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Activity Ideas For Christmas

Christmas come but once a year... but in our household it often comes around much too fast, before we know it it is time to think of activities, gifts and ideas around the Christmas theme. So this year I thought I would share some of the ideas and creations that my children are involved in from December onwards.


A great favourite for Christmas and a perfect gift for all children to make is a calendar, there are many designs available, but a favourite of mine holds the whole year and has a space for the child to insert their own picture. If you have access to a laminator, then the finished design looks even more professional. 

Download our very own calendar template (Now updated for 2009).

Christmas Cards

There are so many ways of making Christmas cards - the best I think for pre-school children, is to cut out a template card for them, a Christmas tree, a cracker, or a bell. Then let them get carried away with paint, glue, waxed crayons, glitter, and/or painted pasta etc. and let them create to their hearts content.

It is important to remember to get the child to write their own name in the Christmas cards, so sit down with them and encourage them to write their name, whether independently, over dots or a yellow pencil crayon. It is a great way to practise name writing, a goal of the Communication, Language and Literacy element of the Foundation Stage curriculum.

Christmas Plates and Mugs

The perfect gift for parents, grandparents and for fund-raising in a larger setting, is a hand painted ceramic mug, plate or even tile, and it is easy...

All you need is some ceramic paint or markers, (available from craft stores), a white plate or mug and time, let the children draw their favourite design (handprints are great for really young children), and allow it to dry. Then bake it in the oven so it is dish washer proof.


The traditional meaning of Christmas is often forgotten about in the run up to Christmas and the arrival of Santa, but what better way to remind children than telling stories. There are lots of Christmas stories around, although local libraries may well appear to have limited stocks due to the demand - but why not create your own ? With your help the children in your care could create a book of what Christmas means to them.

We created a great book last year incorporating all of the 'Santa' characters from around the world - the people who deliver presents in other countries, like the three kings, baboushka and Saint Nicholas.

Fancy something different?

As well as the huge variety of art and craft activities, don't forget to teach the children some Christmas songs. The old favourites - When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, or more traditional songs like Away in the Manger. If you are really up to a challenge then why not learn to sign them. 

This Christmas, the people behind Makaton are suggesting we encourage children to learn to sign one or two Christmas songs - there are more details on their web site, and this perhaps is a great way to make children aware of other children's needs.

Helen Renouf
Registered Childminder (NNEB)

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