This Christmas, try out some of these writing activities for kids. From descriptive writing to cause and effect, one of these lessons will inspire your children or students. These Christmas writing activities are great for a snowy or rainy day.
Have students paint a picture with words. Students should write about how a house is decorated for Christmas. It could be their house or someone else’s house. Students who want to be more imaginative can write about an imaginary house. Talk about colors, type of lights, lawn decorations and if there is any music playing. If you are doing this with family members, you might want to drive around and look at Christmas light displays. Afterwards, children can draw a picture to match the writing.
If You Take A Mouse to the Movies Cause and Effect Lesson
This book is one of many of the popular books in the “if you give a mouse” series. The series is based on cause and effect relationships. For instance, if you give a mouse some popcorn, “he’ll want to string it all together” and “then he’ll want to hang it on a Christmas tree.” This holiday themed book is a great way for kids to see what happens, the effect, when you give something, the cause, to the mouse. Simply fold a paper in half, hot dog style, and label one column cause and the other effect. Point out, that often times the word “if” signals a cause and effect relationship. As you read the book write down several examples.
Give kids the ability to be creative. Simply give them one of these writing prompts and let them write. Some writing prompt ideas include, writing about a favorite Christmas tradition, the reason for Christmas, a favorite bible verse about Christmas or writing about why it is better to give than receive.
Let students make a simple acrostic poem on Christmas. Simply write the letters vertically down the side of the page. Then, write a word or phrase that begins with each letter of Christmas. For instance C could be cheerful voices and H could be Holy Spirit. R could be red nosed reindeer and I could be icy fingers. You can do the same with words like Merry or Santa.
Rewrite the Twelve Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…..This is a popular song and poem. Have children rewrite the song using a different giver, like their parents, their teacher or Santa Claus. For instance, on the first day of Christmas my sister gave to me, a pinecone from our backyard tree. Have children rewrite the whole thing or one verse of the song. The rewrites can be serious or funny. Find the verses here at dltk.com.