Christmas writing station is a big hit!

With just a few Christmas tweaks, your writing station can be a big hit!

Our Students love the writing center at Christmas time and this is why. There are ornaments to decorate, cards to write, and fun holiday colors to explore.

It can be challenging to figure out what to display in the writing center. What will get my students to “want to” come and write, draw, or color? How can I keep the writing center fresh and inviting to our children?

Adding the Fun

Setting out card and letter making materials have been a great addition! The children love those cheap Dollar Tree cards and will sit and draw on them, deliver them, and write words on them all day long.

We have had our Christmas writing station up for several days now and the children never seem to tire of it!  We try to slightly vary the materials that we offer each day to keep it interesting to the children. Collage materials are easy to organize and switch out of our handy dandy produce trays.

Other Things to Add

We set out wrapping paper scraps, Christmas cards, envelopes, stickers, ribbon, paint chips, and pom poms, along with scissors, glue, and writing tools.  For our older children who are ready to write them, we also added some commonly used words and phrases, such as to, from, love, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays.

But perhaps the one element that  never changes, though, is the one thing that continues to make this center so inviting for our children.  Each child has their own mailbox…

Our “mailboxes” are our DIY friendship blocks that we created at the beginning of the school year.  They are made of simple, sturdy cardboard paper tubes.  Each child’s picture is taped to their very own tube.

We went back later and added the children’s names to each tube too which helped with writing letters to each other. These friendship blocks make perfect the little mailboxes for our writing station…

The children have been busy at work, creating letters and cards for one another.  Sometimes their creations end up in their own mailboxes for them to take home.  But more often than not, the children carry on this season’s spirit of giving and stuff their friends’ mailboxes with their creations…

Every day, our writing station stays busy with children writing, coloring, cutting, and creating…

We will, of course, use our writing station to create cards for our parents…

And we may even wrap our parent gifts at our writing station.  But be warned.  If you set out wrapping paper and tape, your children may just begin wrapping up classroom toys…

Pre-literacy and fine motor skills are always important elements of an early childhood program.  But I think promoting the spirit of giving is equally important in young children.  And our Christmas writing station does just that…

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By |2018-12-01T11:08:22+00:00December 16th, 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. Jason December 16, 2013 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Probably a long shot here, but do you know where the table came from? I really like the size and bookshelfs on top.
    Thank you and happy holidays!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Jason,
      My husband built this desk for me. I drew up the plans and he figured it out from my very rough sketch. Happy Holidays to you too!

  2. Brittany December 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Just curious, did you build that desk or purchase it somewhere? It’s pretty ideal for a preschool situation!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Brittany,
      My husband built this desk for me. I drew up the plans and he figured it out from my very rough idea:)

  3. Heidi Butkus December 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Oh, my goodness! This is absolutely WONDERFUL! I love it! I bet that the children just eat this UP!
    Thank you for sharing this fabulous idea!
    Heidi Butkus

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      It is the first place the children head every morning Heidi:)

  4. Honi December 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Oh wow I absolutely love this and all your posts!
    I am a newly graduated preschool teacher and am so inspired by your ideas. (I’ve definitely used a few and next year I cannot wait to do this.)
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us.
    Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings,
    From Adelaide, Australia. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Merry Christmas Adelaide!

  5. Darla December 16, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Love the “mailboxes” complete with photos:) Awesome writing center for the holidays or ANY DAY! Great post!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you Darla:) Merry Christmas to you!

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