How to use daily activities to support your child’s learning #9
Christmas learning fun
10 easy ways to make learning fun at Christmas…
- I spy on the Christmas tree- Use the decorations on the Christmas trees to play eye spy (use beginning sounds rather than letter names). For example, can you find something on the tree that begins with the sound /r/ (reindeer, Rudolf, ribbon)
- Christmas counting in the car- the car is a great time to practice counting. You could encourage your kids to count the number of houses they see with Christmas lights, the number of Santa decorations they see, etc.
- Advent Calendar – use an advent calendar for number recognition.
- Christmas countdown – have a little blackboard or whiteboard that you can use for a Christmas countdown. Encourage your child to tell you how many sleeps until Christmas and have a go at writing the number themselves.
- Christmas cooking – bake Christmas cookies and discuss the measurements with your child. Encourage your child to count how many cookies you have and help work out how long they need to stay in the oven for.
- Letter to Santa – Help your child write a letter to Santa. They can tell you what they would like to say and you can write it for them. This modelling of how to write a letter is a wonderful learning experience for your child. Encourage your child to write their own name at the end.
- Christmas cards – signing Christmas cards is great practice for your child in learning to write their name. You can write their name on the first one so they have something to remind them of how to write each letter and then let them sign away! You can just do a few every day.
- Wrapping presents – your child can help you with the wrapping! Using scissors is great for strengthening their little hands, so get them to do all the cutting for you.
- Picture story books- enjoy reading Christmas books with your little one. Point out features of the text such as the title and front cover. Select one letter each night and focus on the sound it makes.
- Making patterns- children can draw a Christmas tree to decorate. You could use small dot stickers in a repetitive pattern as tinsil! Talk about the colours they have used and the pattern they have formed.
Wishing you all lots of Christmas fun!!