Christmas Writing Freebies

I was leafing through my copy of Themes: Celebrations by the McCrackens when I came across a few great writing ideas.

For this activity, the students decorate their tree, being sure to draw one of something, two of something, etc. Then they complete the writing pattern. Eg., One bright blue bell, Two twinkling lights, Three happy gingerbread boys .... you get the idea :)  It might be fun to decorate the tree with Xmas foamy stickers, but markers would work too, with a little glittery glitz to jazz it up.

For this one, the child prints a word and draws an accompanying picture for items they'd like to find in their stocking (one word/pic per tiny page). These are then cut out and stapled in the appropriate space for a little flip book. I would just get some coloured photocopy paper and cut up a bunch of squares for them to pick and choose from.

And for this one, the kids choose a Xmas card from your stock of old cards (you have one, right ? :)) and glue it on to the top of the page. The idea is for them to write some descriptive phrases: a glowing candle, a prancing reindeer, a jolly Santa, etc.

Of course, you'd have to do lots of modelling with these ahead of time, but I think they're really cute. I'm going to try them all next week.

DOWNLOAD: Christmas Writing Templates

Have fun!


  1. These are all so great Barbara! As a sub, these will be so great to have over the next two weeks!! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy weekend to you.

    Good Morning Mrs Rubie

  2. Thank you so much! I am looking for new ideas to use when I teach writing. These are simple and fun so I can focus on the standard we need to work on!

    1st in Maine

  3. Very cute ideas! These are great! :)

    First Grade Garden

  4. You're welcome. Glad to hear someone can use them :)

  5. Hi Barb,
    Thank you for being so generous! I just downloaded tons of your stuff. I am a teacher in BC, also, and I have been using McCracken for 10 years now. I have seen amazing results. I switched to K last year and used it- a bit of a watered down version- but still gets the kids going on a strong path.
    I am your newest follower! Looking forward to finding stuff for the BC curriculum!
    Erica T.

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