Although Santa Claus and I don’t have any kids of our own, we want all kids to stay busy during the holiday season when they are off from school. Toys such as video games are always fun, as is watching television, but there are so many more things a child can do, so here are five kid friendly activities that I sometimes use with the younger elves.
1. Baking Cookies
My husband loves to eat the cookies that are left for him near the fireplaces on Christmas Eve, so I think children will enjoy making the cookies themselves. You and your little helpers can use recipes to bake ginger cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, or any of their favorite cookies.
2. Treasure Hunt
This is an activity kids can do on their own, but parents have to plan and set it up. An at-home treasure hunt is a great way to get your kids off the couch. By creating a simple treasure map and creating interesting clues, you get your kids excited about hunting and finding the “treasures” you have hidden around the house.
3. Make a Movie
Children have great imaginations and they can put this talent to use by making their own movie. You can tell the kids to come up with a story idea and characters, and then give them an IPhone, camcorder, video camera or anything else you have available for shooting a video. There are free video editing programs the kids can use.
4. Go to the Library
The library is a way to get the kids out of the house. Most libraries have story time and other activities for children of all ages. Some offer arts and crafts classes, talks about science or animals, writing classes, and concerts for children. You can also check out books to encourage your kids to read more during the holidays.
Scrapbooking is a creative way for children to create a book of memories. Not many people know this, but Santa has been scrapbooking forever. There are scrapbooking kits made just for kids. You can encourage them to collect and save mementos that they may then want to put in the scrapbook.
As Mrs. Claus, I want to have Santa provide children with the toys that they want. However, I also want kids to be productive, and creative. I think these five kid friendly activities will provide hours of fun for your children.
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