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10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

Deck the school halls ready for the festive season with these creative and crafty activities

  • 10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

1. Pie Corbett Christmas poems

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

Amidst the Christmas celebrations, pupils should take time to reflect on the contrast between festive excess and continuing crises in other countries.

Use these poems as an emotive way to explore these differences and have children write their own haikus in the same way.

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2. Light-themed artwork

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

When it comes to Christmas it’s tempting to trot out the traditional art and craft activities – after all, there’s always a display board that’s crying out for a little seasonal spirit.

But for many of us our happiest memories of Christmas have little to do with cotton wool and glitter and a lot to do with colour and light. Here’s an opportunity for your class to shine a little light on their preparations for Christmas.

In this project, experiment with some of the resources often found in the classroom at this time of year – balloons, sticky tape and tissue paper – but combine them in an exciting way.

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3. Devise a musical Xmas performance

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

This simple and appealing song for lower KS2 with lyrics is set to the familiar melody of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ with opportunities for learning accompaniments played on tuned and untuned percussion.

This accessible carol would enhance a Christmas performance, but could also be part of any ‘light’ festival celebration, such as Hanukkah or Diwali.

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4. Holly jolly Christmas card

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

Use this Holly Jolly Christmas card idea with your students using masking fluid, glue or crayons and watercolour paints. The set includes a printable template design.

This is a great Christmas card craft project for you and your students and it’s really effective.

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5. Tom Fletcher's Christmasaurus

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

Originally produced to support a Puffin Virtually Live webcast for schools, this resource aims to help primary classes explore the book The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher.

The 23-page document contains three lesson plans, each supported by a different extract from the book and a set of accompanying resource sheets, including printable cards, writing templates and instructions for pupils to create their own Christmas cards and doorhangers.

Download it here.


6. Sing carols in other languages

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

Get in the festive spirit with well-known Christmas songs like O Tannenbaum, L’enfant au Tambour and Rudolfo el Reno de la Nariz Roja.

The run-up to Christmas is a great time to explore cultural differences by looking at how children in other countries celebrate. Two festivals observed in mainland Europe have not made it across the Channel: St Nicholas’ Day on 6 December and the Three Kings’ Festival in early January. (Be prepared for groans when your children learn St Nicholas visits their peers overseas before Christmas Day!)

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7. Little Angel Cards

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

Use this set to help your students create beautiful little angel cards, and includes a printable template for 3 different designs.

Your students will love cutting out the different pieces and sticking them onto their cards, a perfect Christmas craft for them to take home.

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8. Christmas number bonds

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

Single-page illustrated activity sheet with a Christmas theme.

Pupils are tasked with entering the missing numbers in a series of Santa hats, so that the two numbers inside each hat add up to 10.

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9. Make a gingerbread house

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

Make a traditional fairytale gingerbread house with your students ready for Christmas.

The set includes printable templates. Make in small groups or as a class, your students will love this bake and will allow them to be creative at the same time.

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10. Bauble card

10 of the Best Christmas Resources for KS1 and KS2

Make a unique layered Christmas bauble card suitable for older children. The set includes a printable template page.

Let your students colour in the bauble pieces and layer them together to make a great card for them to take home.

Download it here.