Now the Christmas season is here, it's time for joy and merriment! Whether it's arts and crafts, decorations, colouring books or sparkly fun. We've rounded up a list of Christmas activities for your kids to enjoy this season.
Making Festive Crafts -
A creative Christmas activity is to craft holiday ornaments, like cardboard candy canes to hang on the tree, or Christmas characters like snowmen or reindeer made out of felt. The possibilities are infinite, the imagination can run wild and the hours spent on making crafts could be endless.
Have a Family Photo Shoot -
Now a fun activity the whole family can be a part of. Creating some magical lifetime memories, by taking Christmas themed photos with your loved ones. Either dress up as Mr & Mrs Claus with their Elves, a family of reindeer, snowmen or whatever Christmassy characters you like. A cute cherished snippet of your holiday season.
Create a Winter Wonderland Scene -
If you're unable to go visit one in person, you can make one at home and the kids can get involved too! You can use some fake snow blankets, fairy lights, penguin plushies, pine cones, twigs and anything else your kids can think of. Then you can make a corner of your house into a magical winter wonderland. An enchanting activity for kids this Christmas!
Play lots of Games -
There are so many games your kids can play on their own, with other kids or for the whole family. Whether it's Christmas bingo, Pictionary, Pin the nose on the reindeer, see who can grab the candy cane first race. Any game you can think of can be turned into a Christmas game to entertain your little ones.
Decorate a Gingerbread House -
This one is super easy and can be done by anyone. You can simply buy a gingerbread house kit from any supermarket and spend an afternoon decorating!
Go on a Scavenger Hunt -
An exciting and fast-paced activity for your kids! Using Christmas items like a Santa hat, a few Christmas baubles, plushies, a Christmas cracker or candy canes, hide these items around the house or in your garden, and let your kids hunt for them! A Christmas scavenger activity for your kids to have the best fun with.
Draw and Colour in Christmas Pictures -
For some quiet time this Christmas, have your kids do a drawing and colouring activity. Print some Christmas related pictures off the internet and grab some crayons or felt tips, and leave your kids to enjoy some creative time! A low-key but still Christmassy activity.
Watch a Christmas Movie -
There are several Christmas movies your kids can watch. If you need some time to wrap their gifts, want some quiet time or looking for a family activity, watching Christmas movies is the solution. It's a festive activity your kids and the whole family will enjoy this year. And with even more new Christmas movies out on Netflix or on TV, the options are endless! Here's a list of our favourites!
Craft Christmas Cards -
It doesn't have to be fancy but have your kids craft some Christmas cards. It can be whatever shape or design they want, whether they have Santa Claus, or a reindeer, snowmen or a Christmas bauble. Gather some crafty. materials like felt, coloured paper, sequins, glitter or ribbon and watch their creativity come to life. Check out our blog on Christmas crafts here for more ideas.
Bake Gingerbread Men -
Now, Christmas isn't complete without a herd of gingerbread bread. Then decorate them with M&Ms and icing and make them into Christmas gingerbread men!
Make Charity Christmas Boxes -
Christmas is the time for giving and caring for those in need. A brilliant and fun way to give to those in need and to make their holiday season is creating a gift box for a child (you can pick what age range you'd like to gift for) and make a present for them. You can include warm items of clothing like socks, scarves, gloves and hats and a few toys too. Then you can add some unperishable snacks like chocolate, sweets and other treats to brighten their day. You can even have the kids wrap the box in Christmas wrapping paper or just decorate it with pens. Once your kids have made their charity Christmas box, you can drop it off at your local food bank or Operation Christmas Child. A heart-warming and charitable activity.
Visit a Santa's Grotto -
To brighten your kids Christmas and to take them on a magical activity, bring them to a Santa's Grotto to meet the jolly man himself. Here's a list of Santa's Grotto near you.
Bake Christmas Cookies -
These homemade treats are sure to bring smiles to everyone's faces. Buy some Christmas cookie cutters and make cookies out of them. Once you're finished baking them and they've had a chance to cool down, get your little ones to help ice and decorate them! Whether you made Santa Claud cookies, snowmen or Christmas tree baubles. A fun and delicious activity for your kids to get stuck into.
Read a Christmas Story -
Children love listening to stories during the holidays. Here are some great ones to choose from for a listening activity:
Pick A Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
Christmas in Exeter Street by Diana Henry and Lawrence
The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson
Elmer’s Christmas by David McKee
Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton
Build a Snowman (if it's snowed!) -
Now with the first sow of the winter already flurried, there may be more on the way and if there is, the best and most exciting activity for your kids to do this Christmas is build snowmen, one or even two! Wrap them up in their warmest clothes and have them spend the afternoon playing in the snow. A brr-illiant activity!
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