Grinch Day Activities
Grinch Day is one of my favorite days of the year! It’s the perfect opportunity to calm some of the pre-Christmas craziness while keeping children engaged and learning. These Grinch Day activities are perfect for your little learners this December. Keep reading and be inspired to host your own Epic Grinch Day celebration!
Of course, you (obviously) can’t host a Grinch Day without the Grinch book. Can you believe this classic was published all the way back in 1957 and is still so well loved today? I also suggest getting a Grinch movie to have on hand. If you don’t already own them, you can purchase them by clicking the images below. (Please read my Disclosure about affiliate links.)
I like this version of the Grinch movie because it’s only 26 minutes long, and it doesn’t have some of the inappropriate language of the Jim Carey version.
Math Activities for Grinch Day
First Grade WOW Blog has a fun and FREE 100’s chart mystery picture that’s perfect for your Grinch day math. Students love mystery pictures and don’t even realize they’re learning or practicing important math concepts. This activity would work for Kindergarten or first grade as students must recognize written numbers from 1-100.
These math word problems (source unknown) are another fun Grinch Day activity. Students create an addition and subtraction problem booklet with Grinch themed story problems. You can download this FREEBIE here.
Grinch Day Literacy Activities
Have students write a friendly letter to the Grinch persuading him to be nice. I love seeing the ideas they come up with, and this writing template is perfect for kindergarten and first graders. I have a freebie at the end of this post where you can download this writing template!
Another fun writing activity we love to do on Grinch Day also includes a Grinch craft. I created this FREE template so your little learners can make the Grinch. In his mouth, they draw and write about how they would make him GRIN. Even my preschool students love this craft and writing prompt! Click the image below to grab this FREE craft template.
More Grinchy Crafts
It came without ribbons. It came without bows. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
This quote is one of my favorite quotes from the book! What a beautiful reminder of what the Christmas season should be about. We’ve all gotten far too wrapped up (pardon that pun!) in the commercialism of it. I love this little ornament that highlights that quote.
These ornaments were super simple to make and looked perfect on our classroom Christmas tree! Search Pinterest for a cute print like this, print it out, and Modpodge it onto a thin sheet of wood. Add a ribbon and you’re ready for a Grinch-inspired tree! These make a great keepsake for the kids in your classroom to make!
Another fun activity we did on Grinch Day was Grinch directed drawings. I love directed drawings because they encourage children to follow directions, pay attention to details, and work in an orderly sequence. However, each child’s drawing turns out unique and special just like them.
I made “Merry Grinchmas” frames for them to draw inside. You can get these for FREE at the end of this post! Instructions for the directed drawings are found here.
Grinch Themed Party
What Grinch Day is complete with out a party? A Grinch themed party is fun to throw, and it’s a day your students will always remember. I had lots of parent help in pulling this off! I just loved the little lopsided Christmas trees on the tables. And the peppermint striped table runners were such a fun touch! Check out the little peppermint Christmas trees, too!
Our feast included Grinch Kabobs, Pretzels, Cookies, and Mini Cupcakes with Grinch Signs on them. Of course we had Grinch Juice to drink! The Grinch kabobs are easy to make with grapes, strawberries, bananas, and mini marshmallows. It’s fun to let the kids make them themselves.
Green candy canes make the perfect party favor when you add a printable poem about how the Grinch licked the candy canes to turn them green. It’s so funny to watch the preschool and kindergarten kids’ expressions when they hear this. Half are amazed, and half are disgusted! You can find green candy canes with the regular candy canes at Walmart before Christmas.
Even More Grinch Day Ideas
For a fun (and messy) craft, we made Who Christmas trees using ice cream cones, green icing, and edible decorations! Licorice makes perfect garland to drape around the Christmas tree, and all the candy pieces and sprinkles work perfectly as ornaments. If you don’t want the kids to eat these at the party, they can be placed inside large plastic solo cups to take home!
No Grinch Day party is complete without lots of Grinchy attire and Who Hair! My hair isn’t long enough for Who Hair, but I did wear my single antler and my Merry Grinchmas shirt! Walmart almost always has a few cute Grinch shirts in December, so keep an eye out. Of course, my students did not disappoint when it came to the perfect Who Hair!
I’ve put together a few fabulous FREEBIES For your Grinch Day festivities. You can grab them by clicking the button below.
Here are some other fabulous (and FREE) Grinch Day activities I’ve found online!
- COLORING PAGES
- Grinch Dust Recipe and Printables
- GRINCH GOO RECIPE
- PIN THE HEART ON THE GRINCH
- GRINCH CRAFT IDEAS
- HANDPRINT CRAFT
- GRINCH ORNAMENT
- GRINCH KABOBS
I also do a green stay in my kindergarten class, and one of the kids activities I do if I get a green balloon and while it is deflated I drive a red heart in magic marker. Then we blow the balloons up and the heart grows three times the size.
We also make a grinch dust similar to reindeer food that we make with oatmeal and glitter however the grinch dust is simply sugar and I put a few drops of green food coloring in and let them swish it all around till the white sugar turns green .
What fun ideas, Kathy! Thank you for sharing!!