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Sunday, November 30, 2014


Holiday Activities
It's always exciting when you go in the store and hear those first Christmas songs of the season. (Although you might be a little tired of them by the end of the month!) Here are some new ideas for some old songs - and some old songs with new ideas.

Jingle Bells

Jingle bells, jingle bells, (Pretend to hold bells and shake.)
Jingle all the way.
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh. Hey! (Fist in the air.)
Jingle bells, jingle bells, (Pretend to jingle bells.)
Jingle all the way.
What fun it is to ride and sing
In a one horse open sleigh.

Dashing through the snow, (Pretend to hold reins and drive
In a one horse open sleigh sleigh.)
Over the fields we go,
Laughing all the way. (Hand on stomach and laugh.)
Bells on bobtail ring, (Pretend to drive sleigh.)
Making spirits bright.
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight. (Chorus)

Sleigh Riding

Have children sit on the floor facing the same directions. Demonstrate how to hold the person’s waist in front of you. As you sing the song sway forwards and backwards to the beat as if riding a sleigh.

Jingle Bells

Let children thread several jingle bells on a pipe cleaner. Twist the ends together to make a bracelet children can shake as you sing.

Jingle Bell Painting

Jingle Bell Painting 

You will need an empty cheese ball container or similar cylinder shape with a lid. Cut a piece of paper so you can roll it and put it in the cylinder. Take two jingle bells. Drop one in red paint and the other in green paint. Use a spoon to transfer the bells to the can. Put on the lid, then shake up the can as you sing “Jingle Bells.” Take out the paper and you’ll have a jingle bell painting!                                    

Santa Song Book


(Tune: “BINGO”)
There is a jolly bearded man (Put arms out in front of you
And Santa is his name-o. like Santa’s tummy.)
S – A – N – T – A,
S – A – N – T – A,
S – A – N – T – A,
And Santa is his name-o.

He lives at the North Pole… (Clap instead of saying “S.”)
His wears a suit all red and white… (Clap for “S” and “A.”)
He makes toys for girls and boys… (Clap for “S,” “A,” “N.”)
He drives a sleigh with 8 reindeer… (Clap for “S,” “A,” “N,” “T.”)
He’ll visit you on Christmas Eve… (Clap for all letters.)



Write a different letter on five sheets of paper. Draw a hand on the back of each sheet. Choose five children to hold these as you sing the song. Explain that as you sing the song, when you turn over the letter and see the hand they should clap.

Santa Star

Give children red stars and a few cotton balls. Can they make a Santa out of the star? Add their name, date, and a piece of yarn for a hanger. This makes a great ornament for them to take home and hang on their tree.

Holiday Activities

My Dreidel

(Traditional Tune)
I have a little dreidel, (Pretend to hold out palm with a dreidel.)
I made it out of clay;
And when it’s dry and ready,
Then dreidel I shall play.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, (Clap as you dance in a circle like a top.)
I made it out of clay.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
Now dreidel we shall play.

My dreidel is so playful, (Pretend to hold dreidel in palm)
It loves to dance and spin;
A happy game of dreidel,
Come play, now let’s begin.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, (Clap and twirl around.)
Come play now, let’s begin!
And when it gets all tired
It drops and then I win. (Fall gently to the floor.)

What songs do you remember? “Up on the Housetop,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman”? Keep those memories alive by singing with your students over the next few weeks. It might also relieve some stress!

For additional resources check out the following links:

December Monthly Mix
Holiday Activities
Read A Book - New Dr. Jean app on iTunes
Cheer Cards