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!
Christmas Theme for Homeschool
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!
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!