1. Write Santa a Letter
Encourage your child to write a Christmas list or letter to Santa. Asking Santa for gifts seems to motivate even the most reluctant writer. There are plenty of templates online to help if your child is in the early stages of writing.
2. Write Gift Tags and Christmas Cards
Write gift tags or Christmas cards together. This is great practice for children who have just learned to write their names.
3. Have a Quiz Night
Make up a Christmas quiz and hold a family quiz evening to encourage learning.
4. Make Your Own Wrapping Paper
Get the silver pens out and encourage them to decorate their own wrapping paper.
5. Get Baking
Almost any cooking activity uses Maths skills. Weighing, measuring, and timing are all part of the learning fun. Plus, who doesn’t love some delicious treats over the Christmas holidays?
6. Play Games
Have a games evening. Using a dice, or two reinforces early counting skills for younger children. Games for older children often require concentration and reasoning.
7. Add Up Money
If your child has received money as a present, practice Maths skills by thinking about what to spend it on or how much to save. If you know who is planning to give money, ask if they can give it in coins or small notes so it is fun to sort and count.
8. Have an Advent Calendar
Encourage your child to carefully look at the numbers on their advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. Nearer the time they can calculate how many hours or seconds are left until the big day.
9. Create Your Own Decorations
Make some decorations, such as paper chains or crackers together. As well as developing creativity, cutting, sticking, and drawing develop fine motor control skills.
10. Make New Year’s Resolutions
Write down all the New Year’s Resolutions from members of the household and keep them in a prominent place as a reminder.
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