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Christmas Patterning Activity

christmas patterning activity

This Christmas patterning activity is one of many pattern pin sets that we use in our classrooms. Pattern pins are easy to make, inexpensive, hands-on learning tools. Plus, they are super cute, the kids love them, and they work those small hand muscles!

MATERIALS USED:

– Paint mixing sticks
– Paint (craft or spray)
– Clothespins
– Jingle bells
– Christmas mini bows
– Hot glue gun

christmas patterning activity

For this set, we painted the mixing sticks brown; we always use a dark color for our bases, so that the patterns really stand out. You can pick up mixing sticks at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or your local paint store. We found jingle bells and mini Christmas bows at Dollar Tree, and hot glued them to the tops of clothespins.

christmas patterning activity

You might first introduce pattern pins and demonstrate the concept of patterning in a large group, and then work with small groups of children, making patterns together.

Students will not only create patterns, but they will also copy and extend patterns that are represented on other sticks (made by you or other students). For this reason, it’s a good idea to have multiple bases on hand. Be sure to encourage your students to identify their patterns and describe what is and what is not a pattern.

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The Gingerbread Man Craft

As a parent and a teacher, it’s always been fun and important for me to introduce ALL of my children to what I loved and adored, and learned from when I was young.

So every holiday season, I bring out the The Gingerbread Man. To me, this first edition Giant Golden Book was the most magical story ever. As a child I spent hours looking over the vibrant illustrations of Bill and Bonnie Rutherford, letting my imagination run away right along with that fearless, little yummy cookie.

This classic book is ideal for reading aloud and makes for an excellent literary-based art activity; gingerbread men and houses. Last year, we used our creations to decorate our classroom window.

The houses are made of basic shapes (squares, rectangles, and triangles) and can be cut out by you or by your children depending on their ability. This year, I will be offering even more materials such as stiff felt, fuzzy sticks, bows, etc., so maybe we’ll see some gingerbread girls!

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
Our gingerbread template
– Googly eyes
– Ricrac
– Acrylic craft jewels
– Stiff felt/fabric
– Sparkle/glitter pom poms
– Buttons
– Holiday scrapbook paper
– Sequins
– Mini bows
– White foam (roofs)
– Holiday fuzzy sticks

Looking for more gingerbread fun? Then be sure to take time to check out the Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie Playdough Activity Cards and Christmas Math and Literacy Activities!

Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie Playdough Activity Cards

Gingerbread Spin & Count

Gingerbread Alphabet Match-Up

Christmas Measuring Cards

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Christmas Math and Literacy Activities

Christmas Math and Literacy

Ho! Ho! Ho! This Christmas Math and Literacy Activities pack is sure to make the season a little brighter. It contains 10 worksheets and 7 learning center activities that strengthen the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Classification
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Number formation
– Measurement
– Association
– Attribute variance
– Story sequencing
– Upper and lowercase letter recognition
– Beginning sound recognition
– Visual discrimination
– Phonological and phonemic awareness
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Please note that these learning center activities are designed to be printed (on cardstock) and laminated. This will ensure their use and enjoyment for years to come.

GINGERBREAD SPIN & COUNT SHEETS (COLOR 2/B&W 2)

Gingerbread Spin & Count

Attach paperclip spinners with round head fasteners (brads) to the sheets. Provide gumdrops, mini erasers or some other small manipulative for students to use. Young learners will spin, identify a number and place that amount of items on their sheets. As children pick up and place each item, encourage them to say its number name (one, two, etc.). Older children may fill all three lines, while younger ones may only complete the first or second. Once finished, have students count all of the items on their sheets.

Gingerbread Spin & Count

CHRISTMAS ROLL AND COVER SHEETS (COLOR 4/B&W 4)

Christmas Roll & Cover

Supply a small manipulative such as mini erasers for students to use as markers. For individual use, have the child roll the die, count the dots (or recognize the “set” of dots), and find and cover the corresponding number on the sheet. Repeat until all of the numerals are covered. In small group, give each child a sheet and have them take turns rolling the die. The first person to cover all of their numbers wins. Trade cards and play again!


CHRISTMAS TREE NUMBER QUANTITY TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Christmas Tree Number Quantity

Provide students with M&Ms, buttons, beads, or some other small manipulative to use as ornaments. Children will match numerals with quantity. Have students identify the number on each tree and “decorate” it with the corresponding number of “ornaments”. Encourage children to count every item once, using the number word. Older children can use this activity to practice set recognition.

To extend this activity, ask your learners to examine and compare the number sets of trees. Ask, “Which set has more ornaments? Which set has less?” when showing 2 sets. Remind children that the world less means not as many.

CHRISTMAS MEASURING CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Christmas Measuring Cards

Supply Unifix Cubes or another small manipulative for children to measure (nonstandard) the length of the items. Be sure to discuss which are longer, shorter, and the same size. To extend this activity, students may use the included Merry Measuring – Measure and Record sheet to record their answers.

Christmas Measuring Cards


GINGERBREAD ALPHABET MATCH-UP (COLOR 26/B&W 26)

Gingerbread Alphabet Match-Up

Learners will identify the uppercase letter featured on the gingerbread man. They will then work to “decorate” the gingerbread with its lowercase letter partner/gumdrop.

Gingerbread Alphabet Match-Up

CHRISTMAS EVE ALPHABET BINGO (MATS COLOR 6/B&W 6 – DRAW CARDS COLOR 26/B&W 26)

Christmas Eve Alphabet Bingo

Provide Hershey Kisses, M&Ms, gumdrops, vase gems, mini erasers or some other small manipulative for students to use as markers. Dot markers may be used for the black and white version of this activity.

Christmas Eve Alphabet Bingo

Working in a small group, young learners will identify the letters on the draw cards, and cover them on their sheets. The first player to cover his/her sheet yells “BINGO”. Trade cards and play again!

CHRISTMAS RHYMING TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Christmas Rhyming Task Cards

Students will say the name of each main picture and find and cover its rhyming partner. Supply clothespins, pom poms, gumdrops, mini erasers or some other manipulative for children to use as markers.

Christmas Rhyming Task Cards

MATH AND LITERACY WORKSHEETS (10)

With these 10 worksheets, students will identify beginning sounds, sequence a story, segment syllables, and so much more!

download GET THIS CHRISTMAS MATH AND LITERACY PACK.

For more Christmas fun, be sure to check out the Decorate a Gingerbread Playdough Activity Cards. They make a sweet addition to this packet.

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