I had so much fun yesterday writing about our favorite Christmas books, that I’m practically bursting at the seams with excitement for today’s post. As anyone familiar with me knows, I absolutely love all things homeschooling, so anytime I can find a way to integrate my favorite holiday in with some hands-on activities for my kids, you can bet I’m going to find a way to share it with you!
Since we homeschool year round, we are not technically homeschooling this month, as this is our 6 week break. However, I do count this month as “school” because we are so busy learning and creating through everything we do.
If you’re looking to break up the monotony of your school days because your kids are too preoccupied with the festivities to concentrate, consider dropping your curriculum for a few weeks and trying some of these Christmas activities we’ve loved:
25 Christmas Activities Just for You!
1.Read through Luke 2 with your kids and have them act it out.
If your kids aren’t comfortable acting it out, consider challenging yourselves as a family to memorize it.
2.Use Christmas writing prompts.
Forego your language arts curriculum this holiday season and use these fun Christmas-themed writing prompts instead!
3.Use books as your Advent countdown.
I know that chocolate Advent calendars are the tradition for most, but why not start a new one (or at least add an additional one) by gathering up 24 Christmas picture books, wrapping them up, and- if you have one- setting them under a miniature “book tree”. Starting December 1, read one book a day as a family and watch the pile get smaller and smaller as Christmas gets closer and closer!
4.Celebrate Christmas through acts of service.
Brainstorm some ways you can spread the love of Christ through serving others. Consider filling up a shoebox with your kids for Operation Christmas Child, helping out at a food bank, or singing carols to people in nursing homes. There are so many opportunities out there. Use your imagination, and just get out there and do it. It will be a Christmas you won’t soon forget.
5.Do a family “Secret Santa” exchange.
My kids love drawing each other’s names out of a hat and coming up with creative homemade gift ideas for their siblings. In years past some of the things they’ve made include a cardboard dollhouse, homemade paper dolls, muffin crayons, and homemade play dough.
6.Plan a Christmas party for friends and family.
This party comes with a twist, though! Give your children a set amount of dollars they can spend- the lower the better. Help them learn to budget and plan through this educational activity.
7.Have your kids write a list of gifts God has given them.
Afterwards, have them write each gift on an ornament to hang on your Christmas tree.
8.Let your kids get creative with some Christmas coloring sheets.
You can find a free Santa coloring pack right here.
9.Let your children make their own Countdown to Christmas calendars.
Get creative! They can use stickers, markers, glitter…anything they want. It’s their calendar. Make sure they remember to cross out each day as it comes!
10.Throw in a candy cane science experiment.
How can you go wrong with something that combines science with candy canes? Find the instructions here.
11.Take your kids on a nativity scavenger hunt.
This is one activity I just learned about recently, and we can’t wait to try it!
12.Play a game of Christmas Song Pictionary.
Visit here for free printable cards to use with this clever twist on a timeless family game.
13.Go on a candy cane hunt.
Why should the Easter bunny get all of the fun with the Easter egg hunts? Using this idea, hide some candy canes around the house or back yard. Your kids will have so much fun. (And I’m suspecting that you will, too!)
14.Play a game of Jingle Bell Toss.
This is a cute game where your kids throw jingle bells into red Solo cups. Find the instructions here.
15.Use oobleck to make snow.
My kids love all things messy, so oobleck is high on their list of “fun stuff”. What can be more fun than to use it to make snow for a Christmas tree! Find the directions here.
16.Let the kids make their own play snow.
This is super simple because it only needs 3 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of conditioner. Now who doesn’t usually have that on hand?
17.Do a Christmas STEM challenge.
Assign your kids the task of using household items to design their own sleigh. Give them as much time and support as they need, and have at it!
18.Do a pine cone science experiment.
I don’t know about where you live, but in our neighborhood, we have pine cones galore! Gather some up and do an experiment to find out why they open.
19.Bend some candy canes.
This is another fun experiment that shows children how candy canes get their hooks and gives them the opportunity to bend some into shapes of their own!
20.Make some peppermint oobleck.
Yep. Good old oobleck again. I’m telling you, you can’t go wrong with this stuff when it comes to kids. You can find a great recipe for peppermint oobleck here. It’s so simple to make, yet keeps the kids entertained for so long!
21.Take your kids caroling.
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without it!
22.Have your kids help to write out your Christmas cards.
This is great practice for them in spelling, penmanship, and addressing envelopes properly, and it’s a huge time saver for you, too!
23.Let your kids help you wrap presents.
Seriously, ladies. Another huge time saver.
24.Make Santa’s frozen hands.
Filling up latex gloves with slime and other goodies seems to be all the rage these days. How about giving that idea a little twist and making ice hands filled with goodies?
25. Take them Christmas shopping with you.
This is a great opportunity to teach your kids how to stretch a dollar, how the quality of products are important, and how money just doesn’t go as far as you think it will all the time. Most importantly, it will give them an idea of the time their loved ones spend while looking for that perfect gift for them.
What are some activities you do with your kids at this time of year?
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