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7 fun learning activities to engage your child this Christmas

Team StoryWeavers|December 24, 2021, 18:28 IST|

December is a time for your child to explore fun traditions and discover new ones. Here are some fun activities, with a dash of learning, that you can engage your child in this Christmas season.

1. A letter to Santa

Letter_to_Santa_christmas_learning_activities_childrenIf you’re looking for an exciting way to kick off Christmas celebrations, encourage your child to write a letter to Santa. It’s a great way to celebrate your child’s achievements over the past year. Writing a letter to Santa can also help them—and you, the parent—set goals for the coming year. It can motivate your child to meet these goals and will give them a sense of accomplishment when they do!
You can give your child writing prompts if they need more guidance, This gives your child a starting point to work from.

To add more color and excitement to the letter, download these printable “Letter to Santa” templates that you can use.

What can your child learn from the activity?

✔ Sentence and paragraph construction
✔ Grammar
✔ Goal setting

2. Make Popsicle Stick Santas – a simple DIY Santa decoration

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If your child loves crafts, how about engaging them in some Santa-themed DIY activity? Here is a simple Christmas DIY idea you can start with!

You will need:

  • Large popsicle sticks
  • Black, white, and red paint
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Ribbon

How to make Popsicle Stick Santa?

  1. Paint two-thirds of the popsicle stick red (for Santa’s body)
  2. Paint a small portion of the other end red too (for Santa’s hat)
  3. Draw white stripes at the end of both the red edges
  4. For Santa’s belt, add a black stripe in the middle of the popsicle stick (over the portion painted in red)
  5. Add two black dots for eyes
  6. Paint a tiny red dot below the eyes for Santa’s nose—you can use a small cotton ball and paint it red too
  7. Make a small pom-pom-like cotton ball and place it at the edge of the small red portion (the edge of his hat)
  8. For Santa’s signature beard, stretch out a cotton ball and glue it right below his nose
  9. Once all the paint is dry, flip the popsicle stick over. Make a little loop out of a 4-inch ribbon and glue it to the back of the popsicle stick so they can hang it on the Christmas tree as an ornament.

What can your child learn from the activity?

✔ Creativity
✔ Motor Skills
✔ Use of shapes and colors

3. A Christmas wish list

For kids, gifts are undeniably the highlight of the season! Ring in the festivities by asking them for a list of gifts they would love to receive from Santa. The activity can be more than just preparing a checklist. It can help them learn some valuable lessons too.
Rather than simply asking your child to list everything they want, tell them how many gifts Santa can get them this season. This will set the right expectations and also help them with decision-making.
Another way to approach a Christmas checklist is to ask them to list everything they want and then help them sort, prioritize, and make the final list, making this a great parent-child activity! You can compare two items on the list and ask them to think aloud about what they need.

What can your child learn from the activity?

✔ Numbers and units
✔ The logic and basics of budgeting
✔ Analytical thinking
✔ Critical thinking
✔ Decision making

4. An advent calendar

It’s a great way to build your child’s excitement for Christmas! Download this printable advent calendar they can use. Your child can strike off the days and count the days left until Santa’s visit!

What can your child learn from the activity?

✔ Dates
✔ Days
✔ Counting

5. Christmas greeting cards for friends and family

Help your child spread some Christmas cheer to their near and dear ones as they practise some creative and writing skills! Making holiday cards is one of those simple yet engaging Christmas learning activities to involve your child in Christmas celebrations. Ask them to make a mailing list, design the cards, and write a little note for everyone on the list. To add more excitement, involve Santa in this little activity too! Show your child different ways to draw Santa and all his friends.

What can your child learn from the activity?

✔ Language skills
✔ Creativity
✔ Organizational skills

6. Christmas Games

Celebrations are never complete without games. So here are some fun Christmas games that you can play with your kids this season:

Santa Says: A Christmas version of Simon Says that will help your child learn and understand the concept of verbs. Start with “Santa says” and add an action that you want your child to do. (Eg: “Santa says jump!”) You can direct your child to help you with little chores and tasks around the house too.

Word find: Ask your child to find hidden words from the letters of bigger Christmas-related words. (Eg: Use letters from the word “candy cane” to form smaller words like “dye”, “and”, “den”, etc.)

Christmas Pictionary: Make a list of Christmas-themed words that your family can play Pictionary with.

What can your child learn from the activities?

✔ Verbs
✔ Vocabulary
✔ Shapes

7. Carols and rhymes

Make Christmas merrier for your child. Introduce them to Christmas carols and explain the stories behind each of them. Make this activity more engaging by playing or singing songs and making them repeat the lyrics they just heard. You can also ask them to recognize new words from the song and guess what they mean.
Carol-singing can also be a month-long Christmas learning activity in their learning schedule. You can ask your child to occasionally revisit the lyrics and melody of a song they learned.

What can your child learn from the activity?

✔ Listening
✔ Vocabulary
✔ Rhythm and music

Do you have any special December traditions that you and your kids follow? We’d love to hear all about it! Share them in the comments below!

About the Author

A tax associate-turned-copywriter, Malavica has donned many hats before she discovered her passion for writing. She appreciates a good story and is always on the lookout for one. In an ideal world (where there are no bills to pay), you’d find her living in a cozy countryside cottage with too many pets to count. But for now, she’s perfectly content in her little apartment tending to her plants and listening to true-crime podcasts!

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