Holiday Break: 5 Activities to Keep the Kids Busy & Create Memories

Santa holding magical lights in handsThe holidays are upon us, and pretty much every kid I know is counting the days ‘til the start of holiday break. They’ve worked hard at school since August or September, and it’s time to relax for a week or two and just be a kid.

And the parents are excited about the kids being home too, right? Ah, well, maybe not so much. While visions of sugar plums dance through the kids heads, visions of “How am I going to keep the kids busy?” dance through their parent’s heads and strike fear into the hearts of even the most brave moms and dads. To help with that a little, here are 5 ideas from the article “21 Things to Do During Christmas Break” on workathomemoms.about.com.

BAKE

When we think of the holidays, we think of food. Cookies and cakes and pies are as big a part of this time of year as the presents are.  Let the kids do as much of the work as they are able, and if possible use the opportunity to teach them a little about how to read a recipe and measure ingredients. For many of us, those times spent in the kitchen with Mom or Grandma created very fond memories. I’d even add something to that suggestion; take what’s been baked to a shut-in, a local nursing home, a senior center, or the pediatric ward if there’s a hospital nearby.

ICE SKATING

Most cities, even in the warmer climates, have an indoor skating rink or an outside one set up for the season. This could be especially fun if you live in a warm area, since it’s not something you most likely do regularly.

ADMIRE THE LIGHTS

Drive or walk around your neighborhood at night and admire everyone’s lights and decorations. I know as a kid, I always looked forward to this. In fact, I still do! Especially the displays many communities put up and are free to enjoy.

SHOPPING

Take the kids shopping after Christmas to spend the money and gift cards they’ve received. I think I’d try to take one kid at a time to make it an extra special occasion, and I’d also use it as an opportunity to teach them some basic financial skills; budgeting, decision making, and consequences. What I wouldn’t do though, is try to tell them how to spend their money.

FAMILY VIDEOS

Dust off the family videos and pop them into the DVD player. I think this is a great idea, because it brings the family together and reminds everyone of fun times from the past.

I hope this has given you some good ideas and I would absolutely recommend checking out the rest of the article for more ideas. But mostly, I’d suggest remembering what the holidays are all about and enjoy the time you have with your kids, no matter what activities you plan. They’re only going to be kids for a little while, and these times are the things of which lifelong memories are made.

Written by: Tricia Doane, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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Holiday Crafts To Do With The Kids

The holiday season is the perfect time to spend with your children or grandchildren. What’s better than doing various crafts with your kids or grand-kids and having fun with it? This article shows three different crafts that you can do with your kids during the holiday season!

COLORFUL LEAF PRINTING

leaf printing

This craft is so much fun and perfect for the fall season! Have your kids try this with different paints and different sized leaves!

Here’s what you need:

  • Leaves
  • Acrylic paints
  • Baking Sheet
  • Pan (Optional)

1. Start by squirting different colored acrylic paints onto a baking a sheet in the general shape of a leaf. It’s easy if you lay the baking sheet on a pan for clean up purposes.

2. Have your kid press the leaf into the paint and then carefully place the leaf onto the paper. (Make sure to place the leaf vein-side down).

3. Peel back the leaf to reveal a beautiful fall print!

4. Let your kid’s creation dry.

 

SNOWMAN ORNAMENTS

snowman ornament

This craft will surely make a statement on the tree.

Here’s what you need:

  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Round ornaments
  • Empty egg carton for drying
  • Black and orange sharpie markers

1. Have your kid paint one of their hands with the white acrylic craft paint and use the sponge brush to spread the paint all over the hand. (Or you can put the paint on a tray and have your kid dip their hand in it).

2. Place the ornament in the palm of your child’s hand. Tell them to hold the ornament like they’re holding a tennis ball in their hand for a few seconds.

3. Take the ornament from their hand and place in an empty egg carton to dry.

4. Once the paint is dry, take the black and orange markers and draw snowman details! For instance, with the black marker draw buttons, face, and a hat. With the orange marker draw a carrot nose!

 

HOMEMADE MINI CHRISTMAS TREE

cone tree

If your child is a little older have them do this fun activity and place it on the mantel!

Here’s what you need:

  • Paper plate
  • Tissue paper
  • Double sided tape

1. Take one of your paper plates and make it into a cone shape. Use double sided tape to secure the cone together.

2. Twist little pieces of green tissue paper and wrap it around the tree.

3. Use double sided tape to secure the tissue paper around the cone.

This activity is so much fun to do and you can use different colored tissue paper to make multiple trees!

 

Written by: Sharan Kaur, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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