Parents can dread Winter Break almost as much as kids look forward to it since it’s harder for kids to play outside. Beat that Winter Break boredom with 10 awesome activities to keep those kids entertained and to help keep your sanity.
Felt Christmas Tree: This activity is so much fun and great for younger kids. Make a tree and all sorts of decorations out of feeling. Put the tree on the wall and let the kids decorate it over and over with the self-sticking decorations.
Window Clings: All this requires is drawing your decorations with puffy paint onto cling wrap. Once dry they will stick to windows and remove cleanly! Make is festive and print our Christmas themed picture to trace under the cling wrap.
Christmas Bingo: This could be multiage! Use little pictures for children who don’t read yet, and words for emergent readers! Snowmen, trees, and other Christmas themed words and pictures will make this so much fun!
Ornament Decorating: Every child loves to make something special for their parents during Christmas, and they love seeing it on the tree! There are many ways to decorate and can be as simple as filling a clear ball, or getting as elaborate as painting and using glitter.
Ornament ISpy: This is a really fun game! Take some clear plastic ornaments and fill them with clear plastic beans. Throw in some very small Christmas themed items, such as Christmas beads, and close it up! Then give the kids a list of what all is in there and let them search! Make lots with all different themes!
Christmas Science: What happens when you pour vinegar on a candy cane? How do you make slime? Science is so much fun and will always keep kids entertained, and Pinterest is full of Christmas-themed science projects!
Christmas Tree Balance Game: This is so easy and so much fun for the little kids. Simply make a tree out of green painters tape on the floor. Then have kids “balance” on the tape as they walk around the tree!
Snowball Toss: This fun game is great for multiple children. Set up cups, formed into a triangle like bowling pins, and then have your kids throw “snowballs” into the cups. Of course, the snowballs are just balled up pieces of paper!
Old Toy Donation: There is no better way to teach kids the joy of giving than to have them donate to charity. Have your children go through their old things before Christmas, and pick out things they no longer play with but are still in nice condition. Work with them, and explain all the reasons why we donate and who they are helping with their donations.