We Wish You A Merry Christmas Activity

We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a traditional, favourite Christmas song that children and adults love to sing! It’s a  perfect song to sing at your Christmas concert, school assemblies, family gatherings and of course at home!

Millions of people around the world love our musical arrangement featuring our choir and our instrumental version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Over 4 million people have watched on YouTube.

Check out our variety of video versions:

Love to Sing – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Little Action Kids – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Lyric version – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Instrumental version – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Fun Activities for We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Music

Feel the beat! Sing and clap your hands in time to the beat (the steady pulse) of the song. Play the song again, this time, clap your hands to the rhythm (short and long sounds that fit over an underlining beat).
Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version also great for concerts and performances!

Social Studies

Find out how Christmas is celebrated in lots of different countries and cultures around the world?

Home Science

Bake a Figgie pudding – yum!

Literacy

Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning “Do it, see it and hear it!”
Print out the song PDF

Read the song lyrics – ask children a variety of questions.
Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. “ ” ! ? . ,
Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
Word study – phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.

Lyrics for We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Download the Beautiful Lyric Sheet

We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year!

Chorus:
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin.
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year!

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding, x3
And bring it right here!

Repeat chorus

We won’t go until we get some, x3
So bring it right here!

Repeat chorus

We all like our figgy pudding, x3
With all its good cheer!

Repeat chorus

Repeat 1st Verse

We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year!

 

Christmas Song for Kids Plus Activities

As a teacher or parent there are SO many ways to extend this Christmas song ‘Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney.’

To help boost a child’s confidence invite a child or children to perform the song with the actions. It doesn’t matter if the performance is in front of 1 or many! Remember for the child to take a bow at the end of their performance and for the audience to clap!

Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney:

Free Lyric Download

*Santa got stuck up the chimney,

“Oh, I don’t know what to do!”

So he wiggled and he wobbled

And he wobbled and he wiggled

And we pushed and we pushed

Till he popped right through.

Now everyone can have a Merry Christmas!

Repeat *

Teaching Activities:

Music

Listen to the song. Ask children to suggest ideas for actions to go with the words of the song. Creating movement helps children to express themselves.
Children then view the video song and compare the actions with their own ideas.
Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version also great for concerts and performances!

Visual ArtChimney

Construct a chimney from a card board box. Paint on the bricks!

Drama

Work in small groups. Tell a story about what happened when “Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney”. Act out the story
Watch this video that tells the story about Santa getting stuck in the chimney.

Literacy

Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning “Do it, see it and hear it!”
Print out the song PDF

Read the song lyrics – ask children a variety of questions.
Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. ” ” ! ? . ,
Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
alk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
Word study – phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.

Video Links:

Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney Little Action Kids

Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney Love to Sing (original)

Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney Love to Sing (latest)

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Skip Counting Lacing Plates

 

 

 

 

You will need:

  • A paper plate
  • String
  • Whole puncher
  • A vivid.

This activity can be used for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.

1. In the middle of the plate write 2.

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2. On the outside of the plate in the same format as a clock write 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20 in random order

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3. Use the whole puncher to create holes on top of each answer.

Skip counting plates step 3

Skip counting plates step 4

4. Put the piece of string through the number 2 (on the outside of the plate) and tie a knot.

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5. Lace in order -skip counting in twos.

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Check out our Love to Sing Times Table and Multiplication Kids Songs

How To Make Awesome DIY Puppets

 

 

 

 

Using puppets with children is SO much more than just fun! Here’s why:

  • Puppets help to build language skills.
  • Puppets helps to build confidence – talking or singing through the puppet or to the puppet can be less invasive for a quiet or shy child.
  • Puppets help to build social skills.
  • Puppets help to build fine motor skills and gross motor co-ordination.
  • Puppets help to build creativity and imagination.
  • Puppets can help to awaken a child’s sense of humour!
  • Using a puppet as a prop will help children to learn elements of music.
  • Using puppets is emotionally fulfilling.
  • Use puppets as a learning tool.

