‘Tis the season for weeks of no school and long days of entertaining littles, while you have a mile-long to-do list to get through yourself. We’ve got plenty of ideas to keep them busy busy busy.
Few things are more festive and fun than building and decorating a gingerbread house. We recommend either Sensitive Sweets’ kit, free of dairy, gluten, nuts, eggs, soy, coconuts, and dyes or Trader Joe’s all-natural version. Serve hot chocolate in some adult glasses, to let the kids feel extra special.
It’s the one time a year you can feel good about them watching TV. All the holiday classics – Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown—are on Netflix or Freeform. Or head to your local theater to see Star if Christmas is your family’s jam.
It’s rare that everyone’s home with free time on their hands, which makes it a perfect time to do a giant jigsaw puzzle! We’ll let you decide what “giant” means for your crew—Amazon’s selection is ? .
Scavenger hunts are a great activity that take a decent chunk of time and keep them engaged. If they aren’t of reading-age yet, this color scavenger hunt is super-fun for all ages.
We’d be willing to bet you’re likely drowning in cardboard boxes (thanks Amazon!) right about now. Don’t throw them away – they make for great imaginative craft projects for the kids.
With plenty of holiday deals, it’s the perfect time to subscribe to monthly craft subscriptions like Kiwi Crate, Foodstirs, and Little Passports. You’ll have that first box (i.e. afternoon activity) in no time.
Your local library will have all the holiday books at the ready. Head there for an afternoon of reading together, or check out a bunch and bring them home. Get inspired by this list from Common Sense Media that designates books for each age.
Want more holiday family tips? Check out our guide to Holiday Traditions To Start With Your Family.
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