1 Revise the following words before starting the activity: star, angel, candle, present, tree, stocking, bauble, holly.
2 Give out photocopies of the Christmas paper craft worksheet and, if you have time, ask the pupils to colour in the pictures.
3 Ask the class to cut out the square. Make sure the children do not cut along the inner fold lines.
4 Show the class hold to fold the activity, taking them through each fold at a time so that no child is left behind. Use instructions, such as Take a corner and fold it into the middle, Turn it over, etc.
5 Ask the children to put the paper craft activity on their tables without touching them. Ask two volunteers to come to the front of the class with their crafts and demonstrate how to play the game. Write their names on the board for scoring.
6 Pupil 1 chooses a picture and asks Pupil 2 to spell it, eg holly. Pupil 1 then repeats the spelling opening and closing the craft on each letter H – O – L – L – Y, leaving the second layer visible, for example: h, s, t, a. Pupil 2 chooses one of the letters and says a Christmas word beginning with that letter, for example, ‘s’ – star. If Pupil 2 says a word correctly, Pupil 1 unfolds the craft and looks at the points under the letter ‘s': 4 points. Write 4 under Pupil 2’s name on the board. Now repeat the procedure with Pupil 2 using the craft until Pupil 1 also scores points. By this stage, most children in the class will understand how to play the game.
7 Pupils play in pairs, noting down their scores. You can either play by saying the first pupil to score 20 wins or putting a time limit on the game.
You can also revise general vocabulary on the inner layer by asking the pupils to say any word in English starting with the letter.