Spending time with family over the break is the most wonderful part of the holidays! If your child uses Wixie at school, you can access it from most devices at home over the break to create and play together. Here are a few ideas for fun projects you can do together.
Play in the digital snow
Wixie's paint tools include a 6-sided symmetry option you can use to easily create snowflakes.
Log in to Wixie and start a New project.
Select the paint brush tool and use the right arrow next to symmetry to choose the six-sided option.
Use the left arrow by the word Symmetry to return to color and brush options. Then, play in the digital snow!
While the concept of infinitely different snowflakes is hard to imagine, when you use the symmetry option in Wixie to paint a snowflake they all turn out very different. Print out the snowflake pages, then cut them out to hang in a window.
Decorate an ornament
Students can also find templates connect to the weather and holidays in December. When they log in to their account, have them open the Templates folder in the list on the left. Then, open the Month-by-Month and then December folder.
My niece used the Decorate an Ornament template to write a favorite Christmas memory and add a picture of the moment. (You can also use the web cam option in the Library to capture an image and change to a circle.)
Once you have designed each side, click the Send button and choose print. Cut out the ornaments, place a ribbon loop between the backs and glue the backs together. Voila! Instant photo ornament! Or use them as gift tags by putting the "to" and "from" names on one piece. A friend of mine uses photo gift tags so that young ones can pass our gifts based on the photo on the tag.
My niece got even fancier with her ornament! She put the glued pieces in the middle of a clear plastic ornament that opens in half. Then, she added tinsel, confetti, and a small garland on each side.
Send a thank you card or holiday greeting
Writing thank you notes for gifts is a great way to teach gratitude and show appreciation for a gift, but it isn't easy for young students to do a lot of writing. Wixie makes the process of sending thank you cards fun and easy.
Kids can send a thank you note to a family member, friend, or even “Santa” to share their gratitude for the gift or special treat they received over the holidays. Simply capture a picture of your child with the gift using the web cam and then have them record audio narration with their thanks.
Wixie projects exist online, so simply copy the project URL from the address bar and send via email to a relative or family friend as an eCard.
Record your holiday traditions
Traditions are an integral part of the December holidays. Talk to your child about your family's traditions for Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or New Year's Eve. Then, work together to add text, images, photos, and voice recordings that capture what this tradition means to your family.
Create a memory book
The holiday season is a time of magic and memories! Work with your child to create a memory book that includes things that made the holidays of 2017 special: a favorite gift, a favorite meal, or a special event. Be sure to include lots of photos and voice recordings.
I wish I had done these more when my child was younger, so that when we go back and look at pictures, we have text or audio recordings as a reminder of why a present was a favorite or who certain friends were that came to visit.
You can print out pages using the Send options in Wixie. You can even print as a booklet that you can fold and share. To include the voice recording, save as a PDF file.
Develop your own unboxing video
The other night, a friend’s son was watching one of those “unboxing” videos, where they open up a toy. When he wanted to make one of his own, his mom was understandably hesitant about sharing video of her son on YouTube.
Since Wixie projects are behind a passkey, he asked if he could “unbox” the toy in Wixie and share that way. He plans to take a picture of each step using Wixie on his iPad, add labels and short informational text, and share his reaction by recording narration to each step. (Hmm, maybe I need to get him something a little cooler than the shirt I bought for him!)