Are you looking for a fun and educational Christmas activity to do with the kids? Christmas acrostic poems are an easy writing activity for kids of all ages and abilities! Get this Free Christmas Acrostic Poem download and you have a ready made, fun activity to do with the kids this holiday season!
First off, what is an acrostic poem? An acrostic poem is a form of poetry in which the first letter of each line is used to create a word, phrase, or description. In this case, Christmas-themed words are written vertically, with one letter per line. Then each letter is used as the beginning of a word or phrase that has to do with the themed word for the poem. It’s a fun activity that’s also great writing practice!
Christmas Acrostic Poems for 7 Different Words!
In this free mini-writing lesson download you get 7 different Christmas acrostic poem templates- available in both color and black and white. This pack features the following Christmas words to create Christmas poems with:
- Candy Cane
How to Write a Christmas Acrostic Poem
Acrostic poems are great because they don’t have to rhyme and they can be created using just a few words. It’s a simple composition that is perfect for kids (and adults!) of any age- they just need to know how to write! Here’s a simple lesson plan on how to write an acrostic poem.
To start pass out the acrostic poem templates- or allow the child to choose the word they would like to write about.
Explain to the child that they should think of a word or phrase that starts with each letter that relates to the central themed topics (ie, Christmas, candy canes, stocking, santa claus, etc).
Here is an example:
Having fun with my family
Outside the snow is falling
Laughing with friends
Icicles hanging from the roof
Drinking hot chocolate
Angel tops the Christmas tree
Yummy cookies and treats
Tips for Acrostic Poetry Success
If you or your child is having trouble writing their poem, here are some tips to make writing acrostic poems easier
First, do the activity with them and model by example. They will watch as you complete your poem and have a better understanding of how to do the writing themselves. If you are working in a classroom setting, write a group acrostic poem first on the whiteboard together as a class.
Second, brainstorm a list of words before you begin. Write these words or phrases on a whiteboard or separate paper. Think of as many Christmas and holiday themed words as you can. Then if/when your child gets stuck while writing they can use these words as a jumping off point.
It can also be helpful to discuss the meaning of the holidays before you begin. Talk about the importance of the holiday, the meaning behind it, the family traditions, etc. This helps get you in the right mind frame for writing about the holiday season.
And finally, always be available to help and give suggestions if your child gets stuck. The point is creative expression- not frustration! So don’t censor them and allow them to write whatever they want as long as the first word starts with letter at the beginning of the line.
Some kids will write long sentences or phrases and others will write just one word- both are okay!
Download the Christmas Acrostic Poems Below:
There are 2 options for these printable Christmas acrostic poems templates: Color and Black and White- you can download whichever one suits your needs best (or grab them both!)
Each pack features 7 different Christmas words to create acrostic poems. There are 2 versions of each word:
- One with primary lines- suitable for young kids who are just learning to write
- One with a single line- suitable for older kids and adults
You are free to use these templates for personal use at home or in the classroom. Please don’t share the file, but if you’d like to share the Christmas Acrostic Poem Templates with friends, please forward this page to them so that they can download the file themselves. This download may not be used in any commercial fashion.
How to Use the Finished Acrostic Poems
Now that you’ve finished your acrostic poems, now what? Here are a few ways to use your Christmas acrostic poems:
Staple the poems together to make your child their own book of poems
Fold them up into a Christmas card to give to friends and families
Allow the students to illustrate their poems and create a memorable keepsake
If you are in a classroom setting, use the students’ poems to create a great bulletin board display
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