1-2-3 Come Countdown To Christmas With Me
One of the things that I realized rather quickly, during the 10 years that I taught Y5's, was that younger children don't have a real good grasp of time. To help my kiddos with this, I did all sorts of calendar activities, so that they could visulalize the passage of time.
Counting down the days of each month, was extremely helpful. For holiday months, this was especially nice, because it dispensed with the "When is?" questions. "When is vacation, the party, fieldtrip..." or other special activities that they were looking forward to.
With that in mind, I decided to design a bunch of countdown to Christmas activities. These are simple, quick and easy, so you can choose several. They are fun independent activities that children can work on a few minutes each day, freeing you up to work one-on-one with students.
Each month I displayed a different countdown paper chain from the ceiling. I chose 2 to 3 different colors (appropriate for that month) to make the links out of, so we could review colors as well as patterning.
You can make the countdown to Christmas gingerbread paper chain craftivity for your class, or have students each make their own, to take home for more practice. I used white puffy paint (for frosting) and a plaid ribbon bow for extra pizzazz.
"You Can Count On Santa" is another fun visual for your students.
As with the gingerbread craft, you can simply make one for your classroom for calendar time, or run off copies for students to make one of their own.
Using a glue dot, children add a cotton ball to fill in Santa's beard. This is not my original idea, although I've been doing it long before the Internet. I love drawing Santa, and hope you like my version.
Since the Elf On A Shelf story has become a super-fun classroom management tool, I decided to make an elf-themed countdown craftivity as well.
As students countdown to Christmas, they trace and write the numbers and then color each section of the elf's stockings in an ABAB pattern. I added flat-backed jewels and mini pom poms for that finishing touch.
Since jewels are an especially "big deal" to little ones, you can use them as an incentive: Stay focused and complete your work and earn a bit of dazzle for your countdown elf.
1-2-3 Countdown To Christmas Alphabetically, is one of my favorites.
It's an alphabet booklet. Students trace and write the letters, as well as the Christmas-themed words.
They color the letter and picture, then write another word that also begins with that letter. There are so many options for Christmas-related words, you can easily request that the extra words also need to be about Christmas.
Starting December 1st, have students complete one letter. Since there are only 25 days 'til Christmas, remind students to complete letters Y and Z on the last day.
For more alphabet reinforcement, the packet also includes 10 worksheets, to help practice writing upper and lowercase letters, putting words in alphabetical order, skip counting the 24 days 'til Christmas by 2's, as well as practicing writing numbers to 31 (The number of days in the month.)
The worksheet in the photo, asks students "What Lowercase Letter Is Missing?" There are also two "I Spy" game worksheets.
Click on the link to view/download the Countdown to Christmas Alphabet packet.
Since my Y5's needed lots of scissor practice, I designed two countdown activities, where students snip off the days 'til Christmas.
The "Trim the Tree" scissor-snipping countdown craftivity, is my own idea, however, cutting off Santa's beard, was an idea I found dozens of versions of, on Pinterest.
I felt that Santa still needed a beard for his Christmas Eve adventures, so I revamped the concept, and designed a "Snipit Santa."
Both the Christmas tree and Santa, when completely trimmed, make cute paper ornaments or gift tags.
Click on the link to view/download the Let's Trim the Tree & Santa's Beard Christmas countdown - scissor practice craftivities.
Finally, if you're just looking for something super-simple for your little ones to do, as a countdown activity, click on the link for some Countdown To Christmas Coloring Pages.
I've included a cute gingerbread house cover, for a Christmas countdown file folder, so students can keep all of their countdown activities in one place.
I'd include one that they can color, one they use a bingo dauber on (dotting the days away), one they can earn stickers for, plus a scissor snipping option. These worksheets only take a few minutes, and because kiddos can work independently, you are freed up to work one-on-one with students.
That's it for today. I hope you found something here that you can use to help your students understand the concept of time passing.
My grama Lydia used to say that the older she got the more quickly time passed. Now that I'm enjoying my "golden years" I find that to be truer than true. Wishing you a peaceful, savor-each-moment kind of day.
"How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" -Dr. Seuss