How to celebrate children’s day in preschool

How to celebrate children's day in preschool

Check out this collection of children’s books about Veterans Day! They are perfect for reading aloud (or independently) in preschool through middle school.

How to celebrate children's day in preschool

Children’s Books About Veterans Day

Below, I’ve featured just a handful of Veteran’s Day picture books that will help your preschool and elementary aged readers celebrate our heroes.

You should be able to find them at your local library or book store. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.

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The Poppy Lady When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever.

H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet – Written by the son of a career officer, this book explores the branches of the Armed Services and speaks from the heart about the honor, privileges and sacrifices of military families everywhere.

What is Veterans Day? – Ben and Amy learn why we honor veterans with a special holiday.

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Veterans Day – n Veterans Day, we fly flags and hold parades to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. In this beautifully illustrated song about one of our national holidays, we remember those who have died and thank those who are still living for their service to our country.

Why Do We Celebrate Veterans Day? – For almost 100 years, the United States has set aside a special day to honor its veterans. This holiday is a chance for the rest of the country to appreciate and remember all the military personnel, both alive and dead, that have fought to protect the United States from domestic and foreign threats. Readers will learn that it’s important to recognize and be thankful for our nation’s veterans.

Veterans Day – Young readers will gather basic information about Veterans Day through easy-to-read text alongside compelling and historical photographs.

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Veterans Day – Colorful photos and very simple nonfiction text encourage children to read on their own as they take an in-depth look at the history of Veterans Day and why it is observed.

Granddad Bud: A Veterans Day Story – When a young boy’s great-grandfather comes to his school to talk about Veterans Day, the boy is unsure what to expect. Why exactly do we celebrate Veterans Day – and will his classmates be interested in what Granddad Bud has to say?

The Wall – A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood – Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood is an engaging rhyming picture book for readers of all ages that fosters mindfulness of and appreciation for the brave service men and women who are also our family, friends, and neighbors.

Veterans Day – In Veterans Day, early readers will learn about the American holiday of Veterans Day and the ways people celebrate it.

What Is Veterans Day? – This easy-to-read book is perfect for nonfiction reading or read-aloud. Enjoy a hands-on activity and make a thank-you poster for the veterans in your community!

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Round out your Veterans Day unit with these activities.

This simple Veterans Day preschool unit study is a great resource for teaching your little ones about the holiday, the history behind it, and how we can honor our veterans.

This Veterans Day, decorate your dinner table with some DIY poppies made from cupcake liners.

Or, let your kids work on their fine motor skills when they make a Veterans Day bracelet to honor our vets.

Every child deserves to grow up healthy, educated and safe – with an equal chance to reach their potential. That’s why Save the Children is committed to building a world where girls, boys, and youth of diverse gender identities are heard, valued, and have access to equal opportunities. We believe that ALL children should be empowered to live their lives, speak their minds, and determine their own futures.

We know that from an early age, children learn stereotypical notions of what it means to be a girl and what it means to be a boy. In efforts to break-down rigid, inequitable gender stereotypes and promote diverse and positive expressions of gender identity, we’re proud to share this list of books about gender equality for preschoolers and young children. Gender equality books like these can broaden children’s horizons and challenge common misperceptions about traditional gender roles. This list offers gender equality books about powerful girls and sensitive boys, and kids who dare to be different.

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1. Baby Feminists

By Libby Babbot-Klein (ages 2-3)
What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mae Jemison, Frida Kahlo, Barack and Michelle Obama, Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Billie Jean King, Yoko Ono, and Malala Yousafzai have in common? They’re all feminists, and they were all once babies! This irresistible and timely board book invites you to lift the flap and discover what your favorite feminist icons might have looked like as babies and toddlers. With an inspiring message that any baby can grow up to make the world a better place for all genders.

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2. Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?

By Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher (ages 3+)
This colorful picture book follows Tiny, a child who likes dressing up and playing games, but doesn’t like telling nosy people whether they’re a boy or a girl. This book is a great starting point for parents to address the idea of gender identity with their children.

