Jingle bells are a hit with my preschoolers any time of the year! There’s just something fun and engaging about shaking and exploring with them. Add some holiday fun to the the bells, and they’re even more festive. Here are 35 Christmas activities for kids to get into, each with a different take on jingle bells!
Christmas activities for kids featuring jingle bells
You’ll have to be sure to tell me if you and the kiddos try any of the below ideas! I’ve tried a few at home and at school, and the rest are on my list!
Preschool Magnet Science with Jingle Bells | Fun-A-Day
My preschool students have LOVED exploring jingle bell science the past few years! I love sitting with them, listening to their observations, and asking extending questions.
Christmas Math Game with Jingle Bells | Fun-A-Day
This Christmas game couples the kid’s love of dice games with jingle bells! It works on early math skills, cooperation, and fine motor skills in a fun way.
Christmas Senses Book Making | Fun-A-Day
Our homemade jingle bell pointer is an integral part of this book-making project!
Jingle Bells Fine Motor Tray | Kids Play Box
This super duper sensory tray explores a variety of senses and other early skills.
Jingle Bell Magnet Maze | LalyMom
Such a fun way to explore magnetism and directions with the kids.
Jingle Bell Candy Cane Tree | Play Trains
Seriously awesome Christmas craft. Perfect for train sets ups or little Christmas towns.
Christmas Science with Magna-Tiles and Jingle Bells | And Next Comes L
We tried this at my house, and it was a hit!
Jingle Bell Abacus | Powerful Mothering
I am in awe of this Christmas-themed abacus!
Jingle Bell Bracelets and Anklets | My Nearest and Dearest
Making jewelry is something the kiddos always seem to enjoy – even more so when jingle bells are added to the mix.
Jingle Bell Necklace | PreKinders
Explore patterns and sounds with this simple Christmas activity.
Math Facts with Jingle Bells | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Bring out the jingle bells to add a new dimension to math facts!
Vintage Bells & Color Sorting | Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
These vintage bells are just gorgeous and provide a great comparison with shinier new bells.
Jingle Bell Rudolphs | Pre-K Pages
The Rudolphs would be great to use for music-making or pointing and reading.
Popsicle Stick Jingle Bell Ornament | Buggy and Buddy
A beautiful craft to make with the kids.
Jingle Bell Painting | Happily Ever Mom
I haven’t tired this process art activity yet, but it’s on my must-do list!
Jingle Bell Drop | Stay at Home Educator
This is a wonderful way for kids to work on fine motor and math skills while having tons of fun!
Jingle Bell Discovery Bottle | Preschool Inspirations
I cannot wait to make this discovery bottle with the kiddos. Be sure to read up on what she uses so the bells don’t rust.
Sound Soup Sensory Activity | Kids Play Box
I notice that, each year, the kids love making “soup” of every kind. I know this will be well-loved!
Christmas Jingle Bells Sorting | Sugar Aunts
The kids will enjoy painting the homemade sorting tray for the bells.
DIY Jingle Bell Sticks | Rockabye Butterfly
An easy, no-mess way to make jingle bell music!
Jingle Bell LEGO Maze | Handmade Kids Art
What a fun way to create a Christmas maze the kids can change up on a whim!
Christmas Listening Games | NurtureStore
Children can use various materials to play a sound matching game together.
Jingle Bell Ribbon Rings | Make and Takes
Add a little extra jingle to ribbon rings for Christmas.
5 Little Bells Finger Play Glove | Wendy’s Hat
Lovely glove to make to go along with a jingle bell fingerplay.
Jingle Bell Wreath Ornament | I Can Teach My Child
Stringing bells into an ornament for the tree!
Ribbon Pulling Spice Bottle with Bells | Powerful Mothering
An easy way to create an engaging busy bag for the kids.
Finding Jingle Bells: An Alternative to Elf on a Shelf | KCEdventures
A simple alternative to the Elf this Christmas.
Paper Cup Bells | First Palette
Make a festive decoration that jingles with just a few materials!
Jingle Bells Sensory Bin | The Resourceful Mama
Grab some colored paper and jingle bells to put this sensory bin together in a snap.
Magnetic Jingle Bell Painting | Hand Made Kids Art
What a cool twist on a process art favorite!
Jingle Bell Nerf Games | Frugal Fun for Boys
Love the added dimension of bells and sounds to these Christmas games for kiddos.
Jingle Bell Streamers | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Put these streamers together with the kids, then dance along to The Nutcracker!
Jingle Bell Christmas Ornament | Mosswood Connections
A beautiful child-made ornament inspired by a children’s book!
Jingle Bell Busy Box | And Next Comes L
Put everything in a box. Dump everything out. Put everything back in – and on, and on, and on! Add some jingle bells for even more engaging fun!
Jingle Bell Slime | The Chaos and the Clutter
Slime! AND bells! Oh, what a combination!
Which of these jingle bell-y Christmas activities for kids would be a hit at your house? Any you’d add to the list?