5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Your Preschool

November 28, 2022

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to make special memories with little ones at your preschool. In the following blog post, check out five easy and adorable ways to celebrate the holidays with children. Read on to find out more. 

How Will You Celebrate the Holidays at Your Preschool?

Every childcare provider will have a different approach to the holiday season and how they choose to celebrate. If you operate a faith-based childcare center, for example, you may choose to focus on the holidays that are an integral part of your faith tradition, like Christmas or Hanukkah. If not, you may decide to introduce a variety of winter holidays from different cultures to the little ones in your care. Otherwise. maybe general “festive winter” celebrations, like the ones that follow, are the right idea for your early learning center. Any way you choose, we encourage you to commemorate this magical time of year with the children at your program. The time and effort will be worth it! 

Pajama Party

Is there a better time of year than winter to wear cozy pajamas? Host a pajama party during the holiday season. Encourage families to send in their little ones with their favorite pajamas for the day—bonus if they wear holiday pj’s! Add some seasonal fun to your pajama day by featuring a classic holiday movie. You may even want to host the event in the evening or on the weekend so parents and siblings can join the fun. 

Winter Wonderland Celebration

Celebrate the arrival of winter with a day of winter-themed activities. Create stations around the classroom or in different classrooms featuring different winter-themed activities. Make a snowman craft at the “Snowman Station,” try a seasonal experiment at the “Winter Science Station,” and learn about winter weather at the “Snowflake Station.” If possible, take children outside to play in the snow or take a winter walk. Feel free to pick out a winter preschool unit for fun activity ideas.

All Aboard the Polar Express

Embrace the magic of the holiday season with a Polar Express party! Host a reading of the classic children’s holiday story by Chris Van Allsburg followed by a showing of the feature film. Be sure to include hot cocoa and a festive treat! You may even want to host the event in the evening or on the weekend so parents and siblings can join the fun. Wouldn’t it be fun to give out special “reindeer bells” as party favors? 

Holidays Around the World 

Help little ones learn how people around the world celebrate different winter holidays. From Christmas and Hanukkah to Kwanzaa and St. Lucia Day, there are plenty of festive holidays to celebrate at the end of the year. Poll families and see which winter holidays they observe. Then invite families to share a special tradition, symbol, or food item with their child’s class. Host a potluck, a multicultural holiday open house, or a show-and-tell to honor the celebrations of all families at your childcare center. 

Cookies, Hot Cocoa, and Holiday Crafts

There are few sweeter ways to celebrate the holiday season with little ones than with cookies and hot cocoa! Host a holiday party with a cookie decorating table, a hot chocolate station, and a craft center. Recruit parent volunteers and ask families to contribute a tray of cookies or hot cocoa fixings. Host the party during the school day, or consider having it in the evening or on the weekend so parents and siblings can join the fun. 

We hope these ideas will inspire your own holiday celebrations! Even though the end of the year can be a chaotic time for all of us, you won’t regret taking the opportunity to help families make memories together at your preschool. Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season from the Honest Buck Accounting family to yours. 

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