Have a Frozen christmas in your classroom

With christmas just around the corner my mind is totally focused on the magic, lights and joy the festive day brings. And so will most of the children in your classroom. I wanted to share with you, some of the ways I would make christmas in my classroom extra special this year for your early years with an extra special appearance from one of my favourite snowmen.

Disney isn’t just about the fun, you can learn from it too.

Now many educators might read this and think, there is no way you can learn anything from a disney film and that films are for fun, not for learning. But I’m hoping this post might just change your mind.

First of all some literacy ideas…

  •  Frozen alphabet cards are a great way of getting children involved with literacy at all stages of development
  • Get the children to write their own letter to santa on this paper – especially great if you’re a parent, guardian or carer! The children writing their own letter encourages use of language and fine motor skills holding their pencil
  • Read one of the many many frozen related books that have been published which you can pick up dead cheap in poundland – or take the children to the library to find a book about a snowman and read it in the library
  • Analyse the song “Let it go!” and write down key points about the song
  • Writing a story about a Frozen character. Here’s some paper printouts to make it extra Frozen but here the children’s imagination can run wild!
  •  Make up a crossword or wordsearch full of words relating to Frozen!

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Some fun numeracy ideas…

  • Having a memory game similar to pairs where the children have to match up characters and remember where they are hidden
  • Do you want to build a snowman olaf game – using a dice can help children with their numeracy skills
  • A Frozen jigsaw puzzle
  • A which Frozen character is your favourite chart – which is a lovely wall display as well!
  • Frozen addition flash cards which are great for children to get used to addition and what numbers look like
  • Print out this board game on A3 card and laminate. Put on on every table and this can be a fun golden time activity!

Throw the ball into the numbered bucket is another fun game

Fun for the senses and craft table…

  • Put ice in the water tray and learn about it melting or make Elsa’s frozen hands or put magnets in the ice
  • Make play dough and put glitter it to make it that extra little bit more Frozen and then print out and then print out a playdough mat to enhance their imagination
  • Make Frozen snowflakes to decorate the classroom
  • Make your own snow
  • Make Frozen bowling balls and then play bowling during P.E.
  • Create Elsa’s Frozen castle for the role play area on the craft table and then play away!

A Frozen castle for the role play area

And lastly just for fun..

  • Why not make hot chocolate from marshmallows from scratch, Olaf’s nose carrot cake or snow balls (white chocolate truffles which could be a good gift for the children to take home for the parents for christmas on the last day of term)
  • Sing let it go (most children know all the words, so at least you won’t have to teach them or print out the words)
  • If you are lucky enough to get snow this December make snowmen – great for some health and wellbeing outcomes
  • Colour in some Frozen colouring in sheets and do some Frozen dot to dots

Overall my aim with this post is to show all educators out there that almost anything can be made educational if you put your mind to it and using the children’s current interests are the best way to gain their attention. Hopefully anyone who has read this has found something they find interesting or would use themselves. All ideas that are not my own have the link to the appropriate website and were all found by myself on pinterest – a website I highly recommend to all educators out there.

4 thoughts on “Have a Frozen christmas in your classroom

    1. Katie Rebecca WhithamKatie Rebecca Whitham Post author

      Yes, If you can get it find a massive block of ice and just let it melt into the water. There are so many things you could do to the ice too, put colourings in it or something small like a toy insect?

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  1. Richard Holme

    I have to say you have researched a wide range of ideas and activities – and I agree that anything can be educational – with careful planning and consideration.
    I have a couple of quick questions… Are there down sides of utilising Disney in the classroom (reinforcing stereotypes, commercialisation of education)? Something to research maybe?
    Also I would ask about the pedagogical value of using a word search – does it have any inherent value for literacy? I would argue I could complete a word search written in Latin – by simply looking for repeated patterns – which is more about mathematics. So something else to reflect and consider!
    Keep thinking, keep posting!

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    1. Katie Rebecca WhithamKatie Rebecca Whitham Post author

      Hi Richard, thank you very much for your comment. There are a lot of stereotypes around Disney as a company and a huge barrier could be getting parents on board with the topic too if they think its just fun and no learning is involved. I think you have to be really careful about the activities that you are planning and that it is not all so much fun that the children aren’t learning because they are too wrapped up in “frozen week!”
      I think your comments about doing a wordsearch is completely true and literacy wise is maybe something for younger children who are learning spelling and reading. By repetitively looking at how a word is spelt – for example reindeer which young children might find quite a challenging word to spell, seeing it over and over again might help them retain the letter order. I had never thought about a wordsearch being mathematical and is something I will consider in the future.
      Katie Rebecca

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