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3. My First Book of Feminism (for Boys)

By Julie Merberg (preschool & up)
Simple illustrations paired with engaging, rhyming text make the compelling, age appropriate argument that girls and boys are equal, plain and simple. Humorous, familiar scenarios are treated as teachable moments for very young boys (ages 0-3) who will ideally grow up without ever questioning women’s equality.

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4. Little Feminist Board Book Set

By Emily Kleinman (ages 2-3)
The Little Feminist Board Book Set is comprised of colorful illustrated portraits of real women who have made historical impact on the world. Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz and words by Emily Kleinman introduce children to these important people in history with images that are fun for youngsters and also realistic. The Board Book Set includes 4 mini board books (Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, and Activists).

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5. Girls Are Not Chicks Coloring Book

By Jacinta Bunnell (preschool & up)
Truly fun for all ages, this unique coloring book subversively and playfully examines the female gender stereotypes that pervade daily life. A diverse group of pictures reinforce positive gender roles throughout the book and show that girls are thinkers, creators, fighters, and healers.

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6. Boy, Can He Dance!

By Eileen Spinelli (ages 4+)
Boy, does Tony love to dance! And boy, would his father love for him to follow in the family footsteps and become a chef. Father and son appear to be on a collision course, but instead, they’re able to celebrate their differences — and the things they both love to do!

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7. Made by Raffi

By Craig Pomranz (ages 5+)
Raffi is a shy boy who doesn’t like noisy games and is often teased at school. But when he gets the idea of making a scarf for his dad’s birthday he is full of enthusiasm, even though the other children think it is girly to knit. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem – no costume for the prince. And that’s when Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all – to make a prince’s cape. On the day of the pageant, Raffi’s cape is the star of the show.

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8. Gender Now Coloring Book

By Maya Gonzalez and Matthew Smith-Gonzalez (ages 7+)
Gender Now is meant to provide reflection and support unity by showing multiple genders standing together. It is a specific opportunity to create balance and awareness by including gender expressions that are under-represented in our current culture.

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9. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different

By Ben Brooks (ages 9-12)
In Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, author Ben Brooks-with the help of Quinton Wintor’s striking full-color illustrations-offers a welcome alternative narrative: one that celebrates introverts and innovators, sensitivity and resilience, individuality and expression.

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How to celebrate children's day in preschool

It’s always better to understand something before you try and celebrate it! Knowing some things about the Saint’s life will also help you to have ideas on how to celebrate. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting and well known things about St. Francis.

  • Founded the Franciscans
  • Very well known and popular Saint
  • Patron Saint of animals, so he is often depicted being flocked by birds, petting a deer, or shaking hands with a wolf.
  • Sometimes on this day churches will have a “blessing of the pets”
  • Made the first nativity set
  • Known for a legend where he tames a wolf
  • Gave all his money to the poor
  • Had the iconic “tonsure” haircut
  • He had stigmata (the wounds of Christ on his hands, feet, and side)
  • Wrote the “Prayer Of St. Francis”, now a popular song as well

Ok, I think we are ready to look at some ways to celebrate St. Francis of Assisi with kids!

Prayer Of St. Francis

The prayer of St. Francis is one of my absolute favorite prayers of all time! I equally love the song that goes with the prayer.

And here is a version of the St. Francis song. Again, I love this!

St. Francis Videos For Kids

This little St. Francis video for kids from Miracula Stuidos is so adorable! I love the story and the animation on this one! Watching this video would be a great way to learn a little something about St. Francis before celebrating this feast day.

This is actually a whole series of videos! Here is the one about how St. Francis tamed the wolf, Gubio.

Here is a short and silly video about a day in the lift of St. Francis. This is cute and I love how it rhymes! This will definitely hold the attention of kids. If yours have a limited attention span, here’s your winner!

Because St. Francis of Assisi is so popular, there are a lot of videos available about him. Just make sure you don’t get him mixed up with St. Francis de Sales or St. Francis Xavier. Here are some more St. Francis of Assisi videos for kids. These are all animated videos.

