The holidays are just around the corner, and while your kids may be looking forward to the break from school, moms and dads may be dreading it. After all, what is there to do to keep your kids entertained from that final school bell until after the new year? Here are some ideas of the best holiday activities that you can enjoy with your family this year.
- Read A Book - A great way to entertain the kids is through reading, and there are plenty of exciting holiday books available which are an easy read. Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury includes a vast selection of more secular tales that focus on the Christmas spirit. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a Caldecott Medal winner and popular with all ages, or try My First Kwanza Book by Deborah Chocolate. Whatever holiday you celebrate, books are a great way to entertain and teach at the same time.
- Watch A Movie - While you don’t want your kids cooped up inside all winter break, a fun holiday video can be a great way to pass some time on those afternoons when it is just too cold to go outside. The Polar Express is a great rendition of the classic book. Miracle on 34th Street is a classic that mom and dad may remember from growing up and feature Kris Kringle playing himself as Santa at a Macy’s store. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is another classic story of how the misfit reindeer makes friends and helps Santa save Christmas. If you and your kids love cartoons, try Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah.
- Make Cookies - Gingerbread men and sugar cookies are easy to bake and fun to decorate. Let the kids get a little messy in the kitchen for some sweet results. Don’t want them to ingest all that sugar? Consider making up plates of sweets to share with friends and neighbors.
- Design Holiday Greeting Cards - The post office gets busier every year around this time. Instead of allowing Hallmark to steal all the thunder, have your kids make and decorate their own holiday greetings. If you only have a limited number of family members to mail to, consider sending a card to a soldier stationed overseas or to an elderly person in a nursing home to help share the holiday spirit.
- Make Your Own Traditions - Whether it is trekking out to find the perfect Christmas tree or choosing that special ornament, kids look forward to traditions that are repeated year after year. Consider reusing a favorite tradition from your childhood or start your own with the family. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures so that you can relive the activity next year!
- Get Outside - If the weather isn’t too frightful consider getting outdoors for fun in the snow. Sledding and ice skating are good for a workout. Build a snowman or have a snowball fight. If you don’t have snow, you can still go out for a walk or a drive to check out the holiday displays around your town.
- Keep It Simple - Keep in mind that kids can get overwhelmed, especially if you are trying to cram in too many holiday activities in one day. Spread out your activities throughout the break, and make sure that your kids are getting plenty of rest and time to themselves as well.