When choosing holiday activities for the classroom, ornaments can be a perfect item for students to take home and share with their families. Rather than bringing home another coloring sheet or drawing, students can create ornaments that their families can enjoy year after year. As children grow they can look back on their creations and remember their year in your classroom!
Here are a couple of my favorite ornaments to make with my students.
One of my favorite ornaments to make with my students is this Christmas Memories ornament.
This ornament is created using questions on small pieces of paper. Students answer the questions, fold the paper, and insert the paper into a clear ornament. You can use different colored paper for different questions, creating a colorful ornament.
The completed ornaments are similar to time capsules in that students can remove the papers later and read their answers with their family. How much fun would it be to revisit their opinions ten years from now? This activity is sure to be a special keepsake for parents as their children grow.
The best part is, you can get this ornament completely FREE here.
Another option for creating ornaments is my Christmas Ornament Challenge.
This STEM activity allows students to use their creativity and problem solving skills while designing cute Christmas ornaments.
In completing the STEM activity, students will learn about the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and complete research. They will also make connections to The Carpenter’s Gift by David Rubel. Students are encouraged to think outside the box with this activity as they engineer new Christmas ornaments. Your students can get creative with this activity while learning about economics. A win-win! They will enjoy getting creative while learning about history and literature.
For more STEM activities that you can do with your students this winter season, check out my post here.
I hope you and your students make some ornaments this year that can be enjoyed for years to come!