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(Open thematic poster-Christmas-Celebration) Print, laminate, and display.
In a large daycare center setting
Your Christmas celebrations can include several kiosks. Select a small area within your daycare or yard for each activity kiosk. Hang a poster representing each game in the corresponding area. Decorate with balloons, garlands, confetti, etc. Play music and plan ahead so that you have treats and a special cake to enjoy with your group. Print a passport for each child. They will love adding a stamp or sticker next to each kiosk once they have participated in an activity. Each child can visit each kiosk up to 3 times.
In a home-based dacyare setting
Prepare the various kiosks suggested within this theme and invite parents to participate throughout the week. Reserve an area for each kiosk and hang the corresponding poster
next to each one. Add decorations (balloons, garlands, confetti, etc.). Play music and serve cake or special treats. If you wish, invite another daycare to join you. You can share the prep work with other early childhood educators. The more the merrier! Consider how much space is available before selecting the kiosks you wish to offer. Print a passport for each child. They will love stamping or pressing a sticker in their passport every time they complete an activity. Each child can visit each kiosk up to 3 times.
(Open pennants-Christmas-Celebration) Print, laminate, and cut out the pennants. Fold the pennants and staple them on colorful string or ribbon. Hang your garland within your daycare or, if you prefer, in your yard.
(Open educa-theme-Christmas-Celebration) Print and laminate the different elements representing the theme. Use them to present the theme to your group (and their parents) while decorating your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Christmas-Celebration) Print, laminate, and cut out the illustrations. Use them to decorate your walls and set the mood for the theme.
(Open identification cards-Christmas-Celebration) Print and write ea
ch child’s name on an identification card. You can stick the cards on children’s clothing or use a hole-punch to make a hole at the top of each card and thread ribbon or string through the hole so they can wear their card around their neck.
(Open picture frame-Christmas-Celebration) Print and use the frame to display a picture taken during your Christmas party. Children will love bringing their frame home as a souvenir.
(Open models-Christmas-Celebration) Print and let children decorate the items. Cut them out and hang them within your daycare or near your daycare entrance.
Painted Christmas faces
Paint children’s faces to make your Christmas celebrations extra special.
(Open passport-Christmas-Celebration) Print. Give each child a copy. Be sure to write each child's name on his passport. Children go from one kiosk to another. Once they have completed a kiosk’s activity/game, they may stamp their passport.
(Open stickers-Christmas-Celebration) Print the illustrations on adhesive paper and use them to create original stickers for your group.
(Open perpetual calendar-Christmas-Celebration) Print and display to inform parents of your activities.
(Open invitations-Christmas-Celebration) Print. Give each child an invitation. Organize several different activities throughout the day.
(Open coupons-Christmas-Celebration) Print and laminate. If you wish, children can earn coupons throughout the day or week, by participating in the games offered at each kiosk. At the end of your Christmas party, they can exchange the coupons they earned for small Christmas surprises (candy canes, stickers, erasers, chocolates, etc.).
Schedule of activities-Christmas-Celebration
(Open schedule-Christmas-Celebration) Print and laminate. Use the document to present the day’s activities.
(Open menu-Christmas-Celebration) Print and laminate. Use a dry-erase marker to write what you will be serving each day and display the menu where parents can see it.
As a group, decorate a large cardboard box to represent a special Christmas float. Paint each child’s face and provide musical instruments. Parade around your neighbourhood.
(Open kiosks-Christmas-Celebration) Print, laminate, and display. On the day of the party, greet children and explain the different kiosks to them. You may choose which kiosks you wish to offer among those listed here.
Ornament toss kiosk
Wrap three boxes (different sizes) with wrapping paper, leaving the top open. Provide children with unbreakable ornaments and encourage them to toss them into the gifts.
Christmas painting kiosk
(Open models-ornaments) Print. Give each child who visits the kiosk an ornament to paint as quickly as possible. The entire ornament must be covered with paint. Time each child using a stopwatch. The child who paints his ornament the fastest will be declared the winner!
