It’s that time of year again. Christmas is rapidly approaching and end of year celebrations are just around the corner for Australian and New Zealand schools.
To read about some of the quirkier aspects of Kiwi Christmases past and present, schools can visit New Zealand History Online [SCIS 1486174]. New Zealand schools will also find Christmas resources on TKI. Schools interested in Australian Christmas traditions can visit the Australian Government site [SCIS 1637519]. Anyone looking for a more general history of Christmas could explore the BBC’s site [SCIS 1235815].
New Zealand students can write a letter to Santa from the New Zealand Post website. Australian students use Australia Post [SCIS 1637538], where there is also a range of interactive games and lesson ideas.
There are a number of Christmas themed websites with student activities from craft ideas, recipes, jokes, videos, music, stories, colouring sheets and interactive games. Primary Games: Christmas [SCIS 1637543], Disney’s Spoonful: Christmas [SCIS 1485028] and Activity Village: Christmas crafts [SCIS 1481860] are three of the best.
If you are looking for some creative ideas for Christmas displays in your library it is worth visiting the Creative Library Displays blog.
And we can’t forget about all those classic Christmas stories. Wombat Divine written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent [SCIS 1436850] is one of our favourites.
To search for further Christmas resources in SCIS select a subject search and search one of the SCIS headings listed below [SCIS login required].
- Christmas entertainments
- Santa Claus
- Jesus Christ – Nativity
Other useful subject headings
- Christmas cookery
- Christmas decorations
- Christmas trees
- Christmas music
- Christmas services
Post by Clare Kennedy, RMIT industry placement 2013