In Germany, Christmas is the most anticipated holiday of the year. Families will bake Christmas cookies as family-activity or visit the Christmas market together. Adults can drink hot Christmas mull wine while children can play multiple games at the Christmas market's market stalls. Every weekend is a good family day.
The celebration of "Christmas Month" every year starts on the first Sunday of the four weeks before December 24 of that year. Before Christmas month, Christmas wreaths are usually prepared at home. On the first Sunday of Christmas month, the first candle is lit, and when the fourth candle is lit, it is Christmas Day. Many families also start baking Christmas cookies together on the first Sunday of Christmas month. During the Christmas month, parents usually prepare the so-called "Advent Calendar" for their children. It is a 24-boxes calendar from December 1 to December 24; children can open one box per day. Starting from December 1, children can open the first calendar box to get a "gift." when children open the last box, it will be Christmas on the 24th. On the night of December 5, parents will also prepare a gift for their children and put them in their shoes. The next day, on the day of "St. Nicholas Day" on December 6, the children will check whether "St. Nicholas" brings them gifts when they wake up. In short, children are very much looking forward to Christmas.
Although Montessori education recommends letting children (between 0-6 years old) know real things instead of fiction, children are still in the cognitive stage. They cannot distinguish between true and false. But we can even convey the traditional holiday of Christmas to our children from the Montessori prospect so that they can experience Christmas.
Here, we have prepared 3-4 small "Christmas" activities where parent and children can work together:
Making Christmas jar
A glass jar with a twistable lid
A miniature Christmas figure
Some fake snowflake powder, some glitter, some decoration
Glass bottle with 2/3 mark of water
Way of working:
Parents can put the materials in small bottles/jars and present them on trays. Parents need to help glue the miniature Christmas figure to the lid inside the glass bottle. Then let the child pour the water into the glass jar by himself, then open the bottle and add snowflake powder, glitter, and decoration, and finally add glycerin. After finishing, parents can help to stick the bottle cap tightly with glue. By shaking again, the Christmas ball is complete.
Through this activity, children can train their fine-motor movements, such as inverting, twisting, squeezing, and shaking motions.
A little salt
1 teaspoon vanilla syrup
Way of working:
Parents can put the ingredients in bowls of suitable sizes. Then, let the children pour all ingredients into a large container and then mix them evenly to knead a dough. The kneaded dough needs to be placed in the refrigerator for an hour to chill. If the child is still young, parents can prepare the dough first.
Then invite the children to knead the cold dough into a flat shape(about 26cm thick), press the biscuit model, and then put it in a preheated oven (180c) and bake at 180c for 15-20 minutes.
Through this activity, children can train their large body movements, such as pour, knead, roll the dough, and "press" the cookie model.
Decorate the Christmas tree or prepare Christmas dinner together
Parents can invite their children to decorate the Christmas tree and light up the lights. Or invite the children to join in preparing for Christmas dinner.
No matter which activity you choose, the most important thing is that parents are attentive to accompany their children at the moment. Let the children participate in family life activities together.