Friday, December 26, 2014

Reading and Writing Recycling Christmas Activities

Keeping children engaged and learning can be a challenge over winter break.  Here are 7 fun, engaging ways to keep your children reading and writing using recyclable materials from Christmas.

  • Cut out different shapes to make story covers.
  • Put paper inside.
  • Trim paper to fit shape stories.
  • Write stories about your winter vacation.
  • Send stories to school to share with friends.

  • Tear wrapping paper into pieces. 
  • Program or write the following skills on the torn paper depending of the skill level of the children.
  • Letters/Sounds
  • Sight Words 
  • Family Names  
  • Phonics Patterns Blends ( bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, pr, sc, sk, sl, sn, sm, sp, st, tr, tw)
  • Phonics Patterns Digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh, ph)
  • Word Families Short a Words (at, an, ap, ab, am, ag)
  • Word Families Short e Words (eb, eg, en, et)
  • Word Families Short i Words (it, ip, ig, in)
  • Word Families Short o Words (ob, od, og, op, ot)
  • Word Families Short u Words (ub, ug, up, ut)
  • Long Vowel Word Families (ake, ine, oke)
  • Two Vowels Together Word Families (ai, ea, ee, oa, ue)
  • Opposites (hot/cold, up/down, over/under, day/night, go/stop)
  • Describing Words (chilly, hot, steaming, cold, wet, slippery)
  • Winter Words (cold, snow, snowball, snowflake, hot chocolate, mittens, coat)
  • Words with Prefixes (re, un)
  • Words with Suffixes (s, es, ing, er)
  • Numbers
  • Math Facts
  • Scrunch the paper into balls.
  • Throw in a pile.
  • Have the children open the paper balls and read the letters/sounds/words/numbers/ or solve the math facts.

  • Cut open the sides of the gift bags.
  • Put paper on the insides of the gift bags.
  • Write a story about your family's experiences or traditions.
  • Add real photographs or illustrations to you book.
  • Read your story to a friend or family member.
  • Hang your story on your doorknob.
  • Bring your gift bag back to school to share with your class.

  • Play can you find  . . . ?
  • Look for letters.
  • Look for sounds.
  • Look for phonics patterns.
  • Look for sight words.
  • Look for little words hiding in big words.
  • Look for suffixes.
  • Look for prefixes.
  • Look for antonyms (opposites).
  • Look for synonyms (words that mean the same).

  • Read the names.
  • Say the letters in the names.
  • Say the sounds of the letters in the names.
  • How many words can you make from the name?
  • Put them in ABC order.
  • Turn them over and write letters, sight words, theme words, weather words, etc. on the tags and make a matching memory game.

  • Cut off the back of the card.
  • Add a new piece of paper to the back.
  • Children can make new cards.
  • Children can write a story to match the picture.
  • Read the names on the cards.
  • Say the letters on the cards.
  • Say the sounds the letters make.
  • Take the first sound off the name and substitute if with a new sound.
    • Shane = take the "sh" off of Shane and and a "l" = lane
  • Look for little words hiding in big words (day = holiday, Christ, is, as = Christmas, is = wish)
  • Think of rhyming words to go with words on the cards.  
    • We = be, see, three, key, wish = dish, fish,  you = do, too, through, merry = cherry, Jerry, fairy, scary
  • Write the above skills on a dry erase board or paper.
Can you think of other ways to recycle these materials into educational games?  Leave your ideas in the comment section below.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. These are terrific, Kathy! Thank you for sharing - I'll pin this post to my homeschooling board!
    Have a happy and healthy new year!