The time leading up to the holidays are always full of a flurry of activities. Kids both at home and at school are busy writing letters to Santa, making a list of all of the new games and toys that they want to receive, and decorating their homes and classrooms for all of the fun that’s going to be had.
There are many different ways to countdown to the holidays that people have enjoyed with their families and within the four walls of their classrooms. Some of these countdowns are to build excitement for the holidays while others are used to teach lessons about the holidays kids are looking forward to. But, what I’ve realized throughout my time in the classroom is that sometimes an extra incentive for positive behavior is necessary for this time of year. Our students and our own children can really benefit from activities that encourage kindness and giving during the holidays and not just receiving.
I wanted to create an activity that would be able to be used during the holiday months but could also be used throughout the entire winter season as well. Teachers have many students in their classrooms that don’t just celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah so I wanted to make sure this kindness calendar would suit all students and families. I was inspired by an adorable snowman countdown calendar I stumbled upon a few years ago at the Target dollar spot and knew I needed to grab it and create something to work with it.