Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

See How Glass Ornaments Are Made & More!

December 6th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, December 6, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

How It’s Made

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h28d_rc1OM0)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This “How It’s Made” video explains how glass Christmas ornaments are made.

This video demonstrates how glass blowers create Christmas tree ornament bulbs and figurines, and then shows how they are colored and decorated. You’ll also discover how the stems are made and capped before the ornament is boxed and shipped to stores.

And here are other Christmas-related “How’s It’s Made” videos: 
  
How Artificial Christmas Trees Are Made

This video shows how artificial Christmas trees are made, including building the steel framework. You’ll find out how sheets of green PVC plastic are shredded to make simulated pine needles. Watch, as workers crimp the artificial foliage together, assemble branches, and attach them to the framework to build a holiday tree.

How Candy Canes Are Made

Watch how the dough is mixed, shaped, colored, cut, wrapped, and shaped again to make candy canes!

Christmas Science

December 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, December 3, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Science Sparks – Christmas Science

(www.science-sparks.com/christmas-science/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

We’ve recently reviewed other parts of this website but we thought with the season upon us it would be appropriate to spotlight these 20 Christmas-themed science experiments.

You’ll find experiments for the kitchen, the playroom and even outside. These are fun and there is something here that everyone will enjoy!

In the kitchen enjoy these: 

  • Make some spiced apple cider and explore filtering at the same time.
  • Make lovely mint-flavored chocolate leaves and learn about changes of state.
  • Create fizzing Christmas trees or gingerbread men.

In the playroom try: 

  • a Christmas themed magnet or marble maze.
  • How about making jumping snowmen or Christmas trees using static electricity?
  • Designing some symmetrical Christmas trees.
  • Making a Christmas-themed Optical Illusion.

Outside explore: 

  • Create wonderful ice ornaments.
  • Work out how tall your Christmas tree is without measuring it.

There is much more here including activities for younger children. Bookmark this page and use it throughout the holiday season.

Math and More with Advent Calendars

December 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Monday, December 2, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Woodlands Junior Advent Calendar

(projectbritain.com/Xmas/calendar/index.html)

Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this United Kingdom website you can access a free, interactive, educational Advent Calendar that provides information on how Christmas is celebrated in countries worldwide.

Math and social studies are combined here in an engaging presentation the whole family is sure to enjoy.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Scroll down to the calendar and click on December 1st – the dates are jumbled on purpose we suppose so it can be used every year. A new page opens that begins an exploration of how Christmas is celebrated in….well, you’ll have to visit the site to find out!

Be sure to follow the instructions, answer the questions, and click on the links throughout the presentation to experience the full scope of what is offered here. Then, bookmark the site so you can return to it each day in December to see what the calendar unfolds.

Oh, and don’t miss the menu on the left side of the screen where you can learn all kinds of facts and trivia about Christmas traditions and customs.

Online World War I Exhibits

November 15th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, November 15, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

(www.theworldwar.org/explore/exhibitions/online-exhibitions)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Remember Veterans Day with this virtual tour of the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

The online exhibitions include: 

  • The Rise of Giving
  • The Volunteers
  • War Fare
  • The Christmas Truce, Winter 1914
  • Trenches of WWI
  • Make Way for Democracy
  • Home Before the Leaves Fall
  • And more.

After deciding on the topic you would like to see, select the “Explore Exhibition” option to open the tour. Each exhibition provides an explanation of the theme and a slide show of artifacts, historical photos, and more. Some exhibitions provide in depth information and others are brief presentations.

You can also view Current Exhibitions and Past Exhibitions. Bookmark this site to visit again as you work through your studies of World War I.

Holiday Crafts for Kids!

December 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 22, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas and Winter Crafts for Kids

(www.craftideas.info/html/k-winter.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported, mega-crafts website provides lots of step-by-step instructions for easy Christmas and winter crafts designed to help parents and children spend some creative quality time together.

For many of these projects you only need paper, scissors, glue, and crayons or markers. When you get to the site, you’ll see some “Google Ads” listed at the top of the page. Below them you’ll find an extensive menu of crafts (interspersed with more Google ads) that your kids are sure to enjoy making for the holiday and winter season including: 

  • Paper Gingerbread Man
  • Candy Cane Paper Ornament
  • Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
  • Easy Orange Pomanders
  • Pom-Pom Santa Claus
  • Beaded Tree Ornaments
  • Chenille Snowflakes

Click on any one for a list of materials, full instructions, and free printable craft patterns. As the website suggests, make some hot cocoa, put on some holiday tunes and enjoy a couple of afternoons helping your kids create wonderful holiday craft projects that make great decorations and gifts!
 
When you’re through exploring the kids section at this site, use the menu to find free craft patterns and tutorials for every season and for every age and ability.

Holiday Virtual Field Trips

December 21st, 2018

 

It’s Friday, December 21, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spangler Candy Factory

(www.spanglercandy.com/spangler/products/canemaking2.php)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Enjoy this tour of a candy cane factory.

The Spangler Candy Company has been manufacturing candy canes since 1954. They make over 2 million candy canes a day! At this site you can take a virtual tour of their factory. They explain the process of mass production of candy canes through text and photographs.

And here are some more holiday field trips:

Virtual Field Trip to a Christmas Tree Farm

When you get to the site, scroll to the bottom and click on “Tour Stop 1: Conifer Seedling” to begin the virtual tour. Then, just follow the prompts (at the bottom of each page) to experience the entire tour.

Virtual Field Trip to an Antique Christmas Lights Museum

This site offers the fascinating explanation of America’s Christmas lighting history from 1900 through the seventies. Through text, illustrations and photographs the site acts as a museum that documents the “golden age” of electric Christmas lighting through a sort of book format, chapter by chapter. Scroll down to Chapter One and click on “Early History of Electric Christmas Lighting in America.” When done, click ‘NEXT’ to get to the next chapter. You’ll see what American Christmases were like without electricity when families used candles to light the tree, and then discover how it changed when electric lights were introduced.

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