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The Christmas Pack – A Reading and Spelling Activity Bundle

Christmas is coming and we have just the thing to help you add a bit of excitement to your reading and spelling review this holiday season!

The Christmas Pack Is Here!

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Our full-color activity bundle contains more than 35 pages of printable reading and spelling activities designed to delight your child this Christmas! Here’s what you’ll find in the Christmas Pack:

Rhyming Christmas Stockings

This fun activity provides practice with rhyming words from All About Reading Levels 1-4. Need some spelling practice instead? Use the stocking cards to practice spelling words from your child’s current spelling list.

christmas pack rhyming stocking activity preview

Cookies for Santa

Santa is coming and he’s expecting cookies and milk! In this yummy activity, your child can practice reading and spelling words while filling Santa’s plate with cookies! Just print and play…Santa’s depending on you!

christmas pack cookies for santa activity preview

Letters to Santa

Santa wants to hear from you, and you can send him a letter with this fun reading and spelling review activity! Practice words from All About Reading Levels 1-4 or review words from your child’s current spelling lesson.

letters to santa activity preview

Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe

It’s time to decorate the Christmas tree with reading and spelling words! Take turns hanging your ornament cards on the Christmas tree. The first one to get three in a row wins the game!

christmas tic-tac-toe activity preview

But That’s Not All…

…we’ve included a few more activities for your family to enjoy together!

  • The Flat Ziggy Christmas Set – Dress Flat Ziggy in his holiday finest!
  • Winter Reading Log – Keep track of all the books your child reads this winter!
  • ABC Christmas Snacks – Treat yourselves to two festive (and easy-to-make) ABC snacks.
  • Christmas Picture Books – Read a few of these delightful Christmas picture books together.

Are you ready to add a bit of fun to your Christmas season learning? Download the Christmas Pack now!

Download the Christmas Pack!

Do you have any special holiday learning activities planned? Please share in the comments below!

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Tamara

says:

My boys LOVE the Christmas spelling review games. They are 12 & 8, older but they still love a review game to a spelling test. Duuuh! I was hoping you could make more review games, even new tic-tac-toe boards (their favorite) for the other holiday seasons. I’d love to have a Valentines tic-tac-toe!! Thank you for making a hands on approach to learning a “flat” subject!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Tamara,
We don’t have spelling activities for every holiday, but we do have other fun spelling review games and activities. Check out:
Drag Race – A Reading and Spelling Review Activity
Popcorn Party! Spelling Game
A Treasure Trove of Pirate Activities for Reading and Spelling
10 Great Ways to Review Spelling Word Cards

Here are some other ideas that students have enjoyed:

– Sort Word Cards into piles such as nouns and adjectives or verbs and adverbs. Draw a card from each pile and make up random dictation phrases that way. You can end up with some funny phrases like “green bobcat” or “playful mailbox.” You could also let your student draw and read a card from each pile, and then have you write a phrase. Many kids enjoy the back and forth!

– Spell words while jumping on a trampoline, bouncing a ball, or playing catch. Yell out one letter for every jump, bounce, or toss!

– Another thing I used to do with my kids was to have them make up simple books. Choose some phrases or sentences (ones already in AAS dictation or make up your own from the word cards) and have them write one line on each page. Then they can draw a picture to go with and make up a story.

– Incorporate tactile and kinesthetic ideas to make review more fun. Marie has lots of great ideas in this article. Things like writing on a whiteboard, using a dry or wet erase marker on a window or mirror, writing with gel pens on black paper, going outside with sidewalk chalk, creating a pretty, special spelling notebook with artwork and stickers can also make spelling more fun.

– Use a favorite board game like Sorry. Each player spells a word or answers a card before taking his or her turn. If you have a Trivial Pursuit game, you can substitute the various spelling cards (red, blue, yellow, green) for the types of categories in the game.

– One of our AAS customers sent us a link to her free Spelling Battleship game.

– Junior Scrabble Cheese-Its: The student spells a word with the alphabet crackers, and gets to eat the crackers if the word is correct. This was a favorite with my kids!

– Using rewards like a mini Hershey bar for so many words spelled or M&M’s at the end of each dictation phrase or sentence.

– Kaboom! Write the word BOOM on several blank Word Cards. Mix up all your Word Cards and scatter them face down in a pile on the table. Players take turns selecting and reading cards from the pile, and the other person spells the word. If a player spells a word correctly, he keeps the card. If he misses a card, put it back in the pile. If a player picks up a BOOM card, he has to return all his cards to the pile. Play continues until all the cards have been collected.

Snowball game. Practice phonograms with the snowball game, or use Nerf darts instead. Tape word cards face down to the wall and your student has to spell the one they hit.

