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.) Here are some free Christmas do-a-dot pages: “C is for Christmas” from the Christmas Preschool Printables at Confessions of a Homeschooler, Christmas magnet pages from Making Learning Fun, b for bell (my do-a-dot page), and d for decorate (my do-a-dot page).
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 Gingerbread Printables for Preschoolers-First Graders
You’ll find lots of fun, free gingerbread printables and Montessori-inspired gingerbread activities here.
Montessori-Inspired Gingerbread Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my newsletter to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber).
- Preschool Gingerbread Baby Printables from Homeschool Creations (featured in my Montessori-Inspired Christmas Language Activities and Free Christmas Printables)
- Gingerbread Cookie Even and Odd Sort from Homeschool Creations
- The Gingerbread Baby Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
- Gingerbread Baby Board Game from Jan Brett
- Gingerbread Man Packs Tot-2nd from Royal Baloo
- Gingerbread Man Templates from Gift of Curiosity
- Gingerbread Man Templates from First Palette
- Gingerbread Man Pattern from All Free Crafts
- Gingerbread Man Lacing Card from Learning 2 Walk
- Gingerbread Man Printables for Playdough from Totschooling
- Gingerbread Man Printables for Kids from Kids Activities Blog
- Gingerbread Printables from Making Learning Fun
- Gingerbread Man Printables and Themed Unit from Teaching Heart
- Gingerbread Pirates Printables from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
- Gingerbread Man Lacing Card from Learning to Walk
- Gingerbread Man Characters from Pre-K Pages
- Gingerbread Printables from PreKinders
- Gingerbread Man Printables from Activity Village
- Gingerbread Man Printables from DLTK’s Crafts for Kids
- Gingerbread Man Printables from Kidzone
- Gingerbread Man Printable Activities from First School
- Gingerbread Writing and Reading Kindergarten Activities from Green Bean Kindergarten
- Gingerbread Man 10 Frames from Heidi Songs
- Count the Gumdrops Gingerbread Man Activity from Heidi Songs
- Teaching Children to Follow Direction with the Gingerbread Man from Heidi Songs
- Gingerbread Man Secret Code Worksheet from Heidi Songs
- Hidden Gingerbread Man Color Words from Heidi Songs
- Gingerbread Play Dough Free Recipe from Ben and Me
- Gingerbread Men Recipe and Sweet Treat Tags from The TomKat Studio
- Gingerbread Printables from Teachers Pay Teachers
Free Mixture of 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
- 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
More Christmas Resources
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