Keeping children entertained can be a full-time job in itself – particularly when they’re a little younger, so the school holidays can present something of a challenge for many parents. This is especially true during the Christmas holidays when the cold and miserable weather means that leaving the house isn’t always an option!
While we are secretly wishing for snow days, so we can drag the sledge out to the nearest hill, build snowmen and make snow angels with our boys, it is inevitable that there will be some rain and wet weather over the holidays. That’s fine for a splash about in wellies, but there will be some days when you just feel like staying indoors warm and cosy. For those days, I have put together some of my favourite holiday activities to keep the little – and not so little – ones entertained!
Salt Dough Decorations
One of my favourite things to do when I was younger was to make things out of salt dough! Making the dough itself is so quick and easy, so prep time is kept to a minimum, but it really can give you hours of fun.
- Combine flour, salt and water, mix and knead for 10 mins before rolling out for use.
- Use cookie cutters to make festive shapes – you could try Christmas Trees, snowflakes, gingerbread men, stars or angels! Just remember to make holes so you can hang them afterwards. You could even try hand and footprints, or initials or making gift tags
- Bake for 30 minutes then allow to cool. Maybe use this time for a hot chocolate and a festive film
- Paint your masterpieces, now is the time to let the kids get really creative!
There are so many options available with salt dough, it really is a very quick and versatile activity that is great for keeping little hands occupied.
Junior Bake Off
Another great activity for those cold winter days is to get in the kitchen and get baking! Kids love getting involved in cooking, and the holidays are the perfect opportunity to make some sweet treats for all the family. You could even give them out as gifts!
You can buy little baking kits from supermarkets if you want to cut down on mess – but I think it’s all part of the fun! Whether you opt for some classic Jamie Oliver Brownies or cookies using this set which is fab for little hands, make your own mince pies or simply want to decorate your own Yule Logs, it’s all fun and games for the kids. Desserts are the sort of dishes that always go down well at this time of year!
Winter Treasure Trail
This one’s perfect for those rare days of a little winter sunshine, it might be a little crisp outside but there’s a break in the rain so let’s get outside and make the most of it.
Put together a little winter treasure trail in the garden or even the park if you can manage it. Search for common winter items like pine cones, a holly bush (watch those fingers!) and candy canes, or you can turn it into a scavenger hunt and leave small treats around the home and garden.
One of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon is a craft session with the boys. We love making handmade Christmas cards – you can really let imaginations take over. You just need some plain cards and envelopes, glue, felt tips or pencils, plus the usuals: googly eyes, pipe cleaners, feathers, pom poms, etc!
However you choose to spend your holidays, I hope you have a wonderful time!
*This is a collaborative post.*