Download these Christmas number and letter cards and enjoy some festive fun and hands-on learning this season.
Christmas letter activities and printable letter cards
Children learn best through play and hands-on activities. You can use these printable number and letter cards to add a fun candy cane theme to your math and literacy activities this season.
The bright candy cane colours are eye-catching and fun, and the cards bring a hands-on element to all your Christmas number and letter play.
:: letter card sheets from the Candy Cane Unit
:: laminator (optional)
Print the letter sheets from the Candy Cane Unit onto card and cut out each square. You might like to laminate the cards for extra durability.
You can use the letter cards in all your spelling activities during your Candy Cane Unit.
Christmas letter activity ideas
:: Hunt out all the vowels, find the words in your name, or sort the letters into alphabetical order
:: Use the letters to spell words and practise the ones you are learning
Using a sensory writing tray
You can also use the words with a sensory writing tray, to make spelling practice more fun and more effective. We need to put in time to learn to read and write, but repetition can sometimes be unappealing. So, let’s make it fun for our children, with an element of sensory play.
You can write in sand or salt, coloured red to make it candy cane themed. Add a drop of peppermint extract for scent.
To colour the sand, simply grate in a stick or two of red chalk and shake the sand to disperse the colour.
To dye salt, place it in a plastic food bag with a drop of red food colouring. Shake the bag to mix the colour through the salt. Then lay the salt out overnight to dry.
When you’re ready to practice writing, lay out a thin layer of your sand or salt on a tray, piece of thick card or other surface. Then use your finger- or a candy cane! – to write your words in the salt/sand.
Younger children might like to make lines, circles, curls, and squiggles.
Older children can use the letter cards to copy letter shapes, to write their name or to work on spelling.
As your children write they get to:
:: see the letter or word
:: feel the flow of the letters as they write the word through the sand/salt
:: hear the letter or word as they say it out loud as they write
They’re combining three senses to help them learn and remember the word.
Download your complete Candy Cane Unit
A super fun and festive unit of learning! This kit gives you everything you need to teach an engaging program of activities all based around candy canes. With ideas for math, literacy, science, play, sensory, arts and crafts your children will love learning all through the holiday season.
:: over 60 pages of lessons, activities, and printables
:: a complete unit of candy cane themed math, science, literacy, arts and crafts, sensory, and play
:: materials lists and bonus printables make it so easy!
:: everything planned for you, so you can enjoy it as much as your children do
:: fun and festive, and packed with engaging learning
:: created with children aged 4 to 8 in mind