27 Nov 2017
For many grandparents, the start of the Xmas holidays means an increase in babysitting duties, as parents continue to work right up to Christmas Eve. While parks and the beach are great options for active kids during the Christmas holidays, sometimes it can be tricky for grandparents to keep up. So we’ve compiled a list of some low intensity, fun Christmas activities for children that are a perfect way to beat the boredom and spread a little festive cheer.
A Crafty Christmas
There are loads of Christmas crafts for kids to make at home but one of our favourites is a hand-made Xmas decoration. They are a wonderful addition to any family Christmas tree and a great way to get crafty on a rainy day. One of the easiest decorations to make is a paper plate bauble and it makes for a wonderful indoor Christmas activity for toddlers. All you need is a few left-over paper plates, with the rim cut off, some glue and a selection of colourful paper, foil, tissue paper or even old Christmas cards cut into small pieces. Cover the paper plate with glue and then let your grandchildren’s creativity run free. When the paper plate is covered, simply pierce a small hole in the top of the plate and thread through a pipe cleaner or piece of ribbon to create a loop for hanging.
Sharing a Special Recipe
One of the great joys of Christmas is delicious food made from recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. Why not start your own Christmas tradition by preparing a special recipe with your grandchildren? It could be something as simple as baking and icing biscuits in the shape of Christmas trees or reindeer, or for the older children they could help you make this year’s Christmas pudding or trifle. Make the experience extra special by handwriting the recipe onto a piece of paper and decorating it together with festive stickers or glitter. Then put it away in Grandma’s (or Grandad’s) cookbook for safe keeping until next year.
Personalised Gift Wrapping
Wrapping gifts doesn’t have to be a chore when you’ve got little ones around to help. Especially when you can combine it with an activity that helps pre-schoolers to learn the alphabet. Instead of buying gift tags this year, create personalised tags in the shape of the first letter of each person’s name, hand-decorated by the kids. Using plain cardboard, trace and cut out the letters you need for the family. Set out a collection of materials to decorate with and some glue to stick them onto the letters. Once dry, ask the child to help you find the right letters to match the names of the gift recipients and stick the tags onto the presents. This is not only a great Xmas holiday activity but it will also make a great talking point around the tree on Christmas day!
Combining Christmas Activities
For an extra special Xmas holiday surprise, combine a range of different Christmas activities and crafts for toddlers by recreating Santa’s workshop. When your grandchild arrives, announce that they get to become one of Santa’s elves for the day. Set up little stations around the room using handmade signs – you might have a toy testing area, a toy building production line (playdoh is a great option here), a wrapping station or even a stable where they can feed the reindeer. The possibilities are as endless as a child’s imagination!
The best thing about Christmas crafts and themed activities is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to keep your grandkids entertained. And you’ll build memories that will last a lifetime.