Do you take time off in your year round schedule in the month of December? Are you looking for something fun and crafty to do that is also educational to keep the learning going without burning out during the holidays? Lapbooks are a good solution to help celebrate Christmas and create learning keepsakes to treasure for years to come.
The Symbols of Christmas
Has your child ever wondered about the history of the Christmas tree and lights, Christmas cards, Advent wreaths and calendars, ornaments, or the history of St. Nicholas and Santa Claus? You can learn about all of these Christmas symbols and more in the Symbols of Christmas lapbook from In the Hands of a Child. It has 44 pages, including a 12 page study guide and 15 hands-on activities to do while you complete the lapbook. It is easy to adapt to all ages in the family, from about kindergarten through middle school, so it’s a project everyone can enjoy together.
This will be our second year working on this one because we didn’t complete the entire study last year. That is another advantage to doing lapbook projects like this — you can pick and choose what you are most interested in and have time for. Even if you don’t do every mini-book or component for the lapbook, you still have a nice showcase for what you’ve learned and your children have done something they are really interested in, which makes the learning stick with them longer.
Another fun option to learn about the symbols of Christmas is from A Journey through Learning. They offer a bigger, three-folder lapbook with activities or an Express version that only requires one file folder if you’re pressed for time and money right now.
Keeping Christ in Christmas
Do you know the meaning behind the 12 Days of Christmas song? This lapbook from In the Hands of a Child will teach you the history and meaning behind it, along with Epiphany, recipes, and 12 hands-on activities to go along with the lapbook.
The Arrival of a King lapbook from A Journey through Learning is full of information about the events and the people surrounding the birth of Jesus. Your child will learn about Joseph, Mary, Caesar Augustus, Gabriel, Zachariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Shepherds, Herod, Sheep, The Romans, The Wisemen, Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh and more while completing this Christmas lapbook.
For those of you who enjoy the Magic Tree House series of books, there is a lapbook available to go along with Christmas in Camelot. Children learn about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, as well as the concept of legends as they complete this lapbook.
Have you discovered the Eleanor book series? It’s historical fiction for girls that instills faith and values from stories of the past. My daughter loves these books! There is a lapbook available from A Journey through Learning to go along with the A Christmas to Remember book in this series, which takes place during the Great Depression. It’s a great opportunity for history lessons while reading a good book and having some fun Christmas activities all combined.
As with many lapbooks, these are all available as instant downloads so they’re ready to go when you are ready to learn. I love that kind of convenience, especially around the busy time of the Christmas season!
What are you favorite Christmastime lapbooks?
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