  • Here is the St. Francis Story for kids from My Catholic Family– 25 minutes long
  • Here a St. Francis story from Story Of The Saints- 11 minutes long
  • Here is another video from Story Of The Saints about St. Francis and the wolf– 9 minutes long
  • This St. Francis video from Nan Tunes is the longest one- 1 hour and 20 minutes

St. Francis Picture Books For Kids

When you’re starting to teach your kids about the lives of the Saints, I suggest starting with a Saint picture book treasury that includes a lot of short stories you can read together. This will give you a good starting place and then you can add to your library of Saint books over the years. I think this Picture Book Of Saints is a good beginning Saint book for Catholic families. Saint Francis Of Assisi’s story is found on page 91.

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Since St. Francis is such a well known Saint, there are several beautiful picture books about him. I do think it’s worth collecting beautiful Catholic picture books over the years, so I will share a few that I own with you.

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I always love a Tomie de Paola book! He has a picture book for St. Francis called Francis The Poor Man Of Assisi. A word of caution- this book is beautiful but it is very long and wordy. It is not something little kids will sit through, nor something you would read aloud in one sitting. Nevertheless, we sill own this book.

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We also have St. Francis And The Proud Crow. Beautiful illustrations are always important to me in a children’s book, and this one does’t disappoint! This is a great length for reading to small children in your lap in one sitting.

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Another great picture book that will appeal to children is Saint Francis And The Wolf. This is a very famous legend for this Saint, so it’s a great story to have! All of the illustrations in this book are contained in these colorful frames. Beautiful style!

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St. Francis Printables For Kids

This St. Francis coloring page from The Catholic Kids is free to print. Coloring pages are always such an easy way to celebrate!

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Real Life At Home has a printable St. Francis pack for kids that looks awesome!

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St. Francis Crafts And Activities For Kids

You can use the templates inside of my Saint Puppet Ebook to create any Saint you wish, St. Francis included! (just cut the pieces from the right colors of paper for her order) . 🙂 I always find that kids really love paper bag puppets and will continue playing with them long after the craft is complete. I think this is because kids always love “wearable” crafts, and you kind of wear these on your arms. Puppets also encourage kids to act out parts of the Saint’s story. This is really a great craft.

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My kids absolutely adore Saint peg dolls, and they have hands down been the most played with toy in our home among 4 children! You can make this easy printable peg doll of St. Francis where you just paint the head with my step by step directions and then you decoupage on his body, wolf already included! These really look hand painted when you’re all finished!

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I also have a post about making little yarn animals to go with your St. Francis peg doll. My kids LOVE these little guys as well!

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How to celebrate children's day in preschool

This week our preschool theme was around the world. We had a blast learning about many different countries around the world. One of the great things about the around the world theme is there are so many different directions you can take your learning. You could easily spend much longer exploring all the different countries around the world.

I want to share with you, a lesson plan and some of the highlights from our around the world preschool week. I hope that you will find some fun ideas to use.

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Books

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For our first day this week we read, “How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World” by Marjorie Priceman. We talked about the different places they traveled in the story and how different places in the world have different resources and landmarks.

On day two we were focusing on people around the world. We browsed through “Children Just Like Me” by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley. We mostly looked at the pictures and I told my kids where the children were from. However, while we were making the crafts for each country I read to them the page of the child from the country we were focused on.

Passport and travel bag

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For our fine motor activity the first day I had my kids cut out handles and use construction paper to make their own travel suitcase. I also put together passports for them that we added a stamp to each time we did an activity from another country.

I found the idea and printables for this craft on Cotton Ridge Homeschool. You can find all the instructions and printables you need to create your own passport and travel bag there. This was such a fun way to tie in our learning from each country. We left the inside of our suitcase blank and used it like a folder to store all the fun crafts they made.

Leaning Tower of Pisa craft

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We used toilet paper tubes and oil pastels to create our own Tower of Pisa. We also looked at many picture of the real thing online and learned a little about the history.

Taj Mahal watercolor project

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I had my kids paint sunsets using watercolors on a piece of paper. Then we used this awesome printable of the Taj Mahal from The Crafty Classroom to cut out and glue on top of their paintings. I love the contrast of bright colors and the black and white. We also learned about the Taj Mahal and placed our India stamps in our passports.

