Classroom Activities


Nov 29, 2022

17 Preschool and Daycare Themes and Lesson Plans for December

Mackenzie Lee


It's that time of year again! Time to get ready for December and all the fun festivities that come with it. If you're looking for some preschool themes for December, we've got you covered. We have a variety of themes to choose from, including Christmas, winter, and New Year's. Enjoy our December themed decorations, crafts, ideas, and more to make your preschool classroom or daycare memorable for your students this winter season!

Table of Contents:

  1. December Activities

  2. December Lesson Plans

  3. December Themes

December Activities

  1. Christmas Crafts: Get your students involved in creating fun Christmas crafts like paper ornaments, snow globes, and homemade cards. Get inspired with these Preschool Christmas Crafts

  2. Winter Sensory Bin: Incorporate a sensory bin filled with cotton balls, pine cones, snowflakes, and other winter themed items to explore.

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  3. Christmas Themed Games: Play Christmas themed games like ‘Pin the Nose on Rudolph’ and ‘Who Stole the Gingerbread Man’.

  4. Movie Time: Show classic Christmas movies like ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Frosty the Snowman’.

  5. Winter Wonderland: Decorate your classroom in a winter wonderland with white streamers, snowflakes, and other festive accents.

  6. Gift Wrapping Station: Set up a gift wrapping station in your classroom and let the students design their own gift wrap.

  7. Snowy Day: Have a “snowy day” in your classroom by bringing in pretend snow, or creating a winter-themed obstacle course.

  8. Advent Calendar: Create an advent calendar with your students and have them open a door each day during December to reveal fun activities or treats.

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  9. Winter Songs: Sing winter songs with your students and encourage them to dance along. Songs like ‘Frosty the Snowman’ or ‘12 days of Christmas’ are easy to find online and will get your kids excited for the season!

December Lesson Plans

  1. Christmas Around the World: Teach your students about Christmas around the world. Discuss the different traditions, decorations and food associated with Christmas in other countries.

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  2. Seasonal Changes: Explain to your students the seasonal changes that occur during December, such as when the days get shorter and colder.

  3. Gingerbread Houses: Have your students make their own gingerbread houses to learn about the properties of shapes and to have fun at the same time.

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  4. The History of Santa Claus: Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the history and legend of Santa Claus.

December Themes

  1. Christmas: Decorate your classroom in all things Christmas, including trees, lights, and ornaments.

  2. Winter: Use the season of winter as a theme and decorate with snowflakes, icicles, and snowmen.

  3. New Year’s: Let your students get ready for the new year with decorations such as clocks, noise makers, and party hats.

  4. Holidays around the world: Have your students learn about how Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays that are celebrated in other countries.

No matter which theme you choose for December, your students are sure to love it! With these preschool themes for December, your classroom and lesson plans will be festive and fun.

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