Best Winter Activities for the Classroom

Thursday 10th December 2020

  • #UKEdChat session 533
  • Many schools have winter traditions and events.
  • The winter holiday is not a merry time for everyone.
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As the final weeks of the Autumn/Winter term come to an end, it is a time when most teachers switch tack and try to bring an element of the many winter holidays celebrated at this time of year into their classrooms. From making Chemis-Trees in science adorned with tinsel and test-tubes, to producing more Christmas paraphernalia in art than a workaholic Lapland elf.

But which activities that bring an element of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and indeed, Christmas are both fun and educational? How can we leave our pupils ready for the holiday, which isn’t necessarily a happy time for all students?

In this #UKEdChat discussion, which took place on Thursday 10th December 2020 at 8pm(UK) we discussed which activities can be used in your subject area or phase, how to have a fun, but educational, time before the holidays begin, and thinking ahead to prepare pupils well for a few weeks at home.


  1. When do you think it is ok for winter/Christmas activities to start in earnest in the classroom?
  2. What yearly winter/Christmas traditional do you hold in your class/school?
  3. What are your favourite art/craft wintery activities?
  4. What subject-based winter activities would you like to do in your class?
  5. What is the best thing about school in the run-up to the winter holiday?
  6. How will the run-up to the winter holiday be different this year?
  7. How do you prepare your students for a peaceful and enjoyable break?
  8. How will you look after your own well-being during the winter break?

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