5 Wonderful Christmas Activities For The Family

Today – 5 Wonderful Christmas Activities For The Family

Christmas is coming… we’ve finally reached the “ber” months and there’s so much to look forward to! For children, this time of year is really exciting as they look forward to this special time of year. But, for parents, although it may fill you with excitement, it can also fill you with dread as the rush to have everything ready sets in. It can also be harder to plan things on a tighter budget, when it’s cold and rainy outside and when the kids are off school! So, we thought we’d make Christmas that little bit more special (and easier) by lining up some affordable and fun activities to get you and your family in the Christmas spirit.


 

5 Wonderful Christmas Activities For The Family

  1. Wreath Making

Making a wreath is a great way to begin your festivities. It’s also a lovely way for children to use their creativity to put their own special touches on a Christmas project. If you’re on a budget, why not find the pieces yourself? Using a scavenger hunt checklist could be helpful to keep track of what decorations you need for your wreath, as well as being a wonderful way to get your children involved. They’ll have so much fun running around trying to find pinecones and berries, whilst ticking things off their list! Once you’ve got your special pieces, you can follow this how to make your own wreath guide and make your home the cosiest, most Christmassy place.

Alternatively, you may want an artificial wreath. Making one of these is still a great activity to do as a family or with young children. By using a Christmas Wreath Template your children can create something of their own easily. If you have younger children, find one with easy-to-follow instructions, or if you’re wanting something a little different from your traditional wreath, try a ribbon Christmas wreath.

 

Christmas Activities For The Family

 

  1. Making Christmas decorations

Now you’ve got your Christmas wreath, why stop there? Dec your halls with baubles, snowflakes and garlands! Making decorations with your children means you can spend quality time with them, whilst creating some special home-made decorations and memories.

These paper snowflake decorations are beautiful crafts to bring some Christmas cheer into your home. They’re so easy to make and look gorgeous in so many different colours. On the other hand, what screams occasion like bunting? Using bunting in your home can liven up any room, especially this adorable gingerbread bunting which would look wonderful in a child’s bedroom. Baubles are also a wonderful decoration, but they don’t just have to be for the tree. Baubles can be placed all around the home, and using pens and paint to create them saves some money, too!

 

  1. Christmas Games

Some of the best childhood memories come from playing family games. After a long day of Christmas shopping, or getting caught in the snow, coming home for a round of games is the best way to relax and enjoy family time. Why not make yourself a hot chocolate whilst you’re at it?

If you’re looking for some inspiration, Christmas snakes and ladders is a classic boardgame, with a Christmas spin! It’s also great for all members of the family. If you’ve got older children this Christmas what am I? guessing game is a great one to test their knowledge and spark their curiosity. Christmas word-searches and crosswords are also fabulous to get their brains ticking!

We’ve listed some gaming classics for you below to do as a family on Christmas Day:

 

  • Monopoly (great for families with older children)
  • Uno (great for families with older children)
  • Carcassone (great for families with older children)
  • Mother Sheep (great for younger children)
  • Frustration (family fun for all ages)
  • Snakes and Ladders (family fun for all ages)
  • Pictionary (family fun for all ages)
  • What do you meme? (great for families with older children)
  • Dobble (great for families with older children)
  • Snap (great for younger children)

(Take a look a here at my post on musical instrument games perfect for Christmas!)

 

Christmas Activities For The Family

  1. Christmas Baking

Baking is a timeless and rewarding activity and not to mention, it makes the house smell of Christmas! You’ll also probably be able to find most of the ingredients in your baking cupboard. Baking is great for teaching life skills and stimulating their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. So, why not check out some of the Christmas baking ideas we’ve lined up below?

Snowflake shortbread biscuits or snowman cupcakes – two very simple recipes but they can be adapted to be as Christmassy as you wish! Use icing sugar to dust your cupcakes with snow, and add white marshmallows to make your snowman! Shortbread is always a hit, so why not try making it in snowflake shape? Cookie cutters are great but you can also trace your own special shapes with a knife and detail with some piped white icing.

Gingerbread Reindeer Biscuits – the best way to re-use a gingerbread cut-out is to make your reindeer biscuits! Also, a classic gingerbread taste? Yes, please.

 

  1. Christmas Colouring

Everyone needs time to relax and wind down, especially adults. After such a busy time of year, looking after ourselves is often at the bottom of the list. But colouring is a great mindful and therapeutic activity. It relaxes the brain and can help us to enjoy quiet time, as well as being a great activity for all the family. Although colouring is great all year round, why not make it festive? Grab yourself some adult colouring pages and your child a Christmas colouring book. These adult Christmas colouring sheets are a great place to start. They’re complex so you can spend ages on them! They could also be used for older children. Many places also sell fantastic colouring books for young children, charity shops always have some this time of year!

You have made it to the end of this blog, and we hope you’re feeling a little more inspired, Christmassy and organised. We hope you find these activities a handy place to start and enjoy spending time with your family over the festive period.

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