Kids home for school holidays or Winter break? Looking for ideas for keeping them busy? Here are 12 ideas that are easy to set up and fun to do.
Day 1: Make Name Snowflakes
Find the instructions for making name snowflakes here. All you will need is white paper, a pencil and scissors. Once your child has made their own name into a snowflake, why not invite them to make the names of friends or family members – my daughter’s friends were so excited about the ones we made them!
Day 2: Christmas Lego Mosaics
Print out our free Christmas themed Lego mosaics patterns, they really do provide a great challenge for school aged children. You can also invite your child make their own Christmas themed mosaic. They could try to create a stocking, sleigh or wreath!
Day 3: Create a Pop Up Christmas Tree Card
Simple to make, these Pop Up Christmas Tree Cards look fabulous and with the addition of a thoughtful message, make a wonderful gift. You might even like to challenge your child to use the same paper concertina technique to make a pop up Christmas angel or fairy card.
Day 4: Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
Spread a little kindness in the lead up to Christmas by choosing an activity from our Random Acts of Kindness Kids Can Do list.
Day 5: Make a Christmas Wreath
One of our favourite family traditions is working together to create a homemade Christmas wreath to hang on our front door. The very first wreath we ever made was this lovely Magazine Wreath. While we made ours together, it is simple enough to complete independently if your child would rather go it alone – which might also mean a little free time for other Christmas projects for you. You can find a collection of alternative DIY Christmas Wreath ideas here.
Day 6: Christmas Scratch Art
Have you ever tried making your own scratch art sheets? They’re really easy to make and our scratch art challenge invites you to experiment with different colours to make Christmas inspired scratch art sheets in red and green! Once finished, they make a great art piece to feature on the front of Christmas cards or gift tags.
Day 7: Christmas Charades
This is one is for the whole family! Have you ever played Charades together? It’s guaranteed to result in lots of fun, laughter and family connection – and we have a Christmas themed Charades game ready to print and play.
Day 8: Bake Stained Glass Cookies
My girls love helping with holiday baking and today’s Stained Glass Cookies are festively fun and perfect for involving the kids – older children will be able to manage most of the process independently.
Day 9: Christmas Card Journals
Create sweet DIY writing or drawing journals from Christmas cards! These make a lovely gift for a friend or sibling, or may be kept as a keepsake for making Christmas lists or recording family memories.
Day 10: Make Frosty the Snowman Slime
This frosty fake snow slime recipe ticks all the boxes for Christmas themed fun -it is icy cold and it crackles! It smells like candy canes. It can be molded, yet it also ‘melts’ like snow.
Day 11: Make Gift Tags with this Art Frame Printable
Print a few sheets of these art frame gift tags and set the kids the task of creating your gift tags this year! Family and friends will love the personalised tags, and the kids can have fun creating – win!
Day 12: Make a Christmas Animation
This final activity is a project that I hope will inspire your child to really get the creative juices flowing over the holiday period. It involves exploring the world of stop motion animation to make your own movies! Below are links to two great posts to guide you.