Give your little one a break this winter with these easy, family-friendly activities. With tons of fun for everyone in the house from crafts and games to indoor snowball fights – there’s something on this list that’ll keep them busy.
Here is a list of 22 fun, safe holiday activities that will be sure to help!
1. Bow Tie Cookies
Who knew cookies could look so good? Transform plain sugar cookies into festive autumn treats with these easy instructions. Little chefs will love rolling out the dough, cutting out shapes, and decorating.
2. Flannel Board Storytelling
It’s never too early to start storytelling! Take it back to basics with this timeless activity that’ll make your little one feel like they’re at a real fairytale show. Amy suggests that it can be as simple as finding a picture of an apple and reading “The Farmer in the Dell”. You’ll find full directions here. If you want to take it up a notch – check out these popular flannel boards on Amazon and get ready for hours of movie-like entertainment!
3. Carved Pumpkin Crafts
Let your kids unleash their inner artist with this fun fall activity. Not only will they enjoy spooky designs like witches and ghosts – but they’re also in charge of deciding what these creepy characters look like. Get inspired by checking out the best-carved pumpkin ideas for kids and show them how to apply their new skills!
4. Powder Paint Pumpkins
Transform your little ones’ beloved jack-o-lantern into a work of art with this simple tutorial. All you’ll need are pre-painted mini pumpkins, white powder paint, and craft glue. You can make different designs or go for monotone – it’s up to you! Try painting one design on each pumpkin to make it more festive.
5. Indoor Snowball Fights
You don’t have to be blessed with snow to get into the winter spirit! Turn your home into a winter wonderland with this fun activity. Find details on how to make your indoor snowball fight equipment. All you’ll need is packing tape, scissors, and paper towels.
6. Decorating the Gingerbread House
Turn your kitchen into Santa’s workshop with this festive holiday craft. Little bakers will love measuring out ingredients, mixing them, and watching their houses bake in the oven. Get step-by-step instructions here. If you’re not up for baking – buy some pre-made gingerbread houses and get ready for an epic dessert display!
7. Colorful Ornaments
It doesn’t get much simpler than painting pinecones! Turn these tiny cones into cute winter creatures with this fun tutorial. All you’ll need are some acrylic paints and a set of googly eyes.
8. Handprint Reindeer Craft
It’s never too early to start handprint crafts – especially when it means making Christmas decorations! Take this activity back to basics with easy instructions that show you how to make reindeers out of handprints. You’ll be surprised by how adorable they turned out! Turn them into ornaments for the tree or gifts for friends and family.
9. Jingle Bell Bracelets
String together pretty little jingles with this cool craft idea. Kids will enjoy measuring out the ribbons and cutting them into sections. After that – all you’ll need is a little craft glue and patience as your kids decorate away.
10. Paper Plate Turkey Craft
Give thanks for this awesome tutorial! Help your little ones make Thanksgiving decorations with these easy-to-follow steps. All you’ll need are paper plates, construction paper, crayons, and scissors. They can choose between three different designs: a pilgrim hat, bow tie, or feather headdress!
11. Christmas Card Window Decorations
This simple holiday craft is perfect for parents who feel like they’re running out of time! Find details on how to make it here and get ready to enjoy some happy holidays without breaking the bank. There’s no need to be a professional when it comes to making cards – they’ll turn out beautiful as long as they’re decorated.
12. Reindeer Food
You don’t have to wait until Santa’s arrival to spread some holiday cheer! Your kids will love this sweet craft idea that allows them to make reindeer food in any color they want. All you’ll need is oatmeal, chocolate chips, and small candies like candy corns. Put it in a big bag and let the winter magic begin!
13. Paper Plate Santa Claus Craft
This tutorial is perfect for kids who enjoy arts and crafts but can’t sit still for too long. Get step-by-step instructions and help your little ones create a cute paper plate, Santa Claus. This is the perfect activity for trying out creative new looks and using up any leftover materials you might have lying around your home.
14. Handprint Penguin Crafts
You and your little one can get crafty together with this easy tutorial. Get step-by-step instructions and paint little handprints into adorable penguins! These mini arctic birds make great keepsakes that kids will be proud to show off. Try turning them into ornaments, keychains, or even magnets for the fridge!
15. Saying “Merry Christmas” in Different Languages
Give your family a creative challenge by teaching them how to write “Merry Christmas” in different languages! It’s a great way to spend some bonding time together and learn about different cultures.
16. Christmas Tree Ornaments
Help your kids unwrap their creative potential with these super simple ornaments! All you’ll need are round pretzels, candy canes, white chocolate buttons, and mini marshmallows. Get step-by-step instructions and watch as your kids create their very own ornaments.
17. Felt Santa Hats
Felt is an ideal craft material for little ones – it’s easy to cut, mold, and sew. Get step-by-step instructions and teach your kids how to make felt Santa hats with this fun tutorial. They’ll have so much fun making them and you’ll enjoy decorating the tree!
18. DIY Holiday Cards
19. Christmas Ornaments & Decorations
You don’t have to spend loads of cash on holiday decorations – try making these fun ornaments and decorations at home instead! This tutorial will teach you how to make felt ornaments and yarn decorations that look super cute (and festive) hanging from the tree. If you’re looking for easy crafts your kids will enjoy doing too, this one’s a winner.
20. Christmas Eve Box
This is one Christmas tradition that will be one of your favorites! Fill a decorative box with candy canes, holiday stories, festive pajamas, and other goodies that will make it a family favorite. Make sure to leave room for a few treats for Santa in there too! You can also go the extra mile and place a Christmas tree ornament inside.
21. Make Your Wrapping Paper
This keepsake wrapping paper tutorial is great for your little ones who love to get creative with scissors and glue! All you’ll need are white craft paper, fabric scraps, scrapbook stickers, and a printer. You can even change it up and make some personalized gift tags as well!
22. Paper Snowflakes
Winter doesn’t have to be all about snow – why not create some beautiful paper snowflakes? This simple tutorial will teach you how to mold the paper into different shapes while also teaching your kids about geometry and symmetry. Get step-by-step instructions and let them go crazy with their creativity!
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. If you’re looking for some creative ways to spend time with your kids, have a look at these fun activities that are not only safe but will also keep them entertained during this joyous time of year! We hope they’ll help inspire you to create new family traditions that will be cherished for years to come.
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