Inside: a Christmas color matching game for preschool holiday fun!
Grab the counting bears, and draw a Christmas tree – It’s time to have some holiday fun!
You know these counting bears are my absolute favorite.
I’ve used them in the classroom as a teacher, and now in daily activity with my preschoolers.
Basically, these bears give us life. They can be sorted by color, grouped by size, and integrated into imaginary play.
So let’s grab the counting bears, and mix them Christmas style for a simple preschool learning game.
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Christmas activities for preschoolers don’t have to be all holly and bells.
But they do have to be engaging!
In fact, if you are looking for 40+ fabulous Christmas activities, I have that as well!
December is a great time to press pause on the busy life, and bring on the holiday games to spend time all together!
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Are counting bears suitable for all ages?
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Counting bears are suggested for ages 3+.
Just like our toddler toy list, these supplies are open-ended and will be used for years to come. We also have a great collection of supplies for hands-on learning at home that will help keep things simple.
You can see that counting bears come in a variety of styles below.
For my toddler, I pick out the largest bears to offer him to play with and out the smaller bears away. Again, these bears are made for ages 3+.
When can we play this Christmas game?
A great time to play Christmas Bears is in the morning as you make breakfast.
If you are new here, you know I like to call these activities Breakfast Invitations.
A Breakfast Invitation is a simple way to welcome your child into play, as you begin your day. You can read all about Breakfast Invitations on our F&Q page.
Breakfast Invitations will plant the seed for play into your child to begin the morning off with intention.
Let’s get this Christmas tree drawn and the preschool game going!
Tape down your white paper roll.
Draw a simple Christmas tree – I like to keep it simple with a large triangle
Use your Avery dot stickers throughout the Christmas tree
Place counting bears to the left of your Christmas tree
In the morning, invite your preschooler to begin color matching the bears onto the holiday tree. You may also notice, that when your preschooler is finished, he takes the game into his own hands. Encourage this creativity!
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Are you looking to challenge your preschooler?
I love these variations from my friend at A Day in First Grade.
Write the color word with the colored marker inside each circle
write the color word in black for your preschooler to read and match
Ready for even more toddler activities? I bet you are! I wanted to keep things simple for you and put my favorite toddler ideas in one place.
How will you play this Christmas activity for preschoolers?