Check out this creative way to introduce eight holidays around the world to your students at school or children at home. The holidays included are Christmas in America, Christmas in Australia, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Santa Lucia. Here you will find story stone graphics, holiday information cards, writing pages, a cut and paste activity, and more!
These holidays around the world story stones are GORGEOUS! They are so inviting to look at and spark wonder and curiosity in both children and adults. They double as a beautiful learning tool and holiday decoration!
These make a great addition to any Holidays Around the World inquiry unit and offer a great tactile element to your studies.
Ready to make your Holiday Stones?! Here’s what you’ll need–
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Here’s How We Use the Holidays Around the World Stones and Printables:
First you need to make your story stones. You just need the graphics, scissors, mod podge, and stones. You can see how I make my story stones in Four Ways to Use Stones in the Classroom. If you cut along the lines of the graphics, it will take a little time but they will look beautiful and last for a very long time!
Here are the rest of the printables that come along with the pack!
Search and Match Coloring Page
Children will enjoy searching for the stones, matching them to the pictures, and coloring the pictures! My boys are in kindergarten and second grade and they both LOVE this activity!
Children sort the different holiday stones on these mats without picture prompts. This is more of a challenge and better for older children. You can use the informational cards to help with this activity.
Children search for the stones and make a list of the holiday symbols. This is great for who are children learning how to write and spell! Again, you can use the informational cards to help with this activity.
Cut and Paste Matching Page
Children cut/paste and match the holidays around the world pictures. This is a great extension activity or assessment piece.
Information Writing Graphic Organizer and Writing Pages
The graphic organizers can be used in different ways. Younger children can name the symbols they put on the graphic organizer boxes. Older children can say what they learned about the symbols and then write about them on the writing pages.
The information cards give a sentence or two explanation of the pictures on the stone. These are a great springboard for further research on these topics and also are a great supplement to all of the activities above!
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I hope you give these holidays around the world activities a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.
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