Holiday window tracing

One of the things I love about the holiday season are all the symbols of the holidays. We spent time tracing many different holiday symbols with the help of the lighting from our big windows…

Holiday Window Tracing by Teach Preschool

Around the classroom, we have lots of windows which is wonderful for letting in natural light but it also means we don’t have much wall space. So to use the windows as part of our learning environment, we created a set of holiday symbols by printing simple shapes on sheets of overhead projector film…

Holiday Window Tracing by Teach Preschool

Another wonderful aspect of holiday symbols is that you can make many of them with the use of very basic shapes like squares, triangles, stars, and rectangles which gives us lots of opportunities to recognize and talk about the basic shapes that work together to form each of our holiday symbols…

Holiday Window Tracing by Teach Preschool

The shapes were taped up to our windows for the children to stop by throughout the day and trace. We set out thin paper and markers for the children to use as they wished…

Holiday Window Tracing by Teach Preschool

The children were invited to explore the tracing process in several ways. One way was to simply trace a shape and another way was to overlap the shapes as they tried tracing to see what the result might be…

Holiday Window Tracing by Teach Preschool

The children were welcomed to tape their paper over the drawings but most of the children preferred to hold their paper with one hand while tracing with another which can be very challenging to do…

Holiday Window Tracing by Teach Preschool

For those who wished to paint their tracings, we set out watercolor paints for the children to use…

Holiday Window Tracing by Teach Preschool

Some of the children decided to give the water paints a go while others were satisfied just with the tracing process…

Holiday Window Tracing by Teach Preschool

Of course, window tracings can be done all throughout the school year and do not have to be just holiday shapes so don’t get stuck on the idea that this idea should be only a holiday idea. Any kind of simple shapes you tape up into a window will be interesting to the children…

Holiday Window Tracing by Teach Preschool

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By |2016-12-05T07:41:24+00:00December 5th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jennie Jensen December 5, 2013 at 7:09 am - Reply

    I love this idea and want to do it in my preschool classroom! Where can I get those simple pictures to use for tracing? Thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Jennie,
      I just drew mine using the drawing tools in Microsoft word:)

  2. Stacy @ Share&Remember December 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    This is so cool! 🙂

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