Holiday winter activities are generally the least of your worries. Especially when kids are on winter break, the festivities of the holidays can wear off quickly. For most kids, there is a two-week winter break. So, what can you do to keep them busy and not burn out?
One of the best ways is paper hands-on-activities. You can easily string paper decorations together or popcorn. Then, place it around the tree.
Other methods can be to make paper snowflakes to decorate the wall with family pictures. Another idea is to take a selfie for twelve days and place them along with paper decorations.
Besides decorating Christmas trees, you can make ornaments for any festivity. Do you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa?
Gather a few household construction paper, festive glitter glue, markers or color pencils, and create your holiday ornament. Even better, dedicate the decoration to someone in your family.
This activity can be an excellent get-together for blended families. In this way, you get to share each other’s cultures and traditions. Since you have paper cut-outs and scraps of ribbon already available, make greeting cards.
Something handmade like a holiday card would make anyone smile.
Cooking Holiday Winter Activities
While making paper hands-on-activities is a great way to start holiday winter activities with kids, consider cooking as well. One of the traditional ways to incorporate holiday cheer is to bake cookies.
- Regardless of baking skills, grab quick and straightforward recipes that you can make in a snap.
- Then, encourage kids to use different cookie cutters.
- If you want to go the extra mile, make cookie ornaments.
- Simply make a small hole on top of the cookie before baking.
- Once cooled, add ribbon or yarn. Then, hang your creations on the tree.
Another fantastic way to bring blended kids together is by building a snowman. Of course, if you don’t have snow, you improvise.
Use marshmallows, all types of sizes and colors, to create a model of a snowman. Once your marshmallow snowman is set, add decorations like gumdrops, chocolate chips, licorice, cookies, or your favorite candy.
The holidays haven’t started until kids decorate a gingerbread house. There are many ways to build and decorate a gingerbread house.
- You have the traditional house made of graham crackers with sugar icing to construct the house.
- You can also make more sophisticated gingerbread dough, house templates, and use Royal icing to hold it together.
- Either way, have fun building, decorating, and, of course, eating your creation.
Playing in the Snow Activities
Holiday winter activities are not complete without playing in the snow. Whether you have snow in your town or visit a place to play in the snow, playing in it is half the fun.
For instance, sledding is the best part of playing in the snow. You can use just about anything as a sled to speed down a snowy hill. Think safety first!
Then, you have ice-skating. Whether you’re a pro ice skater, enjoy family moments with simple twirling moves. Besides, the activity can be a great learning experience for kids.
As much fun as playing in the snow can be, sightseeing nature in the snow is even better. If you’re lucky to live by a natural state or local park with snow, take the family on a sightseeing tour.
Experience the snow in a different light. Make sure to check local weather and pack snacks for the trip.
Helping Nature During Winter
Nobody needs more help during winter than nature. Imagine birds and small animals searching for food where there’s none. Take the opportunity to teach children to care for those in need, especially the outdoors.
One of the most rewarding times of the holiday is making something special. For instance, memorable holiday winter activities involve making bird feeders and nature journals.
- Building a bird feeder doesn’t have to be complicated.
- Use the household materials you already have at home.
- Take a pine cone and dip it in peanut butter.
- Next, use cornmeal or oats as a coating.
- Then, sprinkle bird seeds to the surface area.
- Place the pinecone in a secure area on a tree.
- Enjoy winter birds as they come and feed on your bird feeder.
While you observe the different birds that come by, use your nature journal to jot down observations. Creating a nature journal doesn’t have to be fancy. Use a traditional spiral notebook or a small pocket notebook.
Then, when you see amazing wildlife in your area, jot down some notes. Better than that, encourage kids to draw or sketch what they see.
- Another holiday winter activity is tracking wildlife.
- If you live close to a local forest or state parks, help children to describe their observations.
- If you talk with park rangers, take a moment to chat about the various wildlife kids can see.
- Nature is the most fantastic place on Earth to teach children the values of friendship and Thanksgiving.
Holiday winter activities indicate many ways of celebrating winter break or traditions. For kids, perhaps, don’t develop a sense of community and friendship. So amid opening presents show kids the value of taking of nature and enjoying family time.