Children of the world play dough mats

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On day two when we were learning about children around the world, we used these cute printable play dough mats from Picklebums to create our own children around the world. My kids used the “Children Just Like Me” book to look at pictures of the different children’s clothing and then tried to replicate it.

Finger puppets

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On day two, we learned about different things children would wear or do different places around the world. Our first project of the day took us to Bolivia. We were inspired by Layers of Learning’s project to create our own finger puppets.

African paper plate necklace

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Next, we traveled to Tanzania. We looked in the “Children Just Like Me” book and talked about the girl from Tanzania’s beaded necklaces. Then we created our own paper plate necklaces inspired by this project on Once Upon an Art Room.

Carp Kite

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The last place we travel during this preschool week was Japan. In Japan, they have a children’s festival. To celebrate the festival parents of boys hang carp kites outside their doors. So we printed and colored this free printable carp kite from activity village.

This ended up being such a fun preschool theme and a week full of awesome activities, crafts, and learning. I hope that these ideas will help you in planning your own around the world week. If you would like to save yourself some work and download a free copy of our lesson plan please feel free to do so by clicking the link below. Enjoy!

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Where do animals live? This habitat activity for preschool is a fun way to talk to your students about where animals live. You can use these free printables as mats at a science center or on a magnet board. In my 3 year old classroom, I popped these printables up on the magnet board and added some animal magnets. We had fun placing the animals in the right habitats. We also loved being goofy and thinking about how a zebra or giraffe would live under the sea!

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Gather your materials. You will need these animal habitat printables ( print for free here) some animal magnets like these if you are using this as a magnet board activity, or animal figurines like these for the mats. Also, if you are making mats you may want to laminate the printables, so you’ll need some laminating sheets and a laminator. If you are doing this as a mat activity, try using these tiny figurines as you can fit many on these little mats and manipulating them can be a good sort of challenge for preschoolers.

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Start by printing the mats out ( print here)

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You can place 2, 3 or all 4 mats out depending on how challenging you want this activity to be. In my classroom, I placed three habitats out but when my neighbor ( who is a little older than my students) came by and we worked on this together we did all four.

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Classifying is a wonderful activity, one of the fun things about doing this on the magnet board was that the children talked to each other. They were silly about placing the zebra and the lion in under the sea and the seal in the African Savanah with the elephant. Being silly together build bonds and we want to build those bonds and feelings of belonging.

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It was social and they weren’t just building classifying skills by looking at the animals and thinking about the habitats they were building social and language skills too. That’s my goal as a teacher to find activities that can do this.

The Dongzhi Festival, also referred to as the Winter Solstice Festival, celebrates the season’s turning point toward the warmer, lighter days of spring. It’s a time during the depths of winter to enjoy a hearty, fortifying family meal that raises hopes for spring’s arrival.

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Mark Your Calendars
Dongzhi Festival 2021 is December 21, 2021. It takes place every year on December 21 or 22.

Here’s a simple guide to a holiday that’s all about helping you warm up during the bitterly cold winter months.

The Basics

To really get a feel for the Dongzhi Festival, you have to imagine hard, rural living during a gray Han Dynasty winter more than 2,000 years ago. Now picture a family meal at a table set with hearty, warming foods, raising the hopes for spring’s arrival. That’s the spirit of the Dongzhi Festival.

The Dongzhi Festival marries the winter solstice with nature’s harmonious balance of yin and yang energy. From this point forward, dongzhi (i.e. the extreme of winter) and the negative yin qualities of darkness and cold give way to the positive yang qualities of light and warmth. In other words, take heart — spring will come.

Dongzhi Festival Traditions

Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival was a day to regroup with a family get together before tackling the last leg of winter. Today, with survival less of a daily concern and no time off granted, the Dongzhi Festival is celebrated mostly with a family meal full of warm, hearty foods.

