Merry Christmas! Why stick to the same old worksheets and lesson plans this time of the year when there are so many fun ways to work the holidays into your homeschooling?
Here are 12 fun ways to celebrate the season and work in a little math while you’re at it…
(Note: Examiner sometimes hyperlinks common tag words. My links are marked with an * to help you identify them.)
1. Bake Christmas cookies and double or triple the recipe.
2. Print out a *Christmas math stumper.
3. *Compare the costs of using LED lights with using traditional ones. Which costs more up front, and how many times more? Which lasts longer and how many times longer? Multiply the cost per strand by how many strands you use on your tree or in your outside decorations. How much would each cost per season?
4. Estimate the diameter of a gift to see how much wrapping paper you’ll need.
5. Print out some *Christmas math worksheets. Also try *word problems and *more word problems.
6. Older kids can sing a *Calculus Carol.
7. If kids make Christmas lists of gifts they’d like, have them estimate the cost of each item and figure out the total cost of their lists. Alternately, have them make up a fantasy list and figure out the cost of that one.
8. Have kids take a poll of friends and family about a holiday theme and graph the results. Topics could include favorite holiday foods, how many people open presents on Christmas Eve versus Christmas versus other days, etc..
9. Use holiday candies as math manipulatives.
10. Print out some *easy Christmas sudukus.
11. Figure out the probability of a white Christmas. You can check the last ten or twenty years of *weather history for your town and see how often you’ve had cold enough weather and precipitation, for instance. *Here’s all the odds in various parts of Minnesota, and there’s even a site dedicated to *betting odds for a white Christmas in the UK.
12. Build gingerbread houses and figure out their perimeters and square footage. Challenge the kids to take it a step further — if peppermints are one inch “square,” then how many would it take to do each wall or all four walls total?