Best Free Winter Holiday Lessons and Activities

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Beloved winter holidays present an excellent opportunity to engage students while teaching about cultures and traditions from around the world, as well as winter-related science and language arts topics. 

All of the following winter holiday lessons and activities are easy to access, use and enjoy. Best of all, they’re 100% free! 

Do December holidays pose a multicultural dilemma in your school?
Full of common sense and uncommon insights, this article helps educators develop an approach to religious holidays that focuses on cultural understanding and education, rather than celebration. 

Make your own holiday greeting card
Select images, font, background colors, and greeting to create a customized printable greeting card for your favorite winter holiday. Don’t forget to include a fun graphic on the back. Great for kids of all ages. 

All about Christmas
A treasure trove of Christmas traditions, customs, and activities, including Christmas crosswords, quizzes, and puzzles. Christmas song Karaoke, anyone?

Circuit Holiday Cards: Winter and Christmas Science
A NGSS-aligned winter holiday PDF lesson on circuits and electricity, perfect for a STEM classroom or remote learning. 

Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party
A complete, standard-aligned lesson based on the story and characters from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Commentary from educators who have implemented this lesson is a welcome bonus. 

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights
Teach the story of Hanukkah, then add the grade-based reading, writing, and art activities to your December classroom instruction. 

December Holiday Lesson Plans and Activities
A wealth of cross-curricular winter holiday lessons and activities for students of all ages. Explore the history of games and toys, try the "Re-Name That Tune" vocabulary exercise, or delve into Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

This detailed article from the History Channel covers the history, principles, and symbols of Kwanzaa. Educators can use it to launch a classroom discussion about the importance of rituals in building communities, or how students can put the seven principles into use in their everyday lives. 

Give your students the Dickens!
According to some scholars, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the single greatest literary influence on our modern Christmas customs. Explore these student-friendly ways to study not only A Christmas Carol, but also 19th-century English society. Both encompass themes relevant to today’s world, such as poverty, inequality, and how we treat our fellow humans.  

30 of the Coolest Winter Science Experiments and Activities
From the science of snowflakes to making instant ice, these hands-on science experiments and activities will be a hit with your K-8 students.

Online Kwanzaa Games
Practice math and language skills while having fun with these Kwanzaa-themed digital games and puzzles.   

Online Hanukkah Activities
Kids learn the history and rituals of Hanukkah through engaging activities, including digital Dreidel games, crossword puzzles, and coloring pages. These digital activities are printable too! 

Christmas Interactive Slides
This Spanish-language digital slideshow helps students learn about Christmas traditions in Spanish-speaking locales, from Spain to Mexico. Perfect for Spanish language class.    

 Interactive lessons from PBS: Celebrating Winter
Celebrate the season with a bounty of winter-related interactive lessons in math, biology, art, religion, and poetry. These preK-12 lessons are standards-aligned, sharable and integrated with Google classroom.

Crafts for Kids
Kids will enjoy creating a Winter Wonderland Terrarium using only empty jar, twigs, pinecones, and trinket toys. Be sure to check out the Cotton Swab Snowflakes for another easy and fun winter art project. 

Online Christmas Puzzles and Games
Fun online interactives for younger learners include puzzles featuring Santa and the elves, a Santa and Rudolph coloring page, and a digital math game, video lesson, and worksheet. 

Winter Holiday Activities and Resources
Make your winter instruction brighter with more than 50 preK-12 lesson plans, activities, and handouts covering the familiar December holidays, as well as the Chinese New Year (February 1st), and the Persian New Year, Nowruz (March 21st).  

Diana Restifo