The holiday season is a great time to ignite your child's
creative spark. There is no shortage of activities that you can encourage your
kid to take part in, but you have to be the one to get the ball rolling. It's
easy for kids to stick with an activity once they've started, but you have to
be the one to get them interested in it first. Below are some fun ideas for kid-friendly holiday activities this Christmas season.
Decorate Holiday Pumpkins
Fall merchandise goes on sale right after Halloween, so that's the perfect time to stock up on some white pumpkins. Real pumpkins won't generally last until Christmas, but you can usually find glass and plastic pumpkins in the home decor section of your local store. Your kids can get creative with decorating their pumpkins by using glitter, markers, sparkles, confetti, and paint in various Christmas colors. They can also glue ribbons or spare strands of tinsel to their pumpkins. These decorated pumpkins will make great additions to your Christmas decor, and your kids will feel included in the decorating process.
Dye White Sweaters in Holiday Colors
The tradition of wearing ugly Christmas sweaters is a
popular one. Mix it up a little bit by tie-dying your sweaters first. Take a
white sweater, wrap it in rubber bands in whatever style you prefer, and dye
each section in red or green. Once the sweaters have dried, you and your kids
can decorate them with various Christmas stickers, pins, ribbons, or buttons.
The result will be a tie-dyed sweater that is sure to be a hit at your next
ugly sweater party. Get started on these after Thanksgiving to really get your
kids in the holiday spirit.
Make Holiday Costumes
Dressing up in a costume can be just as fun in December as
it is during Halloween. Various elf costumes are popular
choices, and they're easy to throw together with random pieces of clothing that
you already have lying around your house. Green pajama tops, pants, aprons, and
dresses can serve as the base of your costume. You can sew red ribbons and
spare pieces of red fabric to the costume to offset the green fabric. Wrap red
ribbons around white tights to make them look like candy canes, and throw on
some pointed black shoes. You can use old Christmas stockings for hats, and you
can finish off the ensemble with a thick black belt around the waist. Nothing
will get your kids in the holiday spirit faster than dressing up as Santa's
little helpers for your holiday photo.
Get Rid of Old Toys
Most kids have a collection of toys from previous holidays that they have lost interest in. To get them excited about the new toys that they'll receive this year, have them gather up their old toys to donate. Give them each a box to fill with the toys they don't want anymore. If you have more than one kid, make a race out of who can fill their box first. Once they've filled their boxes, take your kids to a local shelter and let them donate their toys. This will show them the importance of charity during the holidays and throughout the year.
The key to getting your kids excited about the holidays is creativity. If you get creative, you can provide activities for your kids that will keep them engaged and occupied. You might even give them a few great stories to share when they go back to school in January. As long as these activities are supervised, there's no limit to what kind of holiday fun you and your kids can create together.