Countdown to Christmas starts soon! Are you ready? Kids are really excited about the upcoming holiday. An advent calendar is perfect to create a Christmas mood and pre-teach the vocabulary. Open one door a day, learn new words and have fun! Every next lesson revise the previous words first. Usually, children get a sweet for every day, you can give “treats from Santa” to your students as well. You can print this Advent calendar or create your own unique one made of boxes, envelopes and so on.
Here is the list of activities:
Teach the word “Snow” and ask to take a photo in the snow.
Cut snowflakes out of paper or make 3D paper snowflakes and hang them on windows.
Teach the word “Snowman”. Make or draw a snowman.
Teach the word “Sleigh” and ask to take a sleigh ride after the lesson.
Make treats for birds.
Teach the word “Christmas tree”. Make a Christmas tree origami.
Teach the word “Gingerbread man”. Watch the story. Ask to bake and decorate gingerbread men or cook cookies at home.
Teach the word “Candy cane” and play a game “candy cane pass” (relay race). Take 4 candy canes per team. The first player holds 4 candy canes between his fingers and passes them down the line, teammate to teammate, without dropping them.
Teach the word “Stocking” and make a stocking out of paper. Then play a game “fill the Christmas stocking”. You will need a stocking, a spoon and a bowl for each team, and wrapped candy. Divide into teams. Have children line up at one end of the room. At the other end, hang a Christmas stocking for each team. Place a bowl of candy and a spoon in front of each team. Each child takes a turn taking a candy from the bowl with the spoon. They then carry the candy on the spoon to the stocking and drop the candy in the stocking. Race back to the next person in line, give them the spoon. First team to fill the stocking wins!
Teach the word “Candle” and find out how candles are made.
Teach the word “Bells” and learn the song “Jingle bells”.
Teach the word “Bauble” and make giant paper plate baubles.
Ask to decorate a Christmas tree at home and take a picture to show to you and other students.
Drink hot cocoa.
Teach the word “presents”. Ask yo make a wish list of presents or a list of presents for friends and relatives.
Teach the word “Christmas card” and do a pop up one.
Teach the word “Christmas carols” and learn one Christmas song, for example:
Ask to go ice-skating or skiing with the family.
Write a letter to Santa.
Ask to watch a Christmas movie (“The Grinch”, “Home alone”, “The Polar Express”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “Santa Claus is coming to town” and so on).
Ask to read a Christmas book or story.
Play Christmas charades.
What activities would you add to this Advent calendar?