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Christmas Preschool Theme

Christmas Preschool Theme

Christmas Preschool Theme – A full week’s worth of ideas to keep your preschooler busy over the Christmas season.

Songs Fingerplays and Grouptime Fun


Old St. Nicholas…
(Old McDonald Had a Farm)
Old St. Nicholas had a tree
(form tree with arms)
Ho, ho ho ho ho!
And on that tree he had some horns (blow horns)
Ho ho ho ho ho
With a toot toot here and a toot toot there
Here a toot There a toot
Everywhere a toot toot

lights——-flash flash
candy canes——-yum-yum
bells———ring ring
birds——peep peep
stars——twinkle twinkle
snowflakes——-flutter flutter

We Wish You A Merry Christmas…
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer. Refrain

We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here. Refrain

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Here Comes Santa Claus…
Here comes Santa Claus!
Here comes Santa Claus!
Right down Santa Claus Lane!
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer
are pulling on the reins.
Bells are ringing, children singing;
All is merry and bright.
Hang your stockings and say your prayers,
‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

Here comes Santa Claus!
Here comes Santa Claus!
Right down Santa Claus Lane!
He’s got a bag that is filled with toys
for the boys and girls again.
Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle,
What a beautiful sight.
Jump in bed; cover up your head,
‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.


Reindeer Pokey…
(The Hokey Pokey)
You put your antlers in. You put your antlers out.
You put you antlers in and you shake them all about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!
You put your hooves in….
You put your red nose in….
You put your fluffy tail in…
You put your reindeer body in…

Here’s a Little Candle…
(I’m a Little Teapot)
Here’s a little candle dressed in white,
Wearing a hat of yellow light.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be.
Here’s a little candle straight and tall,
Shining it’s light upon us all.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be.
Here’s a little candle burning bright.
Keeping us safe all through the night.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be!

Where Is Santa...
Where is Santa?  Where is Santa?
Here I am!  Here I am!
Merry, merry Christmas
Merry, merry Christmas
Ho Ho Ho!  Ho Ho Ho!

Oh, I took a lick of my peppermint stick
And I thought it tasted yummy!
It used to be on my Christmas tree
But I like it better in my tummy! Yummy!

I’m A Little Christmas Tree…
I’m a little Christmas Tree
Glittering, glittering merrily!
A star at my head
Gifts at my feet
And on all my branches
Candy canes so sweet!

This Little Present…
This little present is for Mary
This little present is for Ted
This little present is for Harry
This little present is for Ned
This little present cried,
“Boo hoo hoo!  Please put me in a Christmas stocking too!”

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Christmas Bells…
“The Muffin Man”
OH, do you hear the Christmas bells,
The Christmas bells, the Christmas bells?
OH, do you hear the Christmas bells
That ring out loud & clear?

OH, can you see our Christmas tree,
Our Christmas tree, our Christmas tree?
OH, can you see our Christmas tree?
It fills the room with cheer.

OH, do you smell the gingerbread,
The gingerbread, the gingerbread?
Oh, do you smell the gingerbread?
I’m glad Christmas is here.

We’ll Decorate The Tree…
“The Farmer in the Dell”
We’ll decorate the tree,
We’ll decorate the tree.
Heigh-ho, it’s Christmastime,
We’ll decorate the tree.

The presents we will wrap,
The presents we will wrap.
Heigh-ho,it’s Christmastime,
The presents we will wrap.
Carols we will sing,
Carols we will sing.
Heigh-ho, it’s Christmastime,
Carols we will sing.

Christmas Colors…
“Three Blind Mice”
Red, green, white; red, green, white,
Christmas colors, Christmas colors.
Red is the color on holly wreaths,
Green is the color of Christmas trees;
White is the color from stars so bright.
Red, green, white; red, green, white.

There’s A Little Elf…
“If You’re Happy & You Know It”
There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my nose,
There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my nose.
He is sitting on my nose,
Then off away he goes.
Now there’s no little elf on my nose.

There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my knee,
There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my knee.
He is sitting on my knee,
Just watch and he will flee.
Now there’s no little elf on my knee.

There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my head,
There’s a little elf that’s sitting on my head.
He is sitting on my head,
Then away he goes to bed.
Now there’s no little elf on my head.

Let’s All…
(We Wish You A Merry Christmas)
Let’s all do a little clapping,
Let’s all do a little clapping,
Let’s all do a little clapping,
& spread Christmas cheer.

You can change the clapping to other activities.
Ask the kids for other ideas.

There Was A Man…
There was a man in a big red suit and
Santa was his name O
s – a – n – t -a       s – a -n – t – a       s – a – n – t – a
and Santa was his name O


Where Is Santa?
Where is Santa?  Where is Santa?
Here I am!  Here I am!
Merry, merry Christmas
Merry, merry Christmas
Ho Ho Ho!  Ho Ho Ho!

Christmas Presents…
See all the presents by the Christmas tree.
(Hands in sweeping motion.)
Some for you
(Point to children.)
And some for me.
(Point to self.)
Long ones,
(Hands spread wide apart.)
Tall ones,
(Measure from the floor.)
Short ones, too.
(Hands close together.)
And here is a round one
(Make circle with arms.)
Wrapped in blue.
Isn’t it fun to look and see
All the presents by the Christmas tree?


