Fun Christmas Resources



Funschooling & Recreational Learning: December Activities – Activities Include A Candy Countdown Calendar, a Christmas House, Santa Activities, Holiday Cards, 3-D Ornaments, Snowflakes, Word Games, Star – Shape, and much more. These fun learning activities can be found on this blog.


The following sites have fun printables and things to do for the Christmas Season. Each will take you to a site off Funschooling & Recreational Learning, unless otherwise noted.


Family Education: 12 days of fun (and cheap!) Christmas Activities for Families – Use the arrows to scroll through the pictures to see the ideas.

All Things Topics: Christmas – Offers the following FREE Downloads: Spot the Differences Speaking Activity, Christmas Shopping, 20 Questions about Santa Claus and others.

The Spruce – 50 Fun Teen-Oriented Holiday  – A list of fun things older kids will enjoy doing.

Kids Activities Blog: 70 FREE Christmas Printables – Links to activities off site.

Print Activities.com: Christmas Printables for Kids – Christmas Word Searches, Dot to Dots, Mazes, Word Scrambles, Cryptograms, Boggle Pages, Coloring Pages – Scroll Down to access the activities.

Education.com: Christmas Worksheets – This site offers a variety of printable items such as: Coloring sheets, spot the difference, Dear Santa Letter template, story map, list template, puzzles and others.

DLTK: Christmas Worksheets – Printable activities include: Christmas Anagrams, Writing prompts, puzzles, cryptograms, bitsy books, mazes, math, and more.

Adril Booker: The Ultimate List of Family Advent Activities & Christmas Countdown Fun (Free Printable)From the site – 150+ Advent Activities (or Christmas Countdown Activities) by Category – The categories include: Serving Others, In the Kitchen, Faith-based Activities, Decorating, Outings, Craft & Create, Fun At Home, Watch Your Favorite Christmas Movies, and Winter-Specific Activities. If you give your email to the site, you will get a FREE downloadable version of all 150 ideas.

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Poinsettia Resource Page

Information
University of Illinois Extension: Poinsettia Facts – Interesting facts and information about Poinsettias. Includes anatomy info, history of the plant, and number facts.

The Spruce:  Poinsettias – Keepers or Compost? – Caring For Your Holiday Poinsettia and Getting It To Bloom Again Next Year (How To)

Teleflora: Meaning & Symbolism of Poinsettias – This short article talks about the many names given to the poinsettia, some history about the person it is named after, and what it symbolizes in different cultures.

Why Christmas.com: Poinsettias At Christmas – Where this plant comes from, how it was used by other cultures, plus an old Mexican legend.


Wikipedia: Poinsettia – Description, Religious and Other Traditional Associations, Creation of the American Poinsettia Industry, Cultivation, Diseases, and Toxicity claims.


Crafts

The following sites have instructions for how to make the craft suggested.


DLTK: Paper Poinsettia Flower & Poinsettia Paper Plate Craft

First Palette Kids’ Crafts: Poinsettia Ornament

Planet Smarty Pants: Poinsettia Crafts for Christmas – 12 Crafts suggested, most made from recycled items.

Artists Helping Children: Christmas Poinsettias – Three poinsettia crafts are offered on this site: One using cardboard tubes, a coloring page, and a finger print picture.

Super Coloring: Poinsettia Coloring Pages – 6 pages offered.

Coloring.ws: Mistletoe and Poinsettia Coloring Pages – 7 poinsettia coloring pages offered.

Videos

YouTube: Poinsettia Playlist –  Learn about the history of poinsettia, how to care for them, make some crafts, and listen to a story read by the author.

Here’s one of the videos in the list… How to fold a poinsettia flower, origami

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Gingerbread Activities

Picture by Becka Hons

History


Wikipedia: Gingerbread House  – Gingerbread house history, modern times, Guinness World records, and Gingerbread houses.

PBS: History Gingerbread – Article talks a bit about the history of ginger, and where the first gingerbread recipe came from and the inspiration to decorate gingerbread.


