As the holidays approach you may find yourself looking for a tech activity. You can book me to come in and I can run some holiday-themed tech, or you can try these items yourself.
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❆ Holiday Word Challenge - Math
🎅 Holiday Song Puzzles
⛄ Eric Curts Holiday Activities
Build a Snowman Google Slide Activity
A modified version - Create a Gingerbread Man
Eric Curts Holiday Magnetic Poetry/Holiday Cards
Create a Christmas Tree
🏠 Build your own Gingerbread House
💡 Holiday Light Show
🎅 Online, interactive, Holiday games
💰 PNC Christmas Price Index (Middle School - grades 4+):
❅ Make a Flake (soothing)
⛄ 10 little snowmen (PreK, or K)
🏂 100 snowballs (younger grades)
🎅 Google Santa Tracker
✎ Pixel Art - 10 colors
🎨 Pixel Art - 20 Colors
💻 GREAT CHRISTMAS GOOGLE DOC FONT TO ADD
♪ Reindeer Orchestra
☃ ABCYA Make a snowman
🎄 Create a Collaborative Christmas Tree
🎁 Stem Holiday Activities
🎄 Christmas Tree Slopes with Pear Deck
☃ Create a Winter Scene
❄ SeeSaw Activities
📖 Holiday Read Alouds
🎇 Even More!
This awesome activity just populated in my Drive! This means an awesome teacher here made it, and because I was in his/her Google Classroom I got it too! I’m in so many though, I don’t know who created it - but AWESOME activity nonetheless. Each letter has a $$ value and you calculate the total of each holiday work. It’s really cute! Click here for this great activity
I used to love figuring these Christmas Carol puzzles out when I was a kid. Here’s is a file that you can either print or share digitally that contains word puzzles related to Christmas Carols/Holiday Songs. Here is the answer key! For more Holiday printables, click here (warning, this site does contain quite a few ads).
He does it again! This is so cute - put together a digital snowman and write about him! This is a great activity and kids love it!
This is simply beautiful. It’s Magnetic Poetry with a snowy background, using Google Draw. It’s very pretty!
Click here for the template
Click here for the full post with directions and explanation
Google Draw Holiday Card Template
Just like the snowman, have students decorate their own trees.
Click here for directions and template
This is SO CUTE! Similar to the Snowman, but with a Gingerbread house. Thank you @bethkingsley13 for this great activity. Click here for the template
This is another great resource from Beth Kingsley’s with quite a few WRITING activities for the holidays! http://goo.gl/rKzoYH
Click here to see an example of a Holiday Light Show using Google Slides (click the Play button). Click here for the template to allow students to make a “Holiday Light Show.” They could input any text and/or images they’d like!
A site with a LARGE collection of holiday activities including Smart Notebooks and Printable activities. Some of the online games may hit the firewall so proceed with caution at school - review everything first that you would like to use on this page. (*note: you should always preview any tech or site before sending to students)
Ever wonder what the 12 days of Christmas would cost? This is a really cute activity where students need to locate each item (by clicking around the various scenes) and the train ride will calculate as it goes. There is also a teacher site with information:
Interactive activity: http://content.pncmc.com/live/pnc/microsite/CPI/2011/index.html
Teacher page: https://www.pnc.com/en/about-pnc/topics/pnc-christmas-price-index.html
I played the interactive activity - it is REALLY cute! I would suggest 30-45 minutes and headphones, if in the lower grades.
This is a really soothing website, that would be good to use when there is straight downtime. Students make virtual snowflakes, and add them falling to a winter scene. It’s very pretty.
My own little boys would love this. It’s a short little activity from Starfall and would work great on a Smartboard
Children love to play in the snow! 100 Snowballs is an interactive activity that gives children the opportunity to have fun by clicking and dragging snowballs around a winter scene. Children can create anything they imagine as long as it only uses 100 snowballs! This activity works well in the classroom on an interactive whiteboard or on 1:1 devices.
This activity (by Google) is really cute and allows students to track Santa. The activity also includes the Educator component and gives you ways you can use this in the classroom to connect it to learning. The Educator site also includes many other activities that show various holiday traditions and activities. This is by Google so you know it has to be good!
I’ve shared this before, but this is a great template for kids to make pixel art. They could make a holiday-themed pixel art. Use the template below from Alice Keeler and check out her blog post as well. Input numbers 0-9 into the template to make see the colors.
This is the Eric Curts version of pixel art which includes 20 colors! And some cool ideas for drawings (including ornaments). This also includes other Wintertime tech activities!
MOUNTAINS OF CHRISTMAS
Our Elf on the Shelf just returned and wrote my boys a note in this font ;-) Now if only there was a Christmas version of the add-on Magic Rainbow Unicorn! To add - go to Fonts, Get More Fonts, and search Mountains of Christmas.
This is a fun musical program that teaches mouse and keyboard skills to newly-minted techies. Pick one of three songs (“Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells,” or “We Wish you a Merry Christmas”) or compose your own music. Once you have made your selection, a number appears over one of the reindeer. Squeeze his nose or type the number on the keyboard and hear the note, and then repeat the process with each number as it appears over a new reindeer. Played in this numbered order, you hear the selected song.
Interactive musical reindeer: http://dingo.care2.com/cards/new/0422/Do-a-rain-deer.swf
On this site, students can build a snowman. It’s pretty cute. If you were doing permutations in math, you could go one step further and make students calculate all possible combinations for the snowman. How many combinations for the face? How many for the body? How many combinations altogether to build the entire snowman?
One a student finishes the snowman, there is an option to save it. It could be saved as an image and pasted into a collaborative Google Slideshow and you could title it “The snow children of Homeroom XYZ.”
There are many variations one could do with this cute activity! Book me to come in if you’d like and we’ll make it happen!
The site also has the same idea with Gingerbread Houses: http://www.abcya.com/kids_make_a_gingerbread_house.htm
This lesson is pretty cool (although, warning the video is a bit obnoxious). You could set a tree as a background in a Google Slides and have students each make an ornament in Google Draw to put on the tree. Your own digital classroom Christmas tree. Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1cZEYmIKy8
The teacher who created this lesson sells it on her blog, but we could easily do this without her tutorial. Especially in a 1:1 classroom.
Take a look at these hands-on STEAM activities posted on the kids STEAM lab!
Check out this Slide Deck that you can use with the Pear Deck add-on. It has students building a Christmas tree using slope!
How about using Brush Ninja to create a winter scene animated GIF? Sounds like fun! Check out the video here of how to use Brush Ninja.
There are so many great activities in the SeeSaw library for Winter! If you enjoy this platform, take a look at a few (of many) activities below:
It’s great to read the students a holiday story, but it’s also great for them to listen as well. My own children LOVE hearing the different voices, accents, and inflection of other readers (aside from me). Two great channels I enjoy on YouTube for read alouds are Storyline Online and Books Alive. Both channels have quite a few holiday read alouds. I like pulling one of these up quickly because it doesn’t require a login. If you’re going to have students listen independently, you can always use a “YouTube Cleaner” which will remove ads and clutter; Read more about that here.
Take a look at this Wakelet created by Melanie Zolnier or her holiday Doc of even MORE holiday fun!