xmas activities for kids
Make pine cone decorations
. Collect pine cones, dry them out and then decorate with either glue & glitter, white paint with glitter mixed in, spray paints.
Make a mantelpiece Christmas
. You will need 4 white church style candles, candle holders, then assorted holly or other greenery, ivy leaves are nice too, set up the 4 candles along the mantelpiece and wrap the greenery around the candles. Decorate with bits of tinsel or glitter to make them sparkle. Light a new candle on the 4 Sundays before Christmas.
Make delicious things for Christmas presents
. Here are some fun food gifts to try. Of course youll need to make a few batches to practice and test before you do the real ones.
Make Santa Ornaments
. Perfect to dress up your Christmas tree. This cute lolly pop stick Santa ornament is made out of only a few items (8 miniature lollypop sticks, red, while and flesh coloured paint, cardboard, and some string), but the result is absolutely amazing.
Make Christmas Trees as gifts
. Use paint, lolly pop sticks, and a few decorations to make this lovely Christmas ornament craft to give as a gift to family and friends. This is a great project for a winters day.
Paint a Hand Print Snowflake
. Paint 6 handprints in a circle but not overlapping. With your finger draw 3 white lines to connect the opposite prints and make a star shape.
Christmas Tree Walk
. Wrap up well and go for an evening walk to look at all the neighbours Christmas decorations, lights and trees.Download the free Allianz WeatherSafe APP with 3 hour forecasts that let you plan ahead for getting outdoors with the kids. WeatherSafe is available for iOS and for Android.
Make mulled drinks
. Why not mix up some mulled wine for adults and some spiced apple juice for kids. This will really get the house smelling delicious. Heres a lovely recipe for non alcoholic Hot Mulled Cider.
. Take it in turns with each child to wrap the other childs present (or if only 1 child get them to help wrap Nana and Grandads presents).We like these free printable holiday gift tags to make your own tags to go with the presents.
See the Christmas Lights
. Go see the Christmas Lights in your nearby village or town or city. Or if you know of nearby householders that decorate their house and garden with fancy Christmas lights, take a drive by to ooh and aah at them.
Go Ice Skating
. Head off to one of the Ice Skating venues located round the country and enjoy some ice skating. Many of them have special kiddie rinks and penguins to hold onto if your child is new to ice skating.
Make a Penguin Mask
. Heres a quick and easy paper plate penguin mask craft for little kids. All you need are 2 paper plates, yellow card or paper, Glue, Scissors and Elastic.
Sing some Christmas Carols
. See how many Christmas Carols you can remember the words to and enjoy some carolling together.
Watch some Christmas Movies together
. Christmas time is all about snuggling up in front of a cosy fire and watching a festive movie. Heres 39 Great Family Christmas Movies, as picked by Mykidstime parents.
Bake some Christmas Cookies
. Have fun making some Christmas Cookies together. Try these white chocolate & cranberry cookies, or more festive ideas in our 15 Easy Christmas Recipes.
Watch The Snowman
. Settle down in front of the laptop or iPad and watch one of the best Christmas films, the wonderful The Snowman animated film.
. Make a special trip to see Santa. Check out our Santa Visits page for Santas Grotto near you.
Make Cards and Gifts for Teachers
. Here are 10 great gift suggestions for your childs teacher, creche or scout leader.
Make special cards to send to cousins
. Use stamps, glitter, paints and create a special set of Christmas cards to send or give to their cousins.
Make an Orange Pomander
. Make an orange pomander studded with scented cloves as a special gift for Nanny or Grandma.
Look over last years Christmas Cards
. We always tuck in last years Christmas Cards into the Christmas decorations storage boxes so that when we take them out to decorate the house and tree we can have a nice time reading them over. It also helps for making this years card list.
Write and Address the Christmas Cards
. Share the workload and have an assembly line going to write and address this years Christmas Cards. Youngers kids could help lick stamps or tick off the list.
Make a Christmas newsletter
. For your friends and family abroad, why not create a short newsletter that can be printed and included in your Christmas cards to update them on your familys news.
Make reindeer dust
. Mix some readybrek and glitter in a decorated envelope to help the Rudolph find your house.
Make Gingerbread Men
. Make your own gingerbread men and decorate them. Gingerbread men are fun to make, decorate and eat and they make the house smell deliciously Christmassy too, so theres no excuse not to have a go.
Create a Snow Globe
. Using a jam jar, glitter, some baby oil (to make the glitter fall more slowly), water and any little Christmas decoration figure e.g. a snowman. Glue figure to the inside of the lid, add glitter & baby oil and fill up to water (allow room for your figure). Screw lid on tightly and shake.
Make Christmas Present Gift Tags
. Make your own Christmas Gift Tags Cut up last years Christmas cards (use a craft scissors with a decorative edge if you have one), make a hole with a hole punch, and thread through some ribbon. Use them for labelling this years Christmas gifts.
Make Reindeer Poop
. Reindeer Poop makes a funny gift (good one for kids friends or for uncles.). Get a clean jar with a lid, fill with chocolate covered raisins white marshmallows, decorate with stickers ribbons etc. Stick on a label saying Reindeer Snowman poo.
Make a Dish for Christmas Dinner
. Get each child to make one part of the Christmas dinner, many things can be made in advance and frozen or stored. They feel such a sense of achievement and part of the festivities when they serve their contirbution. e.g. Christmas Pudding, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Bread Sauce, Trifle, Soup etc
. Print off some Christmas printables colouring sheets, get out all the pens and crayons and set up a colouring station at the kitchen table. Then set up an Art Gallery once the fabulous pictures are finished to show them off to other family members.
Crack Some Christmas Jokes
. See who can tell the funniest Christmas Joke that gets everyone giggling or rolling about laughing. The winning joke is the one that gets the most laughs. Here are some Christmas jokes to get you started.
Make a Christmas Magazine
. Set up a family News Desk at the kitchen table Decide on what stories are going to go in the magazine. Could be a profile of someone in the family, maybe an interview with a grandparent, will someone take photos or draw pictures. Maybe there could be a fun corner with a puzzle or a joke in it. Decide on what story or item will go on what page, maybe write down on a mini magazine plan on a sheet of paper. Gather together the materials youll nee
. Take some scissors, a shopping bag and some gardening gloves, put on the warm boots & coats and head off for some holly collecting at a woods or hedgerow near you. This is such a lovely seasonal plant to show off by your Christmas candles or as a centrepiece for your Christmas table.
Go Star Spotting
. Bundle up warmly and head outside to see if you can spot the stars as the weather becomes colder and the skies are clearer and darkness falls earlier so you should get the ideal conditions on a clear night to see some of the constellations.
Make a Family Christmas video message
. Make a special family Christmas video message to send to relatives abroad. Smilebox is also nice for making personalised photo style e cards with music.