It’s almost that time of year again and it seems like it just gets faster and faster with every year. Even though Christmas itself is just one day, which is actually pretty easy to keep children entertained, the hype surrounding the build-up to it can make things a little more tricky – especially when your children are off school for the best part of two weeks and you have, what seems like a million things to organize and plan before the 25th rolls around.
Here are some simple and cheap ways to ensure that you can keep your children entertained and busy during this Christmas season.
Play in the snow:
Most children love snow, and they certainly love playing in it. Whether it’s building a snowman or having a snowball fight in the garden, or even sledding in a local park, there’s nothing better to keep the little ones entertained during the Christmas season and use up some of that excited energy they have built up. Going out to play in the snow doesn’t cost anything and is a great way for the whole family to spend some fun, quality time together.
Bake festive treats:
Since Christmas comes with an array of mouthwatering treats to be enjoyed, such as gingerbread men, spiced cinnamon cookies, and seasonal fruitcakes, this is the perfect opportunity to get your children interested in cooking and helping them find a sense of accomplishment. Allowing them to assist with the baking also encourages them to try new things and perhaps enjoy a healthier approach to food.
Enjoy local festivities:
Most towns and cities have a wide variety of festivities going on over the Christmas season for their residents, and much of these are tailored towards families. Whether it’s taking a stroll through a Christmas market, watching the streets take on a new look when the Christmas Light Installation display is switched on, or even just enjoying the local church nativity play or carolers, there’s really lots of ways to keep your children entertained just within your own town.
Allow them to help with decorating:
Part of the magic of Christmas in a child’s eyes is all the decorations that come with it. From Christmas trees, lights, and festive accessories, it’s truly something they all love. For parents it can be a stressful time, you may have a million things going on and really don’t look forward to spending hours putting up decorations that will have to come down again two weeks later.
Though, if you want to keep your children busy, then getting them to help with this will be great fun for them, keep them entertained, and you never know, you may even enjoy the shared experience.
As you can see, none of these involve spending money or having to travel to places far away, yet are simple and effective ways to keep your little ones entertained during the Christmas season when they’re more likely to be overly excited and perhaps less concentrated than they normally would be.