Social Distancing Christmas Activities for Kids

Social Distancing Christmas Activities for Kids

Holiday activities, The Christmas holiday time of the year is here! It’s the most exciting holiday season for all of us filled with festivities and merriment. This Christmas is very different around the world with COVID-19 norms and regulations. Sit back and enjoy as we’ve got you all covered!
 Here are some fun-filled social distancing speech and language activities to keep your little ones engaged.

 

 

I Spy Christmas Game

I spy with my little eye is a super fun activity! You can target various speech and language skills including receptive vocabulary, categorization, expressive language and reasoning skills.

 

Activities for holiday

How to play:

  • Once your done decorating for Christmas, you can sit back with your children and start playing this game. To make it more fun and motivating include a points chart to see who gets the maximum number of right answers.
  • Take turn to say “I Spy with my little eye something red…” can you guess? Wait for your child to respond, you can add more options too “I Spy with my little eye something red and round…” can you guess?
  • Once your child guesses it right, add points to the point board and switch turns.
  • Start with simple descriptive vocabulary and then go on to add more complex language reasoning skills.

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Making Holiday Cookies

We all enjoy baking and eating holiday cookies! Engage your child in this lively baking activity. You can promote several skills such as social language, turn-taking, requesting and following directions.

How to play:

Targeting Vocabulary

  • While you prep ingredients to make the cookies, first make a written list of the materials needed.
  • Give your child the list, and encourage him/her to find the things listed to make a cookie.
  • You can give directions such as “The flour is in the cabinet”, “No not there”,” Look under the snacks”.
  • When your child finds it encourages him by saying “Yay you found it”!!

 

Teaching Sequencing Skills

  • Once all the ingredients are in place, encourage your child to choose the next step in the process to make a cookie.
  • Mixing and blending the ingredients. In this step, target concepts such as “Put in”, “Take out”, “On/Off the blender”.
  • Next, encourage the little one to choose the next step listed and continue to ask open-ended questions “What should we do next?” “Do you need more sugar?” throughout the holiday activites.

 

 

 

Teaching Turn-Taking

  • In the same activity, encourage your children to wait and take turns one by one while pouring the flour into cookie mould.
  • Talk about the different shapes and decorations of the cookie moulds.
  • Once, the cookies are made, take turns to pack them into different jars and to send out to friends and family.

 

Making Holiday Cards

The COVID restrictions have impacted social gatherings and joyfulness during Christmas. Don’t let your little one feel let down! Cheer up to make some great holiday cards to spread the love around! In this activity, you can target literacy skills such as reading, writing, arts and craft skills such as cutting, pasting and colouring.

How to play:

  • Gather some chart paper, coloured papers, scissors, glue and paint.
  • Encourage your little one to write Christmas messages in the cards, guide him to spell and write simple messages “Merry Christmas” “Have a good year” etc.,
  • Next, motivate him/her to stick Christmas theme stickers, make a small tree, stars and a gingerbread cookie monster to decorate your card.
  • You can teach cutting, pasting and painting the cards and so on.
  • Remember to stay excited during the holiday activites and continue to stimulate your child with new vocabulary, words, phrases and questions.

How to make a holiday card 

Santa’s Surprise Gift Bag:

Children all over the world look forward with excitement for their holiday presents. You can teach several language concepts with this activity such as questioning, requesting and cause and effect.

How to play:

  • You may need a few medium-size Santa gift bags and some gift sock bags to hide in different places around your home.
  • Buy small presents or hide tiny toys and edible items in each gift bag.
  • Encourage your little one to search and find as many bags he/she can.
  • Collect all the bags and encourage your little one to ask “What is in the blue bag?”.
  • Play guessing the gift game “It is something that you love to eat?”.
  • Continue to include speech and language targets.
 
 
 
 
 
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Ayesha Anjum
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