Naturally though, the kids are excited and can’t wait to celebrate, and there’s some great ways you can get into the spirit of the season outdoors with your students.

  • Have a Christmas picnic – ask your students to bring in some goodies to share (make sure you set some limits so you don’t end up with 20 trifles or 30 Christmas puddings!) and head outside for a bite to eat. Bring some tinsel to make it festive, but don’t forget to clean up afterwards.
  • Is your class filled with arty types? Why not make some natural Christmas decorations! Head into the great outdoors or to the local park and see what you can find scattered on the ground – branches, seeds, nuts, and leaves. Then, challenge your students to craft a creative Christmas decoration out of their new-found treasures. You can use them to decorate the classroom, or perhaps the best one could win a prize!
  • How do other cultures celebrate Christmas? Invite your students to a special ‘expo’ style event on the sports field where they can explore the seasonal traditions of their multicultural classmates. You could ask students to invite their parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles to explain how things are done back home, and they could even bring a traditional treat to share with their friends. Holding the activity outside adds to the exploratory feel and encourages kids to be more active and engaged, but if the weather isn't on your side, this can still be a fun and interactive way to spend an afternoon indoors.

What are your favourite classroom (or ‘outside the classroom’) Christmas activities?