The holiday season means gifting plates of fudge to our neighbors, fancy holiday parties, and ticking off the boxes of our kids’ lists to Santa. Our December theme in preschool is all things Christmas, so ’tis the season to keep the kiddies learning with these preschool Christmas printable activities.
The stockings are hung and bells are jingling, so why not get into the full spirit of the holiday with these fun Christmas printables for preschoolers!
Because here is the thing – December is hectic!
And if we are being honest with ourselves, we can admit that the last thing we need is more lesson planning piled into our already busy month.
In order to make the most out of this hectic month, I have planned ahead and created some fun learning activities that will be quick for me. They only take a few supplies and require very little set up! It’s one way in which you can simplify your Christmas season without sacrificing quality time with family or friends celebrating New Year’s Eve together at home.
These learning activities are great because they don’t take too much effort – just items found around our house already.
FAQ About Teaching a Christmas Preschool Theme
Christmas is a special time of year for us to recognize the wonderful people in our lives and share gifts from the heart. Create opportunities for young children to share with each other, write notes to show appreciation, or make handmade treats or easy Christmas crafts. Invite children to make handmade Christmas cards for the people they love, or create these colorful Christmas ornaments for DIY Christmas gifts.
Christmas activities for all subject areas are a great place to start. For building math and counting skills, use these Christmas tree counting cards or estimate with jingle bells. Infusing literacy during the holidays is easy with 20 of the best Christmas literacy activities. Grab some super exciting AND simple Christmas STEM activities too!
Make festive Christmas wreaths, create sensory paintings with pine boughs, or fill your sensory table with some hands-on holiday-themed sensory play. If you are looking for lots of Christmas craft ideas, try a sock snowman or pine cone ornament!
Fun and Engaging Christmas Preschool Printables
Printable Christmas activities can be a life saver, especially if they are highly engaging like these. These printables work fine motor skills while working both math activities and alphabet activities. So, loads of learning without even realizing it!
- Christmas printables (See where to get them at the end of this post.)
- Christmas manipulatives (jingle bells, mini gifts, mini erasers, etc.)
Christmas Books for Preschoolers
6 Preschool Christmas Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Get ready for some holiday themed learning!
Christmas Tree Playdough Counting Mats
I know the title says “playdough”, but really you can use these mats with small math manipulatives, too. I offered small bells, because who doesn’t love a little extra jingling this time of year?
Each mat has a ten frame, a numeral with the corresponding number word, and a Christmas tree. Your preschooler is sure to get a lot of counting and number identification practice with these fun mats. Don’t forget about all that fine motor work, too!
Ornament Number Identification Game
I’m always looking for new fun ways to teach my preschoolers number identification. This game is just right! It can be played independently, or as a game with other preschoolers.
Simply roll the dice, name the number, and cover the corresponding numeral on the game board. The first player to cover all their ornaments wins the game. There are two sets of games, one for numbers 0-5, and a second for numbers 6-10, and ten different game boards so your preschooler gets plenty of number recognition practice.
Elf Visual Discrimination Cards
These are not your typical visual discrimination cards where your preschooler simply matches like pictures. Instead, each card requires your preschooler to pick out a specific characteristic, like which elf is different, or the tallest, or shortest.
These questions help build and develop toddler and preschool language skills. There are 20 different cards with this set.
Cookies and Sweet Counting Clip Cards
These are my daughter’s favorite from this set of printables. One set of cards featuring counting practice 0-20, has an elf with candies, while a bonus set features cookies on a plate. Each card requires counting the cookies or candies and then identifying the corresponding numeral out of a set of three choices.And with the clothes pins, your preschooler gets to work their fine motor skills at the same time.
Elf Pattern Sequencing Puzzles
I adore all those number sequencing puzzles where a cute image is broken into strips and the puzzles is self-correcting because the child has to sequence numbers at the bottom of the puzzle.
Well, I’ve taken it one step further with these elf pattern sequencing puzzles. Instead of sequencing numbers at the bottom of the puzzles, the child has to identify the pattern and work from there. The puzzles feature AB, ABC, and AAB patterns. This activity includes eight different puzzles.
Elf Letter Matching Cards
The final activity in this super fun Christmas activity pack is elf letter matching cards. My preschoolers work hard all year long learning their letter names and sounds, and these letter matching cards are the perfect way to practice matching upper and lower case letters.
You can pull out only the letters your child has been introduced to, or you can offer the entire alphabet, or other sets of your choice. These matching cards are an easy way to differentiate your preschool phonics instruction.
Get Your Christmas Activity Pack for Preschoolers
There’s plenty to do with these Christmas printables. Included are enough activities to keep small groups busy, as well as independent learners (think…busy bags, or quiet time boxes!), and of course preschool centers, too!
Get them below!
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.