Christmas is the most exciting time of the year, but sometimes that excitement can give way to boredom. Before the big day there can be quite a lot of waiting around, particularly if the weather isn’t great, which can frustrate little minds.
To keep the kids out of trouble during the festive break we’ve came up with five amazing activity ideas that should keep you going under Santa arrives. Some of these do involve a little bit of mess, so remember to have some wipes close at hand and make sure that sticky hands don’t turn your Winter Wonderland into a haven for germs!
Make their own Christmas decorations - The tree may be up but we’re sure there’s still space for a few more decorations around the house. Allowing your kids to create their own decorations will allow them to show off their creative side and fill them full of festive cheer. Why not try making a paper chain, or cutting out snowflakes from scraps of paper, or even dipping pine cones into paint and hanging them from the tree?
Christmas present treasure hunt - Leave special clues from Santa around the home that will direct your little ones to an early Christmas gift. Be as cryptic or as clear as you like but make sure that you keep the interest up and this could keep you and your kids occupied for hours!
Build an indoor snowman - If there’s no white stuff outside then you can always build a snowman indoors. Here’s a fantastic guide for getting started making your own indoor snow. A word of warning though, as this can involve a lot of mess. Remember to get your wipes ready.
Pin the nose on Rudolph - A new take on the old party favourite ‘pin the tail on the donkey’. All you need to start playing is a blindfold, a large sheet of paper, a marker pen and some round, red stickers. No peeking!
Charades - A Christmas classic! Charades can be fun for the whole family. Just make sure you brush up on the latest TV shows, films and books or your kids may give you a run for your money.
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