Best Christmas Activities for First Graders

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There is so much excitement for kiddos, and it’s so magical to bring that fun into the classroom. I’ve been searching high and low for the best Christmas activities for first graders! Here are some of our favorites!

Merry Math Christmas Craft

Of course, Santa loves cookies and milk! Fill his plate and mug with some cookie cereal that looks just like chocolate chip cookies! This Christmas Math Craft is ready for addition, subtraction, fact families, and more! There is also a hands on math center to make to the fun last all month! Click here to find the Merry Math Christmas Craft

Popsicle Stick Gingerbread Houses

These colorful and bright these gingerbread ornaments the perfect Christmas activities for first graders. I found this adorable craft made by Kelly at Studio DIY and fell in love! She gives detailed instructions and different options if you don’t have access to all of the materials. I can’t wait to see how each student makes this Christmas project their own with all of the beautiful options!

Hide and Seek with Santa

This is a game your kids will want to play again and again! To get started, place a set of sight word cards in a pocket chart. You can even personalize the cards with equations, student names, spelling words, or other skills! Hide Santa behind one of the cards. Students get to take turns guessing where Santa might be hiding! Click here for Hide and Seek with Santa

Christmas Wreath Craft

This Christmas wreath craft is simple yet so beautiful! Your students would be able to do most of this independently with just a little guidance from Michelle over at Crafty Morning. You could use different types of ribbon and different shades of green to let the students really make this craft unique!

Christmas Classroom Chants

December requires some special classroom management tricks! These Christmas Line Up Chants and Gathering Chants keep my kids engaged and help them follow directions! Each one matches a popular holiday tune so they’re fun to sing together! Click here to check them out!

Christmas Directed Drawing

Do your kids love directed drawings as much as we do? We had to make this adorable Christmas red panda! Join Rob at Art for Kids Hub for a detailed, step-by-step directed drawing lesson. He does a great job of breaking each step down for kids. I love how he has one of his children with him to show that everyone’s picture will look a little different, and that’s okay!

Classroom Kindness Tree

Inspire your students this December with a Classroom Kindness Tree. Start with a bare tree. When students are caught being kind, they may choose ornaments to hang on the tree. This is an unforgettable classroom tradition!  Click here to read all about it!

You’re obviously the kind of teacher who is trying to make the holidays fun and memorable for your students! They are lucky to have you! If you’re looking for more Christmas activities for your students, click here for more resources!

I hope you love these ideas from my list of Best Christmas Activities for First Graders! I wish you joy during this memorable time of year with your students. 

Emily Yerty

Emily Yerty

I’m a teacher who believes in creating a classroom kids love and activities that keep them engaged all day!

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