Starting off the holiday season with Christmas activities
As Christmas approaches, the excitement in the air is palpable. Children are eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival and parents are scrambling to get all the shopping done. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, it’s important to take a moment to enjoy the season with your family. One way to do that is by Countdown to Christmas free printable kids’ activity. These simple yet festive activities will bring some holiday cheer into your home and create lasting memories for your little ones.
10 Fun Christmas Facts for Kids
Christmas is a special time of year for family, friends, and loved ones. What better way to celebrate than with some fun facts about the holiday? Here are 10 fun Christmas facts for kids:
· Santa Claus is also known as Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle.
· The traditional colors of Christmas are red and green.
· Christmas trees are usually decorated with lights, tinsel, and ornaments.
· The first recorded use of the word “Christmas” was in the year 336 AD.
· The earliest known Christmas celebration took place in Rome in 336 AD.
· Christmas is celebrated in many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.
· The largest Christmas tree on record was a 221-foot tall Douglas fir that was cut down in 1950 in Washington state.
· In 1647, the English Parliament banned the celebration of Christmas because it was considered too rowdy and disruptive.
· The custom of sending Christmas cards began in England in 1843 when Sir Henry Cole sent out hand-painted cards to his friends and family.
Activities to do with your kids
Looking for some fun, free Christmas activities for kids? Look no further! Here are 8 great ideas to keep the little ones busy and excited during the holiday season.
· Print out coloring pages of Santa, elves, reindeer, and other Christmas characters. Sit down with the kids and color together.
· Make a paper chain to count down the days until Christmas. Each day, have the kids remove one ring from the chain.
· Cut out snowflakes from construction paper or white printer paper. Hang them up around the house or use them to decorate homemade cards and gifts.
· Have a gingerbread house decorating party! Bake gingerbread houses ahead of time, or let the kids make their own out of graham crackers and marshmallows. Then let them go wild with candy and frosting decorations.
· Make homemade Christmas cards to send to family and friends. Use construction paper, stamps, glitter, markers, or whatever else you have on hand to create unique designs.
· Put on a mini talent show! Have the kids sing Christmas carols, put on a skit, or perform a dance routine they created themselves. videotape it or take pictures to capture the memories (and share them with grandparents!).
· Do an advent calendar-style activity each day leading up to Christmas Eve. Fill 24 small bags or boxes with simple things like stickers, and pencils.
· Print out a ready-made Advent Calendar that you can do with your kids, all you need is cotton balls, glue, and a printer!
How to Make a DIY Advent Calendar
Looking for a fun and unique way to countdown to Christmas this year? Why not make your own Advent calendar? This DIY project is easy and can be tailored to fit any budget. Plus, it’s a great way to get the kids involved in the holiday preparations.
To make your own Advent calendar, you will need:
-24 small paper bags (or boxes)
-24 pieces of candy or small toys
-A marker or pen
-String or ribbon
1. Decide where you want to hang your Advent calendar. Choose a spot that is out of reach of little hands so that the treats remain a surprise until each day of Advent.
2. Cut 24 pieces of string or ribbon, each about 12 inches long.
3. Using a marker or pen, label each paper bag with a number from 1-24.
4. Fill each bag with one piece of candy or a small toy.
4A. If using string: Make a small hole at the top of each bag and thread the string through. knot the string at the top so that the bag stays secure.
4B. If using ribbon: Cut two lengths of ribbon for each bag, about 12 inches each. Tie the ribbons into loops and attach them to the top of each bag.
5. Hang your Advent calendar on display and enjoy counting down the days until Christmas!
Get your free Countdown to Christmas printable
This Christmas, get your kids excited for the big day with this fun and free printable activity. With the holiday season starting, this activity will help them count down the days and get into the holiday spirit. All you need is some cotton balls, glue, paper, and a printer, so why not give it a try? Your kids are sure to love it!
Below you will see not one but two free printables.
The first being the traditional Santa Claus and the second being Mrs Claus. Let your kid(s) choose one or both!