Christmas Books Songs, Fingerplays, Poems
Art Projects  














   Christmas Books 
How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky Olive, the Other Reindeer by
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett Arthur's Christmas by Marc Brown
Clifford's Christmas by Norman Bridwell The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Numeroff
The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett Froggy's Best Christmas by








    Songs, Fingerplays & Poems      

Five Little Trees

The Pocket Book

David Cooper & Lynn Taylor

Five little trees, sitting on a hill,

The first one said, "I think I feel a chill!"

The second one said, "There's a man in town."

The third one said, "He's going to chop us down!"

The fourth one said, "Then we'll shine and shine!"

The fifth one said, "'Cuz it's Christmas time!"

Then, "Ahhhhh...," went the people

As on went the lights,

And the five little trees

Were all shining bright!

Santa Claus

(Tune: Are You Sleeping?)


Santa Claus, Santa Claus,

Ho, ho, ho.

Ho, ho, ho.

Where is Santa?

Where is Santa?

I don't know.

Do you know?


I'm a Little Reindeer

(Tune: I'm a little teapot)

I'm a little reindeer, ready to fly.

I'll pull Santa's sleigh up in the sky.

Christmas is here; we can't be late.

All the children just cannot wait!

Under the Tree

What do I see

Under the tree?

Boxes with paper and bows!


Some are big,

Some are small,

Some are for me, I suppose!


by Debra Lindahl

Sung to: "Old McDonald Had a Farm"

Who laughs this way--"HO-ho-ho?"


Who drives the sleigh through sleet or snow?


His hair is white, his suit is red,

He wears a hat to cover his head.

Who brings fun for girls and boys?


Santa's Reindeer


A B C D E F G 

Santa's reindeer laughed at me.


Santa's reindeer laughed again.

Haven't they something else to do?

V W X and Y and Z

Santa's reindeer should be home in bed!


Shy Santa

Isn't it the strangest thing,

That Santa is so shy? (hide face with hands)

We can never, never catch him, (make finders run)

No matter  how we try.

It isn't any use to watch, (hold hand to eyes and look)

Because my parents said,

"Santa Claus will only come 

When children are in bed!" (shake finger)


Santa Claus is big and fat

He wears black boots

And a bright red hat.

His nose is red

Just like a rose

And he "ho ho ho's"

From his head to his toes!

There Was A Man

(tune: BINGO)

There was a man in a big red suit

And Santa was his name-o.




And Santa was his name-o!


Additional verses:

2. He has a big white fluffy beard.

3. He rides a sleigh of 8 reindeer.

4. He has a sack all filled with toys.

5. He brings the toys for girls and boys.

6. He'll come again another year.


~Author Unknown

Little Green Tree

(tune: I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a little green tree in the house,

Here is my trunk,

Here are my boughs.

Decorate me now with lights so fine,

The plug me in and watch me shine!

~Billy Taylor

I'm a Little Pine Tree

(tune: I'm a little Teapot)

I'm a little pine tree - as you can see,

All the other pine trees are bigger than me.

Maybe when I grow up - then I'll be,

A great big merry Christmas tree!

~ Author Unknown








   Art Projects  
Hands and Feet Reindeer

Materials Needed:

Brown & tan construction paper

white paper or wiggly eyes

black or red pom-pom

glue or tape

crayon or marker



Trace 2 hands on tan construction paper. Trace one foot (with shoe on) on the brown construction paper

Cut out the shapes, and arrange as illustrated - with the two hand shapes making the antlers on the deer, glue or tape into place.

Glue on wiggle eyes, and a pom-pom for a nose.




Reindeer Paper Bag PuppetCraft Picture

For your paper bag reindeer, you'll need to cut out 2 reindeer antlers, two reindeer legs with hooves, two eyes, and a red nose (you can use the template or create your own shapes). Create your reindeer's face on the bag's bottom, add the antlers and tail to the back side of the bag and the legs with hooves to the front. Decorate your reindeer further with spots, paper shreds, crayons, or other materials


Reindeer Ornament

These ornaments are also made to hang on our classroom Christmas tree. 

3 Popsicle sticks

wiggle eyes

red glitter pom pom

green construction paper for holly leaves

red glitter for holly berry

yarn for hanging the ornament




Handprint Snowman Ornament


I painted the child's palm and fingers white. I set the blue ball in their hand and they grabbed hold of it to create the five snowmen. We used permanent markers to make hats, faces, and scarves. Attach a tag with this poem:


These aren't just five snowmen

As anyone can see.

I made them with my hand

Which is a part of me.

Now each year when you trim the tree

You'll look back and recall

Christmas of 2004

When my hand was just this small!