There are so many fun holiday-themed printables you can use to prepare hands-on language activities! I’m sharing the links to free Christmas printables for preschoolers through first graders. I’ve used some of those printables to prepare Montessori-inspired Christmas language activities.
Christmas Language Activities for Preschoolers-First Graders
C is for Candy Canes Beginning Sounds Activity
For this activity, I used the “C is for Candy Canes” page from the CHRISTmas Candy Cane Preschool Mini-Pack by Itsy Bitsy Learners. (Note the Pack is no longer free.) You could rotate it with pages like “C is for Christmas” from the Christmas Preschool Printables at Confessions of a Homeschooler, “J is for Jesus” page from J is for Jesus at Confessions of a Homeschooler, or Christmas magnet pages from Making Learning Fun.
I got the idea of using tiny bows from Chestnut Grove Academy. Instead of tiny bows, you could use glass gems, playdough balls, Power Magnets, pom poms with a strawberry huller, magnetized pom poms on a magnetic tray, or dot markers (if you don’t laminate the activity).
In Montessori education, we emphasize phonetic sounds rather than letter names. I would demonstrate the activity by placing the printable on a rug and saying, “/c/ is for candy cane.” You could show how to place a couple of the bows on the page. Show how to trace the letters using a dry erase marker on the laminated page. (Note: When I prepared the activity, I added a small green dot at the starting point for tracing each letter.) Show how to clean the tray before putting the materials away and returning the tray to the shelf for the child(ren) to use.
For this activity, I used the Preschool Gingerbread Baby Printables from Homeschool Creations. You could make a miniature DIY version of Christmas textured letters by printing out the gingerbread babies alphabet cards, laminating them, cutting them out, and adding red glitter glue to the consonants and blue glitter glue to the vowels.
The miniature textured letters could be used like traditional sandpaper letters except that you’d need to use one finger to trace the letters rather than two because of the size of the letters. You could also make a salt tray for practice tracing specific letters. I love using white salt for writing trays in the winter since the salt looks a bit like snow. You could also make a matching activity with upper- and lowercase letters.
Gingerbread Babies DIY Movable Alphabet Spelling
The gingerbread babies textured letters could also be used as a DIY movable alphabet. You could use it for sounding out and spelling phonetic objects or pictures.
Gingerbread Babies Name Activity
Christmas Creative Writing Activity
Free Christmas Printables for Preschoolers-First Graders
- Christmas Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
- Reindeer Pack and Extras from Royal Baloo
- Reindeer Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
- Elf on the Shelf Printable from Royal Baloo
- Shelf Elf Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
- Christmas Action Cards from Oopsey Daisy
- Merry Christmas Pack from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
- Polar Express Mega Pack from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
- Christmas Around the World eBook from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
- Christmas Printables from 1+1+1=1
- Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree Printable Pack from Homeschool Creations
- Winter Wonderland Pre-K Pack Expansion from Over the Big Moon
- Christmas Printables from All Our Days
- Gingerbread Men, Christmas Tree, and Star Printables from Powerful Mothering
- The Gingerbread Baby from Homeschool Share
- 12 Days of Christmas from Homeschool Share
- Christmas Tot Kit from Lawteedah
- Christmas Symbols from A Teaching Mommy
- Christmas Trees from A Teaching Mommy
- Candy Canes from A Teaching Mommy
- Nativity Printables from A Teaching Mommy
- Nativity Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
- Nativity Pack 2 from 3 Dinosaurs
- Nativity PreK Pack from Over the Big Moon
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