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  DECEMBER CRAFTS
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Many lessons are adaptable.

DECEMBER CALENDAR
A printable calendar with space for adding a photograph or drawing.


DECEMBER 1

Eat a Red Apple Day
Try this: ► Make an Apple for the Teacher

Pie Day

Rosa Parks Day
(Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus on this day in 1955)
Try this: ► Box of Crayons

World AIDS Day

High Five Day

DECEMBER 2

Artist Georges Seurat's Birthday, 1859
Try this: ► Dot to Dot Seurat
Try this: ► Q-Tip® Pointillism

Special Education Day
Try this: ► Visit our Special Education section

DECEMBER 3

International Day of the Disabled Person

Roof-Over-Your-Head Day
Try this: ► Architecture Lessons

First Successful Heart Transplant, 1967
Try this: ► Mosaic Hearts
Try this: ► Heart Mobiles
Try this: ► Heart Blottos
Try this: ► Broken Hearts
Try this: ► I Give you My Heart

DECEMBER 4

Cookie Day
Try this: ► Cookie Recipes

Wear Brown Shoes Day
Try this: ► Painted Shoes
Try this: ► Shoe Fish
Try this: ► Monster Shoes

World Wildlife Conservation Day

DECEMBER 5

Walt Disney's Birthday

Volunteer Day

DECEMBER 6

The 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery) was passed on this day in 1865

Mitten Tree Day
Try this: ► Make Snowfolks

DECEMBER 7

KinderArt Andrea's Birthday!
Try this: ► Send Andrea a message!

Cotton Candy Day

Pearl Harbor Day (Pearl Harbor was bombed on this day in 1941)

Letter Writing Day
Try this: ►Help your child learn to write well
Try this: ►Literature/Language Arts lessons

DECEMBER 8

Brownie Day
Try this: ► Recipes

DECEMBER 9

Mathmetician Grace Hopper's Birthday, 1906
Try this: ► Beautiful Numbers

Christmas Card Day
Try this: ► Make a box out of old cards
Try this: ► Make crackle cards
Try this: ► Make card gift boxes

DECEMBER 10

Poet Emily Dickenson's Birthday, 1930

Human Rights Day

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded

DECEMBER 11

Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock on this day in 1620
Try this: ► Pilgrim Dolls

Noodle Ring Day

Unicef was established on this day in 1946

Mountain Day
Try this: ► Landscape Resist Painting

DECEMBER 12

Poinsettia Day

Gingerbread House Day
Try this: ► Make a gingerbread house

DECEMBER 13

Cocoa Day

Violin Day

DECEMBER 14

Monkey Day
Try this: ► Monkey coloring page

South Pole Discovered, 1911
Try this: ► Penguin Sculpture
Try this: ► Penguin Coloring Page

DECEMBER 15

Lemon Cupcake Day

DECEMBER 16

Beethoven's Birthday (born in 1770)

Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Try this: ► Chocolate Covered Fruit

Las Posadas Begins
Posadas is celebrated from December 16th to 24th in Spanish and Mexican communities.
Try this: ► Posadas Craft

Hannukah Begins
Hanukkah (Chanuka) is a Jewish holiday celebrating religious freedom. ▼

HANNUKAH MENORAH CRAFT
During this festival, a candle is lit at the end of every day. Traditionally, each candle is placed in a Menorah. [read more]

DECEMBER 17

Maple Syrup Day

Wright Brother's Day
(First airplane flight took place on this day in 1903)
Try this: ► Transportation Activities

DECEMBER 18

Bake Cookies Day
Try this: ► Recipes

DECEMBER 19

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was published on this day in 1843

Oatmeal Muffin Day

DECEMBER 20

Go Caroling Day

Play a Game Day
Try this: ► Folk Art Checkerboards

DECEMBER 21

Look at the Bright Side Day

National Flashlight Day

First Day of Winter
Try this: ► Winter Crayon Resists
Try this: ► Winter Wonderland Windows
Try this: ► Winter Wonderland Painting
Try this: ► Make Snowflakes
Try this: ► Snowflake Printing
Try this: ► Paper Snowflakes
Try this: ► Winter cut-out pictures
Try this: ► Winter Cookie Pops
Try this: ► Color the Snow


