‘Tis the season for holiday fun! December is such a fun time of year to spice up your task boxes to match the season! Read on for some holly jolly task box ideas that are sure to engage your learners!
This fun, free pack has four great activities with Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa themes. This is perfect for helping you make sure that all students’ backgrounds are represented in your classroom. Plus, it is a great way to help students learn about the diverse holidays that are celebrated in December!
First up we have matching activities. There are two levels: picture-to-picture matching and picture-to-word, so you can differentiate for your students. The matching sets are inclusive of all three holidays!
Next in the pack are two sorting activities. In the Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa sort, students will place holiday symbols into the correct category. There is also a Kinara vs Menorah sort.
Last but not least, we have holiday-themed ten frame counting cards. Students will count holiday objects like wreaths, bowls of fruit, and menorahs, then match the correct number to the card. To differentiate the activity for higher-level students, I have them write the number with dry erase markers.
The Simply Special Ed shop also has a Christmas Task Box 4-Pack with similar matching and sorting activities. Students will sort red or green stockings, milk or cookies, presents or candy canes There is also Christmas-themed word matching.
December Vocabulary Task Boxes
Another way I create task boxes for my students is using the clip cards from the Boardmaker Vocabulary sets. The December set has great seasonal vocab words for students to practice! Once students have learned to recognize each month’s vocabulary words, they can complete the clip cards independently.
Homemade Task Boxes
If you’re feeling crafty, there are a ton of ways you can incorporate holiday themes into handmade task boxes. I love to make these simple counting puzzles for each season using craft-sticks. I choose a counting goal (usually 20 or 25 for my students), number the bottom of each stick, then create a seasonal drawing for a picture puzzle.
Another easy task to make is file folder activities with seasonal stickers. For example, I made an addition fact file folder using candy cane stickers. I wrote out addition problems, and added candy canes under each number for support. Students can count the canes to solve the problems. Check out Michelle’s blog for more DIY December task boxes!
I hope that you get a chance to incorporate some of these December Task Box ideas into your classroom! They are sure to make the month extra special for your students. Have any more festive task box ideas? Share them below!