We spend hours shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, and decorating all in the hopes of giving our children the perfect holiday celebration. In our efforts to get everything done, we sometimes forget to include them in the process. This year, make sure kids get involved. Not only will it lighten your load, but it will make the days leading up to the holiday more enjoyable and meaningful to all. Here are 10 ways to get kids involved during the holidays.
Disposable cameras are still good for something! Give one to each child. They will have just 27 photos to document the holidays. In the age of instant everything, they’ll love the anticipation of waiting to get their pictures developed. And you’ll have a collection of photos that symbolize the holidays seen through your child’s eyes.
Sugar Cookie Decorator
Set up a cookie decorating station for kids. Some grocery stores will sell kits with pre-baked sugar cookie shapes and containers of sprinkles and frosting. Or you can set up your own cookie decorating spread. Use muffin tins or liners to separate the sprinkles.
PhD of Traditions
There are so many traditions that we just do on autopilot. This year, task your kid to pick a tradition and find the meaning behind it. Why do we put a train around the tree? Why do we put wreaths on our door? Why do so many people eat ham around the holidays? The options are endless!
The Opening Act
Ask kids to prepare a skit, song, magic show, or dance to perform after dinner. Not only will it make them feel special the night of, but it will keep them busy while you cook dinner.
Activity Advent Calendar
Instead of simply counting down the days by eating chocolate, have each day include a mission your child needs to complete. Including things like read a holiday book to the family, make a gift for a neighbor, or donate to a food drive.
Toy Drive Contributor
Let your child take ownership over the toy drive contribution. They can pick out the present and (depending on their age) use some of their own money to make the purchase. A great lesson in selfless giving!
Not only will this get kids involved with the holidays, it will teach them about saving money. Have them go through the store ads that come in the mail and circle the items they feel might be beneficial for holiday meals and entertaining.
Manager of Holiday Greetings
Kids love getting mail, so let them be in charge of season’s greetings. Each day they can get the mail, sort the cards, report to the family who they received letters from and then find a creative way to display the cards.
Family Tour Guide
Amid the chaos of holiday parties and gift wrapping marathons, we can forget to just sit down, breathe and enjoy our family. Let the kids plan a family bonding day. Give them a budget and have them create an itinerary for the day like ice skating followed by hot cocoa at a nearby café. Or pizza at the nearby bowling alley.
Spreader of Holiday Cheer
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Challenge kids to commit one act of random kindness per day. From spreading compliments, to donating toys, caroling for a neighbor to smiling more. This is all about teaching your kids the simple way to bring joy to others.