DECEMBER 23

Roots Day

Festivus

DECEMBER 24

Apollo 8 reached the moon on this day in 1968
Try this: ► Make space pudding
Try this: ► Sculpt a Planet

Egg Nog Day

Christmas Eve

DECEMBER 25

Christmas Day
Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Modern traditions have come to include the display of Nativity scenes, Holly and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Father Christmas or Santa Claus on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. ▼

CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY CRAFTS
Find over 40 fun and easy Christmas craft ideas for the entire family. [read more]

DECEMBER 26

Boxing Day
Try this: ► Make a collage out of used wrapping paper

Kwanzaa Begins
Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival that begins on the 26th of December and it celebrates the ties that bind traditional African customs to the cultural history of African American and Canadians. ▼

KINARA CRAFT
You can make a Kinara (a seven branch candlestick) as a way of celebrating Kwanzaa. [read more]

KENTE CLOTHS Gr. 2
Students will learn the history of Ghanian Kente Cloths as they practice using geometric shapes to design their own Kente Cloth strips. From Amy Shapley. [read more]


DECEMBER 27

Visit the Zoo Day
Try this: ► Animals Paper Collage
Try this: ► Make animal masks

Make Snowflakes Day
Try this: ► Make snowflakes
Try this: ► Snowflake templates

DECEMBER 28

Chocolate Day
Try this: ► Chocolate Covered Fruit
Try this: ► Nilly Dillyicious Pops
Try this: ► Charlie Brown and Snoopy Snacks
Try this: ► Mud Pudding

Play Cards Day

DECEMBER 29

The bowling ball was invented on this day in 1862

DECEMBER 30

Let's Make a Deal Day

DECEMBER 31

Artist Henri Matisse's Birthday (1869)
Try this: ► Matisse Cutouts
Try this: ► Meet Matisse
Try this: ► Matisse Biography
Try this: ► Shamrocks and Matisse

New Year's Eve
Try this: ► Make a Hat

CELEBRATE ALL MONTH


December is...

Focus on Art Month
Try this: ► KinderArt!

Hello Neighbor Month

Read A New Book Month
Try this: ►Language Arts/Literature Lessons

Stress Free Family Holiday Month

Safe Toy and Gift Month

Write to a Friend Month

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Kids Celebrate
by Maria Bonfanti Esche, Clare Bonfanti Braham
Skipping the typical green shamrocks and orange paper pumpkins, here are 100 days to remember with 200 related activities for children and grownups.

Kids Holiday Fun
by Penny Warner, Kathy Rogers
This year-round guide provides fresh new ideas, month by month, for holiday activities the whole family can enjoy together. Ideal for busy parents, the guide organizes every holiday clearly, with detailed "what-you-need" lists and time guidelines for each activity.


You Might Be Interested In:

December Daily Journal Writing Prompts

December Daily Journal Writing Prompts

Give young writers plenty of practice with Daily Journal Writing Prompts. These valuable resources include ready-to-use journal starters, along with special holiday topics for each month. Word banks are provided to help introduce seasonal vocabulary, and topical prompts give students plenty of writing practice throughout the month.
Available as a book or an ebook!


You might also be interested in:

Reading, Language & Math Activities: Winter
These quick and easy-to-implement seasonal activities provide students with fun-filled learning experiences. The activities are related to a variety of winter themes and holidays such as snow, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and the 100th day of school.

Nativity Scene Bulletin Board Display Set
This beautiful nativity scene contains 22" x 16 1/2" manger scene and a 22 1/2" x 7 1/2 banner. Includes 44 total pieces.

Christmas Border Trim
Use this colorful border trim to liven up your classroom! Create fresh looks for bulletin boards, windows, walls, and class projects. Layer them for extra impact. Each pack has 12 pieces (2 3/16'' x 35'') for a total length of 35 feet of trim!