## Friday, November 16, 2018

Christmas is just around the corner, and I am so excited to share what’s within our preschool unit in this happiest and most colorful time of the year!  These activities are perfect for home and school settings.  They are designed for preschoolers and kindergartens specifically for kids ages 3 to 6 years old.

# Christmas Present Measuring Activity

Learn how to measure the size of objects using centimeters. Use snap cubes, wooden cubes, unifix cubes, or a ruler.

This activity helps to reinforce the concepts of sequencing and ordering, specifically the identification of the biggest, smallest, longest, and shortest Christmas presents. You can further engage your child or students by asking them to arrange the presents (or snap cubes) in order from biggest to smallest or from smallest to biggest.

# Nativity Story Clipcards

In my teaching, I have included a creative sequencing of the story of The Nativity that includes a fun twist. During this lesson, I introduce the concept of "ordinal numbers," which is another basic math concept that is best taught around the preschool age. It is important to first introduce the story to the child or student, and there are plenty of child-friendly books available that tell the story of Christmas or Nativity. In fact, I have a few suggestions for Advent Books that can be used during the Christmas Countdown, which are included in this post.

I’ve been reading the Nativity story to the boys since they were young, so they are already aware of Christ’s birth.  However, sequencing the story seems quite a challenge.  Thus, I added this activity to enhance reading comprehension and enrich their knowledge of the story behind Christmas.

# Note: To ensure accuracy, mark the correct order with stickers or a permanent marker before presenting the activity to the child.Christmas Themed Playdough Mats

You see these mats in most of our prechool units (listed below) because my kids (and I think most kids) love them: These materials are perfect tools for learning the  Christmas symbols and icons and a great way for children to be creative while hand muscles work!

# Christmas Themed Ten Frames

Learn to count with Christmas-themed ten frames in a fun way. The set also includes a black and white version, and another version with control, which is ideal for younger children. Vito is using the colored blank version as he can already count.

We have a large collection of glass pebbles, so we use different colors to match the ten frames. Apart from these pebbles, you can also use other manipulatives such as erasers or counters. You can even use playdough to form the number symbol on the ten frame mats.

# Christmas Tree Color Sorting

My kids made these the other day and they were so beautiful!  I gave them choices on how they’re going to “cover” the dots, using stickers, counters, pompoms, or glass gems.  My eldest said it’ll be best if they use playdough.  Just look how cute these turned out!

# Which One Doesn’t Belong?

Vito had so much fun playing this game.  It was his first time to experience an activity sorting out holiday icons so he loved the challenge.  The aim here is for the child to name the holiday symbols and identify which one doesn’t belong in the group.  The child will mark the answer with a wooden peg or a manipulative of his/her choice.

# Christmas Lights Patterning

Oh this was fun!  Patterning is one of the foundation of math and it starts by giving the child opportunities to identify and create those patterns.  For our Christmas themed pack, we are using Christmas lights and colored wooden one-inch cubes.  You can use pompoms, glass gems, crayons, erasers or any manipulative available.

# Christmas Themed Shapes Sorting Activity

Identifying and sorting Christmas presents according to shapes.

# Christmas Themed Holly Number Representation

I love hollies so I used them for our number representation activity.

The child matches the count from the holly leaves to the number symbol in the berry.  They all looked so beautiful!

Here’s Vito in deep thought and concentration.

# Christmas Themed Counting Activity

For this activity, you are free to use any manipulatives of your choice, but we used playdough. The goal of the activity is to decorate your wreath and add the corresponding ornament count on it. It was an enjoyable experience to put the wreaths together. The children had a lot of fun decorating their wreaths and using different colors of playdough. However, I had to remind them not to get carried away and to stick to the specified number count.

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