5 Great Tips How To Have Fun With Your Kids During The Holidays

how to have fun with your kids during the holidays

If you have children then you probably are already aware of how excited they get around the holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas or something totally different you may find yourself looking for ways to have fun with your kids during the holidays. Check out these 5 great tips that will help your child get the most out of the holiday season as well as enjoy time with you.

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Make Something

This is by far the most fun in my opinion. Kids love hands on activities and they enjoy following your lead. You’d be surprised how simple crafts can make a child so happy. Recently my daughter and I made “pipe cleaner candy canes” using pipe cleaners and beads.

You don’t have to be an expert crafter to get crafty. I think people sometimes overthink things and really are hard on themselves when it comes to the subject.

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Truly, something as simple as printer paper and a few kids paints and brush will keep your kiddos occupied and happy.

If you still can’t come up with an idea, browse Pinterest for easy inspiration!

Bake Something

Working in the kitchen is one of my childhood favorites. It didn’t matter what we were making, I was just happy to help. I’ve found the same to be true for my own kids.

Again, you don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen for your child to enjoy time with you. Simple ready made cookie dough is just fine. Have your child help ball it up and place it for you.

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Whip up something super simple like Jell-o chocolate pudding mix and let your child help stir in the milk!

Any of these will work and they will pave the way for your child to help with more complex things. It also will give them a feeling of purpose. Remember, you’re creating memories without even realizing it.

Create A Tradition To Have Fun With Your Kids During The Holidays

It sounds daunting, but honestly it doesn’t have to be. This year I had a scavenger hunt for my daughter because trick or treating was essentially a no go due to Covid. She loved my made up scavenger hunt so much that she insists that we have one every single year.

Thus a new tradition was formed. I had no idea she would love it that much, but it felt good to know that I had done something memorable for her and that she would like to do it again.

A tradition can be as simple as a hot cocoa night or movie night. It could be reading a special book on Christmas Eve or anything you want. Pick a date, come up with something you would love to do as a family, rinse and repeat.

Make/Use An Advent Calendar

Whether you purchase one that is premade, make your own, or develop your own system for the month of December, this is such a fun idea for kids.

As a kid I never had Advent calendars but as an adult I’ve seen so many great ideas for them. If you aren’t familiar with an Advent calendar it is essentially a countdown calendar until Christmas that usually contains small prizes, treats, and toys.

Depending on what you actually celebrate you can tweak things to your liking or make your own system. You can use handmade gifts, treats, or even special notes for your child to read each night.

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Tell Stories

It might sound boring but your kids will love it. Tell them how holidays were when you were little and what you loved about them. Open up a discussion by asking them what their favorite part of the holidays are. Show them old pictures from photo albums.

You’ll probably be surprised to see how interested your child is to know more about you and how your family used to do things. If your family had struggles during the holidays you can talk to them about why we should always be grateful for what we have.

Ask them to tell you their favorite memory of the holidays, or draw a picture of it. All of these things will keep them entertained and create meaningful moments in you and your child’s life.

Enjoy Your Family This Holiday Season

There’s no way around it, 2020 has been tough for pretty much everyone in some way. It has changed the way we think and feel about togetherness and spending quality time.

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This year, be thankful for your family and for those stuck inside, try reaching out to those you care about. A handwritten letter, a thank you, or even just a post card letting them know you’re okay.

Appreciate those you have around you and make lasting memories with your children. Even if you’re single and living alone, try to stay positive and create your own happy space. Positivity is what we all need now more than ever.

I hope this post helps you have fun with your kids during the holidays.

12 thoughts on “5 Great Tips How To Have Fun With Your Kids During The Holidays”

  1. Hey Shyla🎄 I totally agree with you we need all the positivity and good vibes. Children need the mosr attention,love and care during the holidays season they need to feel loved and be loved. We are so blessed and lucky to still be here!. Awesome tips thank you🎅🏾🍬

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    1. Thank you Catarina for your kind words. Children do need to feel loved and creating memories that are lasting can help shape their future. Thank you so much for sharing your positivity and giving my post a read.

  2. These are great tips. It’s important to find fun and quality time with your kids year-round but the holidays are especially special, so it’s great to put in that extra bit of effort. We love baking cookies together, my son helps me mix up the batter, I put them in the oven and then we decorate them together.

    1. Absolutely! It’s great that your son likes to help. My daughter is obsessed with adding ingredients to pretty much anything we are going to make. It’s the simple things that matter most. We love decorating cookies too! It’s one of our favorite things. I am glad you understand the importance of creating memories and spending quality time. 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

    1. I’m glad to know you enjoyed time with your mum Rosie. I tend to remember only fond memories from childhood even though we went through a few hardships. So I do know that it’s the moments that seem small at the time that are lasting. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

  3. Thank you for taking the time to read my post Ellie! I am glad to see someone without kids who can appreciate the importance of making memories and creating a happy time regardless. I appreciate your comment!

  4. This is the perfect time to do crafts or bake with kids. I loved baking Christmas cookies when I was younger (still do!) and I will absolutely be doing that with my own children when I have them someday!

  5. I love holiday crafting with our nieces and nephews. For a while, we made a point of buying a craft set of some form as a Christmas gift each year so that we could all sit down together and put it to use. It was so much fun!

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