The end of December is here! As the song would suggest, “the most wonderful time of the year” is upon us….
The kids are out of school, people are in the spirit of giving, festive lights and decorations fill the air, christmas desserts are smelling up the kitchen….what is there not to love?
If you’ve been busy with several preparations this holiday and haven’t had much family-time, consider taking these last few days of December to appreciate the gift of family.
Check out some ideas below for fun ways to spend time with your kids this holiday season.
We may grow out of certain activities, but we never grow out of each other 🙂
1. Do a Simple Christmas craft together
There are hundreds of websites that feature great holiday crafts that are suitable for any age. Check on google or pinterest for ways to craft a homemade ornament, or make a cute paper santa from scraps around the house.
2. Let them Be the Teacher
If you have younger children or grandchildren, let them teach you a song or christmas story they learned at school. If they are older, ask them more detailed questions about their specific interest in school or in their toys.
3. Build a cozy fort
This activity is truly timeless, and easily created with materials around the house. Both boys and girls of any age will love the idea of getting old sheets from the closet and designing their own fort. Check out this blog for some great DIY fort ideas.
4. Include Them in The Kitchen
Children absolutely love to feel like they are contributing and helping. Helping out in the kitchen can be one of the best ways to connect with your children (and be productive too!). Textures and tasting is involved, and if you turn on some music too, you can engage nearly all the senses. Check out this blog for some great child-friendly recipes.
5. Go Outdoors Together
Getting out of the house is a refreshing change of pace. Children inherently love being outside to run around and play. Encourage the healthy habit by engaging with them outside during a family outdoor adventure.
6. Make a Movie Together
Watching a movie might be a typical family event by now. Change things up by making your family the stars of the production. With the available apps and features on a phone or tablet, making a movie or movie trailer can be easier than ever. Let your children write the script….you’d be surprised on how creative they can be when given the freedom!
7. Transform Old Crayons into Candles
Teaching children about resourceful and creativity at a young age is more than valuable. Try taking one of their unused toys or outgrown outfits to feature in your next craft. Check out this website to learn how to make colorful candles out of old crayons.
8. Make Your Own Snow
If your hometown doesn’t get real snow, or if it’s too cold to play outside, consider bringing it inside the house. Children love exploring new textures or mediums for sculpting. Check out this website for a 2 ingredient recipe on creating your own snow.
9. Roast Marshmallows Over a Fire
Who says you have to be camping to enjoy a classic s’more? If you have a fire going anyway, just pop some marshmellows on a kebab skewer and gather the family round.
10. Make a Gingerbread House Out of Graham Crackers
Traditional Gingerbread House Kits can be expensive, or even hard to come by in the supermarket. Consider making your own from food already in the house. Click here for instructions on how to make a simple gingerbread house out of graham crackers.
11. Meditate Together
Teaching mindfulness at a young age is a great way to instill a healthy habit early on. Meditate with your children and show them how relaxing and refreshing a few minutes of silence can be. To help them, you can rub their feet or their back while they meditate.