Preschool Reindeer Crafts and Learning Activities

Parenting during the holiday season is a must in my opinion.  With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday preparations, children still need their daily routine, creative outlets and learning opportunities. We must make time to interact with our children a priority. No time for activities during the week? Prepare a bunch of activities to do together on the weekend. What is great about December is that most of these holiday crafts can also double as hand-made gifts for family members! Who wouldn't want a collection of your child's cute crafts?
I often find that we take traditional holiday crafts and put our own spin on them, making those every day parenting moments, learning opportunities.  For example... this week, my 4 year old and I worked on identifying shapes.  We discussed how a rectangle has 4 strait sides and 4 vertices (or corners), but that they can look different.

Can you find the 5 rectangles in our shapes below???

shape reindeer, christmas craft

Activity: Shape Identification and Reindeer Building

Construction paper shapes as shown above. 

Directions: Talk about the different shapes and their attributes.  Direct the child verbally on how to build the reindeer.  Don't show them the finished product. This is all about listening to oral directions and the knowledge of position and shape vocabulary. 
  1. Pick up the large rectangle and set it in the middle of your page.
  2. Then find the 4 small rectangles and attach them to the bottom of the large rectangle.
  3. Put the triangle on top of the large rectangle with one of the points facing down.
  4. Put an oval on the triangles top 2 points. These will be the reindeer's ears..
  5. In between the two ovals, put the squiggly antlers, kind of like two trees growing out of the triangle.
  6. Then put the brown semicircle on the large rectangle, on the opposite side of the triangle. This will be the tail.
  7. Last, but not least, make a reindeer face on the triangle with the small oval and small black semicircles.
Educators Tip: Parents can precut the shapes if the lesson is focused on shapes and spacial recognition, or have the kids cut them if you have more time for an added fine motor activity.

Activity: Reindeer Reading 

Paper strips
Scissors (if you plan on cutting up your sentences)

I love this activity because there are so many ways to use it.  I am focusing on teaching the sight word can, that words can be different sizes, and the action words.  Your focus will be different depending on your child.

1. Introduce the word reindeer.  We counted how many letters were in the word and what it looks like; one tall, capital letter followed by 3 short letters, another tall letter and 3 more short letters.  Some kids respond well to learning to read by the shapes of words.  I also reviewed the [r] sound and that it is found at the begining of the word reindeer.

2. Then I showed my preschooler the word can.  This is a sight word that also is a cvc word (consinant vowel consinant) that can be sounded out.  We are just memorizing this one.   So now our sentence looked like this...
Reindeer can _________.

3.  Fill in what reindeer can do.  I let him tell me what words to write.  He chose run, jump, and walk.  

4. Then I read each sentence.  Afterwards we read them together.  He did NOT want to read them on his own, but that would be the next step. (maybe tomorrow) You could have your child read them to another family member or teddy bear as well.  (the more you read the better you get!)

5. If you want, you can cut the sentence apart into words and have your child re-build them.

reindeer habitat, christmas craft

Activity: Reindeer Habitat 

Construction paper
White Paper
Brown crayon
White paint
Empty spool of thread
A reindeer sticker (you can draw it too)

Talk about a reindeer's habitat (where they live) with your child and then have them do the following. Let them do as much of it on their own as possible.  If you want to make one - go ahead and sit beside them and start another one. (this can be lots of fun for both of you!)
  1. Draw a tree on the blue paper.
  2. Rip white paper and glue it to make the snow on the ground.
  3. Stamp a bunch of snow flakes (this is great for fine motor)
  4. Add the deer!

hand print reindeer, Christmas craft

Activity: Handprint Pillow

Fabric Paint 

Directions: This one is an oldie, but a goodie
1. Paint your kids foot and press it on the fabric
2. Paint their hands and stamp it on the fabric
3. Add details!

Educator's Tip: Honestly, we do cute little crafts too that don't always have a "learning goal" rather are ways that we can positively interact with our kids.  This is a pillow that my daughter and I made a while back.  Every year she pulls it out and gives it a hug.  It is a great reminder that she will always be my little fawn!

Christmas craft, reindeer picture frame

Activity: Reindeer Frame

This one is a twist of the hand print reindeer.  The original creator - unknown.  As teachers, we do a lot of sharing great ideas. This is one of them.  Whomever you are that thought of this - you rock! Thank you!

White paper
Brown paint
Wooden picture frame
2 large googly eyes
1 large red pom pom.
Pretty bow

  1. Paint your kids hands and press them on white paper.
  2. Cut their hand prints out when dry
  3. Have them paint the wooden frame
  4. When the wooden frame is dry, glue on bow, eyes, and nose.

Playful Preschool Share Days are EVERY WEDNESDAY on our Facebook Page. There were some amazing holiday activity and crafts posts shared today from our blogging friends. Here are just a few...

and my absolute favorites of this week TWINKLY LIGHT CAVES and SLEIGH RACES!!!

I hope you have a delightful learning week!  
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  1. Thank you for mentioning our Snowflake Ornaments from FB Share Day!

    1. You are welcome - it is such a great DIY ornament for our kids!

  2. Thanks for sharing our fruit salad post with a literacy twist. And, how did I miss the redesign of the header? Looks great!

    1. It looks sooo yummy! You always have such great ideas!!! And thank you on the header - Jessica Butler is AMAZING!

    2. We are in LOVE with Jessica's artwork and can't say thanks enough! More to come!

  3. Amanda thank you for planning next week's activities for me, these are ADORABLE! So thrilled to see all the great activities shared on our Facebook Page today too! Excited to watch Playful Preschool grow this next year!

    1. Awe - you make me blush Kim! Thanks for such kind words!

  4. Thanks for linking to our Hand-Printed Gift Bags, Angela! Hope the holiday season is full of happiness and warmth for you!!

  5. Thanks so much for mentioning our Twinkly Light Caves. So glad you like them!


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