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Christmas Themes for the Early Years

A resource book of ideas for Christmas craft, tree decorations, recipes, online activities and much more.

Christmas Themes for the Early Years by Judy Gabrovec
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This book, for teachers of young children, will prove an ideal aid in preparing classroom materials for the festive season.

The book contains a range of Christmas related activities that will provide teachers with an interesting and stimulating series of activities in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The range of activities in the book includes art and craft ideas and templates, tree decorations, Christmas cooking recipes, language-based activities and puzzles, and a variety of online tasks that can be used to allow children the experience of an "Internet Christmas".

For students aged 4-8.

Ready-Ed Publications; November 2000
52 pages; ISBN 9781863972673
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Title: Christmas Themes for the Early Years
Author: Judy Gabrovec; Melinda Parker

Santa's Advent Calendar

Count down the days to Christmas by watching Santa's fluffy white beard grow or disappear.


v stencil of Santa (on following page)
v 24 cotton balls
v crayons or paints
v glue
v firm card

How to make Santa's Advent Calendar

1. Color in the Santa stencil, glue on firm card and cut out.

2. From December 1st, glue one cotton ball on Santa's beard for every passing day until Christmas Day.

Other suggestions

  • To enlarge the Santa stencil do an overhead projector copy. Using the overhead projector, project the stencil onto a large piece of white paper. Trace the picture of Santa onto the white paper. This could be used as a class Santa Advent Calendar.

  • Instead of adding cotton wool balls, they could be already attached, to be removed and revealing a message to the child underneath. A quick and easy way to attach the cotton wool is with small pieces of velcro. This means that the Santa Advent Calendar can be used again.
  • Another simple Advent calendar can be made by gluing 24 pegs to a piece of firm cardboard. Put a joke, puzzle or a message into 24 small envelopes. Peg each envelope onto the cardboard. The pegs, backboard and envelopes can be decorated or simply sprayed with gold spray paint.