If you have kids, you know that the younger they are, the shorter their attention span is. And this is why once they are of school age, their teachers make sure to keep them busy during the day with lots of activities, play time, and arts and crafts. So when your kids are home more often because of the holidays, or if they are still too young for school, you are going to need to find ways to keep them entertained. If you live somewhere where it snows, this is even more important, since much of your time might be spent indoors.
Luckily, the Christmas season offers lots of festive activities to do with the kids. Some of them can be done solo, and some require parental supervision. But all of them will keep your kids engaged and provide a creative outlet for them. Here are a few ideas.
Bake Christmas Cookies
Get some Christmas shaped cookie cutters (check John Lewis), or other holiday shapes, and bake some cookies with your kids. They love learning the ways of baking, and of course the end result leaves a yummy snack for later! They will have fun baking the cookies and decorating them in seasonal colours.
Make Homemade Ornaments
You can use construction paper, wood, or just about any craft material that is light enough to hang on a Christmas tree branch. Use yarn to make loops to hang the ornaments with. You can also buy some plain Christmas ball ornaments and just decorate them with glitter or stickers. The possibilities are endless, because there is no “right” way to make an ornament. You will get to see just how creative your children are with this fun activity.
Make Christmas Decorations
For this, you can also use a wide variety of materials. Create a paper chain to loop around the Christmas tree with decorative paper, and add embellishments with glitter, stickers, markers or any other craft supplies. You can actually find a simple paper chain making kit from John Lewis that is easier and less messy, if your kids are a bit older.
Create a Nativity Set
This task might be a bit challenging in most cases, since nativity scenes are so detailed, but there is a great Nativity Scene Craft Set from Seedling that I have in mind for this activity. The set allows your kids to clothe and design the characters from the Nativity, so their creative juices can really flow. What’s really great about this activity is that it also provides an opportunity to tell your children the story of Christmas.