I teach kindergarten in a Catholic school and every year on December 6 all of the classrooms in my school prepare for Saint Nicholas to visit. Students decorate a shoe or stocking of some type that will hold a special S. Nicholas Day treat on the morning of December 7. Last year, my students colored this simple Waiting for St. Nicholas sneaker and taped the shoe to their locker. When students arrived at school the next morning, a candy cane treat from St. Nicholas was waiting for them!
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This coloring page is very versatile. It can be left on each student's desk, in their cubbies or attached to student lockers. It also prints two per page to save you valuable time and conserve paper. I printed my shoes on white cardstock to offer more support for the candy canes. I also cut a slit along the top of the shoe to create a little pocket for each candy cane.
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Saint Nicholas Toys
You can also purchase this adorable St. Nicholas action figure from Playmobile on Amazon. What a fantastic and inexpensive “treat” for St. Nicholas to leave in someone's shoe this year. Thank you to my friend Julie for the great suggestion!
Playbill also sells a cute St. Nicholas Parade toy. I love that it comes with a horse and these cute kids.
I plan to order this cute vinyl St. Nicholas figurine for my classroom. I love how sweet it is. I also love that St. Nicholas doesn't look like a typical toy. I plan to put him on my classroom prayer table and while I do allow my kids to touch the items on the table and have some exploratory play, I still want them to view this figurine as something special.
And just in case you were wondering, YES this company makes little plastic statues of many saints! I want to own every single one of these. You can check out the complete collection on Amazon.
St. Nicholas DVD
There's also a very well done cartoon movie that shares the story of St. Nicholas with young children. I have shown it in my kindergarten classroom for many years and it has always been a hit. The film has a run time of 30 minutes, which helps it to fit nicely into your religion lesson plans for the day.
Books that Teach About Saint Nicholas
If you need some pictures books for your classroom that tell the story of St. Nicholas, here are a few selections from Amazon.
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A Special St. Nicholas Day
The Legend of St. Nicholas
Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend
The Miracle of Saint Nicholas
Celebrate the Holidays With Kindercraze
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