"Christmas Around the World" is an
activity book for 8 -12 year olds that explores how different countries
celebrate Christmas. The book provides children with a variety of research, art,
craft and cooking activities designed to give children the opportunity to
examine the Christmas traditions and customs of other countries and cultures.
Some of the research activities incorporate the
use of the Internet as a research tool and a comprehensive list of Online
References relating to Christmas is included.
Bookmark all the Internet sites before you begin
this unit of work. If you have more than one computer available the sites for
each country can be bookmarked on different computers and the children can
rotate around the computers.
The activities are ideal for group work with each
group looking at one country. The group can choose an art or craft activity and
a recipe relating to the country from the book. At the end of the unit of work a
presentation day and a "cooking and tasting" day can be planned. On
the presentation day, the children can display their craft and give a talk on
what they have learnt about how their country celebrates Christmas. On the
"cooking and tasting" day, children from the each group could be
responsible for providing the ingredients for the recipes and the tasting of the
food could replace the traditional class Christmas party.
Sometimes Internet websites disappear. If you can’t
connect with the site immediately, try again at a later time. The site might
have only disappeared temporarily or moved to another location.
If a site does disappear, the Online Reference
page provides a comprehensive list of Christmas sites that can be used for the
research activities. The list is only a fraction of the Christmas sites on the
Internet and if the children can use the search engines they will be able to
locate many more that could assist in their research.