By Mikee Mapalo
What child doesn’t love Christmas? This craft takes advantage of seasonal enthusiasm to build your child’s vocabulary and help them learn to recognize, read, and spell new words. Fun holiday words, that is, of course!
With our free Christmas alphabet printable, you’ll make an adorable flipbook to keep or gift. (Tip: It makes a super-cute stocking stuffer or a fun present from an older child to a younger one.) The flipbook is easy to make, you can use it time and again, and it’s a great way to teach young children new Christmas vocabulary. For fun ways to engage your child with their flipbook, see the end of this post.
Make reading aloud more rewarding for the whole family.
This free Christmas alphabet printable consists of twenty-six seasonal words and illustrations from A to Z. It also includes a flipbook cover where you can write your child’s name. Happy Holidays!
- Cardstock paper (7 pieces) or normal paper + cardboard
- Ring-binder clip (2 pieces) or string/ribbon
- Hole punch
- Pen or marker
- Laminating sheets (optional)
Step 1: Begin by printing out the free Christmas alphabet flipbook template on seven pieces of cardstock. Cardstock is thicker than regular paper, which makes it perfect for flipbooks.
Tip #1: If you have no cardstock available, you can print the template on normal paper and glue it onto cardboard.
Tip #2: You can also print the template on normal paper and laminate it. (Use self-laminating sheets if you don’t have a laminator.) This will make your flipbook waterproof and more durable!
Step 2: Next, cut out the template. You can also invite your child to cut out the cards since the lines are straight. It’s great practice for their fine motor skills in using a pair of scissors. Of course, supervise your child during cutting.
Step 3: Then you need to punch two holes on each card. Make sure the holes are placed in the same position on all cards.
Tip: You can place one card with hole punches carefully over another card and trace the holes on the top card onto the bottom card to ensure placement.
Step 4: Alphabetize the cards and put them into a stack that goes from A-Z.
Step 5: Insert the ring-binder clips into the two holes in the stack.
Tip: If you don’t have ring-binder clips at home, you can use a piece of string or ribbon to tie the cards together.
Step 6: To make the Christmas flipbook more personal, write the name of your child on the cover page. You can also help your child to write their own name.
This Christmas alphabet flipbook is great for a variety of ages. For younger children, you can use the flipbook to introduce new Christmas vocabulary and practice reading the words. For older kids, you can ask them to write a sentence using the Christmas-related words in the book, or use them as prompts for storytelling. Play around with flipping to random pages and making up a story or silly sentence based on the word on that page, for example. Have fun!
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Mikee Mapalo is a clinical psychology graduate student who loves graphic designing and creating arts and crafts content for kids. Find her at thepositivitycure.com. *Photos by Mikee Mapalo