There’s so many fun, child-friendly Christmas activities and crafts you can do to entertain your little ones over the festive period. Get everyone in the Christmas spirit with these easy activities.
Time to put up the tree
Putting up the tree marks the official start of Christmas. Many families enjoy this ritual as a family activity year after year. Make it extra special with some Christmas music, hot chocolate, festive snacks and by letting the children get involved. It might be hard to give up control of the bauble placement, but you can always rearrange it once they’re in bed!
Let’s get baking
If you’re ambitious, go for the full gingerbread house, or just try gingerbread men. There’s nothing more festive than warm ginger biscuits just out of the oven. Have fun teaching your little ones how to measure ingredients, mix them all together, lick the bowl clean and decorate them. If you’re not a ginger fan, try reindeer cookies, Christmas tree biscuits or frosted cupcakes. Pinterest is full of inventive decoration ideas.
Christmas card crafting
Melt grandparents’ hearts with some lovingly made Christmas cards. Get the paint and the glitter out and let them go crazy. Help little ones by making some Christmas-shaped potato stamps, or let them freehand with the paintbrush. They’re guaranteed to be loved no matter how they look.
No Christmas tree is complete without some rustic, home-made salt dough decorations. Let your children get creative in the kitchen. Find some cookie cutters in festive shapes (think reindeer, snowflakes, stars and snowmen) and help them create long-lasting decorations that can adorn your tree for years. You could also try footprints, handprints and engraving names/dates to make them extra special – these also make great gifts for family members.
A Christmas movie marathon
The perfect rainy day Christmas activity is a movie afternoon on the sofa. Snuggle up under the twinkling lights of the tree and catch up on your old childhood favourites. Introduce your little ones to the classics and enjoy the newest Christmas hits with them.
Deck the halls… with paper
If your house is looking a little bare, set those little hands to work making some paper decorations. Garlands, lanterns and tree decorations are all super easy to make with a little adult help. Once you’ve helped cut the shapes, let them get busy with the paint, pens and glitter and create some festive masterpieces.
Reverse advent calendar
There’s something especially fun about chocolate advent calendars – maybe it’s being allowed chocolate in the morning. As an alternative, teach your children the gift of giving with a reverse advent calendar. Each day, put one item of food in a box that will be given to a charity to hand out to someone in need over the festive period.
If you’re short of ideas to keep your children entertained over the winter holidays, check out our tips on outdoor winter activities here. If you prefer to stay warm and cosy have a look at our ideas for cooking with children here.