For many kids, Christmas Eve is the most magical night of the year. That’s because they know that on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus loads up his big, beautiful sleigh and dons his red suit and Santa hat. Then he heads out for his big trip around the world, bringing presents to all the good boys and girls – and eating way too many cookies in the process!
If you are bringing Christmas into your elementary school classroom, these Santa activities for kids are a great way to do just that! I have some fun puzzles of Santa’s Sleigh and hat to share with elementary kids or homeschool students. And I have some great book ideas, as well.
Through puzzles, books, and creative expression, students can dream about Santa’s big sleigh ride and wonder about all the gifts he will bring. And with these adorable sleigh and hat puzzles, they’ll get the chance to help decorate their classroom, too.
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Let’s get started with some great math puzzles for your students. These Santa’s Sleigh and Santa’s Hat puzzles are academically challenging and a whole lot of fun. They are the perfect way for your students to practice their math skills. There are puzzles covering subtraction, multiplication, division, and addition.
Use these puzzles as a classroom project – either individually or in partners or small group work. Or use them as a way to keep your fast and early finishers busy while other students complete their classwork. These sleigh and hat puzzles are a wonderful way to practice math. Even better, students have a lot of fun coloring them once they are assembled!
When Santa puts on his suit and red hat and gets into his beautiful sleigh, the magical adventure begins. Kids have no idea what gifts the big man might bring – because anything is possible. Likewise, my editable Santa’s Sleigh and Santa’s Hat puzzles can be used to teach just about anything, too.
Use these festive puzzles for English skills like sight words, nouns, verbs, etc. Use them for more advanced math problems. You can even make them a fun way to teach facts about Christmas or Winter. Whatever you are teaching, these hat and sleigh puzzles are sure to make it more fun!
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Santa Activities Make Great Decorations and Gifts
My hat and sleigh puzzles are so much fun to work and assemble. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Once assembled, these puzzles are ready to be colored for Christmas. These puzzles look so pretty once they are decorated. Use them for classroom wall decorations, hang them in doorways, or use them to make greeting cards for family and friends.
Your students’ work can even be used to make an incredible hallway bulletin board display. Combine Santa’s Sleigh and Hat with Christmas Trees, Reindeer, and even a seasonal train. However you put these together, they are sure to look great!
Students are proud to show off their hard work. And you don’t even have to worry about administration complaining of wasted classroom time. After all, there is a lot of academic work involved in this project!
Santa and other Christmas Books for Kids
One great way to get kids to read is by giving them topics they want to read about. Kids love to read about Santa’s Sleigh, his wonderful hat, and all the special things that happen at Christmas. I’ve put together a nice selection of books about Santa Claus and his many adventures with his magical sleigh. There are picture books and chapter books to suit children of different ages and reading abilities. They’ll get in some great reading practice while dreaming of the holidays!
- Picture Books
- A World of Cookies For Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World
- Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?
- The 12 Sleighs of Christmas
- Santa’s Hat
- Santa’s Sleigh is on Its Way to My House: A Christmas Adventure
- Santa’s Story
- Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas
- How Santa Got His Job
- The Legend of Santa’s Sleighbells
- Yes, Virginia: There Is a Santa Claus
- Chapter Books
- The Girl Who Saved Christmas
- Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (The Guardians)
- Junie B. Jones Deluxe Holiday Edition: Jungle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May)
- Ballpark Mysteries Super Special #2: Christmas in Cooperstown
- Horse Diaries #11: Jingle Bells (Horse Diaries Special Edition)
- Heidi Heckelbeck and the Christmas Surprise
- My Weird School Special: Deck the Halls, We’re Off the Walls!
- A Christmas Surprise (Magic Kitten)
- A Boy Called Christmas
- Santa Clauses: Short Poems From the North Pole (Junior Library Guild Selection)
- Picture Books
When you bring Santa activities into the classroom, you bring magic right along with them. Excited students love the opportunity to celebrate the season early. They may not even mind doing a little work, when the work is this much fun. What a great way to engage young minds!
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