Not sure how to incorporate Christmas Crafts in the classroom? Read on here to learn how and why! I’ve taught primarily first and second grade for my entire teaching career, and doing Christmas crafts in the classroom are some of my favorite activities to plan! I know some teachers have complained that Christmas crafts are a waste of instructional time, but I’m here to tell you that can be a great learning activity!
Plus, my students are always a little amped up before holiday breaks, and crafts are some of my favorite ways to keep them engaged! Here are some reasons why you should love them.
Christmas Crafts can be tied to what you’re teaching in the classroom
I love finding new ways to incorporate crafts into what I’m teaching. For example, around the holidays, I had students working on synonyms and antonyms. Instead of doing a boring worksheet on this, students wrote synonyms and antonyms on cookies. Once I checked their work, students decorated the cookies and cut and glued them on a plate for Santa. This is something YOU could also try!
Is this the world’s greatest craft? Absolutely not. However, it tied into what we were learning and gave students time to be creative! Decorating the cookies was so much fun for them they didn’t even realize they were learning!
Crafts give students a chance to work on basic motor skills
Students are using technology for learning more and more these days. That’s totally okay, but they don’t have as many opportunities to cut, glue, color, and more! Adding in a few crafts gives students a chance to work on these basic fine motor skills.
Students enjoy crafts and love to be creative!
At my school, we only go to art once a week… that’s practically nothing! Students always love going to art and adding a few crafts here and there is a great way to supplement. However, I know I’m definitely not an art teacher but they didn’t seem to mind!
Want to try some super simple Christmas crafts in your classroom? Here are the ones I use!
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Looking for more holiday fun in the classroom? Check out these free December activities! You might also enjoy these Christmas math & reading activities!