Merry Learning! 32 Activities and Resources for December

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. – Hamilton Wright Mabie

December is an exciting time for our learners. Around the world families gather and are encouraged to spread cheer by enjoying special dishes, decorating, exchanging gifts, and singing songs. Our students celebrate  Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays. In our classes we can get students to use free web tools and apps to create digital gifts or share their traditions. Our students can learn how different cultures celebrate various holidays in December and experience how others around the world celebrate the holidays. Below, find activities, resources, and free web tools/apps to spread cheer. You can also download my slide presentation, Merry Learning Activities for December.

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Apps to Send Greetings

With the following web tools and apps students can create and send holiday greetings, books, slideshows and videos to friends and family. The following apps have templates, backgrounds, stickers, and fonts to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza!

  • Buncee (Web/iOS)- Create animated greetings, digital books, posters, and presentations. Buncee has a large library of stickers, backgrounds, audio, images, animation, and videos.
  • Magisto (Web/Android/iOS)- Upload images, pick a template, and choose a holiday soundtrack from their library to make a 1 minute video.
  • Kizoa (Web)- Create beautiful photo slideshows with music and holiday templates.
  • YakItforKids (iOS)- Add mouths and make your drawings or photos talk! You can create a slideshow of images and use their holiday stickers.
  • Chatterpix for Kids (iOS)- Add mouths and make your drawings or photos talk! Only one image but you can decorate with holiday stickers and animations.
  • Fotobabble– (Web/iOS)-Create and share photos with your audio narration.
  • RedStamp (Web/Android/iOS)- send free e-greeting cards with various free holiday templates and add your own photos.

Fun Holiday Apps

  • Christmas Fun HD (iOS)- Students get into the Christmas spirit with interactive sing alongs, dress up games, painting activities, peek-a-boo games, interactive stories and so much more!
  • Letters to Santa (iOS)- kids write unlimited letters to Santa Claus who responds.
  • Light My Fire (iOS)- Students learn about Hanukkah and get to light a virtual traditional Hanukkah lamp.
  • Jingle All the Way (iOS)- Interactive book with games, puzzles, and more for kids!
  • Piano Mi (iOS)- teach children how to play holiday songs on a virtual keyboard they get to interact with.
  • Talking Gingerbread Man (iOS)- talk to the Gingerbread Man and he repeats your words in a funny voice. Record a funny video to send to friends.

Challenge: Get students to celebrate the holidays with one of these resources.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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