Gingerbread Man Fingerplay I'm a Little Pine Tree Christmas Song

A Shy Santa…

Isn’t it the strangest thing,
That Santa is so shy?          (hide face with hands)
We can never, never catch him, (make fingers run)
No matter how we try.
It isn’t any use to watch,     (hold hand to eyes and look)
Because my parents said,
“Santa Claus will only come
When children are in bed!”     (Shake finger)

Here Is The Chimney…
Here is the chimney      (make fist, enclose thumb)
Here is the top           (place palm on top of fist)
Open the lid              (remove top hand)
and out Santa will pop.   (Pop up thumb)


Christmas Elves…
This little elf likes to hammer.
This little elf likes to saw.
This little elf likes to splash on paint.
This little elf likes to draw.
And this little elf likes best of all
To put the cry in the baby doll.
Mama! Mama! Mama!


Christmas Games

Pass The Parcel…
Put a special gift into a box for the classroom (It may be bubbles, a new book, chalk etc.)
Wrap it in many different layers of wrapping paper.  Have the children sit in a circle and pass the package around to the music.  When the music stops have the child unwrap one layer of paper.  Continue on playing music until all layers have been unwrapped.  Have the last person share with the group.

Santa Claus Scramble…
Use my printable pattern here. Do this two times, making four sets, or forty cards.  Place the cards in a brown paper bag.  To play – have the players divide into two teams on opposite sides of the room.  Pass the bag that contains the letters.  The teams alternate in picking a letter.  The first team to combine their letters to spell SANTA CLAUS wins!

Candy Relay…
Divide the kids into teams and have them form lines.  Give the first player in each line a pair of mittens.  Give everyone a piece of wrapped candy.  At a signal, the first player in each team puts on the mittens, unwraps the candy, and pops it into their mouth; the second player does the same, and so on, down the line.  The team that finishes first wins.

Santa Snowball Toss…
Santa Snowball Toss Number Game I NuttinbutPreschool
Cover the bottom and sides of a rectangular cardboard box with construction paper.  Print pattern and cards out. Glue Santa to the box and cut out the largemouth. Use large marshmallows, cotton balls covered with plastic wrap or newspaper for snowballs.  To play – Pick a numbered card and feed the correct marshmallows into Santa’s mouth.  

Gift Wrapped…
Place a candy cane for each kid inside a small cardboard box and gift wrap it.  Put the wrapped box inside a larger box, wrap it, and then select another larger box until the package is as large as you can handle.  To play – have everyone sit in a circle.  Play music and pass the package around. When the music stops the player holding the package starts to unwrap it. When the music stars, the package is passed again.  When the candy canes are found, share them with everyone.

Christmas Concentration…

Cut rectangular “cards” out of red construction paper, and then cut slightly smaller rectangles from wrapping paper (two from each kind) and glue to construction paper.  Laminate and play Memory/Concentration.  You can also use pairs of Christmas stickers.

Snowman Game…
Give everyone a piece of paper and pen/pencil and tell them we’re going to draw a snowman but with their eyes closed.  The results are hilarious.

First, draw three the 3 circles on top of each other like the snowman.
Draw the 3 buttons
Draw the eyes, nose, mouth
Draw the hat
Draw stick arms

Then they can open their eyes.  For adults, we see who did the best, by

You get 5 points for each circle that touches the other
If the buttons are in any of the circles you get 5 points for each button
If the hat touches the top circle you get 5 points
etc. etc. etc.

Christmas Art

Provide paper plates with the centers cut out.  Children can decorate them using macaroni dyed green and red, yarn, and small cut out berries.

Gingerbread People…
Have Children make gingerbread people cut out of construction paper.  Sprinkle ginger onto men add yarn and raisins.

Cut out paper poinsettias, attach pipe cleaners for the stem, and tie together.  Children attach these to plastic tomato baskets.  Provide tissue paper for the children to stuff around poinsettias and in baskets.

Have the children create stars by gluing Popsicle sticks together in star formation.  Paint yellow and add glitter to make them shine.  If added string they make lovely ornaments.

Captivating Cards…
Fold sheets of construction paper in half to make cards.  Fold the fronts of the card in half again and cut out holiday shape along the fold.  Let the children finger paint with Christmas colors on white paper.  When dried, tape them inside the cards behind the cutout shape.

Grocery Bag Reindeer…
Cut out a triangle ahead of time for each child measuring 12 x 14 x 14 inches on the plain side of a grocery bag.  Have them cut out antlers of their choice, and attach them to top of head.  Trace and cut out rectangles for eyelashes, circle for nose, and two white circles for eyes. Example Here

Candy Cane Elephant…
Using a plain piece of white paper folded in half,  trace an elephant design onto the piece of paper.  You want two copies of the body.  Cut out the body.  Using yarn add a tail to the back of the elephant.  Hole punch the top part of the elephant, right behind the ear.  Insert a piece of yarn long enough to hang on a tree.  Add eye and mouth designs with a felt tip pen.  Insert 2 1/2 inch candy cans in the middle of the two pieces of the elephant between the tusks.  Tape it in place.  This may seem a lot harder….It really is a simple project, and the kids love them.  We have used them for name tags at our Christmas parties.

