Looking for Christmas ideas for keeping school age kids busy in the lead up to the holidays? Here are 12 ideas that are easy to set up and fun to do.
12 Days of Christmas Fun for School Aged Kids
Day 1: Make Name Snowflakes
Find the instructions for making name snowflakes here. All you will need is white paper, a pencil and scissors. Once your child has made their own name into a snowflake, why not invite them to make the names of friends or family members – my daughter’s friends were so excited about the ones we made them!
Day 2: Christmas Lego Mosaics
Print out our free Christmas themed Lego mosaics patterns, they really do provide a great challenge for school aged children. You can also invite your child make their own Christmas themed mosaic. They could try to create a stocking, sleigh or wreath!
Alternatively, our printable Christmas Lego building challenge cards are great for developing STEM thinking.
Day 3: Create Christmas Ornaments
Choose from our collection of Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make. It includes cute ornaments suitable for a range of elementary/primary grades.
Day 4: Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
Spread a little kindness in the lead up to Christmas by choosing an activity from our Random Acts of Kindness Kids Can Do list.
Day 5: Make a Christmas Wreath
One of our favourite family traditions is working together to create a homemade Christmas wreath to hang on our front door. The very first wreath we ever made was this lovely Magazine Wreath made from recycled magazine pages. While we made ours together, it is simple enough to complete independently if your child would rather go it alone – which might also mean a little free time for other Christmas projects for you.
You can find a collection of alternative DIY Christmas Wreath ideas here.
Day 6: Learn About Christmas Around the World
With many students excitedly counting down to the holidays, this is the perfect time to engage children in learning about holidays celebrated around the world, and this free, printable Holidays Around the World interactive notebook or lapbook set provides a wonderful link to literacy learning
Day 7: Christmas Charades
This is one is for the whole class or family! Have you ever played Charades together? It’s guaranteed to result in lots of fun, laughter and family connection – and we have a Christmas themed Charades game ready to print and play.
Day 8: Bake Stained Glass Cookies
My girls love helping with holiday baking and today’s Stained Glass Cookies are festively fun and perfect for involving the kids – older children will be able to manage most of the process independently.
Day 9: Christmas Card Journals
Create sweet DIY writing or drawing journals from Christmas cards! These make a lovely gift for a friend or sibling, or may be kept as a keepsake for making Christmas lists or recording family memories.
Day 10: Make Christmas Cards
Choose from our collection of 25 Christmas Cards Kids Can Make which includes card suggestions suitable for all elementary/primary grades.
This cool 3D effect with a 3D Paper Folded Tree Card is one of our favourites.
Day 11: Make Gift Tags with this Art Frame Printable
Print a few sheets of these art frame gift tags and set the kids the task of creating your gift tags this year! Family and friends will love the personalised tags, and the kids can have fun creating – win!
Day 12: Try a Christmas Math Challenge
Our free, printable 12 Days of Christmas Math Activity is a fun challenge for kids aged 8+. Using the 12 Days of Christmas song, students need to problem solve with addition and/or multiplication to find the solution to our tricky holiday puzzle!