Christmas story or skit for children

christmas carol singers in front of a house
20 Nov Shelley Vernon 4 Comments

Around November time teachers often ask me for lesson ideas with a Christmas theme. From my resources, there is a Christmas story, Christmas songs and Christmas skits. Details below...

Firstly, I do sell a Christmas story for young children, from age 3 up to about age 8. It comes with a lesson plan made of games and flashcards. It's in instant download (best value)...or in paperback on Amazon, but the flashcards and lesson plan are downloads.

Teaching English songs album coverSecondly, I do have two Christmas songs on my album for Special Days. They include masks, such as Santa (Father Christmas), reindeer and other masks.

ESL songESL Song 1 Christmas Day  ESL song Listen to mp3

Tells part of the story where Hetty wakes up excited and there are presents under the tree.

ESL songESL Song 2 Christmas Eve  ESL song Listen to mp3

Christmas Eve is a time for love, a time to give and to give thanks.

 

Christmas Plays or Skits

Thirdly, three of the skits (at least) in my book of plays and skits, may be tweaked to reflect Christmas time. Here they are:

fun esl plays and skits for children book coverReady Steady Go skit. You can get this free right here. Scroll down a bit and look for the link where it says to download your free skit. Set the scene. Kids are getting in the car or bus to go Christmas carol singing, or to the Christmas service at church or to a Christmas party at friends. Kids can forget items related to Christmas. For example, those going to church could forget their hymn book, their bag, their money for the church donation. Those going to the party could forget their presents, the Christmas crackers, decorations for the tree, the Christmas pudding, their reindeer hat...and so on.

If you have my skits book then there's the Story Time play where the mum keeps coming up because the kids will not go to sleep. It could be Christmas eve, they could all have their stockings on their beds, (and my "It's Christmas Eve" song could be playing. The kids try to sleep but they can't. They keep calling mum or dad back to be sure that Father Christmas is coming, and not being able to sleep because they are so excited.

With the Let's Go For A Walk skit, start the play with the best student saying, "I want to open my presents but we can't open them yet" And the other kids say "me too". They sign heavily and complain of being bored then follow the play script until the end. At the end when they decide to go to the sweet shop they go there but it's closed. And so by now, it's time to open the presents. The kids say "Let's open our presents." "Yes let's" and they rush off stage to open their presents, then they run back on and say Happy Christmas to the audience. So you take the normal script and throw in a few Christmas elements like the stocking and having it on Christmas Eve and bingo, there's your Christmas play.

 

Christmas Games

Pass the Parcel! Use recycled paper, like newspaper, magazine pages...be ecological, don't use new wrapping paper! Kids unwrap a layer and in between each layer of paper there is an activity for the whole class to do - like jump ten times, or name five vocabulary words... the final layer of paper reveals the present...a packet of biscuits to share with the whole class.

4 Comments

Hi thanks for the useful information. It saves scratching heads.
I think you’ve never been in China with a class in a kindergarten with more than 40 children and given time 20 minutes so tell me how to do with all your wonderful ideas because you cannot skip some children and when they don’t have a reward like a sticker because they were doing great they are very sad and of course we don’t want that right?
Hello Jan, thanks for your message. For sure some of my small group resources, like the skits, are no good for a class of 40 preschool children. Some teachers do use them with middle school kids though, because the older kids are able to work autonomously in small groups. About using stickers as rewards: if you give stickers to everyone, this undermines the value of the sticker. Stickers can be used to encourage good behaviour, but they need to be special, or the kids soon lose interest in them, once the novelty has worn off.
Thanks for your comments. I will definetly take advantage of them.

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