The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg is a classic book for introducing Christmas literacy to children. We hope you and your children enjoy some of the extension activities below! Introduction: Give each child a bell after the story and string it on red yarn or ribbon. Tell the children that the bells will serve as a reminder for each child to do at least one special kindness each day. … [Read more...] about The Polar Express Extension Activities for Young Children!
It's a wonderful time of year to introduce children to all the smells, sights, tastes, textures, and beautiful sounds associated with Christmas. The season offers many "teaching moments" to help children explore all of their '5 senses of Christmas!' The Sense of Touch: Christmas Textures - Christmas Textures Recording Sheet Materials needed: One Christmas Textures Recording Sheet.pdf per … [Read more...] about The 5 Senses of Christmas in Preschool!
Painted Puzzle Piece Christmas Tree - This is a great activity for all those puzzles that no longer have all the pieces. Lay the puzzles pieces out on newspaper or a paint tray. Let the kids brush or finger paint green tempera onto the pieces. Allow the pieces to thoroughly dry, and then use poster putty to adhere the pieces in a Christmas tree shape. Use star stickers or cut outs for the top … [Read more...] about Christmas Arts and Crafts for Kids to Make!
Santa hats and Reindeer: Materials needed - miniature pretzels, white and dark chocolate bark, red decorator's sugar, white decorator's balls, and red hots. Santa hats: Melt the white chocolate bark according to package directions. Dip the wide ends of miniature pretzels 1/2 way into the white chocolate. Coat the dipped part of the pretzel in red decorator's sugar. Use 1 white … [Read more...] about Christmas Season Food Crafts, Snowflakes, and a Christmas Countdown!