Christmas Activities

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Christmas Board Games

Christmas educational board games recommended by homeschoolers

Board games are one of the nicest ways to spend family time over the festive period.

Find the best educational board games recommended by homeschoolers here.

Christmas Present Ideas

homeschool Christmas present ideas

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.

CLICK HERE for great Christmas present ideas.

Inspirational Presents: Homeschool Journals And Memory Books

Homeschooling is a wonderful journey and these beautiful Journals and Memory books will help you record the most precious time you ever spend with your child.

Homeschooling journal
Homeschooling Memory Book

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Best Christmas Activity Ideas: Baking Cookies

Best Christmas cookies

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

You can get Christiaan and Makayla's best Christmas cookie recipe here.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Simone shared this wonderful and simple idea for making tree ornaments from jam jar lids.

Christmas tree ornaments

"We have been making jam jar lid ornaments for the Christmas tree. So pretty and inexpensive to make. x"

~ Simone, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

You can get the full how-to instructions here.

"Looks wonderful..great idea..have to try it."

~ Bianka, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

Christmas Gift Book For Homeschooling Moms

Happiness quotes for homeschooling Moms

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.

"It really is just the most gorgeous book to own. Perfect as a gift to another home educator or to have for yourself. It's a total must have."

Amazon review

Make Santa Jars

Santa jars

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:

Christmas jars
  • Enchanted Learning has some nice free crafts. You can make a Santa hat, a real crystal snowflake, and a paper plate snowman.

Read A Christmas Story

Favorite Christmas activities read a story

"We read a different Christmas story every night starting on the 1st. I haven't got around to wrapping them up this year but that's what we usually do so that we don't know which one is which."

~ Samie, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group

  • Our Christmas activities for kids page has lots of ideas to try, including our favorite: making your own Christmas crackers. You'll see ideas for homeschool snowflakes, mini pinecone Christmas trees and how to make tree ornaments using our salt dough recipe.
christmas activities for kids

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:

melted bead ornaments

"Thought this was brilliant."

~ Stacey, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

Christmas Movie Marathon

Christmas movie marathon

"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

Santas apprentice

Bah humduck, a looney tunes Xmas

Santa's bootcamp

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.

Christmas Planning!

Get ideas for fun activities you'll do with the children to cover all subjects starting in the New Year.

Teaching ideas for homeschooling

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.

Free Christmas Printables

Xmas activity pack

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.

Downloadable Christmas print

I suggest you type in the blank space: The Best Homeschool Mom in the World!

Present for you

Bianka spotted these lovely free templates you can download to make these little paper toy holders.

Really pretty - thanks for sharing Bianka.

Party Games

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.

Online Games

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!

  • Miniclip has a variety of games, from frostbite to snowbowl and eight ball pool.
  • Primary Games. Annoying ads at the start, but your children might enjoy games like helping Santa get his present back after a naughty elf has stolen his sleigh full of presents and a severe bout of reindeer hiccups scattering presents across Europe.

Fun Christmas Activities

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.

E-mail Santa

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.

how to make a snow globe

Science Fun

homemade lava lamp with christmas decorations

You could have some fun with the kids over the holidays making our homeschool lava lamp and dropping in some Christmas trees!

The Kindness Elves

The Kindness elves

Monica came up with this suggestion for the Christmas newsletter so I thought I would let her explain more:

"I don't know if you know of this tradition or similar one, we don't have it here, but it is really thoughtful. This is an alternative to Elf on a shelf. The elves do kind things for people, you can make your own elves, you don't have to buy them. ....

We have donated clothes and toys, helped a person in need, donated books, cooked food and gifted it, etc. It is up to the children if/what/when they would like to do. I really love the Kindness Elves"

~ Monica, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

Christmas Math

If you want to slip math into Christmas without anyone noticing, board and card games are the way to do it!

Kids math games

I asked 2,000 members of my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group to pick out their favorite games for teaching math here.

Special Gifts For Christmas

homeschool Christmas presents

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.

Homeschool Secrets of Success

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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.

"I really appreciate having the space to be honest about how things are. This is such a supportive group. Everyone has made me feel so much better & stronger this morning” ~ x Penny

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