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Board games are one of the nicest ways to spend family time over the festive period.
Christmas shopping is sadly going to be a totally different experience and many of us will be stuck trying to pick from a bewildering array of small online images with reviews that aren't always ones you can trust.
So I asked 2,000 homeschooling families to help out with their top choices that are both fun and educational.
Check out this lovely recipe from Bianka and family.
"I've got a quick and easy recipe which is super easy for kids to make and the cookies can be decorated with absolutely anything from candy to sprinkles to choc chips and so on."
~ Bianka, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook support group
Simone shared this wonderful and simple idea for making tree ornaments from jam jar lids.
You can get the full how-to instructions here.
Looking for a special gift to give to a homeschooling friend?
This book of happiness quotes is a wonderful gift book to sit on your bedside table to dip into whenever you need a boost of courage and confidence - and want to feel great!
Find out more here.
Bianka found this lovely Santa Jar activity and to show you how much fun her children had doing it here are the ones they made:
You could start by using our free writing worksheets to get your child to write about their best Christmas present - a great way to sneak in some homeschool English!
Stacey found these lovely melted bead ornaments:
"A Christmas movie marathon also a great activity especially when the weather isn't great." ~ Bianka
"We do this too." ~ Samie
Here's a few suggestions from Bianka and Samie:
A Christmas Carol
Northpole open for Christmas
Snowman & Snowdog
Ige Age a mammoth Christmas
Home alone 1,2,3,4
How The Grinch stole Christmas
Bah humduck, a looney tunes Xmas
Elliot the littlest reindeer
Santa's little helpers
The search for Santa paws
A doggone Christmas
The Christmas chronicles
The Polar Express
Mickey's once upon a Christmas
And then there's The holiday Heist, Peppa pig, Peppa's Christmas, The Grinch 2018, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Elf, Snowman, Snowman & Snowdog, Stickman and The Muppet's Christmas Carol....plenty to enjoy for all the family.
Get ideas for fun activities you'll do with the children to cover all subjects starting in the New Year.
When you are unschooling or following an eclectic approach to homeschooling, it's easy to worry you're not covering all the topics your child needs. This handy book helps out with inexpensive and unique homeschooling ideas so you can teach every subject from Math to Science.
You can get a free pack of Christmas activities with eight free printables including tic-tac-toe and a dot-to-dot.
You can also get some wonderful and unusual Christmas prints to download at my friend Julie's Etsy shop FromThe Rookery.
I suggest you type in the blank space: The Best Homeschool Mom in the World!
Bianka spotted these lovely free templates you can download to make these little paper toy holders.
Really pretty - thanks for sharing Bianka.
Christmas is definitely the time for a party and I thought you might like these Xmas party game suggestions.
From Santa Says to Freeze and a Blind Snowman Dance, there's plenty to enjoy.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without games! These ones are online and not that educational I have to say, but nonetheless I thought your kids might enjoy some of them!
Not really Christmassy, but I thought I'd sneak in these fun free resources Sylvia found on the David Walliams site.
You'll find resource packs for Grandpa's Great Escape, The Slightly Annoying Elephant and the World's Worst children.
How about getting your kids to e-mail Santa and get a reply from the North Pole?
And Santa might well enjoy having some fun in the snow when you have a go at making our snow globe in Christmas crafts.
You could have some fun with the kids over the holidays making our homeschool lava lamp and dropping in some Christmas trees!
Monica came up with this suggestion for the Christmas newsletter so I thought I would let her explain more:
If you want to slip math into Christmas without anyone noticing, board and card games are the way to do it!
It can be hard to find exactly the right present which is both fun and educational.
You can find the very best homeschool gifts for Christmas in this list.
I'm enjoying finding new ideas and setting up fun boards at Pinterest.
You can also join my smaller Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group, which is a support group where we share the ups and downs of our homeschooling days and give each other encouragement and help.
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Best Wishes and Happy Christmas!
FUN CRAFTS ACTIVITIES
Out: 2nd Sunday in January 2021