Christmas is almost here, so its time to gather ideas so we can have lots of fun during the holidays without all the stressful prep! We have pulled together a whole months worth of festive and fun December Activities for kids. These Christmas activities for kids are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade kids! Which Christmas activities theme will you pick first – Christmas tree, candy cane, Rudolph, Gingerbread Man, or Santa Clause and Elves?
December Activities for Kids
There are so many great December activities to try this holiday that it will keep you busy all month. There are lots of Christmas activities for kids including Santa, reindeer and Christmas tree themed ideas. There are even also some New Years activities and some gingerbread activities. Included are free Christmas printables, Christmas play recipes, Christmas science, and STEM activities. These December activities for kids are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2 students, and the whole family!
Christmas Activities for Kids
There is something for everyone to enjoy on this list! So pick an activity, or two or three and start creating some fun Christmas memories together as a family, class, or homeschool.
Santa and Reindeer Activities
Using a cute Santa theme with all this adorable reindeer will help kids stay engaged and having fun this holiday season!
- Santa and Reindeer Shape Puzzles from Frogs and Fairies. Match Santa to his reindeer and practice shape recognition with this fun printable game.
- Reindeer Playdough from Picklebums. The free printable reindeer ears, antlers and noses make this and easy
to set up activity.
- Santa Letter Puzzles from A Dab of Glue Will Do. Match upper and lower case letters with Santa.
- Santa’s Beard Playdough Mat from Totschooling. Give Santa a beard with this fun playdough mat, there are also lots of
other christmas themed playdough mats in this set too.
- Easy Santa Oreo Cookies from Mom vs The Boys. What a fun way to make a delicious Christmas treat with the kids
- Reindeer Sugar Cookies from Messy Little Monster. Make some reindeers to go with the Santa cookies!
Christmas Tree Activities
Whether you like educational activities for December, slime or play recipes, or hands on learning games – you will find a Christmas Activity ideas!
- Melting Christmas Tree Baking soda Science Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands. This fizzing science experiment is very cool!
- Kinetic Sand Christmas Tree from Still PLaying School. Have you tried kinetic sand? It is such a great sensory experience.
- Christmas tree bubble wand from Go Science Kids. Bubble blowing is a great activity to keep kids busy at Christmas time.
- Christmas Tree Building Challenge from The Preschool Toolbox. This is a fun Christmas themed STEM activity.
- Sticker Trees Christmas Counting Activity from My Bored Toddler. Such an easy activity to set up, but a great way to practice number skills.
- Graphite Circuit Christmas Tree from There’s Just One Mommy. This cool STEAM project makes a tree that lights up!
- Pom Pom Christmas Tree Slime from The Soccer Mom Blog. Make a slime tree decorated with pom pom ornaments!
While not limited to Christmas, these Gingerbread man activities are perfect for the month of December or to make a Gingerbread theme of their own!
- Gingerbread Playdough Recipe from Buggy and Buddy. Let’s make some cute playdough gingerbread men!
- Gingerbread Slime Recipe from Natural Beach Living. This slime smells good enough to eat!
- Gingerbread Man Sticker Match from Days with Grey. This is a fun beginners maths activity.
- Gingerbread Man Preschool Cutting Practice from School Time Snippets. Work on scissors skills with this fun activity.
- Gingerbread Cookie Recipe from 123 Homeschool 4 Me. Decorate some gingerbread men with your kids!
- Gingerbread Man Activity Cube from Rock Your Homeschool This is such a fun way to get the kids up and moving.
- Sensory Play with Gingerbread Scented Rice from Childhood 101. I love the light up houses in this gorgeous sensory small world.
- Gingerbread Puffy Paint from 123 Homeschool 4 Me is a fun easy way to make your own holiday gingerbread man.
Christmas Activities for Preschoolers
- Christmas Sensory Tub from Kids Activities Blog. This is an easy activity to set up and is so much fun to play with!
- Grinch Slime Recipe from Little Bins for Little Hands. This is a great activity to do after reading the book.
- Christmas Tic Tac Toe from Kindergarten Worksheets and Games. Even little ones can have a go at this fun Christmas game.
- Printable Christmas Hat craft for Kids
- Jingle Bells Color Sorting from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds. This is a colour sorting, fine motor, science and fun activity all rolled into one!
- Fizzing Candy CaneExperiments from Fun With Mama. What a fun way to use up all those candy canes.
- Edible Candy Cane Slime from The Soccer Mom Blog This slime smells and tastes like candy canes!
- Grow a Candy Cane Activity from 123 Homeschool 4 Me is such a fun, activity to amaze your kids!
New Years Activities
- New Years Kindness Resolutions for Kids from Coffee and Carpool. This is a great way to encourage kindness in the new year.
- Fireworks Cookies from Nurture Store. These decorated cookies are easy and fun to make.
- New Years Celebration Playdough from Buggy and Buddy. This bright sparkly playdough is perfect for celebrating the new year.
- New Year’s Eve Memory Jar from Messy Little Monster This is a beautiful family tradition.
- New Year’s Eve Celebration Slime Recipe from Little Bins for Little Hands. This slime looks just like fire works!
- Teach Geography as you countdown to the New Year with this EPIC Activity
If you’ve got arty crafty kids and you need some more ideas to keep everyone busy, then take a look at these awesome December themed art and craft ideas for kids. Or check out over 100+ Free Christmas Printables for kids of all ages.
Everyone will be busy and happy playing and learning all month long with this magical list of December activities for kids!
Christmas Activities for Kids
Looking for more free printable worksheets and epic Christmas Activities for kids? Check these out:
- Holiday Tree Letter Find Christmas Worksheets
- FUN Rudolph Race Game
- Free Christmas Alphabet Game
- Super cute Free Printable Christmas Worksheets for prek-2nd graders
- Gingerbread Christmas Alphabet Game
- Free printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt
- Color by Hundreds Chart Christmas Worksheets
- Christmas Worksheets for going around the world in December
- Free Christmas Games Pictionary
- Christmas Dot to Dot Printables
- BINGO – a printable Free Christmas Games
- 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Pages
- Free Christmas Worksheets for Preschool – HUGE pack of super cute pages!
- Decorate the Gingerbread House – Christmas Patterns with Playdough
- Grow your own tree with this Christmas Science Experiments
- 200 EPIC Christmas Crafts and Activities
- Amazing Puffy Snow Paint
- Easy Paper Strip Christmas Tree Ornament Craft
- Stunning Melted Crayon Ornaments
- 31 December Activities for Kids
- How to Make Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
- Christmas Tree Playdough Mats
- Snowman Handprint Ornament – super cute keepsake craft
- Growing Candy Canes – a magical Christmas Activity for kids with FREE printable!
- Christmas Word Family Activities
- Make learning fun in December with this Santa’s Sleigh CVC Word Christmas Worksheets
- Free Christmas Playdough Mats
- Hands-on Christmas Patterns Activities
- Christmas Tree Mat to practice counting with playdough
- Free Hat Craft for a fun Preschool Christmas Crafts
- Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe – soft cookie!
- Our families traditional Wassail Recipe with apple cider, pineapple juice, and spices!
- Melt-in-your-Mouth Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
- Amazing Snickers Cookies
- Delicious Yeastless Bread
- Best ever Twice Baked Potatoes with cream cheese and bacon on top