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How to Make Tang Yuan

In southern China, people eat these round glutinous rice balls filled with sweet sesame or red bean paste which symbolize family togetherness and reunion. Serve each family member one large tang yuan and several small ones together in a ginger broth. Read More »

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How to Make Lamb Dumplings

In northern China, people eat lamb dumplings for the Dongzhi Festival, a tribute to the Han Dynasty physician, Zhang Zhongjing, who served this warming food to poor farmers suffering from frostbite during one particularly cold winter. Read More »

When is the Dongzhi Festival?

The Dongzhi Festival takes place every year on December 21 or 22. There is no time off granted for the Dongzhi Festival.

Dongzhi Festival dates through 2026 are below.

Year Date
2015 December 22
2016 December 21
2017 December 21
2018 December 21
2019 December 22
2020 December 21
2021 December 21
2022 December 21
2023 December 22
2024 December 21
2025 December 21
2026 December 21

Your turn! Do you have any other questions about celebrating the Dongzhi Festival? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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As the mother of two fabulous, sensitive, and creative children, it’s a quote that really speaks to my heart. All of our children are wonderfully unique, and this is something we should celebrate with them. By helping our kids recognize and embrace the qualities that make them special, we not only boost their confidence, but we can also guide them to accept and value the differences they see in others. (Here are more books that encourage kindness and empathy.)

The books in this collection are great for inviting discussion with your children about the qualities and abilities that make us each different, being proud of what they can do now, and feeling confident to work hard to achieve whatever they dream of doing in the future.

For Toddlers and Preschoolers

1. I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont features a catchy rhyme, bright illustrations, and the important message that we should all be proud of who we are, and celebrate the things that make us unique — no matter what others think!

2. Princess Truly in I Am Truly by Kelly Greenawalt introduces Truly, a girl who knows that she can do anything she sets her mind to — from learning Japanese to tying her own shoes. Truly reminds young readers that they too can achieve anything they dream of doing. This is a terrific story for initiating conversations with your kids about both the things they love to do now and what they dream of accomplishing in the future.

3. Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey shares the story of Thelma the horse, who dreams of being a unicorn. When one day her dream unexpectedly comes true, she learns a lesson about the importance of loving yourself — with or without sparkles.

4. Giles Andreae’s Giraffes Can’t Dance is the wonderful tale of Gerald, a rather clumsy giraffe who dreams of dancing at the annual Jungle Dance. When the other animals laugh and scoff at him, Gerald leaves the dance feeling sad and alone, but on the way home, he meets a wise friend who suggests that maybe the problem is that Gerald just hasn’t found the right music to dance to.

5. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes is an inspiring book for children who regularly feel worried or anxious. Despite assurances from members of her family, Wemberly worries about lots of things — big things, small things, and in-between things, and right now Wemberly is very worried about starting school. However, once she is there, Wemberly discovers that she might not be the only one!

For Kindergarten Through Second Grade

6. Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds offers a thought-provoking conversation-starter about the importance of being true to one’s own self, even when the world tries to box you in. Dreamers have a way of always moving forward and finding their voice, and this book is a celebration of the many different types of dreamers that exist in the world. Reynolds, who has ADHD, uses the story to redefine the acronym as Amazing Delightful Happy Dreamer.

7. Exclamation Mark! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a clever story about an exclamation mark who tries to blend into a world of periods. When he meets fellow outsider — question mark — he discovers his own inner purpose and unique abilities, and learns to be proud of what he can do!

8. The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah shares valuable lessons about jumping to conclusions, acceptance, and the importance of embracing differences. Despite their friendship, Lily and Salma are each horrified by the disgusting foods the other eats for lunch every day: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for one, and a hummus and pita sandwich for the other. When one day Lily tells Salma what she thinks of her lunch, an argument begins that ends up involving the entire school! However, the two eventually learn that their differences only make their friendship stronger.

9. Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that her skin breaks out in wild patterns! A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon is a wonderful book for talking with children about peer pressure and being true to one’s own tastes.

10. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman is the story of the beautifully imaginative Grace, who desperately wants to play the role of Peter Pan in her school play. Despite her friends’ comments that Peter Pan isn’t a girl or black, Grace finds the inspiration she needs to audition. The book’s a valuable reminder that we can be anything we want to be if we work hard enough.

