Seven Fun and Interactive Christmas Ideas

We’re delighted to have teamed up with World Nursery Rhyme Week to bring you seven positive touch activities on a Christmas theme. You will love them! These Story Massage Christmas ideas are best when you sing-along to a familiar tune – but please enjoy them as you wish. And do change the suggested strokes too. We just want you to have some seasonal fun with the children and adults in your life.

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Father Christmas Had a Tree

Sung to “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”…

Father Christmas had a tree (Fan)

Ho, ho ho ho ho! (Fan)

And on that tree he had some horns (Fan)

Ho ho ho ho ho!
 (Fan)

With a toot toot here and a toot toot there (Bounce)

Here a toot, there a toot
 (Bounce)

Every where a toot toot (Bounce)

Father Christmas had a tree
 (Fan)

Ho, ho, ho, ho ho! (Fan)

Additional verses:

Lights – with a flash flash here and a flash flash there. (Wave)

Sweets – with a yum-yum here and a yum-yum there. (Squeeze)

Drums – with a boom boom here and a boom boom there. (Drum)

Bells – with a ring ring here and a ring ring there. (Circle)

Stars – with a twinkle twinkle here and a twinkle twinkle there. (Sprinkle)

Snowflakes – with a flutter flutter here and a flutter flutter there. (Calm)

 

Sing a Song of Winter

Sung to “Sing a Song of Sixpence”

Sing a song of winter, (Circle)

Frost is in the air. (Circle)

Sing a song of winter,
 (Sprinkle)

Snowflakes everywhere.
 (Sprinkle)

Sing a song of winter,
 (Sideways Wave)

Hear the sleigh bells chime.(Sideways Wave)

Can you think of anything, (Squeeze)

As nice as Christmas time? (Squeeze)

 

Father Christmas, Father Christmas

Sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques”

Father Christmas, Father Christmas (Circle)

He got stuck, he got stuck
 (Calm)

Climbing down the chimney, (Claw)

climbing down the chimney
. (Claw))

What bad luck, what bad luck. (Drum)

 

Christmas Pudding, Christmas Pudding

Also sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques

Christmas pudding, Christmas pudding, (Circle)

Steaming hot, Steaming hot. (Calm)

Sprinkle on the sugar, (Sprinkle)

Sprinkle on the sugar. (Sprinkle)

Eat the lot, Eat the lot. (Squeeze)

 

The Reindeer Cokey

Sung to the tune of “The Hokey Cokey”

You put your antlers in. (Fan)

You put your antlers out.
 (fan)

In out, in out shake them all about.
 (Drum)

You do the Reindeer Cokey and you turn yourself around.
 (Circle)

That’s what it’s all about! (Calm)

Additional Verses

You put your hooves in…. (Walk)

You put your red nose in…. (Bounce)

You put your fluffy tail in… (Sprinkle)

You put your reindeer body in”… (Wave)

 

Three Wise Men

Sung to tune of “Three Blind Mice”….

Three wise men, three wise men, (Circle)

Following the star, following the star. (Circle)

They rode their camels all day and night
 (Drum)

They followed the star that shone so bright
 (Fan)

They never let it out of their sight
 (Fan)

The three wise men, the three wise men. (Circle)

 

Rudolf, Rudolph

Sung to the tune of “Horsey Horsey”….

“Rudolph, Rudolph, Don’t you stop! (Drum)

Just let your feet go clippety clop (Drum)

Your nose is red and your eyes are round,
 (Circle)

Giddy up, we’re Christmas bound. (Circle)

More about Story Massage

Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of our Story Massage book, resources and training. These strokes have a child friendly name, such as The Drum or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it fully accessible for all ages and abilities.

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If you would like to introduce Story Massage in your home or work, then we hold a one day training course that is held around the country for individuals and groups. On these days we teach the Story Massage strokes and then work with you to adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for anyone interested in sharing peer massage and positive touch ideas for children and adults of all ages and abilities. We also offer in-house training options. All the information is here: Story Massage Training

More about World Nursery Rhyme Week

World Nursery Rhyme Week is a free initiative sponsored by Music Bugs (sensory music classes for children) and supported by music downloads and worksheets from Piccolo Music. The aim is to promote the important role that nursery rhymes play in early childhood by helping children master key skills such as language and communication and social, physical and emotional skills.

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