Exploring Christmas traditions in EYFS

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06th December 2019
Christmas, story, lesson, activity, resources, early years, foundation stage, nursery, reception

Top resources to familiarise younger learners with the Christmas story 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 Christmas story and seasonal customs.

The Christmas story

Simple versions of the Christmas story with child-friendly pictures and Christian context, for use with Reception / key stage one.
By angiemettrick

The Christmas Story - colouring & writing booklets

Very simple booklets about the birth of Jesus. We use the first two to practise handwriting (each letter being formed correctly on the board first). The faces are blank so that the children can add their own expressions – in other words I can’t draw faces!! Book 1 has starting dots to show the children where to start each letter. Book 2 has big sentences and lines. Book 3 is a colouring book with sentence to read. Book 4 has pictures and blank spaces for the children to attempt their own writing. Other topics covered: Festivals and celebrations.

By toty

Maths Christmas Worksheets

A selection of worksheets with a Christmas theme. Some are suitable for Early Years, others for KS1.
By ehazelden

Christmas - EYFS Planning and Resources

This Christmas planning pack includes a medium term overview and detailed short term activity plans. There are 35 activities included in total. Many of the 19 Christmas themed resources support the activities described in the planning.
By PlanitTeacher

Letter to Santa Activity

🎅Letter to Santa🎅
Want a lovely activity to complete with your pupils in the run up to the Christmas season? Look no further! Here is a letter that you can send to Father Christmas/Santa Clause with a list of their Christmas presents.

Included is the address to send the letter. This is the official address the Post Office give for a response to the letter!

Have a very merry Christmas!

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Christmas Maths Game: Elves and Santas

Elves and Santas is a seasonal variation of snakes and ladders. The resource can be enlarged to A3 size and laminated. There are 70 squares on the board. The game can be played with regular dice or numbered dice.

This game is particularly appropriate for reception and Year 1 children (EYFS) as it will help to reinforce number recognition and counting skills. It can also be used with Special Education (SEN) pupils and will also help to develop turn-taking and social skills.

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The Christmas Story - Writing Booklets

Booklet template for writing a retell of the Christmas Story. Suitable for Reception and Key Stage 1. Clear illustrations for each part of the story of the nativity to act as visual aids. 6 versions included. Versions 1, 3 and 5 are the same apart from the title pages. Versions 2, 4 and 6 are the same apart from the title pages.

  • Version 1 (8 pages) includes: title page with LO and picture; Angel appears to Mary; Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem on a donkey; no room at the inn; Jesus is born in a manger; the shepherds; the 3 wise men/kings; modern day children giving presents by Christmas tree.

  • Version 2 (12 pages) includes: title page with LO and picture; Angel appears to Mary; Mary tells Joseph that she is going to have a baby; Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem on a donkey; no room at the inn; Mary and Joseph are given a stable to stay in; Jesus is born in a manger; an angel appears to the shepherds; the shepherds visit Jesus; the 3 Wise Men/Kings follow the star; the 3 Wise Men/Kings visit Jesus; modern day children giving presents by Christmas tree.

  • Version 3 (8 pages) includes: title only on front page; Angel appears to Mary; Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem on a donkey; no room at the inn; Jesus is born in a manger; the shepherds; the 3 wise men/kings; modern day children giving presents by Christmas tree.

  • Version 4 (12 pages) includes: title only on front page; Angel appears to Mary; Mary tells Joseph that she is going to have a baby; Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem on a donkey; no room at the inn; Mary and Joseph are given a stable to stay in; Jesus is born in a manger; an angel appears to the shepherds; the shepherds visit Jesus; the 3 Wise Men/Kings follow the star; the 3 Wise Men/Kings visit Jesus; modern day children giving presents by Christmas tree.

  • Version 5 (8 pages) includes: blank front cover for children’s own design; Angel appears to Mary; Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem on a donkey; no room at the inn; Jesus is born in a manger; the shepherds; the 3 wise men/kings; modern day children giving presents by Christmas tree.

  • Version 6 (12 pages) includes: blank front cover for children’s own design; Angel appears to Mary; Mary tells Joseph that she is going to have a baby; Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem on a donkey; no room at the inn; Mary and Joseph are given a stable to stay in; Jesus is born in a manger; an angel appears to the shepherds; the shepherds visit Jesus; the 3 Wise Men/Kings follow the star; the 3 Wise Men/Kings visit Jesus; modern day children giving presents by Christmas tree.


When printing select booklet and 2 sided printing. Fold pages in half and slot together in the correct page order to form a booklet.

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