We’re counting down to the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is around the corner, which means the time is ripe for carrying out school Christmas activities with your students.
With help from some friendly elves, we’ve compiled a list of seven Christmas activities for kids that will get your students into the festive spirit. Sprinkle these throughout your classroom schedule as you and your students look forward to Christmas. Santa will be sliding down your chimneys before you know it!
So ho ho ho, let’s go!
1. Put up a Christmas tree in your classroom
Every home needs a Christmas tree when Christmas rolls around—and so does every classroom!
After having a Christmas tree delivered to your classroom, rope in your students to help decorate it with tinsel, shiny baubles, and glittery ornaments.
(For even more fun, you can also have your students create their own decorations for putting up on the tree! More on this in point #4 below.)
And for the finishing touch, top off your Christmas tree with a bright gold star.
Leave this step for last, after your students have dressed up the rest of the tree!
2. Create Christmas party invitations
Is your school throwing a Christmas party? Get your students involved—and excited for the party!—by helping them create Christmas party invitations.
Here, we have the adorable kids from St. Evan School preparing Christmas invitations for their parents:
For a more traditional approach to Christmas party invite creation, you can have your students draw the invitations on paper using colored pencils and crayons.
But if they’re older and savvier with a computer mouse, you can guide them on designing digital invites using a graphic design platform too!
3. Play Christmas-related games!
Spice up the festivities with some super-fun Christmas games. There are plenty of Christmas games for kids in school you can play, and we’ll share two of them to get your inspiration flowing!
First up, here’s a classic: Christmas song bingo.
To play this game, you’ll need to create bingo cards with pictures that represent Christmas songs. Here’s an example courtesy of teacher Kerri McKay:
Next, create a music playlist containing the Christmas songs shown on the bingo cards.
Distribute the bingo cards to your students, and play the songs on your playlist. Whenever your students recognize a song being played, they should cross it off their bingo card.
Whoever manages to cross off five songs in a row first wins!
If Christmas song bingo doesn’t tickle your fancy, then here’s a wacky Christmas game that your students will find a hoot: a wrapping students station!
Your students will have a whale of a time wrapping their friends up as if they were Christmas gifts. Just supply some kid-friendly gift decorations, then let your students go wild!
4. Make Christmas decorations from scratch
Sure, your students and their families can easily buy Christmas decorations from the store. But where’s the fun in that?
Spending an afternoon helping your students create their own Christmas decorations lets them exercise their creative juices. It also gives them the chance to design a Christmas decoration that’s truly their own.
For example, take a look at how Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy held Christmas decoration-making sessions for its students:
5. Organize a Christmas classroom competition
Turn up the Christmas excitement with a little friendly competition!
Band together with your fellow teachers to organize a schoolwide Christmas classroom contest, where each class will decorate their classrooms for Christmas.
The best-dressed classroom will win its students some awesome Christmas gifts…and maybe even a visit from Santa himself!
Such a classroom competition is exactly what The Beeches Primary School organized for its school Christmas activities a few years ago:
6. Conduct a Christmas arts and crafts session
Turn your regular art lessons into Christmas-themed ones by helping your students make Christmas crafts. Examples of things you could let them create include:
- Papier-mâché baubles
- Paper chains made out of red, green, and gold paper
- Popsicle stick Christmas wreaths
- Glass jar snow globes filled with pretty glitter
Just check out how much fun the students of St. Francis of Assisi School are having as they get crafty!
7. Design Christmas cards
If there’s one thing that will never go out of style, it’s the giving of Christmas cards. Guide your students on creating such cards, and writing messages in them, for gifting to their family and classmates.
The Christmas cards could be designed with paint, like these beautiful ones made by the students of Corpus Christi School:
Here are some of our favorite templates for turning into gorgeous Christmas cards:
Get Christmassy in the classroom with PosterMyWall!
From putting up a Christmas tree to designing Christmas cards, there’s a lot you can do to spread the holiday cheer in the classroom! And for the holiday activities for school that involve creating cards and decorations, why not let your students get into some online design fun?
PosterMyWall provides a user-friendly design platform for students to unleash their creativity during school Christmas activities. Your students can get started with a template, then add their own text and images to create unique works of art!
Managing your students’ projects is easy as PosterMyWall offers free Classroom Accounts for organizing all their designs in one place. All projects will be kept private too, so only you and your students can view them.
Educators such as Carmela Cundari and Beatrice Gonzalez are already using PosterMyWall to engage their students, so what about you? Learn more about using PosterMyWall to run classroom projects here, then give yourself and your students the gift of PosterMyWall this Christmas season!