15 Things to Do with Your Kids Over Christmas Break

By Ruth Soukup for livingwellspendingless.com

For better or for worse, Christmas break is almost here. And while not all of us have the luxury of taking a full two weeks off from life, this is a time where most of us are finally able to slow down just a little, especially after the hustle and bustle of that last crazy week of school.

Of course the problem is that after a month of running around, we can feel a little tapped out on fun ideas. Cards have been written, presents have been wrapped and the school Christmas program is done, and if you are anything like me, right now you sort-of just want to sleep for the next two weeks!

Unfortunately for me, my kids won’t let me take it easy for long! Thus, just so that we can all be extra-prepared, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of ideas for things to do.

15 Things to Do with Your Kids Over Christmas Break

Here are 15 fun ideas to keep those cries of I’m bored and What can we do? at bay!

1. Declutter for the New Year

Try putting away your new items and clearing out a few of the old ones. Storing Christmas decorations and finding homes for new gifts can be a great time as a family to empty closets and simplify your life just a little, especially when Santa has brought a whole new pile of toys to enjoy. Check out these tips for how to make the most of your decluttering efforts, or these tips for organizing your kids’ bedroom.

2. Pay it forward

Now that you’ve received, consider something nice you can do for someone in need. It might be donating those items to charity or maybe making something for your neighbors. Try visiting a local assisted living facility to hand out cookies, sing songs, or simply visit with the residents. You could also volunteer together at a local shelter or soup kitchen, or hand out sandwiches to the homeless. Giving your kids the opportunity to serve others is one of the best gifts you could ever give!

3. Feed the birds

Consider giving a little to our feathered friends outdoors. Depending on your area, interesting birds may be migrating during this time or they may be foraging for food. Either way, they could probably use a little help. Try making a pine-cone covered in peanut butter and birdseed or craft a feeder from a recycled 1.5 liter bottle.

4. Host a game night

It might not be the most original idea, but Christmas break is the perfect a great time to break out your favorite board games that you never seem to have time to play and let each family member choose their favorite. Try all-ages games or team up if you need to cover many different ranges and abilities. Check out this list to discover my own family’s favorite board games!

5. Make a terrarium

Even if you don’t have snow, January weather is typically not the time for lush greenery. Making a mini-terrarium can give kids an opportunity to learn a little horticulture and play in the dirt, even if they’re inside. Depending on how green your thumb is, you can go traditional or try moss and lichens.

6. Make a village

Now that you have a terrarium, think of new ways to decorate it. Make mini-fairies or dinosaurs. Try Fimo or Sculpey clay and build little creatures to go adventuring in your bottle-world. Kids can use sticks, rocks and other small items to make homes for their miniature friends. Alternatively, you could create a city out of blocks, legos, or even cardboard boxes. Whichever medium you choose, it is a great opportunity to kids to use their imaginations, and the possibilities are endless! Make the time even more special by getting on the floor and playing alongside them.

7. Cook together

You’ll have to eat at some point, so why not let this time be an opportunity to teach your kids some culinary skills? Try something zany, like letting every family member choose one favorite food, or try a new ethic food. My girls loved making these Pizza Muffins. Or read  D.W. the Picky Eater it is a great story to encourage your children to try new foods. Even the healthiest moms and the pickiest eaters can find middle ground.

8. Act out

If your family is the dramatic type, try hosting a theater night. Depending on how much time and involvement you would like, children can invite guests or friends, write a script, practice parts, make costumes and enact a Broadway worthy-performance. Even if it’s simply for your spouse or their siblings, you’re guaranteed laughter. If your children get writer’s block, try forming a “screenplay” off a favorite book or story.

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