Fun Things to Do with Kids Over the Holidays

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

fun things to do with kids I love the holiday break – I really do! But I bet you’d agree we need a list of fun things to do with  kids over the holidays.

Sometimes I think I’m the only one having trouble with the entertainment, until I hear the Christmas tune “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas.” Have you ever noticed the line, “And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again?” Ha!

Here are 10 reasons you’ll wish there was one more day in the holiday break after all! (I even snuck in some ideas that will benefit YOU. Hey, why not?! I bet you put on the majority of the holiday festivities!)

1.  Go on a light tour. Walk or drive around a neighborhood to ooh and aah at the lights. Bring paper and have everyone note their favorite houses. Vote on which one you liked the best, and leave a little “prize” on their door step, with a note.

2.  Put the elves to work. Don’t make wrapping be a mom chore. Have a wrapping party, with the fireplace on, hot chocolate at the ready. Put all the gifts in boxes so that the kids don’t know whose is whose. Then give a pile to each kid, along with a certain kind of [easyazon-link asin=”B00534DX9I” locale=”us”]wrapping paper[/easyazon-link]. Only YOU know which wrapping paper is for which kid!

3.  Plan a holiday scavenger hunt. Got a bunch of kids coming over for playdates or sleepovers? Divide them up into two teams and have them go around the neighborhood looking for holiday symbols. Have them write down the address where they saw each one; for example – a tacky lawn ornament, a menorah, a real chimney, a tree decorated all in white lights, a house with only red/white lights, etc.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0375842209″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jl0DvFJyL._SL160_.jpg” width=”104″] 4.  Make them read. For a movie! [easyazon-link asin=”0375842209″ locale=”us”]The Book Thief[/easyazon-link] is out this vacation; have your kids read the book if they haven’t already, and then go see the movie. Compare and contrast after.

5.  Find an ice skating rink. Even in you live in a sunny climate, chances are good there’s an ice skating rink somewhere. It’s a great way to feel wintery during the vacation.

6.  Bake. I know, I know, you’re probably sick of sweets. But there’s something so great about baking during the holiday season. Stick them in the freezer for a boring February day, or, even better, give them to a neighbor, friend or someone who brightens your day. And, of course, save some for Santa!

7.  Write your [easyazon-link asin=”B00EELGREY” locale=”us”]thank you notes[/easyazon-link]. I know, that’s hardly a “fun” thing, but you can make it that way! Challenge your kids to write the longest note or the note with the best vocabulary word. For each note they finish, they get an [easyazon-link asin=”B00578KYX8″ locale=”us”]extra (BIG!) marshmallow[/easyazon-link] in their hot chocolate.

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8.  Hold a summer party. All holiday’ed out? Think about the people who throw Christmas in July parties…why not make yours a Summer to Remember in December? Have everyone wear shorts, bbq burgers and dogs, play indoor beach ball volleyball, show a summery film and play the Beach Boys. Hey, why not? I’m a So Cal gal at heart!

9.  Work on your photo albums. Give each kid a “theme,” such as summer vacation, Halloween or sports, and put a bunch of pictures into an ‘album’ for them online. Let each kid tackle a book….it might not look exactly like you would have done it, but it IS done! And the goofy things they write will make the books that much more enjoyable in the future.

10.  Revel in a mess. Holiday break is the perfect time to dive into an activity you always seems to put off since you don’t have enough time. Let the kids commandeer the dining table for them [easyazon-link asin=”B000BRS93C” locale=”us”]to build a model[/easyazon-link], work on a [easyazon-link asin=”B000GKU1QC” locale=”us”]craft project[/easyazon-link], start [easyazon-link asin=”B00BPX98NG” locale=”us”]a puzzle[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin=”B002JSM3KQ” locale=”us”]play Monopoly[/easyazon-link]. Since you don’t have to finish it all at once, it’s a great time to pull out one of these activities you don’t have time for in daily life, and work on it a little bit at a time over the holiday, whenever the mood strikes.

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What about you? Share with us fellow moms some of the fun things to do with kids you and your family enjoy over the holidays!

 

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