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By Jean EvansEarly Years consultant and author

Introduce children to seasonal customs from around the globe with these fun activities that will extend their appreciation of the festive period and other cultures’ traditions

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Activities in this article:

  1. The Nativity story
  2. Gifts of gold
  3. Mexican piñata


Discover more about these activities

Editor of Nursery Education PLUS, Tracey, introduces our ‘Countdown to Christmas’ themed activities and offers more ideas for exploring the topic with your children:

‘Develop children’s understanding of why we celebrate Christmas and the different ways in which people enjoy traditional customs around the world with these lovely activities. Extend all of these ideas with Christmas resources from our web resource bank – why not ‘Deck the halls’ and have ‘A taste of Christmas’, you can even download free decoration templates and gift tags!’

Christmas tags


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1. The Nativity story

Link your scene with Nicaraguan tradition by creating a tableau

Communication, Language and Literacy

Language for Communication

Development matters: Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall (30–50 months); Consistently develop a simple story, explanation or line of questioning (40–60+ months).

Early learning goal: Sustain attentive listening, responding to what they have heard with relevant comments, questions and actions.

Group size: Small groups.

What you need

Set of nativity figures; small world people and farm animals; large and small boxes; beige fabric; straw; paint; fairy lights.

What to do

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