December - An Idea for Every Day Calendar
And good timing too, because you are looking for some December ideas. We have them for you, Leaders. Mix traditional with unusual and produce a December to remember with your littles this season. Ready to click and print, pin, post, paste or paperclip now? Say no more! Simply click below.
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Place it near where you plan and consider ways to enjoy every day this December. Remember, if you're looking for more ideas, visit our Pinterest board. Feel free to suggest some too! Then, come back to Wolfe Stew near the end of December. January ideas are sure to headline our menu boards by then.
Craving more details? Check out some of the fun that awaits:
December 3rd: National Day of Giving
Receiving tends to be what most littles focus on this time of year. So, what better way to shift the focus than to begin the month with a spirit of giving? Choose a local charity or food pantry, then invite your group/school to get in the giving spirit.
- You want to issue the challenge school wide? Host a penny war! Get the how-to's from ptotoday.com.
- Targeting your classroom or group of learners? Use an improvised marble jar! Check out how to set up a marble jar at teachertoolkit. Using the tiered marble jar model, celebrate smaller fundraising goals on the way to filling the whole jar.
- Or, host a canned food drive. Find inspiring ideas from the varieties of canned food drives We Are Teachers rounded up.
December 12th: Poinsettia Day
Poinsettias, a popular holiday flower, have a rich and interesting history. Explore these natural wonders in a myriad of activities with your littles this December.
- You teach little littles? By singing the catchy song, "Don't Eat a Poinsettia," (Music K-8) you'll not only refine their musical skills, but also enhance their botanical knowledge. Did you know that poinsettias cause nausea? Me neither. But with this song, your learners won't soon forget.
- So, you want to focus on science with your littles instead? Try this poinsettia life cycle activity from Wikki Stix. Particularly fascinating learning from this craft - poinsettias require 10-13 hours of total darkness each night during the fall to produce bracts (red leaves commonly mistaken as the flower on a poinsettia plant).
- Art is a natural way to integrate poinsettias into your learning this season. We love this Paper Plate Poinsettia craft from Deep Space Sparkle. Get out your tempera paint, oil pastels, tissue paper, and roll up your sleeves. These Poinsettias are sure to please!
- Deep Space Sparkle suggests pairing the art activity with the Legend of the Poinsettia, and we firmly agree! Although, if you choose to dig deeper into the literary aspects, this legend activity set from Sweet Integrations is what you need. You'll explore elements of legends, define morals and create a craft.
- Maybe research is what you need. Check out this brief article on poinsettias from Social Studies for Kids. You could use it for note-taking, comparison-making, opinion-generating, pamphlet-creating, or fact-finding purposes.
December 17th: Wright Brothers Day
What an engaging, highly educational, non-holiday, yet still seasonal topic to take up this December. A true source of inspiration, let the Wright brothers give your learners a lift.
- You have younger learners? Read The Wright Brothers, by Elizabeth MacLeod to teach your littles about the Wrights. This book, appropriately written for younger learners, will encourage them to reach for their dreams while appealing to their fascination for transportation.
- For older learners, check out, The Wright Brothers for Kids, by Mary Kay Carson. Make sure you set aside a good chunk of time for this book, and maybe get it in advance so you can plan for it. Not only does this book tell the story of how the Wright brothers overcame obstacles to invent, but it also includes 21 activities that explore the science and history of flight. Hands on learning? Sign us up!
- Inspired by the Wright Brothers? Good. Keep that inspiration coming. Throw down a STEAM challenge! Let learners investigate, design, plan, create, test and improve upon their own paper airplane models with this lesson from cpalms.org. Watch learning soar!
December 28th: National Card Playing Day
This one is for you, Leaders. We are well aware the 28th of December is a Saturday. But here, at Wolfe Stew, we think it is important to nourish not just the learners, but also the leaders. That's you! To that end, we make sure to include activities to encourage, pamper, entertain, and inspire you. So, grab a deck of cards and prepare for entertainment!
- Have a group of people? Play Card Deck's list of 40+ Great Card Games for All Occasions. Find a new game to play, or play your favorite. In our family it's setback. Which, interestingly, is not among the 40+ games. What's your family favorite card game? If you try a new one, what was it? Did you love it, or was it awful? We'd love to hear about it!
- Perhaps, the 28th of December finds you needing alone time. Then, solitaire it is for you, my friend. The Spruce Crafts offers nine different versions of this classic single player game. Try them all! Then, let us know which one was your favorite.
December 29th: National Pepper Pot DayOkay, okay. I'll admit. We're biased. Pepper pot is a stew. We had to include it, Leaders. Had to. Stew up some Pepper Pot today using the recipe found at The Guardian. Then, while its simmering, read up on the history. There you go, nourishment for the mind and body. Happy to serve!
We'd love to hear back from you! Let us know which of these activities rocked! We'd even like to know which ones tanked. Any feedback from you helps make the calendar stronger in future years. If you have any activities you think we should include, let us know. We'd love to throw it into the pot!
Here's to a celebration-filled December, leaders! Praying you find a reason to celebrate EVERY day!
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