The Winter Holidays will be here before we know it! The house will be decorated, Santa and the Elves will visit, family may come and go ~ but then what? How do we keep the smile on those adorable faces and entertain the kiddos when they are simply tired of being at home and out of their school routine?
If you are starting to feel anxious about how to keep the kiddos entertained over the holidays, have no fear, we have a few suggestions for when they utter “I’m Bored!” because you will be prepared!
Crafts ~ Pull out the crafts you have or pick up holiday themed crafts at JoAnn’s or Michael’s! A tradition at our house it to make a gingerbread house. Sometimes I buy extra candy to decorate and we can nibble while we are assembling!
Games ~ Being home around the holidays lends to more time to play board games and some of the longer games that you might not have time to play often. Family time can be bonding time over games!
Play Dates ~ Invite a friend or two over to play and break up the monotony being around family.
Bake ~ Let the kiddos help bake in the kitchen, make cookies for friends/neighbors. Allowing the kids in the kitchen helps give them a sense of pride that they are a part of the process and gift giving, they learn to help bake/cook and you get to spend more time with them! As long as they help clean up too, right?
Get outside ~ Go for a walk/play in yard or park and get outside for fresh air!! Take a few balls and a frisbee for entertainment. Get a game of manhunt going with neighbors or dodgeball in a cul-de-sac.
Library Events ~ Local libraries plan activities months ahead and the holidays have no shortage of fun, family and FREE events. Check your local library or AlpharettaMoms.Org for a list of events to take the kiddos too. Many require a RSVP so check ahead of time.
Field Trip Day ~ Take a day and visit a Museum or Historical site over the holidays. Many Atlanta venues will have holiday themes and exhibits with special days that include arts, crafts and other entertainment.
The holidays are meant to be festive and time well spent with family and friends. Don’t stress over how to keep the kids from being bored, but rather plan a few things out ahead of time so they wont even have to ask what is on the agenda! You will have them as busy as they want to be and before they know it they will be yawning from all the fun! Happy Holidays from our House to Yours!
AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article can be found in the December 2017 issue. All opinions are my own.