1. Create a Christmas Wordsearch by using a 10x10 (or more, or less) square grid and put in Christmas words either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Then fill in the rest of the squares with random letters. Either give the words, or don’t, to make it harder. Then share with a friend and see if they can find them all.
2. Thread some popcorn on a string – the needle needn’t be sharp! Who can make the longest? Then use it as a lovely edible decoration for the Christmas tree.
3. Read a Christmas story (or part of a story) to someone else – it could be a younger sibling, grandmother or grandfather – anyone! Can you make the story come alive? Film it and then for families apart at Christmas, it can be sent to be enjoyed by those far away.
4. As Christmas is a time for families, why not make a family tree? You could use photos then decorate it imaginatively. A great way to spot family resemblances and learn the various relationships.
5. Christmas baking is always popular. Lots of nice ideas to be found here.
6. Make a Photo Quiz either from magazines, newspapers or photos from the internet. Cut out and stick numbered pictures on a large piece of paper, then ask a friend to identify them. It could be Disney characters, flags from round the world, famous buildings – to name but a few ideas. Make it a team competition for more fun!
7. Make a collage using old Christmas cards. Cut them out, and then glue them onto a sheet of paper thinking carefully how you place them. What else can you add? Glitter, foil, material? How original can you make it?
8. Go for a walk and count how many Christmas trees you see! Decide the criteria, which ones count? Do you get extra points for tall ones, or ones with lights that flash? You decide!
9. Make a set of Christmas playing cards. What will you put on them? Can you play snap, happy families, doubles with them? Invent your own game and teach it to your family!
10. Learn some Christmas Carols and sing them as a family. Can you put in actions? Sing in parts? Add instruments?
Whatever you choose to do in the holidays, where ever you are, I hope you enjoy a relaxing and happy break. We wish a sad farewell to those families who are now leaving us. All the best for the future and keep in touch! To others - see you all in 2016!
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary