Christmas Treat Bag

Christmas Treat Bag lesson plan

Students show their favorite holiday event on a personalized gift bag. Decorate these handy bags for treats on any special occasion!

  • 1.

    Not only do individual countries have unique Christmas customs, but within regions families have created their own traditions. Students share their family and international Christmas traditions with classmates. Then choose a holiday scene to decorate a gift bag.

  • 2.

    On paper, use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils and your imagination to sketch and write about your favorite holiday traditions or memories.

  • 3.

    Illustrate a favorite observance on a slick, nonporous white paper gift bag with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. To accent your drawing, use the eraser. For example, draw and color a green tree. Erase areas where garlands and ornaments hang. Fill in spaces with bright colors.

  • 4.

    Highlight the gift bag with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry your bag before it is filled with gifts.


  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Describe the unique features of one's nuclear and extended families.
  • SS: Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places.


  • Using the treat bag format, students illustrate a scene from their favorite books on the bag. Include the title and author of the book on the bag. Package the book inside the bag and place it into a box for a grab bag exchange.
  • Select a second holiday and research the traditions that surround that holiday. Students decorate an second bag to illustrate the second holiday.