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Holidays Around the World

Explore celebrations around the world with this hands-on loose part play experience.

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This activity will teach children about celebrations around the world.

In many countries around the world, many people celebrate different Holidays over Winter. These include: Christmas, Hanukkah, Three Kings Day, New Year, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Mardi Gras amongst others. Children will learn about these celebrations and will extend their knowledge through open-ended play activities.


For this developmental activity you will need:

Loose parts: different colors

Symbolic items for the desired Holiday ex mini Christmas trees

Celebrations around the world: books, internet resources etc.

Learning Outcomes


Social, Language, Cognitive


Children will use their imagination and creativity to discover Holidays around the World


21st century skills: creativity and imagination

Creative thinking


Step 1: 

Start by asking children the main generating question: Did you know that there is more than one winter celebration? Discuss about the different celebrations.

Step 2: 

Have the children choose which celebrations they would want to explore.

Step 3:

Print out staples of each celebration, or have a book they can look at. 

Step 4:

Set up a nice invitation to create using the holiday print out staples and symbolic or color coded loose parts.

Step 5:

Invite the children to recreate each Holiday using the loose parts.

Extension: Invite the children to create their own Winter Holiday celebration.

Playful Questions

Did you know there are more than one celebrations that occur in Winter?

Which ones do you know of?

Did you know that people around the world celebrate in different ways?

If you were to create your own celebration, what would it look like?

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