Although this is the time of year when many Kindermusik programs take a brief holiday break, no one has to take a break from musical, family-oriented activities over the holidays! In fact, the holidays are the perfect time to take a few minutes here and there to de-stress, make a memory, and enjoy all that the holidays were meant to be. Here are a few ideas and resources to get you started:
Favorite holiday-themed books (teacher-tested and kid-approved!)
Dream Snow by Eric Carle
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Flannel Kisses by Linda Brennan
Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Favorite music downloads from play.kindermusik.com
Jingle Bells Play-Along
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Over the River
The Jolly Snowman
The Little Drummer Boy
Ding Dong Merrily on High
The Night Before Christmas
Family activities to bring a smile and create a memory!
Pretend Sleigh Ride: Turn on “Over the River.” Pull a laundry basket with a sturdy rope or slide it around. Add bells to the side of the basket to get the full effect.
Make a Snowman out of Dad: Play “The Jolly Snowman” as you use toilet paper to wrap up a family member like a snowman. Add a hat, scarf, mittens, etc for fun. Don’t forget to take LOTS of pictures.
Pots and Pans Play-Along: Get out some wooden spoons and some pots and pans. Play along to “Jingle Bells” or “Rudolph.”
Easy food crafts
Gingerbread house from graham crackers
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Reindeer Hand Print
Posted by Theresa Case, whose Maestro Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC, is proudly among the top 1% of Kindermusik programs world-wide.