Looking for a FREE Christmas printable for preschoolers that would be perfect for your Christmas theme party? Then this is for you!
Be sure to grab your free copy of this Christmas Blackout printable game at the end of this post!
And if you’re looking for more Christmas ideas, you can find all the best ones here!
Practice Visual Discrimination with Christmas Blackout Game
It’s Christmas time.
Can you believe that?! I mean, it’s been Christmas in the stores since mid-October, but it’s finally Christmas time for the rest of us.
I’ve started our holiday decorating, which honestly isn’t much. I decorate the mantel above the fireplace and I add a few Christmasy nick-knacks to the piano, but otherwise, our house doesn’t change much.
Except this year I did promise my kids I’d hang Christmas lights. I think they meant on the roof line of our house, but I hung a string of lights on everyone’s bed. I think my kids are still holding out hope for outdoor Christmas lights.
It’s ok. I still have time, right?
But you know what? It doesn’t take much to make preschoolers feel the excitement of Christmas. While I certainly want the holiday to be special to each of them, I know from years of experience that sometimes the easy and simple ideas get the job done just as well as the ornate and extravagant ones.
Enter this Christmas Blackout game.
Actually, this idea came from a reader who grabbed a bingo game in my Halloween pack. Her preschoolers loved the game so much that she asked if I’d do one for Christmas.
I know you’ve played bingo or blackout with your preschoolers before. Like I said, sometimes it’s the most simple ideas that are most fun!
But I’ll have to tell you all my reasons why I love Christmas printables like this one. Check our those reasons below the activity.
Blackout Game Christmas Printable for Preschoolers
As I said, this Christmas printable has a lot of educational skills naturally built into it, which is just one reason I love blackout and bingo games for preschoolers!
Plus, they are a cinch to prep, which is ALWAYS an added bonus!
- free Christmas printable found at the end of this post
To set up the game, just cut out the game cards, two per page, and then the picture cards. Oh, and definitely laminate these if you plan to use them again. I have a basic home laminator and it has held up for several years now.
How to play Christmas Blackout
Invite your preschoolers to join you in a game of Christmas Blackout.
Give each player a game card. The printable comes with six versions. Set out some counters for players to mark off the pictures they have on their card. I just used some double-sided math counters. It’s what I had on hand.
Once your players are all ready, draw a picture card from the pile. If the player has the same picture on their card they can mark it off using a math counter. As soon as their entire game board is filled with counters, they’ve won!
How This Game Teaches Visual Discrimination
Visual discrimination is the ability to look at two things and see how they are different. It’s what your preschooler is doing when he plays Concentration or any other matching game.
Why is it important? Because when learning how to read, children need to be able see how letters and words look different. The difference between M and N, for example, or l and t. Or the difference between the word red and fed or cat and cap.
The differences are subtle, but important, and simple games like bingo or blackout help so much with teaching visual discrimination!
But this game is also good for teaching vocabulary. Since Christmas only comes once a year, preschoolers don’t get as much exposure to the language associated with the holiday. The pictures in this Christmas printable include all your traditional images, but also stocking, snow globe, wreath, bag of coal, elf and more!
Get Your FREE Christmas Blackout Game!
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Want Even More Christmas Activities?
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Additionally, here are four favorite Christmas activities we’ve done in preschool. Just click the images.
Christmas Printables for Preschoolers
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
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