An Activity a Day Keeps the Boredom at Bay – #readilearn

This article was written for and first published at the Carrot Ranch Literary Community as part of a series supporting parents with children learning at home. Although it is now the 3rd of December, you will still be able to complete most of the activities, especially since many of you will be on holidays and entertaining your own children during December. Enjoy!

With the timing of this post on the last day of November, I have prepared a December Advent Activity Calendar for families (parents and children) to use in the lead-up to Christmas. There is one suggestion for each day until Christmas. In this article, I provide a brief outline of each activity. For those who want more, I have prepared a PDF with additional details for each activity which you can download free by following this link.

  1. Put up the Christmas Tree

It is traditional for Christmas trees to be put up and decorated at the beginning of December. In my family, we try to do it on, or as close to, the 1st of December. If you haven’t put your tree up yet, perhaps it’s time to think about it.

I have provided the outline of a Christmas tree which can be cut, coloured and hung on the real Christmas tree. Write the year on it. On the back, write something you wish for yourself, something you wish for others, and something you wish for the world. Hang it on the Christmas tree. If you do the same thing each year, you can reflect on changes in yourself and in the world.

  1. Make Paper Chain Decorations

Paper chains are easy to make and add colour to the tree or can be hung around the room.

  1. Make a Gift Day

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30 thoughts on “An Activity a Day Keeps the Boredom at Bay – #readilearn

  1. Mabel Kwong

    I loved reading these 25 suggestions on what to do in the lead up to Christmas, Norah. These ideas are activities for everyone, be it in the classroom or at home. I like the Hour of Coding idea and had a look at your link. It makes coding look so fun and not intimidating. Gingerbread decorating also sounds fun and that never gets old – and gingerbread cookies are delicious. Also lovely to hear about the Christmas tradition Jolabokaflod in Iceland. Definitely encourages each other to read.

    I don’t do much for Christmas but have a meal and get together with the family. We keep it simple, and after all, time spent with each other is one of the best things you can ask for.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year to you, Norah 😊❀

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    1. Norah Post author

      I’m pleased you enjoyed the post, Mabel, and followed up a few of the suggestions.
      I agree with you that time spent with family is one of the best things we can ask for. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family over the holiday season. I hope you get to spend time with yours too. Best wishes for the season and may 2022 brings good things for all.

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      1. Mabel Kwong

        It’s always a pleasure to read your posts, Norah. Always something to take away from them.

        I hope you get to have a very happy holiday season with your family, Norah. Have great food along with good conversations, and enjoy the time together. May 2022 be a good one for you 😊

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        1. Norah Post author

          Thank you so much for your kind words and wishes, Mabel. I wish the same for you and your family. May 2022 bring you the richness of health and happiness. πŸ’–

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  2. Annika Perry

    Norah, wonderful suggestions for Christmas fun! We would be a long time on ‘I Spy on the Christmas Tree’ as it’s always packed with decorations! As for ‘Jolabokaflod’ – what a terrific idea and is often me on Christmas Day as we celebrate on Christmas Eve and the following day is one of complete relaxation and catching up with presents! The books are always first!

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank so much for your kind words, Annika. I’m pleased you’ll be able to enjoy examining your Christmas tree for hours – a nice way to relive those memories. Christmas Day used to be a day for reading when I was a child, too, but since I had my own family, it became one for playing games together. Books were always gifts though.

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