 

Here’s How to Make a Variety of Puppets:

Easy Finger Puppets

Use felt tip pens or permanent markers to draw a face on a:

  • Sticking plaster – wrap around finger, you can add a hat by cutting out a small circle of card board with a hole in the middle to fit the finger.
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  • Old glove – use a white glove or a disposable glove, draw faces for each finger of the glove.
  • Peanut shell
  • Eggshell
  • Ping Pong Ball – cut out a finger sized hole with scissors
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  • Tennis Ball – make a hole big enough for 2 or 3 fingers (better for an older child)

Box, Tube and Plastic Bottle Puppets

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  • Puppets can be made out of card board boxes or card board packets, card board rolls and plastic bottles – anything that will fit over a child’s hand.
  • Decorate puppets with paint, felt tip pens, crayons, coloured paper, fabric, wool, googly eyes etc.
  • Make hair by gluing or taping cotton wool, string, wool, material cut in strips, a scrunched up tissue, lichen etc.
  • Arms can be made by cutting two slits in opposite sides of the box, container or plastic bottle, slot in a card board strip making sure it is long enough to show two arms out either side.
  • Legs can be made by stapling or gluing on legs made from cut out card board.
Paper Bag Puppets

Use felt tip pens, crayons or paint to draw a face on a paper bag, or stick on googly eyes, plastic bottle top for a nose and cut our coloured paper for a mouth. Twist the corners of the bag to make ears.

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 Sock Puppets

Use a permanent marker to draw a face on the sole of a white sock – you can draw faces on a pair of white socks. Fun hand puppets and then fun to wear on the feet as well!

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 Stick Puppets

Use ice cream sticks – use a felt tip pen or permanent marker to draw a face.

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Wooden Spoon Puppets

Use a permanent marker or paint a face. Use material to make a scarf or skirt and tie around the spoon.

Scissor Shape Puppets

Outline a picture of a person, cut out using scissors. Draw a small circle (to fit a finger) close to the bottom of each leg (but not too close as the leg might rip). Carefully cut out each circle. Place one finger through each hole and make your puppet dance!

Matchbox Puppets

Empty the matches from the match box. Separate the match box from the lid that slides and use the inside box – draw a face on the back of the box – slide the lid back on the box and play

peek a boo!”

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 A Stage

Children can use desks, tables and chairs as stage props for their puppets to peep around or over.

Make your own stage out of a large cardboard box – decorate the box by painting or covering with material, you can even make your own curtains by sticking material on each side of the box. Place the ‘stage’ on a table.

 Teaching Ideas with a Puppet

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During shared reading Tessa uses a puppet ‘Freddie the Frog’ who helps her to read. Freddie sometimes gets a little bit confused and reads wrong words or reads to the wrong punctuation

e.g. reading with no full stops. When Freddie gets things wrong the children model the correct way. This helps to make the children more aware of errors they make and helps them to self-regulate when they are reading. Children love it when Freddie the Frog reads with the teacher – they become more engaged and involved in reading and love the responsibility of correcting his errors.

Enhance Songs with Puppets

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Let us know your puppet teaching ideas and send in photos of your puppet creations!

Draw, Rip and Throw Activity

This is one of my favorite activities to do with children from 3-10. The children have a great time learning about beat and rhythm!

Achievement Objectives:

  • Explore how sound is made, as they listen and respond to the elements of music – beat/rhythm Developing Practical Knowledge in Music.
  • Explore and express sounds and musical ideas, drawing on personal experience, listening, and imagination. Developing Ideas in Music.
  • Respond to live and recorded music. Communicating and Interpreting in Music.

Preparation:

Give each child a large piece of paper – preferably A3 newsprint and a crayon or felt tip pen.
Children can sit on the floor or lie down on their tummy depending on space.

