The classroom should be a place of learning, especially in these days of No Child Left Behind and endless focus on accountability. But students of all ages often need a break from lectures, reading, workbooks, and worksheets. They need to be engaged in a variety of different ways in order to learn new information. That means that you should find classroom activities that are engaging, fun, and educational. All extra activities you enter into the classroom should be with the goal of sharpening certain skills. That could be reading skills, language skills, math skills, or even social skills. There are many ways to do this, and it’s a great opportunity to engage your imagination as well as the imagination of the students. You can also center activities around holidays, around current events, around current questions, or as an object lesson if students are acting out or have otherwise broken the classroom rules. And of course, activities can be seen as a great reward for good behavior, especially at the end of the year or just before a long holiday, like the Winter holiday or spring break.
Class activities should also include the participation of all students. You can do this by leading the class and actively choosing which students participate when, or by dividing the students into small groups where each student must participate. The more active and engaged students are, the easier it will be to keep classroom discipline in hand. Students who are busy and occupied are more likely to stay out of trouble.
Fun classroom activities can engage, entertain, and educate at the same time.
Christmas classroom activities should be designed to keep every student involved and active.