Instead of completing a Christmas Lapbook this year, we decided to do “Christmas Around the World’. The boys chose a couple of countries that they were interested in and we researched these countries Christmas traditions. It was very interesting to see how differently each country celebrates Christmas. First we made a suitcase out of a big Milo Cereal box. We cut an opening out and then covered the box in brown paper. I printed off some travel pictures and they glued them on. Then we made the handle. I got the template for the handle and the luggage tag from here and also other ideas for this project. Then we used velcro and a strip of cardboard to ‘lock’ the suitcase.
Inside the suitcase is where we keep the booklet we made and the boys passports and plane tickets.
For the passports, we googled Australian passports and printed off a cover each and the inside declaration thing and made our own details page – as below.
I also made pages to show where we have been.
I wrote the name of the country we ‘visited’ and they glued on a small picture of the country flag
as a stamp.
We did this project over the last couple of weeks, visiting a country a day. We bound all the pages together to make it into a booklet that is easy for them to keep.
For each country we visited we had a title page.
A worksheet page that they filled in answers for. This page was all about the traditions for the particular country we were doing.
This was followed by a map of the country. Some were printed out like the one above.
Some were just the black outline and we used the globe to search for the countries and add in the capital cities.
When we did the Australian map page, we went into a lot more detail.
Next was a flag page. These were mostly outline pages that needed to be coloured in.
As you can see the boys hate colouring in and try to do it quickly so they can move onto something better.
Lastly was a recipe page. This contained a recipe that the country would eat around Christmas time.
The boys spotted a Yule Log (the recipe for France) at Coles when we did the grocery shopping and asked if they could try it.
It was a chocolate roll (like a jam roll), but instead of jam it contained chocolate cream and then was covered by hard chocolate icing all around the outside. Very yummy.
Also on this page, in the dark writing down the bottom, was the words Merry Christmas in each countries language.
As I said before this took us just under 2 weeks to complete and a great time was had by all – travelling around learning about different countries and their Christmas Traditions.
The links we used can be found: