While there’s so much to be done during the holidays, it’s a time to spend with the family. The holidays should be full of happiness, family, and love. From the cleaning before the guests arrive, to the food, we have a lot of our plates. In the midst of all this are the kids. We all know too well that trouble is sent an invitation when the little ones are left unoccupied for too long, what wouldn’t you get up to with a child’s imagination? Here are some ideas that will keep your kids busy and out of the gift closet.
1. Have them be your little helpers. How often do they nag you to bake with them? Now is your time to put them to work baking gingerbread cookies and other holiday treats that have to be made anyway. Granted there will be a mess but the imperfect icing on the gingerbread man will charm the mess away. The kids will have a lot of fun being in the kitchen and you’ll get to enjoy it too!
2. There are gifts to be bought… or why not made? Set up a craft table and let your children make cards, drawings and tree decorations. Make sure whatever crafts their working on requires minimal supervision. If you ask me it is the perfect gift for grandma and grandpa (and it will keep them busy!)
3. Despite the chill in the air being outside is always a good idea. Have your children run off some of the excitement the holidays install in them while at the same time getting some fresh air. Just make sure to bundle up! Send them off with jackets, coats, scarves, and gloves if necessary!
4. For some reason, we have seemed to forget about the joys of the card and board games! Snuggle up around the living room table with the entire family and some hot chocolate, of course, don’t forget your game of choice!
5. Don’t forget, play dates are great during the holiday season. Invite some of their friends over for a playdate! That friend will more than likely invite them over another day. A win-win situation. Plus your kiddo runs off some of that pent-up energy!
Take a deep breath and you get through the incredibly joyful stress of the holidays even with the kids constantly on your hands. You were a child once; I know you haven’t forgotten the feeling only the holidays can give you. Make that feeling last for as long and strong as possible for your children, it is after all one of the best feelings in the world. What are some of your tips to keep your kids busy during the holidays? Leave your comments below!