Many families, including ours, read the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible at Christmas. We like to read this story the morning of Christmas before presents are torn and opened. We want our kids to remember and understand that nothing would matter without Jesus’ birth. The week before Christmas, we often do papers related to the Nativity. This year, I created some fun playdough mats for our 5-year old to do while the other kids work on their activities.
I recommend printing each of these pages (on cardstock preferably, but printer paper will work too) and then laminating them for longevity. The nice thing about these mats is that they really are multi-purpose. You can use them with playdough for younger kids and then graduate to wipe-off markers as they get more fine motor skills. You can also use a variety of objects to place in the little boxes to help kids with their counting. My girls also love to use pom-poms to count.
Scotch 2 Roller System, Quick Laminating Thermal LaminatorPlay-Doh 24-Pack of Colors (Amazon Exclusive)Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Markers, 12 CountCreativity Street Hot Colors Pom Pons, 0.5-Inch, 100-Pack
Included in this set:
- 4 Letter Playdough Mats
- 1-10 Number Playdough Mats
We also love reading to our children especially during the cold winter days of December sitting around the fire. We love reading different stories of Advent, Christmas traditions and some fun favorites too. This is also a great time to talk to your kids about the True Reason for the Season – Jesus! We like to use our own Nativity set to teach our kids about the story of Jesus’ birth and then let them retell the story to help make it stick.
Little People A Christmas StoryThe Advent Jesse TreeAdvent StorybookAdvent Devotions for Busy FamiliesWho is Coming to Our House?Christmas in the MangerChristmas Time: It’s All About Jesus!Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerThe Berenstain Bears & the Joy of GivingMadeline’s ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!The Biggest Snowman Ever
Want more Christmas ideas? Check out my Christmas Pinterest Board.
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