The winter holidays offer a natural opportunity to talk about belongingness with your child. At Primrose, fostering a sense of belongingness means creating and maintaining an environment where everyone feels included, welcomed and valued. Our learning approach ensures that similarities and differences are respected and celebrated every day, all year long.
Each December you likely already foster belongingness with your child by practicing your family’s holiday traditions. Whether your family celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something entirely different, similarities of these holidays include a respect for honoring community, celebrating tradition, and giving without expectation — all values embedded in Balanced Learning®.
Holiday traditions can also provide an opportunity to introduce or discuss cultural differences with your child.
For example, at Christmas, families often decorate a Christmas tree together before celebrating and exchanging gifts on December 25.
During Hanukkah, families light a candle in a candleholder called a menorah for eight consecutive days and nights, which vary each year between late November and December.
With Kwanzaa, families initiate the celebration by lighting one of seven candles in a candleholder called a kinara on December 26. Each candle of the kinara represents a principle of Kwanzaa, one of which is creativity!
No matter what holiday your family celebrates, you can use this fun and easy holiday card craft to share your family traditions with friends, neighbors and loved ones.
See the detailed instructions below.
- Sturdy cardboard
- Washable paint
- Sponge paintbrush
- Construction paper
- Washable markers
- Grown-Up Step: Create a stamp by cutting out a cardboard shape that represents a meaningful family tradition.
- Let your child paint the shape as they wish.
- Stamp the painted side of the shape onto the paper.
- Continue steps 2–3 until you’re both satisfied with the design.
- Let your child use markers to expand on the stamped details by incorporating more elements of your family traditions (e.g., they can draw a tree if the stamps are meant to be tree ornaments).
- Let the designs dry.
- Fold the paper in half, then let your child help you write a heartfelt message on the inside.
- Have your child sign the card.
- Trade the card with a friend or family member who has a different tradition.
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