UPDATE 12/14/2020: If you are looking for more holiday ideas, here is my new Winter Holidays Wakelet that I will be continually updating throughout December. I also just posted a S.C.A.M.P.E.R. Through Winter Jamboard that you can access here.
Last week, I posted about one of my creative thinking packs that I like to use around this time of year. You can learn more here. I have been using the first two pages (“Substitute” and “Combine”) with my 1st through 5th graders during the last week, and it’s been a kick to see their unique ideas, particularly for the “Substitute” page. The directions for that one are to design a snowman made out of something other than snow. I have to share some of their results!
Last year, I posted a few sets of QR codes for the holidays, and I would like to offer them to you again. For each of these, the user will need to have a device with a QR code reader app. There are plenty out there that are offered for free. For the purposes of testing these QR codes this year, I used the “Scan” app on my iPad. If you are interested in making your own QR sets, Kaywa is one of the free sites I like to use. QR Hacker allows you to “dress up” (though they use a different term!) your QR codes with colors and background images.
Here are some QR codes that you can use as a countdown calendar for Random Acts of Kindness. These can be used any time of year, but might be nice around the holidays:
Here are 6 QR codes that are good classroom coupons. The first one is just black and white, and could be used any time of the year. The holiday option is in color (red and green), and has Christmas icons. These are fun to put in a class treasure box, or to give out to the kids in holiday cards:
This is not holiday related, but you can also download this QR code tic-tac-toe reflection for the end of the year or unit here. And, if you are really interested in QR codes, you might want to take a look at my post on an interactive bulletin board that I did last year.
Next week, I will be kicking it up a notch with some Aurasma holiday activities!
For those of you new to this blog, I am devoting Fridays during the holiday season to recommending “Gifts for the Gifted”. You can see the three posts that I have done so far here, here and here. You can also visit my Pinterest board on Games for Gifted Students. A lot of these are not just for gifted students, but would be appreciated by many children – and adults.
Today’s recommendation happens to be one that I have not tried, yet. But, I am ordering this kit for my 10-year-old daughter because it looks like the perfect combination of imagination and engineering. The Little Bits Holiday Kit retails for $49, and includes the following items:
A double sided instruction sheet with quick start guide and project suggestions
A custom-made 9V battery + cable
A 9V battery connector.
Custom plastic screwdriver
• light wire
• dc motor
• bright led
• wire x2
The list above does not really do the kit justice, however. There is so much potential in the various combinations of these parts, some of which is shown in the video below. And, if you have a child or group of students that might be interested, Little Bits is also offering a “What are You Making for the Holidays?” challenge with a deadline of December 11th. Inventors of any age are invited to submit sketches of a possible Little Bits design, and the winners will receive all of the parts to build their inventions.
If your child is interested in building, inventing, and designing, this could be a great gift to put under the tree!
I have added an Easter Creative Thinking Packet to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. It is now available for $1.00. It includes brainstorming ideas, as well as printable worksheets for each of the S.C.A.M.P.E.R. creative thinking tools created by Bob Eberle. My gifted students in 1st-5th enjoy these S.C.A.M.P.E.R. packets, as the activities give them the chance to stretch their imaginations. We are in the home stretch right now for the school year, and thinking outside the Easter basket could lessen some of the stress!