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December Activity Calendar

Interactive kid's calendar for December.

By Andrea Dillon
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Are you ready for December? The new year? We are! Let’s kick off this last month of 2020 with some fun for everyone! I have a bunch of new links this year for you and your family to enjoy. Listen to some books read aloud, find some easy December crafts for kids, learn about the various holidays in December, and more in our December activity calendar! Bookmark this page to come back daily!

Click on the images to jump to that day’s activities!

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Get even more December activity ideas on our Winter Pinterest board.


Daily December Activities For Kids

 


December 1

 

Kick off the month with a fun craft! This fun snow globe craft will be a hit and make great presents for the family! Expand the activity with some winter science experiments.

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December 2

 

Why do some families put up a tree and some light candles? What are all these different holidays about? Learn about all the different winter holidays today.

 

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December 3

 

Does your house look like a winter wonderland? Not yet? Well, we are going to fix that today with this December craft! Break out the scissors and paper and get creating paper snowflakes!

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December 4

 

It is National Cookie Day! Find the perfect recipe to celebrate and enjoy these comforting treats. Take it a step further with some cookie science.

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December 5

 

Why do we use candles? Learn about the history of candles and then make your own! This is also a good time to discuss fire safety too.

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December 6

 

What is a nutcracker? Learn about the history of these wooden winter figures. Watch “The Nutcracker” Tea Party at Home from The Washington Ballet at 3pm EST!  Can’t make it to that? Watch The Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents The Nutcracker ballet performed by National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Mari El.

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Today is also St. Nicholas Day. We learned about this holiday when we discussed different winter holidays on Dec 2nd.

 

 

 

 

 


December 7

 

December is a great month to get in the giving spirit! Get creative with some December crafts for kids. Start with these handmade gifts kids can make or these easy gift craft ideas.

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December 8

 

Today we are talking about snow! Do you have snow at your house? If not, make some snow of your own and start playing! Can you make a snowman? How about a snow-cat or snow-elephant? Expand the lesson and learn more about snow and other weather too.

Books to read:

 

 

 


December 9

 

Today is National Llama Day! “Llama” tell you about what we have in store today! First we are going to listen to a story about a little llama with some holiday drama. Then we are going to make some llama friends!

 

 

 

 

 


December 10

 

Today is Human Rights Day! What are human rights?

Youth For Human Rights and Kids Go Global have free resources to help you delve into this topic. We also cover this topic in our Talking To Kids About LGBTQ+ and How To Talk To Kids About Racism blog posts.

Books to read:

 

Hanukkah also begins today! We learned about Hanukkah when we learned about different winter holidays on Dec 2nd.

 

 

 

 

 


December 11

 

What is winter? Where is it cold? Let’s take a look in this winter unit study and play this free arctic animal gross motor game!

Books to read:

 

 

 

 

 


December 12

 

Today is Gingerbread House Day! Learn the history of gingerbread and make some of your own with help from PBS. Then check out this elaborate Gingerbread House.

 

 

 

 

 


December 13

How about a cold treat?! Start the day with ice cream science (including making your own) or snow cream! Then try this cute ice cream painting activity.

Books to read:

 

Today is also St. Lucia Day. We learned about this holiday when we discussed different winter holidays on Dec 2nd.

 

 

 


December 14

Today we are talking about polar bears! Take some time to watch the San Diego Polar Cam and then learn about how they stay warm in the cold.

Books to read:

 

 

 

 

 

 


December 15

 

Is the holiday blah setting in? Do you need some ideas to push away the boredom? We have some boredom busters your kids will love!

Books to read:

 

 

 

 

 


December 16

 

Owls! We are learning about owls today! How much do you know about these interesting birds? Watch the Great Horned Owls at the Rogers’ Place and then make this adorable snowy owl December craft.

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December 17

What does December smell like to you? Smells are one of the most common triggers for memories. For me, the smell of December is cinnamon, mainly because of the cinnamon dough we make every year.  Try it yourself and learn about the history of cinnamon to expand the learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


December 18

Ice! What is ice? Let’s learn about ice and try some ice science experiments. Then make these fun icicles.

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December 19

 

The days are getting colder, so let’s warm up with some hot chocolate and try some hot chocolate science too!

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December 20

 

Today is National Ugly Sweater Day! Break out the crayons, markers and, if you are feeling dangerous, the glitter and glue and design your own ugly sweater with this free sweater template!

Books to read:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


December 21

Today is Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. Create an ice lantern to light up the darkness.

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December 22

Today we are going to relax and listen to a reading of Owl Moon. You can get extra lesson ideas from Scholastic to expand the learning.

 

 

 

 

 


December 23

 

Cranberries are staple winter fruits that are celebrated by many. Give some a try in these recipes or try to make some dancing cranberries!

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December 24

What do reindeers eat? Where do they live? Learn more about these wonderful animals with the San Diego Zoo. Then make these cute toilet paper roll reindeer. Perfect to help round out 2020!

Books to read:

 

 

 

 

 


December 25

 

Evergreen trees are beautiful and stand out during the winter months while all the other trees are bare and bleak. Learn more about trees and paint your own evergreen tree with this fun December craft for kids.

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Christmas also is today! Learn more about Christmas here.

 

 

 

 


December 26


National Candy Cane Day! Explore how they are made with this video.

Then try some candy cane science!

Kwanzaa also is today! We learned about Kwanzaa when we learned about different winter holidays on Dec 2nd.

 

 

 


December 27


Today we need some colors in the winter white and grey. If you have snow where you are, make these cool snow paints! If not, give these colorful snowflakes a try.

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December 28

Storytime! Let’s listen to a story about a snowman with a big sneeze!

 

 

 


December 29


Family game time! Let’s play some snowball games! Then have an indoor snowball fight with crumpled paper!

Books to read:

 

 

 

 

 


December 30


Today I encourage you to get outside and take a walk. Look up and around at the winter trees above you. Then make some winter tree art!

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December 31

This is it! We are ready for the new year! Grab some New Year’s Eve ideas and download our free  New Year’s Eve Printable Pack!

Books to read:

 


 

 

 

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