Build Santa’s Paper House to Send Him a Letter on Christmas Eve!
The holidays are here and so is the magic of the Christmas season! The vision of the North Pole, Santa’s Workshop and Rudolph’s living quarters is different for every child. Maybe some children think it’s a cold place where everyone drinks hot chocolate and eats cookies! Maybe it is a place where Santa has reindeer pasture and is outside training and flying with Rudolph and his friends all day. Maybe it is a castle filled with toy-making rooms in every corner.
Encouraging a child to expand their imagination, especially around the holidays if fun both for the child and for the adult. What fun story is your child going to come up with today? Here is a very special activity that includes art and imagination, teaches fine motor, language and writing skills while also creating a special place to have written communication with Santa himself.
Right now, this activity focuses on “Santa Clause,”, but this activity can be used throughout the year, regardless of the holiday. During Easter, the children can write to the Easter Bunny and around their birthday’s they can write to family members. You get the idea! Now, let’s get started with this simple, play-based activity.
Santa’s Paper House Activity Directions (video below)
- Scraps of Wrapping Paper
- One (1) Roll of tape
- One (1) Cardboard Box
- One (1) Pen
- One (1) Piece of Paper
- One (1) Pair of Child-Sized Scissors
- Fine Motor (Writing)
- Fine Motor (Using Tape)
- Fine Motor (Using Scissors)
- Language Expression
- Understanding Shapes and Sizes
Directions: (Watch Video Below for More Details)
Step 1: Place a cardboard box (any size), the tape, child-safe scissors and wrapping paper scraps in front of your child.
Step 2: Tell your child that the box is Santa’s house. They can use all of the items in from of them to decorate his house.
Step 3:Once your child has completed the decorating, tell them that you are going to write a story together.
Step 4: Ask your child the following questions about Santa’s house. Write down their answers:
- Tell me about your house.
- Where will Santa sleep?
- Where will he eat?
- What colors are on his house?
- Who lives in the house with him?
- Why did you place different paper in their places on the house?
- Do any pieces represent windows or doors?
- Where do the reindeer live?
- Where do they make the toys?
- Is there anything else you want to tell me about his house that you made?
Step 5: Once your child is done, ask them to trace the words what you wrote, using a pen.
Step 6: Have your child place the piece of paper in Santa’s House and put the house near the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve for Santa to see.
Step 7: Ask your child to draw a photo for Santa thanking him for coming and wishing him well on his world trip. Ask your child what they would like to tell Santa, writing down what they say.
Step 8: Have the child place the photo/letter to Santa in the house on Christmas Eve so Santa will get it when he visits.
Optional: On Christmas morning, the parent can write a letter to the child, from Santa, addressing all of the parts of the house and how Santa likes them all.
For an extra special good time, sing some holiday Christmas songs while wearing these Jingle Bells!
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About the Author:
Jeana Kinne, MA is an Early Childhood Developmental Specialist. She has worked as a parent educator, Preschool Director and Early Intervention Specialist with children with special needs. Her blog consists of Homeschool Preschool Activities that support educational and social-emotional development. She loves working with families, providing them with solutions to common parenting concerns, resulting in stress-free parenting! Follow Jeana’s blog to view more activities and to learn parenting tips and strategies that support parents navigating through some of the most difficult and puzzling aspects of parenting at www.jdeducational.com.