Christmas writing station

Christmas writing station

At Christmas time, we find ourselves naturally exploring pre-literacy and fine motor skills in so many areas around our classroom.  There are gifts to make, ornaments to hang, and presents to wrap, all which require the use of little hands.  Our Christmas writing station has been a big hit around here lately…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

When the weather became too cold for us to use our outdoor classroom, we brought our discovery table inside.  It can be challenging to figure out what to display on the table so that it is always seen as fresh and inviting to our children.  Setting out card and letter making materials seems to have done the trick…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

We have had our Christmas writing station up for several days now and the children never seem to tire of it!  We try to slightly vary the materials that we offer each day to keep it interesting to the children.  Collage materials are easy to organize and switch out of our handy dandy produce trays…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

We set out wrapping paper scraps, Christmas cards, envelopes, stickers, ribbon, paint chips, and pom poms, along with scissors, glue, and writing tools.  For our older children who are ready to write them, we also added some commonly used words and phrases, such as to, from, love, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

But perhaps the one element that  never changes, though, is the one thing that continues to make this center so inviting for our children.  Each child has their own mailbox…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

Our “mailboxes” are our DIY friendship blocks that we created at the beginning of the school year.  They are made of simple, sturdy cardboard paper tubes.  Each child’s picture is taped to their very own tube.

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

We went back later and added the children’s names to each tube too which helped with writing letters to each other. These friendship blocks make perfect the little mailboxes for our writing station…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

The children have been busy at work, creating letters and cards for one another.  Sometimes their creations end up in their own mailboxes for them to take home.  But more often than not, the children carry on this season’s spirit of giving and stuff their friends’ mailboxes with their creations…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

Every day, our writing station stays busy with children writing, coloring, cutting, and creating…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

We will, of course, use our writing station to create cards for our parents…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

And we may even wrap our parent gifts at our writing station.  But be warned.  If you set out wrapping paper and tape, your children may just begin wrapping up classroom toys…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

Pre-literacy and fine motor skills are always important elements of an early childhood program.  But I think promoting the spirit of giving is equally important in young children.  And our Christmas writing station does just that…

Christmas writing station by Teach Preschool

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10 Comments

  • Jason Posted December 16, 2013 10:37 am

    Hi,
    Probably a long shot here, but do you know where the table came from? I really like the size and bookshelfs on top.
    Thank you and happy holidays!
    Jason

  • Brittany Posted December 16, 2013 1:51 pm

    Just curious, did you build that desk or purchase it somewhere? It’s pretty ideal for a preschool situation!

  • Heidi Butkus Posted December 16, 2013 1:53 pm

    Oh, my goodness! This is absolutely WONDERFUL! I love it! I bet that the children just eat this UP!
    Thank you for sharing this fabulous idea!
    Heidi Butkus

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 16, 2013 2:43 pm

    Hi Brittany,
    My husband built this desk for me. I drew up the plans and he figured it out from my very rough idea:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 16, 2013 2:43 pm

    Hi Jason,
    My husband built this desk for me. I drew up the plans and he figured it out from my very rough sketch. Happy Holidays to you too!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 16, 2013 2:44 pm

    It is the first place the children head every morning Heidi:)

  • Honi Posted December 16, 2013 3:11 pm

    Oh wow I absolutely love this and all your posts!
    I am a newly graduated preschool teacher and am so inspired by your ideas. (I’ve definitely used a few and next year I cannot wait to do this.)
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us.
    Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings,
    From Adelaide, Australia. 🙂

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 16, 2013 8:03 pm

    Merry Christmas Adelaide!

  • Darla Posted December 16, 2013 10:45 pm

    Love the “mailboxes” complete with photos:) Awesome writing center for the holidays or ANY DAY! Great post!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 17, 2013 11:05 pm

    Thank you Darla:) Merry Christmas to you!

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