Christmas is a time for wonder and excitement. Unfortunately, it is also a time for boredom since, in most areas, it is winter and cold out. Winter snow and rain can keep kids indoors for extended periods. The excitement of Christmas coming and the tragedy of remaining indoors does not always make for happy children. Here is a selection of fun Christmas activities for kids.
Make Popcorn Garlands
This is a simple activity for children of all ages. All you need is a string, a non-sharp embroidery needle, and popcorn. Do not be surprised if your children eat some of the popcorn.
Design Christmas Cards
Instead of purchasing cards this year, why not have your children design their own? All this takes is construction paper, magazine pictures, paste, and writing implements.
Go to a Winter Park
Even warmer places have winter parks. Some are even indoors. Technicians design winter wonderlands from ice and other materials for you and your family to enjoy.
Teach Your Children to Volunteer
Volunteering is an excellent way to give back during the holidays. There are many volunteer opportunities like:
- Serving in a soup kitchen
- Giving out presents and food to the needy
- Helping the elderly and disabled decorate their homes
- Donating gently used clothing and toys to a charity
- Helping community food pantries
A Christmas tradition like this can teach children the spirit of giving for years.
Have a Scavenger Hunt
You can create a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt around your home, neighborhood or even while driving around looking at Christmas lights. The first child or adult to spot or take pictures of something on a list is a great way to get curiosity peaked.
Handmake an Advent Calendar
Making an advent calendar can help your children get into the spirit of Christmas. If you have more than one child, have them exchange calendars and open each other’s calendars for a surprise.
None of these ideas are particularly costly and can keep children engaged during the holiday season.