– Use an online word search puzzle maker to create your own word search puzzle using your child’s spelling words.

– Flip the card: spell the word cards and then try to throw each into a hat or box. Vary the distance if it’s too easy/hard.

– Hockey or Soccer: one mom told us, “I tape cards all around our fence and have the boys kick a ball towards them. Whichever card they hit, they have to spell. We have also adapted this for hockey and basketball. Anything to keep the boys moving!”

– Set up a points system and give your student a small prize when he reaches 100 points. For example, you might give your student a point for every correct word spelled during each lesson time. Or, combine the system with phonogram card review too, for more chances to earn points. (My daughter used to make up her own points system, just to try to beat a previous high point score.)

Meg

says:

Such fun activities that my kids don’t even realize they’re learning! Thank you AAL!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Meg. It’s great to hear that your kids had fun with these activities, and didn’t even know they were learning!

Mary Schuh

says:

I love this! Perfect for Christmas-time learning fun!! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Mary!

Melinda K

says:

This are so cute!

Sarah

says:

We loved this freebie!! Even now in February my son asks to play this. Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for sharing this, Sarah! I love that your son still wants to play the games and activities even many weeks later!

Brittany

says:

We loved using this- especially the stockings and the chimney. Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Brittany! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Kimberly M

says:

Thank you for these “freebie”. We used them over the Christmas break. My kids didn’t even realized they were learning instead of playing Holiday games with me. :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for letting us know how well this pack worked for your family, Kimberly! I love that your kids just thought of it as play!

Katherine Rhodes

says:

We always read Christmas and advent books and I will have to try some of your games!

Christy Torres

says:

This is such a fabulous pack full of so many fun activities! We love all you do for families, especially our own whom went from “I hate reading!” to reading 50+ pages without even being asked…. in less than a semester! I couldn’t be more thrilled! She is only 8, and your stories are so perfect! An animal lover, she is always relating things back to different stories. She also is always saying “ We need to call Marie and tell ask her where she came up with that crazy/silly idea!” I couldn’t ask for more or be more appreciative! Thank you!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wow, Christy! Your child much such amazing progress in just a semester!

I don’t know where Marie got every idea, but we do have a few “Story Behind the Story” blog posts that your daughter may enjoy.

Amy

says:

Thanks for all the addition resources you provide!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are so welcome, Amy!

Jayne

says:

The resource looks awsesome for the season :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Jayne!

Taran

says:

Thank you for sharing these fun activities! Love all about spelling and reading programs!

Tiffany Marston

says:

Fun way to celebrate the holidays and still continue to learn! Thank you for these lovely printables.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Tiffany! I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of these.

Rebekah

says:

Thank you! So excited to try this out!!

Liliya Minchala

says:

Just printed for my Level 1 Kindergartener! Thank you

Sacha Dietrich

says:

These are adorable, thank you for blessing us all with your freebies!!

Jen Smith

says:

We are loving AAR!!! Thanks for these fun Christmas resources to add to our lessons. My daughter will love these.

Mimi

says:

Love these learning opportunities.

Karen

says:

It’s always more interesting to have some new material. Thanks

Aaron Neumann

says:

This reading program has been perfect for my son.

Lisa Ghigliazza

says:

Love these fun Christmas learning activities!

Katie C

says:

Such a fun idea! Thanks for the additional resources!

Mindy

says:

I love this reading program!! My daughter has gone from not wanting to and not knowing how to read to starting to finishing the first 2 books of AAR1!! Now she tries to read things she sees! I am so glad I got this program!! She is in first grade and we are homeschooling this year. I’ve already bought the other 3 levels and level 1 of spelling!! We just added in the Christmas activities and she can’t get enough of them! Thank you so much for always sending us these cute extras!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m so excited to hear how well your daughter is doing with All About Reading, Mindy! Wonderful! Keep up the excellent work.

Amy

says:

Our kindergarten kiddos have a fabulous time playing X’s and O’s. The dressing up Ziggy game is a fun way to practice building vocabulary and following directions using first, next and last. So many great hands on activities…thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for letting us know how much your kids have enjoyed these activities, Amy!

Katharine Gindin

says:

This is a nice break from online learning over the hoiliday break.

Vicki

says:

I love Ziggy and so do my kids. These activities have been very helpful in maintaining my kid’s interest levels and frankly, it’s just fun for me to play with them!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad you enjoy the activities with your kids, Vicki! That’s what the holidays are for!

Ashley

says:

Really love this!

Eleanor

says:

Thank you for this resource! We love your curriculum!

Suzanne

says:

These activities are lovely. They provide such a fun way to learn!

Anne

says:

I have dyslexia, so I am self-conscious about posting online. I am really interested in the tiles app. Especially, if I can use it maintaing social distance.