Christmas necklace kiosk
Provide several different types of red, white, and green necklace beads. Let children thread them onto string or yarn to make necklaces.
Christmas tree decorating kiosk
Set two miniature Christmas trees on a table. Fill two boxes with similar decorations (same quantity). Ask two children to each decorate a tree as quickly as possible. The first child to finish hanging all his decorations wins!
Pin the nose on Rudolph kiosk
(Open game-Red-nosed reindeer) Print and display on a wall at children's level. Blindfold children one at a time. Children must attempt to stick Rudolph's nose as close to the right spot as possible.
Baste the turkey kiosk
(Open turkey) Print and laminate. Determine a start and finish line. At one end, deposit two turkey basters and two containers, one filled with green water and another one filled with red water. At the other end, deposit two other containers. Glue a turkey on each one. A ribbon should also be glued on each container to identify the goal (water level). Participants must fill their turkey baster with water from their team's container and empty it into their second container until they reach the predetermined water level.
Catch my ribbon kiosk
Two players run inside a delimited area wearing a piece of Christmas ribbon they previously inserted in the back of their pants. Each player must attempt to grab the other player's ribbon before time runs out.
Don't wake up Santa kiosk
Divide players into two teams and have children sit or stand in a row. Give the first player of each team a bell. The object of the game is to pass the bell all the way down their team’s line and back (to and fro) without ringing the bell. The first team to complete the task successfully wins.
Christmas treat kiosk
Deposit 25 to 30 Christmas Smarties in a container filled with icing sugar. Children must search for the hidden candy pieces.
Ornament relay kiosk
You will need two ping-pong balls which you previously painted red and green. Divide players into two teams. On a table, determine a start and finish line. Children take turns moving their team's ball from one point to the other simply by blowing on it through a drinking straw. The first team to succeed wins.
Christmas photo kiosk
On large white pieces of cardboard, paint Santa Claus, a Christmas tree, or another seasonal decor. Cut out a circle so children can stand behind the decor, with only their face showing. Photograph each child.
O Christmas tree kiosk Fill a container with Christmas garlands and a few Christmas hats (Santa Claus, reindeer antlers, etc.) Children take turns decorating a partner to make him look like a Christmas tree. Don't forget to take plenty of pictures!
Children stand on a line and must toss a snowball as far as possible in front of them. Use a measuring tape to measure the distance. Variation: Divide your group into two teams and set two baskets on a line a few feet in front of your group. Children try to toss the snowballs in the basket.
One child fills a bucket with snow and slides it along a rope, while holding one end up. Another child holds the other end of the rope. They must work together to slide the bucket to each other.
Set two baskets on their side. Children roll snowballs towards the baskets. The team who has the most snowballs in their basket wins.
Children build pyramids with tissue boxes or empty yogurt containers. Once this is done, they throw snowballs at the structures to make them fall.
Fragile ornament booth
Fill a basket with green, red, and white water balloons. Divide players into two teams. Identify a start and finish line. Deposit an empty basket on the finish line for each team. Play music. Children squeeze water balloons between their knees. They must transport as many ornaments (balloons) across the finish line as possible before the song ends.
Ornament race booth
Give each child a small spoon and an unbreakable Christmas ornament. Children must walk as quickly as possible towards the finish line, while carrying the ornament in their spoon. If a child's ornament falls, he must return to the starting point and start all over again!
(Open coloring book-Christmas-Celebration) Print for each child.
(Open scrapbook-Christmas-Celebration) Print this new page for each child. Add it to their scrapbook once completed.
Sung to: Are you sleeping
(Open songs & rhymes-Celebration)
It's our Christmas party, it's our Christmas party
We will celebrate, we will celebrate
With our friends, with our friends
At the end our passport, at the end our passport
Will be full, will be full
The educatall team