Crackers! Holiday Compound Words

Holiday “crackers” are getting more and more popular in the USA, so we had fun with holiday compound words by putting the broken “crackers” together during our hands-on Language Art lesson.


Holiday Crackers for Compound Words

When our family spent a year in Australia (my oldest was born there), my favorite part of the familiar holiday season was crackers. Also called “bonbons” or “poppers,” crackers are tubes that have (worthless) trinkets inside. Pull the sides apart, and *crack!* a loud noise startles you and the toy is yours!

At the time of my discovery, I determined that we’d have holiday crackers every year, but, since this is a “new” tradition, I always forget about them on Christmas. So why not make them into a New Year treat? I think they fit better with New Year, anyway, since they are noisy and fun and so is the countdown! As a result, putting a New Year holiday compound words activity seemed like a fun idea.


By putting together the two sides of the cracker, my son could hide a “surprise” underneath: the compound word the two other words created.

Compound Word Surprises

I love the magic of compound words. Put a key with a boring old board, and now you have a keyboard!

The simplicity of holiday crackers is a perfect match to the surprise of compound words: inside the crackers on the interactive worksheets are images of the compound word “treat” to enjoy.

Happy New Year! Holiday “Crackers” Compound Words and two non-seasonal compound word activities are available on my site Shop and my TeachersPayTeachers store.

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