Are you excited to explore cultural Christmas traditions around the world in your classroom and with your kids but not sure where to start? We would love to inspire you to create fun and everlasting memories this Holidays Season with all the amazing traditional activities children can do to mark the celebration.
It is a lot of fun to take part in different traditions, try traditional cuisine, and find out about the ways of celebrating Christmas and Holidays for kids. Despite being one of the most significant Christian celebrations, Christmas today became a season that has united people from many different walks of life, religions, and cultures. The Christmas season celebrations are so diverse – from Nativity scenes to snowman, Christmas trees, and gifts, we gather with loved ones, break bread, and exchange gifts.
Learning about different Christmas and Holidays traditions around the world allows for a perfect opportunity to capture children’s attention as we unveil roots of traditions and customs, learn history, introduce different cultures while creating everlasting memories, and foster respect for diversity.
The purpose is to allow the students to connect with others in their social circle and feel safe when they are introduced to children from different backgrounds. The children learn to consider various perspectives and be accepting of differences.
So let’s explore all the amazing fun activities children can to do experience Christmas traditions across the continents.
Christmas Traditions in Europe - Learning Activities
Get your kids excited about the holidays with learning fun about Christmas in Netherlands. With the right resources and a bit of planning, you’ll find out fantastic facts and activities to experience how this country celebrates Christmas.
Easily plan and prepare for a lovely holiday learning fun experience with your kids! Your Christmas in Italy study can be a magnificent way to slow down and enjoy the holidays as you learn about the traditions of this country.
Not many people realise that already in late November Christmas preparations begin on the 1st Advent, celebrated on the 4 sundays preceding Christmas. In Austria you light a candle on each on these 4 sundays on an advent wreath.
It is so much fun to study how others celebrate Christmas around the world. Last year we focused on how people of Europe celebrated the holidays. I'm so excited to finally share all that we did as well as our FREE Christmas in Europe Printable Pack.
A long time ago when the Christians were being persecuted, some Christians hid the caves in Sweden since they feared for their lives. One young woman, Lucia, from the village would bring the food each night.
Looking for a fun and easy Christmas Craft? Want to create a cute little basket to hold candy or treats? This Swedish Woven Heart Paper Craft is a Swedish Christmas tradition. They are easy and fun to make!
Have a Christian alternative to your daily North Pole visitor with Elf on the Shelf Bible Verses – Jesus Style. This advent calendar printable includes 24 days of easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas. These easy-to-read advent calendar bible verses for kids will be brought by Elf on a Shelf each day from December 1 until Christmas Eve. By the end, your kids will know the Christmas story, the birth of Jesus!
Your student will learn about Australia’s geography, Christmas preparations, Christmas traditions, and more. You may even want to bake a lamington or some Anzac biscuits. All the research you need is found in the unit study.
Christmas Traditions in Africa - Learning Activities
Kenya has a wide range of climates as well as a wide range of cultures and people. Kenya was a British Colony from 1895 until 1963. As a result, many of their Christmas traditions come from Great Britain.
Here is a collection of 14 different Christmas carols in Spanish. Because many of the familiar songs have been translated, there are many, many different versions of the same songs. We’ve chosen the most popular, and in some cases, the easiest for kids to sing.
The Christmas season usually kicks off in early November when families and businesses start embellishing their walls with decorations and displaying their Christmas trees and nativity sets which are the most important symbols of the Ecuadorean Christmas.
Decorating for Christmas in Brazil usually includes fresh flowers picked from the garden, and Christmas trees decorated in the homes. Fireworks go off in the skies over the cites on Christmas Eve and huge Christmas “trees” of electric lights can be seen against the night skies in larger cities like Brasilia, San Paolo, and Rio de Janeiro.
Christmas in Argentina is celebrated very similarly to the way we celebrate in the US, with tree and Santa and red and green decorations. However, one major difference is that it is very hot in most of Argentina- so Christmas is frequently spent pool-side.
Christmas and Winter Holidays Traditions in Asia - Learning Activities
Cultural appreciation is so important, but it’s not always possible to visit new places! That doesn’t mean we can’t explore the holiday traditions and celebrations of other places. This FREE Holidays Around the World for Kids mini pack is a great way to introduce a variety of ways people celebrate the different holidays this time of year including Diwali, Kwanza, and more. Check out more fun ways to explore the traditions of other countries and cultures this month.
