If you ask us, Christmas Eve is one best days of the year; full of excitement, anticipation and promise. It’s a danger zone for kids though… one false move and excitement boils over into mayhem which almost inevitably transforms into a meltdown. The antidote? Burn that excess energy and keep them entertained while they wait for Santa, with this collection of Christmas activities for kids.
Bake Cookies for Santa (and you!)
There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting from the kitchen, and when you didn’t have to bake them solo? Even better! You’re going to need to lend a hand of course (hot ovens and little hands aren’t generally a good combination) but it’s a lot more fun when you’re sharing in the excitement of your little ones. We love these star cookies by Donna Hay – and they’re super simple to make more ‘Christmasy’ with a little icing. To make icing, combine icing mixture with just enough water to create a smooth mixture, add some food colour (red and green, obviously) and you’re away! Grab a piping bag and get creative or (for the smaller kids) help them spread the mixture onto cookies with the back of a spoon.
A note for Santa and a treat for his reindeer
OK you’ve made cookies for Santa, but don’t forget a note to go with them! Santa loves to hear from kids all over the world, so help yours craft a special note for him. Before they go to bed, help them to put out a plate of carrots and a bowl of water for his reindeer too – they’ve got a long night ahead of them.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
As it’s starting to get dark, jump in the car and head out to explore all the Christmas lights in your neighbourhood. Most local newspapers do a piece on where to find the best lights, so keep an eye out for that in the lead up to Christmas or jump online and do a quick Google search.
Snuggling up on the couch with the family (and a big bowl of popcorn) for a Christmas movie marathon is one of life’s great pleasures. Make sure you check out our post on the best Christmas movies for kids and download them in preparation.
The gift of giving
Teach your kids the joy of giving and the importance of helping those less fortunate this Christmas. Spend some time with them going through their games, toys, books and clothes they’ve grown out of and pick out some items in good condition to give to charity. Make sure you visit the charity together so they can begin to associate their giving with real people.
What are your favourite Christmas Activities for kids? Share them over on our Facebook page… we’re always on the lookout for new ideas!