Christmas Activities | 12 Days of Christmas Countdown | Distance Learning 4-6

Impress your principal, parents, and even yourself as students engage in both fun and learning right up until the last bell rings before the holiday break! Our TPT best-seller is packed full of winter-themed craftivities, reading, writing, and math.



12 Days of Christmas Countdown resources for the classroom!

All teachers know the school days between Thanksgiving and the Winter Break are difficult to fill. Students want to be engaged in holiday fun, but teachers want activities to be educational. This year you can do both! With these 12 Days of Christmas Lesson Plans, students will be racing to school, excited for what each new day brings.

These printable and digital activities will save your sanity during the weeks leading up to Winter Break. Our best-seller is packed full of winter-themed craftivities, reading, writing, and math. Many of these activities can now be accessed or assigned digitally through Google Slides.

Here’s what you will find in our 12 Days of Christmas Bundle:

  • Candy Cane Day
  • Christmas Carol Day
  • Christmas Tree Day
  • Christmas Cookie Day
  • Elf Day
  • Gingerbread Day
  • Kindness Day
  • Polar Express Day
  • Reindeer Day
  • Santa Claus Day
  • Snow Day
  • Stocking Day

Each 12 Days of Christmas Bundle day’s lesson plan includes:

  • a reading and writing activity with differentiated pages
  • a math activity with differentiated pages
  • a variety of other fun and educational suggestions that match the theme
  • Teacher overview of activities

To prepare for the 12 Days of Christmas you will need some type of container to store each day’s materials. We purchased 12 gift bags from our local dollar store. They were 2 for $1. You can staple or glue the daily labels onto the bags.

The suggested read-aloud books are not included. Check out your school or local library. Most can also be purchased online or in Scholastic’s book club orders, though you can also choose your own books that go along with the daily themes.

Candy Cane Day

  • Candy Cane Legends Text and Opinion Writing
  • How Candy Canes are Made Video and Instructional Guide Writing Activity
  • Math Candy Cane Measurement and Conversions, Line Plot Graphing
  • Dissolving Experiment
  • Candy Cane Exchange
  • Candy Cane Craft
  • Candy Cane Word Ladder

Christmas Carol Day

  • History of Carols Informational Text and Text Dependent Questions
  • Caroler Craft and Opinion Writing Prompt
  • Math: 12 Days of Christmas Graphing and Performance Tasks
  • A Christmas Carol Book or Movie
  • Sing Along Songbook and Caroling Activity
  • Carol Crossword
  • Write Your Own Carol


Christmas Tree Day

  • Christmas Tree Then and Now Text and Comprehension Questions
  • Then and Now Informational Writing Card
  • Literature Read Aloud and Events Sequence Organizer
  • Math: Christmas Tree Math Facts Game of War and Story Problems
  • Build-a-maze Ornament
  • Christmas Tree Craft Beaded Craft and Stained Glass

Christmas Cookie Day

  • Holiday Cookies Around the World Text and Graphic Organizer
  • Holiday Cookie Informational Writing Prompt
  • Literature Read Aloud and Story Map
  • Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Recipe Writing Activity
  • Math: Cookie Baker Performance Tasks
  • Cookie Games & Activities
  • Cookie Exchange
  • Cookie Cutter Craft
  • Catch the Cookies Word Search

Elf Day

  • Read Aloud Elf Book and Story Mountain
  • Elves and the Shoemaker Reader’s Theater
  • Elf Narrative Writing Prompt
  • Math: Elf Rounding or Percent
  • Miniature Elf Food Tasting
  • Elf Name Creator
  • Elf Craftivity and Designs
  • Elf Shoe Origami

Gingerbread Day

  • Read Aloud, Story Elements and Compare & Contrast Graphic Organizers
  • Alternate Story Version Writing Activity
  • Create Your Own Gingerbread man Craftivity
  • Math: Guess My Number Place Value
  • Gingerbread-making Class Project
  • Roll-a-Gingerbread Activity
    Gingerbread Playdough

Kindness Day

  • Read Aloud and Story Theme Graphic Organizer
  • Acts of Kindness Brainstorm
  • Kindness Challenge and Certificate
  • Math: Acts of Kindness Subtraction Game and Skill Sheets
  • Kindness Color by Number Subtraction Page
  • Acts of Kindness Pass-Along Cards
  • Kind Hands Craft

Polar Express Day

  • Polar Express Read Aloud and Cause/Effect Organizer
  • Character Traits Comparison
  • Hot Chocolate Recipe Writing
  • Compare and Contrast Book vs. Movie
  • Math- Money or Rate Word Problems
  • Design Your Ticket Craft

Reindeer Day

  • Drawing to Learn Activity
  • Literature Read Aloud and Story Board Summary Graphic Organizer
  • Reindeer Informational Text, Note-taking, and Informational Writing
  • Reindeer Labeled Diagram
  • ABC Order
  • Math: 4 in a Row and Story Problems
  • Reindeer Cup Craft
  • Thumbprint Postcard

Santa Claus Day

  • Santa Claus Around Europe Informational Text & Passport
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Read Aloud
  • Santa Claus Character Traits Graphic Organizer
  • Santa Opinion Writing
  • Math: Roll and Color with Number Operations
  • Santa Claus Charades and Sing Along
  • Santa Craft
  • Santa Word Cloud Graphic

Snow Day

  • Snowflakes Facts Research and Informational Writing
  • Read Aloud and Response to Text Graphic Organizer
  • Math- Snowman Fractions and Quiz-Quiz-Trade Game
  • Paper Snowball Fight
  • Making Snowflakes Craft
  • Snowman Glyph

Stocking Day

  • Read Aloud and Literature Elements Graphic Organizer
  • Needs, Wants, and Wishes Writing Activity
  • Stocking Acrostic Poem
  • Math: Elapsed Time
  • Stocking Craft and Kind Words Stocking Stuffers
  • Stocking Joke Activity

Additional information

Pre-recorded Audio Notes

1- In case of districts blocking audio files, we include back-up mp3 files and instructions for manually inserting the audio into Google slides., 2 – The pre-recorded audio provided in the Seesaw platform does not have the same playback issues. Please take this into consideration before making your purchase.

Resource Type

Google Slides, Printable, SeeSaw


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