Keep Your Kids Merry This Christmas | Holiday Activities for Children

Holiday Christmas Activities for Children

The days leading up to Christmas morning are often equal parts joyful and stressful. It’s the final countdown! Did we buy everything? Wrap everything? Cook everything?

Keep Your Kids Merry This Christmas | Holiday Activities for Children

Let’s face it, after trekking through crowded malls and giving our credit cards a workout worthy of a New Year’s resolution, it’s inevitable for our kids to feel a bit stressed out, too. 

The holidays should be enjoyable for everyone — especially our children. Take a break in between your baking marathons and tree trimming to spend quality time together with some of these festive holiday activities.

Zooming in a Winter Wonderland

This year, many of us have had to cancel our yearly travel plans for the holidays due to travel restrictions. It’s hard to say we’ll miss the busy airports, but we all may feel a little more distant than usual.

Thanks to video calling platforms, like Zoom, it’s easy to connect with our loved ones during the holidays. Some of us have been organizing family meals together on Zoom, or holding remote Christmas parties with family members all across the country.

Put some holiday spice into your child’s Zoom call with grandma by downloading one of these holiday Zoom backgrounds. Once you’ve transplanted your family into a cozy fireplace setting or a winter wonderland, you’ll feel the holiday spirit start to flow.

Zoom is also a great opportunity to play holiday games with family (try holiday movie trivia!) or to sing your favorite Christmas carols together. Your child will feel more connected and engaged with you and your family.

COVID-19 has made the holidays quite different this year.  Discover some great Christmas activities for your children to keep busy & happy!

Holiday Hunt

Being stuck inside during a snowstorm can be a major bummer. It’s times like these that our children are often most drawn to video games and TV. Who could blame them? A good holiday movie is often a much-needed antidote to winter storm blues. 

When you’re done with couch time (at least for a little while), keep your kids engaged in safe playtime with a holiday scavenger hunt!

Find some candy canes, small gifts, or ornaments and hide them around your home. Print out this scorecard to help keep track of the items as your pack finds them. Make a few of the items worth extra points and hide them where they’d never think to look!

Once every item is accounted for, tally up your points and celebrate the winner with a round of hot cocoa for everybody!

Christmas Party From Home

Dressing up and going to a holiday party is a much-welcomed holiday tradition – especially if you’re not the host! Every holiday party promises tasty good and great company. And for our kids, it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with cousins and other family members.

Sadly, most of us have canceled our holiday party plans this year. While we may not have the luxury of counting on someone else to take care of the clean-up, we can still have our own small Christmas parties with our immediate family.

Set out a big bowl of punch and treats, set the radio to a station playing your favorite Christmas tunes, and plan a few party games!

One suggestion – Santa Limbo! Don your most Kringle-Approved apparel and set up a limbo pole. Stuff your clothes with pillows for your best Santa belly and cap it off with a Santa hat. Take turns shuffling under the pole as it gets lower, but don’t let it touch your belly or hat! Print out this scorecard to keep track of the Santa Limbo champion.

Beat Stress And Reconnect

Every Christmas season brings its own unique set of challenges and surprises – especially this year! Our kids can tell when we’re letting the holidays take their toll, and they need the moral support just as much as we do.

Crowd out the holiday stress by making special memories and bonding with your kids more than ever before. For more ways to beat the pandemic holiday blues, check out these suggestions from Hippo.

By The Mom Kind

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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