The Grinch’s Guide to Activities and Lessons


The other day did not start out very well at our homeschool. Super B was sick all night the night before and I had a fever. It wasn’t pretty. I had so many things on my “To Do” list for the boys, including our Advent Calendar activities we were already behind on. I knew I didn’t have it in me to make snow globes or cookies. That’s when I had an idea.

Christmas Movie Marathon Day

I felt guilty, though. I was supposed to teach my children. I was responsible for their learning. I couldn’t call in a substitute. That guilt caused me to plan a Book study based on a Christmas movie. What better movie to choose, than…

How the Grinch Stole Christmasgrinch

I did a quick search of other bloggers that had done Grinch activities and planned the day in less than 20 minutes.


  • Read How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original)
  • Discuss the movie and ask comprehension questions
  • Draw the Main Characters on Tri-fold paper

Grinch Activity GuideWriting:


Describe Mr. Grinch with descriptive words
Thanks to Peterson’s Pad

Arts and Crafts:

Grinch Actvity guideCreate Grinch Masks
Thanks to Scribd


Grinch Actvity guideThe Grinch Sums it Up (addition dice game)

Thanks to Mrs. Samuelson’s Swamp Frogs

Cooking/ Snacks

Grinch Actvity guideGrinch Smoothies

(Avocado smoothies)

Keepin’ it real

IMG_4809When we made our cookies using our Simple 3-ingredient recipe, we attempted to make grinch cookies, but they crumbled and burned. Fail.

   Grinch Actvity guide

No one liked the Grinch smoothies. The boys thought they were too plain and Papa Bear said they were too sweet. I couldn’t win.

Everyone had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and we called it a day.

All in all the day turned out really well, considering everyone was under the weather.

The boys got to watch 2 versions of The Grinch and another Christmas movie. They had fun. They learned. And no one got hurt.

In the end, I think I was a pretty good substitute that day.

Have you ever had a day that started out wrong and you didn’t know how you would get through it? What did you do to get through it? I would love to hear!

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13 thoughts on “The Grinch’s Guide to Activities and Lessons”

  1. It’s days like this that make me so excited to homeschool! Sounds like you guys had a great time and the kids got plenty of learning in! 🙂

    1. Thank you for those words of encouragement. On days like these I have to remind myself that if they were at school and their teacher was absent, they would probably not have done as much. It had such a relaxed feel to the day,too. Which is always nice.

  2. I love theme days that go well. We had some in the past that worked out great. We love How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

  3. Rita Jacuzzi Huber

    We have always watched “The Grinch” and I love the book. Beside the Grinch and The Who’s of Whoovile, I loved Dog when Grinch put -antlers on him. ( okay I have spelled Whooville wrong). Great ideas for Homeschooling.

    I hope all feel better!

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  8. Cute! I am going to use this in a roundup. If it is not okay to use a picture (and link back to you), let me know… 🙂

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      Awesome ! Thanks

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