Bring great enjoyment to your local neighbourhood this December by organising a Living Advent Calendar! Based on the Advent Windows that germanic countries have been decorating for years, the Living Advent Calendar is a way to light up neighbourhoods with some Christmas spirirt and cheer.
Learning about the customs and traditions of Christmas holidays around the world is always a December highlight in my classroom. In this post I’ll share Holidays Around the World videos for teachers that feature unique customs and traditions in 15 countries around the world. Use these amazing videos for teachers to excite your students and make the learning come alive as you teach about holidays around the world.
This book is divided into three chapters: The Americas, Europe and Asia, Africa and Oceania. With countries in each area of the world a Christmas craft is shared as well as some information about Christmas in the country.
Exploring the variety of Christmas traditions around the world is a wonderful adventure to take kids on this holiday season! Every country has a fun way to celebrate with festive treats and customs that are just as varied as our own. Take a journey through 15+ countries including Italy, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Japan, and many more as you learn about special Christmas traditions or folklore that make each country unique in their Christmas celebrations.
The Saint Nicholas Day Snow begins on the morning of St. Nicholas Eve. Catherine's best friend, Elizabeth, is coming for a sleepover. They'll share a day filled with warm cookies, squabbles with siblings, holiday traditions, and the excitement of an unexpected snowstorm.
A truly international collection of legends and traditions are included in the volume such as – Glögg, Kutia, Lutefisk, Jansson’s Temptation, Julskinka, Bûche de Noël, Hallaca, Kourabiedes, Christmas Pudding, Panettone, Christmas carols, talking animals, and The Nutcracker!
Explore Christmas traditions from 13 different countries! Rhyming text and detailed illustrations make the book accessible to younger readers, while educational endnotes about the 13 celebrations add interest for older children.
Celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way as a family as you craft and pray around the world. You will take a closer look at 24 countries around the world – how they celebrate Christmas, make an ornament craft representing the Christmas traditions, and then spend time praying for 3 specific things for that country.
Featuring France, Germany, Russia, Latin America, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Italy, and the United States, every spread is packed with delights: a luxurious central pop-up image, plus removable booklets, pullouts, mini pop-ups, and more.
Christmas-themed learning activity pack for Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten children aged 3-5. The Christmas learning folder contains printables to create a wide range of hands-on experiences for young children. Students will explore various math concepts, such as odd and even numbers, work with CVC words, practice simple subtraction and addition operations, explore the First Christmas Story, work on sequencing skills, improve their fine motor, work on storytelling, develop logical thinking, and so much more.
There are so many uses of the Pine tree life cycle printables in a preschool or kindergarten classroom. These are a great addition to preschool Winter and Christmas units. Create trays for your Montessori shelf to explore the life cycle of conifer trees along with the tundra biome or botany unit – life cycle of a tree.
Making crafts with children creates an opportunity for spending this oh, so important and special one-on-one time with them. Creating a Christmas ornament inspired by a book is even more fun and meaningful. Our Christmas kid-made ornament was inspired by “The Story of Three Wise Kings” retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola.
DIY Wishing you a Montessori Christmas and Happy Holidays cards – personalized photo printable cards. Christmas Photo Booth Props (mustaches, eyeglasses, Santa hat and beard, reindeer antlers, also tie, bow, elf hat, angel).
Christmas craft is always loved by kids. It is something they get to make with their own hands and present it to someone special. There is a great choice of different art and craft materials out there, but I like to offer children ones that incorporate learning important skills and help the child to develop different fine motor. I picked these two simple, yet beautiful and exciting activities to make handmade Christmas ornaments that can be a sweet present for the child to give.
Christmas is probably one single most exciting season of the year for many. This is a great time to set up activities that will keep children engaged and create wonderful learning opportunities. Here you will find a variety of exercises. It is lots of fun to use all sorts of materials and ones that are easy to get hold of.
A busy book is a great way to prepare learning activities for preschool children when you don’t have much time on your hands. With the help of a busy book, children will practice fine motor, counting, recognizing numbers, simple addition. Activities will also help to improve important cognitive functions, logical thinking, and concentration.
Joy and excitement are in the air in this house as we are approaching one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year for our family – Christmas. Since our children are still very young, it feels especially significant to build up our family traditions and events around this time. I have noticed that kids at this age have practically no expectations.