One of the most joyful elements of the Christmas season is spending time with children. Their unbridled enthusiasm for the arrival of Santa and their total enjoyment of all the sights and sounds of the holiday is infectious. No matter what worries or personal situations one is facing, spending just a few minutes with a child excited for Christmas is an instant mood lifter. Preschoolers are only just beginning to know what to expect from the Christmas holiday and approach each day leading up to the holiday with an unrestrained joy and eagerness. If you are a preschool teacher or aide, you may be in the thick of decorating your classroom for the holiday. This article will offer several ideas on how to create a beautiful and fun classroom setting for the little ones.
Snowmen With Children’s Faces. Even if you live in a warm climate with little chance of snow for the holiday, images of snowmen are wonderful symbols of the season. Take a close up Polaroid picture of each of the children and cut out their faces. Use cutouts of snowman or scrapbook materials that contain all the necessary parts to create a snowman – three round white circles, black buttons, hat, scarf, and sticks for arms. Assist the children in pasting together the snowmen and then applying the pictures of their faces on the top round circle. Display the snowmen on a wall of your classroom and refer to them during your lessons on weather and winter exercise activities. The children can take the snowmen home after Christmas for a lovely memento for the parents.
Christmas Tree With Handmade Ornaments. Preschoolers love using construction paper, glitter, glue and markers to create handmade Christmas tree ornaments. Use a hole puncher and lengths of red or green string to hand the ornaments on the tree. The children will love using their creativity to make the ornaments and this project will illustrate the importance of working together as a group to complete a project.
Paper Chains. Making paper chains from colored construction paper is a wonderful way for the children to use their fine motor skills. Allow the preschool students to choose from several different colors and pair off in twos to work on their paper chains. This will promote cooperation with others and combining skills to make a task easier. Use the paper chains to wrap around the Christmas tree or string them from wall to wall.
Construction Paper Christmas Presents. After decorating large pictures of Christmas presents, assist the children in writing on the pictures one gift they would like to receive for Christmas and one gift they would like to give for Christmas. This will enforce the idea that the holiday is not just about getting on the holiday, but also about giving. This can lead to a very lively and important discussion about the joy that comes with giving. Tape the paper presents around the lower half of the walls that surround the Christmas tree. Your preschoolers’ parents will love having this project sent home after the holiday to keep with their child’s preschool memorabilia.