The children have broken up for school, the house has been decorated and the presents have been wrapped. That can only mean one thing – it’s Christmas!
But with Christmas being one of the most exciting times of the year for children, how on earth do you keep them entertained long enough to finish getting everything ready?
We thought we’d share our top tips for keeping your children entertained during the holiday season…without sending them to Barracudas!
The Build Up to Christmas
In the weeks building up to Christmas, there are so many fun festive activities you can do with your kids, from Christmassy baking to cosy evenings in front of a classic holiday film.
Whether you’re heading out or prefer to stick to the warmth of your house, here are some of our favourite ways to keep kids entertained this month:
Explore the local wildlife. It’s so cold this time of year that smaller wildlife like birds, hedgehogs and insects can struggle to find food – so why not get creative with the kids and make your own bird feeder? Or help them to make a little hedgehog house for the end of the garden?
Make decorations. One of the easiest and most time-consuming decorations for children to make is the paper chain, as the fun can on until the paper runs out!
Design their own thank you notes. Cut up some rectangles of card and let your kids decorate their own Thank You cards, to be sent out after Christmas.
Go on a retro cinema trip. Whilst the big cinema chains might be showing new releases right now, so many of the smaller vintage cinemas will be showing classic Christmas movies for children – like Home Alone and Arthur Christmas!
Go on a fairy light drive. If you’re struggling to find ways to keep your children entertained inside on these dark, cold nights, why not take them on an evening drive to find the best house of fairy lights in your street?
Organise a candy cane hunt. Whether you’re inside the house or out, the Christmas edition of an Easter Egg Hunt is sure to keep your kids busy for a while! Hide some mini candy canes around your house and garden, and give a little festive prize to the one who collects the most!
Although children tend to feel a little flat once all the excitement of Christmas is over, there are still plenty of ways to keep them entertained in the weeks before they go back to school.
Take a trip to the park. A little family outing to the park can give them the chance to get some fresh air, run around and burn off some of the left-over Christmas energy. They can even take their new toys with them!
Treat the family! Going to your favourite child-friendly museum, visiting an amusement park or just going to the swimming pool together can be a real treat for all the family. Let your children know about the treat as early as possible to give them something to be excited about – even after Christmas has finished.
Do some post-Christmas baking. Let them know just how much fun you can have baking with leftovers by testing out some new recipes after Christmas! Turn leftover cookies into Cookie Cake Pops, or pop some Christmas Pudding into the base of your trifle!
Play board games. From charades to Pictionary, there are so many easy games that will get your children up and about without all the hassle of tiny pieces and competitive buzzers.
Build a den. Looking for a place to store all those toys and presents unwrapped on Christmas day? Encourage them to build a secret den to hide them all away, and turn it into Santa’s Workshop, to help him get ready for next year’s Christmas!
If you have any more ideas of ways to keep children entertained over the Christmas holidays, then please share them in comments below for other parents to try!