Warm Up:

Rhythm Name Pattern
Sit in a circle
Go around the group and say your name.
Start the Rhythm:
Slap knees twice
Clap hands twice
Shake hands twice and say name

Track 1.  White Dove
White Dove Activity:
Before playing White Dove explain that each child can scribble or draw in time to the soothing music – ask them to feel the music as they draw long or short strokes. Children can start as soon as they hear the music.
At the end of the song collect the crayon or felt tip pen.

Track 2. You Can peel an Orange
You Can Peel an Orange Activity:
Children need to sit on their bottoms.
In time to the music ask each child to rip their paper into small pieces in time to the music (normal tempo). Children can start as soon as they hear the music.

Track 3. You can Squeeze an Orange
You Can Squeeze an Orange Activity:
In time to the music ask each child to rip their paper into small pieces in time to the music (slow tempo).

Track 4. You Can Pick an Orange
You Can pick an Orange Activity:
In time to the music ask each child to rip their paper into small pieces in time to the music (fast tempo).

Track 5. You Can Squash an Orange
You Can Squash an Orange Activity:
In time to the music ask each child to rip their paper into small pieces in time to the music (medium/slow tempo).

Track 6. Rain Medley
Rain Medley Activity:
Children need to make a pile of the bits of their paper and place in front of them – ask children to stand up. Explain that once the music starts children can pick up their pile and throw the bits of paper or pretend raindrops over themselves, in time to the music. Children continue to pick up the raindrops and throw the raindrops over themselves.
When you hear the lyrics: ‘When it’s Pouring Rain’ ask the children to jump onto the bits of paper and pretend the raindrops are puddles.
Resume back to collecting raindrops and throwing the raindrops over themselves.
When you hear the lyrics: ‘One Little Raindrop’ ask the children to pick up one rain drop and throw the raindrop up high just over themselves.
Resume back to collecting raindrops and throwing the raindrops over themselves.
For the last song ‘Oh, Oh, Oh No don’t Let the Rain Come Down’ ask children to gather lots of raindrops, stand close in a huddle, you the teacher count down 4,3,2,1 and everyone throw the raindrops up high at the same time. Repeat several times

Track 7 Green, Green
Green, Green Activity:
Place a bin or large bag in the middle of the children. Explain how once the music starts the children can collect all the raindrops and place them in the bin. The aim is to gather all the raindrops before the song has finished. Children need to be aware of their own space when collecting the raindrops and to be careful of bumping into other children. If all the raindrops are gathered before the end of the song, children can form a circle, hold hands and dance around in a clock wise direction.
At the end of the song the children can bow and give themselves a big clap.

Deck the Hall or Deck the Halls?

Deck the Hall or Deck the Halls?

Actually it can be both. The alteration of the first line to “Deck the halls” (plural) is found as early as the 1930s:[7] both “hall” and “halls” are found today. (ref Wikipedia)

Both children and adults love our upbeat version – the super catchy introduction immediately hooks listeners in to the song. Millions of listeners tune into childrenlovetosing and littleactionkids YouTube channels.

Deck the Halls childrenlovetosing video version has sing along lyrics only, great for schools and choirs. Deck the Hall by Little Action Kids video version is a choreographed, stage production 3D animation; perfect for kids to learn the moves of the song enabling them to perform the song at a concert or at home!

Here are some great learning activities for kids:

Music

  • Listen to the song, can children find a repeated rhythm pattern in the song?
  • Play the song again, children sing along and clap the rhythm pattern “Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la, la”
  • Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version – great for performances, school concerts and choirs.

Visual Art

  • View the video version of the song.
  • Make your own Christmas card or Christmas decoration.

Dance

  • Create dance moves to go with the song.
  • Watch the Little Action Kids video version and compare moves?

Literacy

  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning “Do it, see it and hear it!”

Print out the song PDF

  • Read the song lyrics – ask children a variety of questions.
  • Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
  • Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. ” ” ! ? . ,
  • Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
  • Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
  • Word study – phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.