Teach counting and number recognition from zero to ten with this set of print-and-go Christmas counting for preschool worksheets.

You’ll love these preschool Christmas printables, and little ones will love the fun Christmas clipart I used in this preschool math pack!

They’ll practice counting from 0 to 10 with Christmas lights, gifts, stockings, ornaments, and more!

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This set of free preschool printables can be used in your preschool math centers or for independent work. They’re perfect for both classroom and homeschool use.

Christmas Counting for Preschool

These print-and-go math worksheets are perfect for kids ages 4-6. There are six sets of counting activities in this pack.

To prepare the worksheets, just print them out. It’s just that simple!

Using the Printables

Three of the activities in this printable pack have children counting objects in a set and choosing the correct number from a set of three.

Each of these activities help kids strengthen counting skills and number recognition.

Kids can use dot markers, clear gems, or crayons/pencils to identify the correct number.

You could also make this a hands-on counting activity by cutting the boxes apart and having kids use clothespins to mark the correct numbers. This is a great way to add some fine motor practice to your preschool lessons.

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In addition to the counting activities described above, there are three Count and Match pages. Kids will count the objects in each set, and then, they’ll draw a line matching the set to the correct number.

This is also a great activity for strengthening counting and number recognition skills. In addition, drawing the matching line is good for hand-eye coordination.

How to Teach Counting

On these counting worksheets, kids will find images that represent various numbers from 0-10. They’re tasked with looking at each image and counting the featured objects – candy canes, Christmas gifts, ornaments on a wreath, and more.

To help kids count, encourage them to color the objects as they count them aloud. Or, have them put a mark (like a check mark or an “x”) on each object as they count aloud.

As they touch each object and count aloud, preschoolers will be practicing one-to-one correspondence – the skill of counting each object in a set once as they touch it and name the number.

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More Christmas Math Fun

If you’d like to fill your learning time with more math activities for preschoolers, be sure to check these fun ideas:

PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT Christmas

Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about Christmas. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

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Bear Stays Up for Christmas – Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up—by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents of all!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Meet the Herdmans—they lie, cheat, and love to give clonks on the head. They are, without a doubt, the worst kids in the history of the world. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

Christmas in the Big Woods – Christmas has come to the Big Woods of Wisconsin! Laura and her family are excited to celebrate. When Laura’s cousins, aunt, and uncle arrive, they spend their time together eating sweets, playing in the snow, and reading. Their holiday celebrations are full of simple joys.

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Teaching Resources

These handmade, adorable Christmas finger puppets are perfect for Holiday party favors or any play day!

Turn ordinary laundry pins into a fun clothespin Christmas tree ornament that your kids will love hanging on the tree this season.

Cut and paste Christmas worksheets give students an opportunity to strengthen scissor skills while practice counting, beginning sounds, and more.

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C elebrating the season of Advent with children can be a special experience that builds the foundation for a lifetime of faith in Jesus, whose coming we long for. And there are so many ways you can make the season of Advent meaningful for kids. Along the way, you might find new hope and joy in the season of Advent yourself!

Remembering the meaning of Advent

Advent is a beautiful time of year when we celebrate the first coming of Jesus while anticipating his return. You could say it’s a time when we celebrate waiting. There’s a big challenge in this because very few, if any, of us are actually good at waiting! We live in a society of instant gratification. It’s fast-paced and impatient, so being still makes us uncomfortable.

There is special awe and wonder that surrounds the birth of Christ—captured through the entire season of Advent—that requires stillness. In order to truly celebrate the miracle of the birth of Christ, we need to stop running circles around our responsibilities and to-do lists. We need to stop and marvel at what God has done: he has taken on flesh to dwell among us and to save us. Stillness is an important discipline for our own faith, and it’s critical for us to model this for children.

Psalm 145:4-7 reads:

One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.

They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—

and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

They tell of the power of your awesome works—

and I will proclaim your great deeds.

