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5 Christmas Activities for Children (of all ages)

The beauty of homeschooling is the ability to SLOW DOWN, ditch the schedule and the expectations of traditional school, and just ENJOY our children.

At Christmas time I’m immensely thankful for the gift of homeschooling. We are able to relax our schooling or (GASP!) suspend formal schooling entirely. We can design “Christmas School” if we so choose.

Use the gift of homeschooling to your advantage!

Use it to make memories, teach your children the TRUE meaning of Christmas, and soak up those moments with family and friends. I hope you can allow these suggestions spur you on to a more simple and peaceful Christmas season.

5 Simple Christmas Activities - for Children of All Ages

Simple Christmas Activities

Read

There are so many beautiful books to be read with children during the Christmas season. I always put out our Christmas book basket, which contains a collection of all of their favorite picture books and short chapter books.

Our favorite books to read aloud together over the month are shown below. Curl up with hot chocolate and fuzzy blankets. Don’t stick to a schedule. Allow everyone to stay in the pajamas. Turn on the Christmas lights and just enjoy your precious children.

A Christmas Carol (Puffin Classics)The Best Christmas Pageant EverThe Family Under the BridgeThe Lion in the BoxThe Christmas DollLetters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien (1-Oct-2009) PaperbackThe Twenty-four Days Before Christmas: An Austin Family StoryA Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories (Penguin Christmas Classics)The True GiftNancy and Plum

 

Serve

Pick a service project or two for the month. Whether it is volunteering at a food bank, adopting an angel off an angel tree, or baking Christmas goodies for your local police and firemen - choose something and DO IT.

Set up a Christmas crafting time or music recital at a nursing home.

Volunteer at an Operation Christmas Child Processing Center.

I love these Random Acts of Kindness Tags for kids. This is something all ages can enjoy together.

Make service a theme for the holidays. Your children will learn more through serving than they ever could in a day sitting in a traditional school classroom.

Volunteer at an Operation Christmas Child Processing Center

Create

Our children’s souls need time to be quiet, time to contemplate, time to create.

Allow time in their lives for them to dream up projects, to spend a lot of time with those projects - to finish the projects!

Ask your children what they would like to do. Let them plan the creative activities for the month.

A few ideas:

Play!

Play is how children learn. Christmas is the perfect time to play - A LOT.

Even your big kids need time to play.

Again - a few ideas:

  • schedule a Holiday Game Day- play games ALL DAY LONG!

  • FREE Christmas BINGO download

  • Play The Santa Claus game (FUN!)

  • declare one day a Christmas Fort Day - build the biggest Christmas Fort you can - then read some of those Christmas books in your comfy fort!

  • If you have a warm day, declare one day Christmas Playground Day - visit all of the playgrounds in a 10 mile radius of your house!

Remember, the important thing is just to DO THIS. So often we have good intentions that never come to fruition (ahem. I speak from experience.)

Free Christmas BINGO for Kids



Field Trip

Be intentional about planning a fun field trip (or three) during the Christmas season.

Seek out a local production of The Nutcracker - learn about it and then attend the performance.

Read A Christmas Carol, then go see a production.

Is there a botanical garden with a beautiful holiday display? Ice skating at the mall? A huge light display?

Just make a point to get out and GO and DO. It doesn’t have to be much, just make a memory!



I pray you have a beautiful, peaceful, memorable holiday season!

Do you have a favorite Christmas activity? Share it in the comments below.


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It's good to have a "bag of tricks" for December homeschooling.

December is a great homeschooling month - if you plan it right it doesn't have to be frantic, commercial, or stressful. Give your children a few fun activities and focus on the meaning of the season - a little goes a long way.

My bag of tricks includes fun games, books, art & music activities - a few well thought-out activities can create so many special memories.

Something that has always been super successful in our homeschool is a game day - we play different games, read Christmas books, eat Christmas treats, watch The Nutcracker, and just bask in the season.

Scroll down for a complimentary Christmas BINGO game, as well as some other suggestions I have to make the month fun.

Christmas BINGO For Kids

Christmas Books for Kids

We have a Christmas book basket that fills our December with so much goodness. When the basket comes out it's the start of a month of FUN! 

Here are our favorites - there is something for every age in this group of books.


Christmas Activities/Treats for Kids

Following are some simple art, music, craft, and FOOD activities. 

Christmas Chalk Pastel Video Art Lessons

Nutcracker Video Art Lessons

Nutcracker Unit Study

SQUILT Christmas Carols

Reindeer Sandwiches -- even the big kids like these!

Pretzel Smoochies

Gingerbread Man Boy & Girl sticker sheets (decorate your own!)

Make Your Own LEGO Christmas Ornaments

 


Christmas BINGO for Kids

BINGO is something EVERYONE enjoys -- all ages can take part in this game together.

This free download includes 6 BINGO cards and 24 calling cards - simply print and laminate for posterity! 

 

Download Christmas BINGO


What are your favorite Christmas schooling activities?

 

 

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