This time of year, it’s always good to have some simple things to pull out for the kids to do. With all the rushing and busyness of the Christmas season, having some Christmas games to play is a great way to bring some quiet time into your life. These free printable Christmas games for preschoolers are perfect since most kids can use them independently, though they can be two player activities if you want.
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Materials needed for the Christmas Games for Preschoolers
Laminating pouches & laminator
To prep both activities: Print, laminate and assemble the spinners.
To assemble the spinners, after laminating, poke a hole through the center of the spinner graphic. Thread one end of a paper clip onto a paper fastener, then push the paper fastener through the hole in the paper. Open the backings of the paper fastener and secure with tape if desired.
The two activities in this Christmas game set, just like the Thanksgiving game set that I shared, are simple enough for a young preschooler with some assistance and also great for early elementary kids who are wanting to do something on their own.
The first activity is a Spin & Cover game. This can be played independently by spinning the spinner and covering a picture that matches what was spun. Or it can be played with two players as a game of Bump!
To play Bump!:
-Spin the spinner.
-Put a place marker on the matching picture.
-If the other player has a place marker on that picture you can “Bump” them off and put your marker on.
-If you already have a place marker on that picture, you can place a second place marker on top to freeze the number. Frozen pictures cannot be “Bumped”.
-The game ends when all the pictures have been frozen.
-The winner is the player with the most pictures frozen.
The second activity is a Spin & Graph activity. By laminating this page it can be used over and over. To use have your child spin the spinner and mark a space on the graph to show what was spun. Continue until one of the columns reaches the top.
Then, he can circle the picture with the most spins.
Just wipe the board clear to start a new round.
You can also turn this into a game by printing two boards. Take turns spinning and see who reaches the top of a column first.
Our Favorite Christmas Books:
We can’t live without these!
Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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How to Catch an ElfChristmas FarmLittle Blue Truck’s ChristmasPete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of ChristmasHow to Catch a Gingerbread ManA Silly Milly ChristmasLittle Red Sleigh: A Heartwarming Christmas Book For ChildrenGrumpy Monkey Oh, No! ChristmasIt’s Christmas, David! (David Books [Shannon])
Download the Free Printable Christmas Games for Preschoolers here.
Here are some other simple prep activities to keep your kids busy this Christmas season:
- Fine Motor and Color Sorting Christmas Trees // Teach Me Mommy
- Christmas I Spy Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
- Christmas Tree Counting Number Cards // Modern Preschool
- Christmas Playdough Kit // Study At Home Mama
- Free Gingerbread CVC Game // The Kindergarten Connection
- DIY Christmas Tic Tac Toe // Adventures of Adam
- Free Christmas Themed Prewriting Practice Cards // Stay At Home Educator
- Felt Christmas Tree Number Match Up // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
- Christmas Stocking Matching Activity // Play & Learn Everyday
- Free Printable Holiday Word Clouds // Lalymom
- Free Christmas Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato
- Christmas Stamp Patterns // Still Playing School
- Christmas Tree Decorating Felt Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons