It’s not often that I’m more excited than my preschoolers to participate in an activity. But, as I was preparing this Roll-A-Santa preschool activity, I could barely contain my excitement. This was going to be so much fun, was all I could think over and over as I set up our game. Our game was going to teach so many things, but that wasn’t why I was excited. My kids were going to love building their own Santa and playing a game with mom! And I was right! My kids loved this game. They wanted to play it all morning long. It was such a fantastic, season specific activity to enjoy together.
Added to the sheer fun of the activity was the fact that we would be learning and practicing many skills at the same time. Roll-A-Santa helps develop social skills: like turn taking, instruction following, and problem solving; fine motor skills: like gluing and organizing on a page; and math skills: like shape recognition, number recognition, and patterning.
Here’s how to play Roll-A-Santa:
Every player needs a copy of the Roll-A-Santa pages, available here.
One 12-side game die, or 2 six-sided dice
A copy of the Game Key for each player, available here.
How to Play:
Play starts with the youngest player.
Each player takes a turn rolling the game die and then cutting out the corresponding part of Santa.
For older children: The player who completes Santa first wins.
For younger children: The player who cuts out all of Santa’s pieces first wins. (Then the group can assemble their Santas together.)
That’s it! This is a super simple activity, but it’s so much fun! We were laughing and being silly and having a great time while we were playing. My first grader came home from school and wanted to make one as well. He was so patient while rolling his numbers, and he took his time to get everything cut and glued properly. It was a great experience watching him roll his Santa too.
I love that while we were having so much fun, we were able to work on number recognition and shape recognition too. My preschoolers were so proud of the Santas they had made. I loved how they played the game together. We all enjoyed this fantastic activity.