Every Christmas Eve we make a very old sugar cookie recipe that belonged to my great grandmother. The original recipe calls for lard, but we always substitute butter flavored shortening. The cookie is a mildly sweet, biscuit-like cookie that literally melts in your mouth. For Candy Cane Cookies: Make 1/2 of the batch red by adding red food coloring (be sure to note any food coloring … [Read more...] about Legend of the Candy Cane ~ Cookies for Christmas Eve!
White Chocolate Covered Lorna Doone "Presents" Materials Needed: Lorna Doone Cookies, White Chocolate Bark, and assorted Cookie Decorating Gels and Decorations. Melt the chocolate bark according to package directions (watch carefully so it doesn't scorch). Let the children drop the cookies into the melted bark and turn carefully with a craft stick or plastic fork until each side is coated … [Read more...] about Christmas and Winter Food Crafts for Kids!
Kids love to play with (and eat!) candy canes. The activities below can be done with real candy canes (leave the wrappers on for games) or the children can twist red and white pipe cleaners together to make candy canes for use at home or in the classroom. Candy Cane Counting by 5's - Candy Cane Number Flags Blank Candy Cane Flags Materials needed: Red or White Play Dough (or peppermint … [Read more...] about Candy Cane Math and Sight Words for Preschool and Kindergarten!
Christmas "Roll a Block" Tree - Christmas Roll a Block Tree Template Materials needed: Small square green/yellow foam blocks (or cut the squares from the Christmas Roll a Block Tree Template.pdf linked above), one foam block labeled with just the numbers 1 and 2 on all sides (if you do not have foam blocks, you can label several index cards with the numbers 1 and 2 and put face down in a “draw” … [Read more...] about Christmas Math and Sensory Ideas for Kids!
Christmas Letters and Position Words - Christmas Positional Words LETTERS: Print all the pages of the file linked above for your children. The children can color Santa and the present pictures on page 3, if desired. Ask your students what letter/sound the word S A N T A begins with. Say the letters with your children and practice the sounds each of the letters make. Invite the children … [Read more...] about Christmas Literacy Activities for Preschool!
Cardboard Tube Reindeer - Cardboard Tube Reindeer Template Materials needed for each reindeer: One cardboard tube. 2 brown pipe cleaners, brown construction paper, 2 craft eyes, 1 red pom-pom, marker, poster putty or tape, and scissors. (If you do not have the construction paper, eyes, and pom-poms, you can cut those from the template above.) Pre-cut rectangles from brown construction paper … [Read more...] about Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make or Take!