Christmas Cards...
Use typing and color over old Christmas cards that have embossed designs.  Mount onto colored construction paper slightly larger than design.  Paste the colored picture on a folded card and print MERRY CHRISTMAS inside.

Cover Styrofoam cups with tin foil.  Attach pipe cleaner.  Insert the pipe cleaner up through the center of the bell.  Bend the pipe cleaner to make a hanger.

Felt Pin Santa…
Use powder puff for Santa’s head.  Cut Santa’s cap, eyes, mouth, and nose out of felt, and glue onto the powder puff.  Attach a safety pin to the back of the powder puff.

Christmas Trees…
Cut out Christmas trees from green construction paper.  Hole punch the top of the tree and insert a pipe cleaner to hang if you wish.  Have the children decorate the tree with pieces of yarn, glitter, and fruit loops.  Be sure to decorate both sides.

Christmas Chain…
Near the beginning of December we have the children make paper chains with enough links to make one for each day leading up to Christmas. PATTERN HERE Sometimes we have to help them a little to get enough links. We attach the chains to a paper bell pattern.

The children take the chains home and are told to take off one link every night to count down the days until Christmas.

Christmas Angel…
Make the body out of a triangle and a circle for her head. Fold a coffee filter in half and glue on a black con. paper. Then glue the body and then the head. Make a face on the head: eyes closed oval nose sideways and oval mouth. Add glitter on the bottom of her dress and by her bodice. Put glitter on for her halo. .


Wreath Ornaments…
Use the recipe found HERE.


Cornstarch Handprint Recipe I NuttinbutPreschool Salt Dough Christmas Ornament Recipe I NuttinbutPreschool
Christmas Bell Count Down Pattern I NuttinbutPreschool



Christmas Cutout…
Display Christmas catalogs allow the children to cut out pictures of what they’d like for Christmas.  Glue them onto construction paper for the parents to view.

Christmas in the House Corner…
Provide a small Christmas tree (Two Foot), plastic decorations, wrapping paper, tape, boxes, housekeeping furniture, and dishes.

Cinnamon Scented Ornament Dough…
Make up a batch of cinnamon-scented ornament dough (Recipe Here).  Allow the children to use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and make the ornaments during center time.

Block Area…
Provide cardboard bricks and a few small logs encourage children to construction a fireplace for Santa to visit.

Santa’s Workshop…
In the house corner add wooden toys, dolls, boxes, gift wrap, blocks of wood, sandpaper, child-sized toolset, water in a bucket with paintbrush, elf costumes, children’s wish lists etc.  Have the children pretend to be Santa’s elf’s sanding, painting, and wrapping children’s Christmas gifts.

Sensory Sand…
Provide wet sand in the sensory table.  To the sand add cookie cutters, Jell-O molds, and other kitchen items.

SensoryTable Glitter Dough…
Combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 2 teaspoons cream of tartar.  Cook for 3 mins. or until mixture pulls away from the pan.  Sprinkle glitter on top of a table top.  Let the children work the glitter into the dough.  Children can make cookies and candies out of the dough.

Sorting Candles…
Provide several candles.  Children can sort by height and color.

Holiday Match Ups…
Obtain two copies of the same toy from toy catalogs.  Cut out and laminate two matching pairs.  Mount one set in a file folder and have the children match the remaining set in the folder.

Jingle Bells Sort…
Collect several types of bells.  You can find them cheaper after the holidays.  Put out four containers.  One for the small, medium, and large bells and one to keep all the bells in.  Have the children sort them according to size.

Ornaments On The Tree…
Cut out five felt trees.  Mount each one on heavy cardboard.  Label with the numbers one through five, it may be helpful to put the corresponding number of dots also.  Cut out felt circles.  These will be used to decorate the tree with the appropriate number of ornaments.

Additional Ideas:

Gingerbread Numbers 1-20 Learning Numbers Kids Game Christmas Tree Number Game
Santa Claus Scramble I Dyed Rice in Sensory Table For Measuring and Pouring I NuttinbutPreschool


Christmas Books

An Otis Christmas

Otis and the farm are celebrating Christmas and one of his friends, the horse is going to have a foal. Christmas Eve comes and so does deep snow and the horse and her foal are in trouble – they need Doc.

This is a sweet and moving story with several nice lessons along the way. This can become a classic Christmas story for your children.

Purchase An Otis Christmas


Gifts of the Heart

This is another fine book by Patricia Polacco. I love her approach to life and to helping children (and adults) to better understand how to treat other people. Polacco is always a good read!

More Information on – Gifts of the Heart




Merry Christmas Book

Birds Christmas

The Littlest Angel
J Tazewell

Christmas Eve
E Hurd

The Silver Christmas Tree

How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss

How Little Porcupine Played Christmas

Night Tree

The Christmas Tree Memories


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