Preschool Christmas Activities

These simple preschool Christmas activities can help keep little ones occupied and hopefully out of your hair while you are busy. And best of all, they can help your preschooler practice some essential skills that will help them get ready for formal learning.

I am not even going to try and compete with the super-creative blogs out there that have sparkly end products... I just wanted share some ideas that you can incorporate into your preschooler's day with the aim of building skills while having Christmas- themed fun!

Some of my suggestions have very small objects in them, so please do be aware of choking hazards with your little one(s).

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Matching and Sorting

Matching and sorting activities can help your child develop visual discrimination and matching skills. The ability to sort according to shape and color can also help to lay the foundation for spatial perception and math skills.

Here are some ideas that can help keep preschool kids busy during the Christmas holidays.
As with all activities involving small objects - take care that your child does not choke on any!

  • Sort and match buttons - this is particularly helpful if an older child will use the buttons for a craft activity. View craft buttons #Ad on Amazon.
Craft buttons to be sorted
Sort buttons according to color
Sort buttons according to shape
  • Sort and match cookie cutters - this is a good preschool Christmas activity for toddlers to do while you are busy in the kitchen!
    If you, like me, have collected loads of cookie cutters over the years, then have your child match colors, or match shapes and themes!
Sort cookie cutters according to shape

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Make Homemade Gift Tags

Children usually love making something that will be useful - and friends and family members usually appreciate the handmade gesture. Christmas gift bags and gift tags are inexpensive and easy for kids to make. With a bit of prep and planning, you can do this with a small group of kids as well.

These kid-made gift tags will help your child practice basic scissor cutting to snip the tags to size. Using a single hole punch and craft punch is also good to help strengthen those little hand muscles!

You need:

  • color construction paper of your choice
  • kiddie scissors
  • single hole punch (like this one#Ad)
  • craft punch (like this one#Ad)
  • string for the tags

1) Prepare your paper by cutting it into strips along the length of the paper.

 I used a ruler's width, which is enough for novice cutters to snip once or twice to get across the width.

If your child is confident enough to cut on the line, you can draw the lines and have your child cut the strips.

Cut strips of paper

2) Have your child snip across the width of the paper.

I marked the strips into thirds, so we got 3 tags out of each strip.

Hint: make your life easier by pre-marking the snipping lines before you cut the long strips!

Cutting across a marked line

3) Have your child use a hole punch#Ad to punch a hole for the string to go through

 You can make it easier by marking where the hole should go.

Marking the spots where your child should punch will help your child use eye-hand coordination to place the punch over the hole.

Make a hole for the string

4) Have your child use a craft punch#Ad to punch out a shape on the opposite end of the tag.

This is an optional step, as your child can decorate the tag any way they like. But using a craft punch as shown adds a little bit of hand strengthening to the activity.

Using a craft punch

5) Finish off with some twine or ribbon - your child's simple gift tag is done!


Push string or twine through the small hole and your tag is done!

kid-made gift tagsCompleted gift tags!

You can use the shapes that have been punched out as table confetti, or use them to decorate cards and gift bags (see the section below) - have fun!

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Make Homemade Christmas Gift Bags

Simple gift bags that preschool kids can make are always a hit with recipients. I often use lunch sacks as they are cheaper and more readily conform to the size of the gift as a substitute for gift wrap.

If you make tiny dots on the bag to show where the glue or stickers should go, then your child will be using eye-hand coordination to put the glue and stickers in the right place!

Kid-made gift bag suppliesSupplies for homemade gift bags

- Kid-made gift bags using glue and cut-outs

Got lots of punched out shapes from making the gift tags above? Use them to decorate the gift bags as shown below!

1) Have your child use a glue stick to place dots of glue where the shapes should go.

If your child is putting glue on the spots that you have marked out, this will help work on eye-hand coordination.

However, it is also good to let your child be creative, so you can also give your child free rein on some bags!

2) Have your child place the shapes on the dots of glue.

The dots of glue should easily be visible on brown paper lunch sacks.

It is a good idea to make all the glue spots first, and then place all the shapes in one go. This helps prevent shapes from sticking to the fingers!

- Kid-made gift bags with stickers

Have your child peel off stickers#Ad one at a time and place them on the gift bag.

If you make small pencil marks where you want the stickers to go, this can give your child some eye-hand coordination practice.

kid-made gift bag

Peeling stickers off a sheet can work on fine motor skills as well as bilateral coordination (one hand holds the sheet while the other peels).

Attaching the gift bags to a vertical surface can help strengthen the upper body and encourage wrist extension.

You can ask your child to place stickers in a certain pattern to help with sequencing skills.


Working on a vertical surface

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Paper Crumpling Instead Of Coloring

Preschool kids need lots of opportunity to strengthen their hand and finger muscles. So, instead of coloring with crayons, cut lots of small pieces of crepe or tissue paper for your child and have them crumple the paper with their tripod fingers to make little balls.

Then use the balls to decorate a Christmas picture instead of coloring.

Using tripod fingers to crumple paper balls
Using paper balls to "color in" a picture

Find out how to make the most of this activity to exercise your child's finger muscles (as well as more detailed instructions on how to cut rolls of crepe/tissue paper to a good size).

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Make A Paper Collage Instead Of Coloring

Tearing and snipping strips of paper can help strengthen little fingers to get them ready for writing.

If your child's fine motor skills are weak, then coloring can be very tiring or unsatisfying. But making a collage from snipped or torn paper can give a sense of achievement.

And as a bonus, it actually works to improve fine motor skills!

preschool Christmas collageA Christmas collage

Preparation:

 Cut strips of construction paper or scrap paper for your child ahead of time. If you have another/older child who needs scissor practice, then draw the lines and have him/her cut the strips for you.

Strips of paper

Tearing

Show your child how to grasp the strip so the thumbs are meeting at the top as shown alongside. Then show your child how to tear by twisting one thumb towards the body.

Once the technique is mastered, you'll soon have piles of little torn papers!

Tearing paper

Snipping:

For snipping, show your child how to hold the scissors correctly, and then demonstrate how to snip across a strip of paper as shown.

Some kids take a while to master the grasp-release motion of scissors - take a look at the tips on this page if your child needs some help with this.

Snipping paper


Then decorate a Christmas coloring page with the little squares.

Christmas star collage
Making a torn paper collage

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Work On Scissor Skills

Cutting with scissors is such a vital part of preschool development, and lays the foundation for good fine motor skills.

There are some lovely preschool Christmas activities in my nativity-themed Christmas scissor skills pack .

In this pack, you will find a range of activities that are suitable for kids who are just learning to cut, as well as more advanced activities for your child to try next year!

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Advent Preschool Christmas Activities

Truth in the Tinsel is a combination of simple preschool Christmas activities that focus on the nativity, and devotional guidelines for parents to help their little ones focus on the real meaning of Christmas.

It has been a favorite advent resource for us and I have been recommending it to my friends for years!

Pop on over to view it#Ad, or read my full review first!

Truth in the Tinsel


Thanks for visiting my page of preschool Christmas activities! I hope you were inspired and encouraged to incorporate simple activities into everyday life leading up to Christmas!


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