posted 6 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would move the treats to after Santa, or better right before they go home. Popcorn will hold them over. What about a coloring page of Santa or have them make a list for him as a calming activity.

Post # 4
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@BridieBea:  First, take a deep breath.  This is not as difficult as it seems and you’ll have help. 

I would give them longer to play games and organize the games into stations along with crafts.  Create smaller groups.  Each group will be doing something different.  These will take up the bulk of time.  Bring them back together for a sit down cartoon/ movie with snacks.  After they’ve eaten and watched show, then bring in Santa.  I think it will take longer than 25 min for 30 kids to individually meet Santa.  Return to stations until parents arrive.

Someone else suggested a Polar Express theme and the kids would wear pajamas instead of party clothes.  I think that’s way better than party clothes for 1st graders.  Give it a thought!

Post # 5
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

i don’t know how much your budget is for this, but a good idea is to get some christmas mold [or an actual kit], or you could just form balls for ornaments – out of rice cripies, and have them decorate them wiith frosting, candy, or kisses. its fun & fast, and depending on what times of frosting you use [tubes] wouldn’t be too messy.

Post # 6
3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

9:30              Pajamas (here we let them wear pj’s to school)

10:00 -11:30  Stations

11:30- 12:30  Movie w/ snacks, let them bring blankes and pillows, some may actually nap

12:30             Santa

Return to stations until parents arrive.


(Stations include games, dancing, crafts.)

(Snacks need to include small sandwiches or healthy foods. As in, lunch w/ fun snacks.)



Post # 7
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

For a calm activity you could have them color a picture guess at or their Christmas tree. Or decorate a cut out paper tree with paper or aments and garlands. 

Post # 8
3340 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

One of my favorite games that we played when I was young was this dressing up like Santa race.  Basically, you blow up a bunch of balloons with regular air beforehand.  Then you get two or three over-sized adult Santa costumes.  Then the kids have to race to dress up one of them in the Santa suit.  You use the balloons to fill out the costume.  It’s super fun because balloons are popping left and right and kids are laughing.  Don’t forget the fake beard and Santa hat and even a Santa bag!  They can stuff any extra balloons into the bag.  First team to finish wins some kind of cheap, inexpensive toy or even something like a jar of jelly beans or other candy.  It really is a blast!

Post # 9
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Hit up a Dollar Store (or whatever equivalent you may have).  They have tons of Christmas themed food and games/toys and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Maybe for their quiet activity they could make cotton ball snowmen.

I still really like the idea of decorating a sugar cookie for their snack.

As for the large group game… 
Free Christmas Bingo: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/printablechristmasgames/ss/Christmas-Bingo-Game-Cards.htm

Pin the star on the Christmas Tree: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/miscchristmas/ss/Pin-The-Star-On-The-Christmas-Tree-Game.htm

Christmas Musical Chairs

Christmas Puzzle Game: http://www.partygameideas.com/christmas-games/christmas_puzzle_1.php

Post # 10
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

All the kids at my sons preschool love temporary tattoos and face/arm painting.

Another ‘station’ could be a fishing game. All you need is a big sheet decorated to look like the ocean, a stick/pole with some string & clothespin, and  some presents. Kids usually like that, especially because they know they’ll get a gift!


Post # 11
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Some ideas for a “calm activity”

– In anticipation to meeting santa you could have them write letters to santa.   They can also draw for this if they are still working on writing skills.

– crafts of various sorts are always good

        – make ornaments

                  – paper cutouts of gingerbread men that the kids can decorate

        – peper bag reindeer puppets http://crafts.slides.kaboose.com/326-christmas-crafts

        – make and decorate Christmas cards 

Post # 13
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

You could also read a christmas story as a calming activity

Post # 16
3340 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

The kids are broken up into teams.  About 5-6 kids per team.  One person in the team gets dressed up and the other team members do the dressing.  They’re the ones who grab the balloons and stuff them into the suit.

It can either be a race till there’s no balloons left, or it can be a timed race.  Say for 3 minutes.  And the team with the most balloons in the suit wins.

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