Exploring Christmas traditions in EYFS

Nicola Davison
01st December 2016
Christmas, Nativity, lesson, activity, resources, early years, foundation stage, nursery, reception

Top resources to familiarise younger learners with the Nativity and festive customs

It’s hard to believe that yet another calendar year has flown by and that Christmas is just around the corner again. But ‘tis the season to be jolly, so why not give in and embrace it as early as possible?

Bring the spirit of Christmas into your early years classroom with these hand-picked lesson plans and activity ideas, looking at the Nativity and seasonal customs.

The Christmas story

Immerse pupils in the story of Jesus’ birth with this interactive presentation, including sound and animation. For something a little simpler, this sensory version of the story uses props to create a memorable experience for learners.

Then, find out how much they've remembered by getting them to colour and cut out pictures in this sequencing activity. Or, use it as an opportunity to practise handwriting with these differentiated story booklets.

Finally, why not show off your class’ learning by performing a Nativity play? This short, rhyming script* is ideal for young learners as everybody speaks together. For even more festive play ideas, take a look at this blog post.

Christmas traditions

Save time when planning for the festive season with this detailed topic pack, including plenty of ideas to keep pupils engaged right up until the end of term.

If you’re looking for a wintry story, there’s none more classic than that of The Snowman. This collection of activities covers all of the EYFS areas of development. Alternatively, embrace story-telling through dance in this movement lesson, which follows the antics of Santa Claus. Take this one step further by getting pupils to write a letter to St Nick using this well-designed template*.

Designed for children with autism, but useful for all learners, these Christmas tree counting worksheets* offer the opportunity to practise counting to 10. And, these versatile lotto cards are great for promoting discussion using Christmas-themed vocabulary.

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