match upper and lower case letters, put them in alphabetical order, spell out sight words or children’s names and then display them around the room or on your Christmas tree. You could even make a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” banner.
(Click the photo below to get all upper case letters.)
Next up is Santa’s sack of Christmas presents. You could have your children match the lower case letter to the upper case letter, but if they are ready for beginning sounds, you can add in that component too! I used a hot glue gun to glue the presents on to some clothes pegs, but you could also use velcro dots.
(Click the photo below to get letters A, B, C, D and E.)
Because sight words are taught at such a young age (in some places), I added a Christmas tree sight words activity to the packet. You don’t need to prep it the way I did, but I like to incorporate fine motor components in activities if I can. To prepare this activity, I firstly laminated and cut everything out. Then, I attached 4 small wooden clothes pegs to a rather large popsicle stick that I bought from a craft store. I put some hot glue on the bottom peg and then glued on the base of the tree, making sure that it was center to the popsicle stick. You do this for the remaining sections, always making sure that they are center to the popsicle stick. Whatever you do, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT, just assume that you will magically center the Christmas tree sections correctly without doing what I said above. I made that horrible mistake and only realized once I had hot glued ALL THE SECTIONS on to the pegs.
(Please click the photo below to get some of the sight words.)
Next up, is gingerbread people counting. You could have your children put them in order, or count out objects for each ginger person.
(Click the photo below to get numbers 1-6.)
As with the gingerbread people, you could put the Christmas trees below in order, or count out objects to put on them.
(Click the photo below to get numbers 1-5.)
Next up, is a Christmas tree ornament number sorting activity. Depending on the level of your children, you can select with baubles to use.
(Click the photo below to get numbers 1-5.)
I have also included a shape matching activity that requires children to match the reindeer head to the correct present. I know that it is kinda weird because, honestly, who would wrap a reindeer head for Christmas?! But, I am sure your kiddos won’t mind. And if you think they will be upset by the idea of wrapping Rudolph for a present, you could always ask them to sort differently shaped objects, like buttons, to the presents.
(Click the photo below to get the shapes pictured.)
I have also included a “Which picture is different?” activity.
I have also included a “What doesn’t belong?” activity.
And a Christmas patterns activity.
(Click the photo to get the complete activity.)
Well, that’s all that I have included in my Christmas Preschool Centers packet. If you like the look of these, and would like to purchase the entire packet, it is available here or you can get it by clicking the picture below.
If this is too much prepping for you and don’t like the idea of using so much ink, please check out my Christmas Preschool Worksheets and Activities by clicking here on on the picture below.
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