This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. I change up my normal routine and make sure all of our activities are centered areound Christmas. I found some great free printables on teacherspayteachrs.com and have gotten a few tricks up my sleeve over the last few years. I have listed a few activities that I think are the best of the season.
Christmas Tree crayon resist: make copies of a black and white christmas tree on cardstock, have the children color with crayons, adding ornaments with different color crayons, once the coloring is done, go over the tree with blue watercolors.
Gingerbread man geography: Decorate paper gingerbread men, have them run away, notify the parents to have friends and family from all over the world send postcards saying they saw the gingerbreadmen where they live. Use a US map on the wall to track where the gingerbread men have visited, look up the different cities and show pictures from them on your computer. On the day before school ends for christmas break build a gingerbread house. The next morning have the gingerbreadmen return to their home.
Christms tree ornament sorting: Get a hold of a small christmas tree, collect ornaments of different colors (I use packages of jingle bells in 5 colors) have your students decorate the tree and then sort the ornaments by color. This was the most popular center in my classroom this week.