They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

These words remind us precisely why parents and families must create spaces that intentionally slow down the pace of life. Advent is a time to model for our children how to be still and marvel at God’s wonderful works. We can live out the words of David in this psalm, sharing the good news of Jesus’s birth with the next generation.

Family Advent activities and resources for celebrating Advent with kids

There are many great ideas and resources for celebrating Advent with children. In this list, you’ll find just a few that will help you embrace moments of stillness and celebrate waiting together during the busyness of Christmas anticipation. It’s my prayer that you and your family find stillness in this season of Advent and that you can pause in wonder, marveling at the birth of our Savior.

Jesse Tree

Age Range: All ages

The Jesse Tree teaches about the family tree of Jesus, the good news of his coming, and the prophecy fulfilled—a shoot coming from Jesse’s line (Isaiah 11:1-3). Through this tradition, children can make connections between the Old and New Testaments to see God’s perfect plan to bring us back to himself through Jesus. I invite you to explore this engaging Jesse Tree resource, which includes printable ornament designs that kids can color (or pre-colored ones), family devotions, an Instagram photo challenge, and ideas for planning a Jesse Tree event for your church.

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Here are some adorable gingerbread man activities for preschool and kindergarten. Add these to your December lineup!

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Over the past few years, we’ve created a variety of gingerbread man activities for preschool and kindergarten. I’m excited to share them with you all in one place here today. Plus, I’ve added a few more from some of my favorite teacher-bloggers.

Gingerbread is such a perfect theme to do in December! It’s festive without being too attached to any single holiday. That works out well when you teach public school – or really anywhere that has students who don’t all celebrate the same winter holidays.

Gingerbread Man Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

There are so many great gingerbread activities out there to try! These are some of my favorites. I hope this shorter list saves you some time this busy holiday season.

Gingerbread Man Literacy Activities

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Gingerbread Name Practice

Preschoolers can practice stamping their names with this playdough gingerbread name activity. Or they can try tracing and finding their names with the printable gingerbread editable name activities in my store.

Gingerbread Alphabet Activities

Print off these adorable gingerbread ABC mats to practice letters with playdough or small manipulatives.

Next, you can check out this set of gingerbread letter recognition activities from my store. They’re a fun way to work on easily confused letters and letter sounds.

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Gingerbread Word Work & Writing

First, this simple gingerbread cookie sight word activity is adorable and engaging.

If you’re more focused on phonics, you might like this gingerbread CVC Word Building printable. Children spell out words with a gingerbread man’s buttons.

(not pictured) Try this giant gingerbread cookie writing activity too! It’s a fun way to practice some story-related words – and get a child-created hallway display too.

Gingerbread Reading & Comprehension

The traditional Gingerbread Man story is well suited to sequencing and retelling activities. Kids love making the Gingerbread Man story sequencing hats that are in my store. Teachers say that they love that children go home and retell the story to their families.

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Finally, don’t forget to read lots of books with your gingerbread man theme. This list of gingerbread man books includes suggested story pairings by grade level.

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Gingerbread Math Activities

Get ready to count, add & subtract, and learn shapes with these fun math gingerbread man activities for preschool and kindergarten.

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I love this creative free printable gingerbread house-building math game! Children roll dice to see what house part they get to add next.

Print off one of these cute gingerbread man number words books for your students to practice reading and writing number words one to ten.

Work on counting and get moving with a life-size gingerbread man number hop.

You could use this cute gingerbread shape matching activity year after year.

Gingerbread Man Craft Ideas

Last but not least, here’s a quick assortment of gingerbread man craft ideas for you. You can pick something more or less involved depending on the age of your kiddos (and how much time you have.)

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First, a cinnamon gingerbread man paper craft is fun, inexpensive, and easy to make.

Want a longer project? Create a home for your gingerbread man with this popsicle stick gingerbread house craft.

Next, this gingerbread gift idea is a fun craft to send home for the holidays. It was inspired by the book Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett,

Here’s another simple craft: Sit with your littles to help them put their own spin on a toilet paper roll gingerbread man.

(not pictured) Finally, these gingerbread man fingerprint crafts would work well with a large group if you have an assistant or a classroom volunteer.

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