Fun Activities


DLTK Site:
Kidzone: Gingerbread Man Theme Unit – 5 Day Theme Unit and Resource List
Felt Gingerbread Man – Links to the poem and a mini-book version as well.
Gingerbread Man Dot Page – Printable activity page.
Gingerbread Man Activities – Clip art, coloring pages, recipes, and craft ideas.
Gingerbread House – Online Jigsaw Puzzle

Enchanted Learning: Gingerbread Man –  Site offers a picture story about the Gingerbread Man and craft ideas. Some activities may need a membership to print.


Mathwire: Winter Math Activities: Gingerbread House – Scroll down to the ginger bread house activities.


ABCya!: Gingerbread House – This site offers people a chance to build a virtual gingerbread house. Choose from an array of items to help you build and design a one of a kind house. Flash Player required to play.


Make Your Own House

Martha Stewart: Swedish Gingerbread House How-To – Scroll through the pictures to see how to construction this house using caramel syrup as the glue!

King Arthur Flour: Construction Gingerbread for Gingerbread Houses and Gingerbread House Cakes – Recipes

Food Network: Gingerbread House – Recipe

PBS: Zoom: Graham Cracker Gingerbread House – An easy to make house made from Graham crackers.

Little Red Window: Tiny Cardboard Gingerbread House – Instructions for making a gingerbread house from recycled cardboard.


Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Christmas/Holiday House – Make a holiday house from a milk carton!

YouTube: Gingerbread Playlist – Make an origami house, learn how gingerbread house kits are made, and watch an gingerbread house competition.

Here’s one of the videos in the list…
History: Holiday Foods-Gingerbread Houses


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Bells

Carillon of Peter And Paul Cathedral in Saint-Petersburg

Wikipedia: Bell– Etymology, history, styles of ringing, church and temple bells, bellfounding and more. Also,
Campanology – The study of bells.

Owlcation: Interesting Facts About the History of Bells – Article includes information about: Introduction of Bells Across the World, How Were Bells Made, Tuning of the Bell, What Are Handbells?, Bell Towers, What is Bell Metal?, and a list of Famous Bells Around The World. Site includes photos and videos.

Discover Bell Ringing: Site offers a way to find local ringers, music of the bells, history of bell ringing, up the bell tower, learning to ring, technique of ringing, bell mechanism, and other bell related things.

Brosamer’s Bells: Bell History – Offers a short article and a photo gallery of old bell information that includes pricing information, informative text, descriptions, part names, and more. Pictures can be viewed on line or downloaded.

History of Bells.com: History of Bells – Information about the cultural history of bells, and bell facts. There are more featured articles on the bottom of the page.

How To Draw Cartoons Online: How to Draw a Cartoon Bell

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Tim’s Printables: Christmas Bell Templates, Colored Christmas Bell Templates

FreePatternsArea: Bell Shaped Christmas Decoration Craft Cut Out Pattern – Download the pattern, print it out, and cut it. Right click on your mouse to capture the pattern you want and save it to your computer or copy and paste it into a file 

graphics. 

First Palette: Bells – Offers a page with 4, 2, and 1 bell to download and use.

DLTK: Christmas Bells and Christmas Bells Coloring Pages

Videos

YouTube: Bells Playlist – This list includes more than 30 bell related videos about the history of bells, listen to bell ringers, learn how to draw bells, and origami bells, and bell crafts.
Here’s one of the videos in the list…


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Christmas Stockings

Smithsonian: The Legend of the Christmas Stocking – The history behind the tradition of hanging stockings.

Wikipedia: Christmas Stockings – The history of stockings and information about the world’s biggest Christmas stocking.


Altogether Christmas: Christmas Stockings – An article about the legends behind Christmas stockings.

First Palette: Paper Christmas Stocking – Instructions for craft.

DLTK: Christmas Lacing Crafts – Instructions for craft.

Activity Village: Christmas Stocking Theme – Printable stocking templates, games, colouring pages, crafts, and more.

Videos



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History of the Candy Cane

Why Christmas: Christmas Candy Canes – Brief information about candy canes.

Spangler: Candy Cane History and Legends – Historical and religious information about candy canes.

WikipediaCandy Cane – Origins of the candy cane/peppermint stick and the production of this holiday treat.


Today I Found Out: The Origins of the Candy Cane – An article about the history of the candy cane.

