Christmas bow play

At Christmas time in our classroom, we have so much fun with gift bows!  They are inexpensive and come in large bags, making them perfect for use in the classroom.  And if you don’t remove the sticker backing, they can be used over and over again before needing to be recycled.  Today I’m sharing a few of the ways we like to use bows around the classroom during the holidays…

Christmas bow play by Teach Preschool

Nothing inspires the spirit of giving in preschool aged children more than a wrapped present.  Children love to give gifts and then help you open them, of course!  With these magnetic bows and presents, children can exchange presents all day long…

Magnetic Bow and Present Play by Teach Preschool

Once you have glued the magnets on your bows, you can then use them on a magnet board or on these cute Christmas gift tins…

Holiday Play in the Preschool Classroom

Providing gift tags, along with your bows also encourages writing skills…

Holiday Play in Preshcool

At the art table, we have found two different ways to paint with bows.  The first one is stamping with bows and gift boxes

Gift Bow Painting by Teach Preschool

We’ve also used Christmas bows as paint brushes, producing some spectacular results…

Holiday Paint Brushes by Teach Preschool

At the easel, we like to use gift bows to spark some creativity.  By placing one simple bow in the middle of a piece of easel paper, you can inspire children to create something extraordinary like these easel paper presents

Easel paper presents by Teach Preschool

Bows can also be used for playing games.  We used a bow as a “hot potato” when we opened gifts at our holiday party, but pass the bow is a game you could play anytime…

Christmas Party 028

And finally, if you find that you have leftover bows, ribbon, sequins, and candy canes at the end of the season, these holiday boxes are a fantastic way to use them up  and also make a lovely gift…

Holiday in a Box by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-12-10T06:00:44+00:00December 10th, 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. Margaret@YTherapySource December 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Before you use all those nice bows squeeze in some physical activity. Toss them on the floor. The child have to move across the room jumping over all the bows. Maybe turn on holiday music and call out a color. When the music stops all the children have to run and touch that color bow. Toss them on a parachute and send them flying through the air. Very versatile item to encourage gross and fine motor skills.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      LOVE all those idea! We haven’t used our bows this year yet so I will get to add them all!

  2. Amy O'Grady December 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I know I said I was dollar store spent but I could not resist making ONE more activity for my kiddos. They are having a BLAST wit the magnetic bows and the wrapped cookie sheet! They LOVE bringing me the cookies sheet all covered with bows telling me “here is a present for you Mrs O’Grady!” LOVE this time of year!! Thanks again for all the wonderful ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 18, 2013 at 12:40 am - Reply

      You know – that is one of my most favorite things to do with the kids! It is remarkable how much they love it! I’m glad you are not totally Dollar Store spent:)

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