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Holidays Around the World Videos for Students

Holidays Around the World videos are a great way to experience the traditions of other countries or cultures. These short free videos feature Pere Noel, Old Befana and other telling stories and explaining Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and the winter celebrations in France, Canada, England, Germany, and Italy. Watching these video, reading books & passages, making maps, suitcases, passports, crafts, scrapbooks, & postcards is perfect for first, second, third, fourth, & fifth grade & homeschool lesson plans.
Learning about Holidays Around the World teaches students about traditions in other countries (as well as their own) and exposes them to diverse cultures. This post shares a collection of FREE videos you can use when teaching your own Holidays Around the World unit.

Holidays Around the World Unit For Kids

A Holidays Around the World Unit full of activities, close reads, crafts, writing, & social studies lessons for 12 countries / holidays makes learning in December fun for students. Make a passport, suitcase, & map to track travel. Learn about cultures through books, art, & videos. Clutter-Free Classroom has created printables to use as is or in interactive notebooks & lap books. Christmas Around the World is perfect for kids in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & Homeschool.

Many teachers think a Holidays Around the World unit will be expensive, messy, chaotic and require a lot of planning and prepping. That doesn’t need to be the case at all. This blog post will... 
  • Explain the 5 simple steps I’ve used over and over to implement a successful Holidays Around the World Unit in my own classroom 
  • Provide you with a list of book titles to peruse 
  • Tell you how to access free books and videos to use as teaching resources 
  • Showcase the tried and true, classroom-tested, no prep activities I use each year and 
  • Give you a free 70-page printable resource to use to complement your unit in your own classroom

Free Tips and December Resources for Teachers

Free tips, holiday printables, Christmas resources, seasonal book lists and more for busy elementary school teachers for a stress-free December. Happy Holidays from The Clutter-Free Classroom

I've been working harder than Santa on Christmas Eve getting ready for the month of December. I even made a HUGE freebie chock full of tips and printables. Have you downloaded it yet? 

CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR STUDENTS TO MAKE THEIR PARENTS

CHRISTMAS GIFTS STUDENTS MAKE FOR PARENTS Kids in school often make holiday presents for their families. This creative and useful Dinner Conversation Starter gets makes those student-made gifts useful. Moms, dads, grandparents and other family members love this quick, simple, and creative keepsake and teachers enjoy having something so cheap and easy to make that is truly meaningful. If you are tired of handprint crafts and want new ideas this is the post for you. They are also perfect for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents Day and as gifts for parent volunteers at the end of the year.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

 Oh, wait…is that now or the start of summer vacation?

Either way, this time of year is all kinds of busy, crazy, fun and exciting awesome when you work with kids. 

On a side note, it is also insanely exhausting and can be a very stressful time of year too. There are many changes in your schedule, the kids have sugar plums dancing in their heads, and there are a lot of added activities and projects to do.

Every December I would struggle to come up with an idea for holiday gifts that my students could make for their families. Some of the obstacles I faced included time, cost, and level of difficulty. Many of my students came from non-traditional homes and would, therefore, need to produce more than one gift. Also, not all of my students celebrate the same holiday so I needed to come up with something that was versatile.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS STUDENTS MAKE FOR PARENTS Kids in school often make holiday presents for their families. This creative and useful Dinner Conversation Starter gets makes those student-made gifts useful. Moms, dads, grandparents and other family members love this quick, simple, and creative keepsake and teachers enjoy having something so cheap and easy to make that is truly meaningful. If you are tired of handprint crafts and want new ideas this is the post for you. They are also perfect for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents Day and as gifts for parent volunteers at the end of the year.


I did my fair share of snow, snowman, gingerbread, and other winter-themed projects. Knowing that my mother had saved each and every gift I brought home added additional pressure. However, as a parent myself, I knew that people don’t necessarily want to see some oversized, glittery object presented to them to be displayed and cherished for all eternity. I really wanted to come up with an idea that was practical, personal, and useful.

To quote the Grinch, I puzzled and puzzled till my puzzler was sore and then I thought of something I hadn’t before...something perhaps that meant a little bit more.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS STUDENTS MAKE FOR PARENTS Kids in school often make holiday presents for their families. This creative and useful Dinner Conversation Starter gets makes those student-made gifts useful. Moms, dads, grandparents and other family members love this quick, simple, and creative keepsake and teachers enjoy having something so cheap and easy to make that is truly meaningful. If you are tired of handprint crafts and want new ideas this is the post for you. They are also perfect for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents Day and as gifts for parent volunteers at the end of the year.The solution I came up with is one that warms my heart, makes me smile big, and has brought me MANY thanks from the receiving family members who have raved about the gift even years later.

It truly is the "gift that keeps on giving."

It's cheap. It's relatively quick. It's super easy.

And best of all it encourages home-school communication and family conversations well after the season has passed. I'm still hearing from last year's families about how much they loved these.

When I first came up with the idea I tested it out on my own little family.

It became such an awesome, amazing, wonderful addition to our mealtimes. I truly love how it has changed the dynamic at our table and how it has connected our family.



I am so excited about this creation and hope you, your students, and their families will love it too. While it was designed as a holiday present, it has also been used by many teachers at other times of year for Mothers Day and Fathers Day. These also make wonderful and affordable gifts for your parent volunteers at the end of the school year.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS STUDENTS MAKE FOR PARENTS Kids in school often make holiday presents for their families. This creative and useful Dinner Conversation Starter gets makes those student-made gifts useful. Moms, dads, grandparents and other family members love this quick, simple, and creative keepsake and teachers enjoy having something so cheap and easy to make that is truly meaningful. If you are tired of handprint crafts and want new ideas this is the post for you. They are also perfect for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents Day and as gifts for parent volunteers at the end of the year.


CHRISTMAS GIFTS STUDENTS MAKE FOR PARENTS Kids in school often make holiday presents for their families. This creative and useful Dinner Conversation Starter gets makes those student-made gifts useful. Moms, dads, grandparents and other family members love this quick, simple, and creative keepsake and teachers enjoy having something so cheap and easy to make that is truly meaningful. If you are tired of handprint crafts and want new ideas this is the post for you. They are also perfect for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents Day and as gifts for parent volunteers at the end of the year.

Here are just some of the sweet things real teachers who have used this resource have said.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS STUDENTS MAKE FOR PARENTS Kids in school often make holiday presents for their families. This creative and useful Dinner Conversation Starter gets makes those student-made gifts useful. Moms, dads, grandparents and other family members love this quick, simple, and creative keepsake and teachers enjoy having something so cheap and easy to make that is truly meaningful. If you are tired of handprint crafts and want new ideas this is the post for you. They are also perfect for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents Day and as gifts for parent volunteers at the end of the year.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS STUDENTS MAKE FOR PARENTS Kids in school often make holiday presents for their families. This creative and useful Dinner Conversation Starter gets makes those student-made gifts useful. Moms, dads, grandparents and other family members love this quick, simple, and creative keepsake and teachers enjoy having something so cheap and easy to make that is truly meaningful. If you are tired of handprint crafts and want new ideas this is the post for you. They are also perfect for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents Day and as gifts for parent volunteers at the end of the year.



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