Holiday Activities with Kids


With kids at home, it’s especially fun to celebrate this wonderful time of the year. Whether your loved ones are kindergarten tots or college grads, there are plenty of ways to get everyone involved. Here are some holiday ideas to get started:

Home, really sweet home.

It’s the perfect time to build the ultimate gingerbread house. Whether you go big or go tiny, everyone will have fun creating candy-laden masterpieces. Buy a pre-made kit, or make your own out of graham crackers and royal icing. If you are really ambitious, bake your own, and let the kids decorate their home-baked holiday habitats.

Cold as ice.

The weather outside may be more delightful than frightful, but you can still get into the holiday spirit with a visit to a local ice skating rink. Enjoy the fun of gliding (or slipping) across the ice, and be sure to get some steaming hot cocoa afterward to complete the experience.

Let there be lights.

Many neighbors like to decorate with festive holiday lights. Take a tour of your neighborhood, or find a community light display near where you live. From twinkling orbs to all-out sparkle spectacles, enjoy the illumination.

Make it personal.

Nothing says, “I love you” or “thank you” like gifts that are crafted by hand and come from the heart. Channel your inner elves, and gather the kiddos to make homemade gifts for special loved ones, teachers or others who have helped you during the year. Bake and decorate holiday cookies, craft a no-sew playful pillow, or create a super-easy, heavenly hand scrub with ingredients you probably have on hand.

Dazzle with holiday decor.

Make this holiday tradition even more special by making your own simple ornaments with kids of any age. Take a tip from crafter extraordinaire, Martha Stewart, and glue photos into inexpensive cookie cutters, and tie with colorful ribbon or craft lovely hanging snowflakes out of pipe cleaners.

Start a new family tradition.

From gathering favorite recipes to holiday outings, start a treasured holiday tradition you can do every year such as:

  1. Create a family cookbook. Add (and try!) new or favorite recipes each year.
  2. Strike a pose. Take a holiday photo each year, and enjoy seeing the changes as your family changes and grows. Bonus points for holiday outfits or pjs.
  3. See a play, or have a holiday movie night.
  4. Read a seasonal story or poem.

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