Did you know geography is actually science, and not history as commonly thought? Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. I think you will find it fascinating to explore the way other cultures around the world celebrate the holidays with these Christmas around the world activities for our 5 Days of Christmas Science Projects!
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Welcome to our 5 Days of Christmas Science Projects with Christmas Around the World! Find fun ways to explore Christmas geography and see how others celebrate this time of year. How similar or different are your Christmas traditions from other country’s celebrations?
These next few days you can explore some unique or “off the beaten path” Christmas activities, and today its all about traveling around the world (without even leaving your chair).
Go ahead and save the more traditional Christmas activities for another day! And let’s get exploring…
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD ACTIVITIES
Add these fun ideas to your Christmas geography lessons this month. Kids will love the novelty of exploring the world through different Christmas traditions and celebrations.
The best way to study geography in terms of Christmas is to simply study how different countries and cultures around the world celebrate Christmas. There are dozens of wonderful websites dedicated to this topic, but here are my favorites that we have used in the past…
1. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD PACK
- You can get a free printable mini Christmas Around the World Activity pack all about Christmas in Italy. Also check out our full Christmas Around The World activity pack. It includes a trip to the following countries, Australia America, Argentina, Brazil Canada, China, England, France Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, and Sweden. Test your knowledge of each country with crossword puzzles, word searches, writing prompts, and mini-quizzes.
2. CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD
- How Stuff Works has a section on Christmas traditions in Australia, China, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Sweden. These pages are very detailed.
3. FUNNY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
- Christmas Around The World: How Different Countries Celebrate The Festive Season is a short, condensed guide to some of the very unusual ways in which 19 countries celebrate Christmas.
4. THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS
- Follow along with Christmas Traditions Worldwide with the History Channel! They detail how our modern Christmas is a product of hundreds of years of both secular and religious traditions from around the globe.
5. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
- Christmas Around The World. This is a collection of historical Christmas celebrations for 32 different countries. The celebration or activity is the earliest history for each country and may not represent the current Christmas celebrations of today.
6. MERRY CHRISTMAS
- Christmas Around The World has traditions and customs for 70 countries. This site includes photos from every country as well. They also have a separate page that teaches you how to say Merry Christmas in every language.
MORE FUN WAYS TO EXPLORE CHRISTMAS GEOGRAPHY
7. COLOR IN A MAP
You can extend the journey to explore Christmas Around The World games and activities by coloring in a map of the world as you learn about each country’s traditions. Before you know it, your child will know his or her way around the world!
8. CHRISTMAS BAKING AROUND THE WORLD
You can also take the learning a step further and head into the kitchen…
Baking cookies is a science too! Here’s a nice collection of cookies around the world to try! Your kids will love picking a country and a recipe to share with each other.
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9. SANTA AROUND THE WORLD
You can even track Santa this Christmas Eve! Use the official Norad Santa Tracker website to keep track of Santa on this busy day!
Use our free Santa Tracker below!
5 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS FUN
Join in with more simple Christmas science projects…
- Christmas Chemistry Ornaments
- Fun Facts About Reindeer
- Christmas Astronomy Activities
- The Smells of Christmas
FUN CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD FOR KIDS!
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