DLTK:
Candy Cane Poem – Printable pages.
Candy Cane Reindeer – Craft idea.
Coloringws.com: Candy Cane coloring pages.

About Family Crafts.com: 26 Candy Cane Crafts – All made with real candy canes!

Fun-A-Day!: 50 Candy Cane Activities For Kids – Ornaments, experiments, crafts, recipes, treats, and more! Links take you to other sites.

From ABC’s to ACT’s: 25+ Candy Cane Crafts, Snacks, and Activities for Kids –  Links to you to other sites.


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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

Poetry Foundation: A Visit from St. Nicholas
Poem by Clement Clark Moore

Wikipedia: A Visit from St. Nicholas
Information includes: The poem, plot, the history of the author and more.

Activity Village: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – Printable poem. 

DLTK: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – Printable mini book.

Messy Little Monster: Twas The Night Before Christmas Footprint Craft – Use your child’s footprint for this activity.

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Homemade Treats & Toys for Pets

Dog Treats & Toys


Martha Stewart: Our Tastiest Homemade Dog Treat Recipes – Scroll through the pictures with the arrow. The recipe names are under each picture.

The Kitchn: Cookies For Canines: 9 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

BIG DIY: 37 Homemade Dog Toys Made by DIY Pet Owners

SPARTADOG BLOG: 44 Really Cool Homemade DIY Dog Toys Your Dog Will Love

Cat Treats & Toys

Pet360: Homemade Cat Treats – Site offers cat treat recipes.

WikiHow: 8 Ways to Make Cat Toys – Site offers pictures and written suggestions for easy to make cat toys.

World’s Best Cat Litter: The 10 Best Homemade Cat Toys – Site offers a variety of sites with cat toys you can make yourself. 

Friskies: DIY Homemade Cat Toys – Site offers some ways to make things cats can play in and with. Some are very easy to make, some may be more difficult.

Purina-One:  Make a DIY Scratch Post – Instructions for making a scratching post.



Charlies Paws: 101 DIY Cat Toys That You Can Make At Home – This site offers some easy, fun and unique toys you can make for you cat.

Hamsters & Gerbil

How to Build Hamster Toys out of Household Items – 5 Items you can make from household items.


Healthy Pets: Common Harmful Hamster Treats – Article offers some ideas for healthy pet treats for hamsters.

Pet Health Network: 10 Ways to Keep Your Hamster Healthy

Alberta Rodents: Food list for Gerbils


Rabbit

Rabbit Haven: Feeding Your Bunny – Article offers information and lists of foods rabbits can and should not eat.

House Rabbit Society: More Than Just a Chew Stick – Article gives advice for keeping rabbits from getting bored.


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Silent Night

Silent Night Chapel Photo by Gakuro

SILENT NIGHT: The Song Heard ‘Round The World – Article: The history of the song.

Wikipedia: Silent Night – History of the song, hear and read the song in English and German, plus pictures.

The German Way – Stille Nacht – Silent Night – Information and pictures about Silent Night.

Stille Nacht Gesellschaft – Timeline with facts and pictures. Site has a virtual museum as well.


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Christmas Trees

Glade Jul by Johansen Viggo

History Of The Christmas Tree


History.com: History of Christmas Trees – Videos and written information about the Christmas tree. How it got its start and Christmas trees around the world.


WhyChristmas?.com: The History of The Christmas Tree –  Article gives the history of the Christmas tree. This site has a tree you can decorate on line as well.

Wikipedia: Christmas Tree – History, Customs & Traditions.


National Christmas Tree Association: History of Christmas Trees – Timeline of facts from 1510-Today.

Christmas Tree Activities

Classroom Jr.: Christmas Tree Mad Libs & Christmas Tree Maze 

DLTK: Christmas Tree Crafts & Activities – Crafts, coloring pages, etc..

Teach-nology: Christmas Maze Worksheet

Activity Village: Christmas Tree Colouring Pages – How Many Robins Colouring & Activity Page – Christmas Cards To Make – Christmas Tree Theme (Games, Crafts, Colouring Pages, Printable) – Christmas Tree Crafts

Enchanted Learning: Paper Christmas Tree – Easy to make 3D Christmas Tree.

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