As Berkshire is now in Tier 4 restrictions over the festive season I thought it might be useful to share 35+ activities to do with the children at home this Christmas.
35+ at home activities
- Read books together – we have been reading ‘The Christmasaurus’ by Tom Fletcher throughout December and highly recommend it.
- Bake Christmas Food. Here are the recipes for Christmas Marzipan Treats, Festive Rocky Road and Fruit and Nut Chocolate Drops.
- Make a gingerbread house
- Play a board game
- Play card games
- Complete a jigsaw puzzle
- Make Christmas decorations. Why not try making some Christmas Tree Decorations, Star Decorations or Salt Dough Decorations?
- Have a movie day / evening
- Do some crafting, why not make some cardboard gingerbread people, make some cardboard tube bears or make a paper plate dinosaur?
- Play with building blocks; why not build a rainbow or have a go at making some building block repeating patterns?
- Drink hot chocolate
- Have a video call with friends and family
- Have a video call with Father Christmas
- Do an act of kindness – could you phone or text a family friend who might appreciate a call or message, donate some food to a food bank or do a drawing for a neighbour.
- Make paper chains
- Make a Christmas Eve box – in ours we include some sweet treats, a Christmas book, eco reindeer food and some hot chocolate.
- Make a plate of goodies ready for Father Christmas and his reindeer
- Family games night – you could always do this virtually too
- Make and complete a Christmas scavenger hunt – items you could search for around the house could include; a Christmas tree, presents under the tree, a Christmas book, a Christmas toy, mince pie, a Christmas card etc.
- Wrap presents, you could always make your own Christmas Wrapping Paper
- Make a Nature Hunt Wreath – cut out a circle of cardboard, cut a circle inside to make a hoop. Pierce holes dotted around the hoop, collect leaves and push them through your wreath hoop to add the foliage to the wreath. Add a bow and hang your wreath.
- Have a lounge disco
- Make a fondue
- Make a Christmas gift
- Play pass the parcel
- Make homemade crackers
- Wear Christmas jumpers
- Watch a virtual pantomime
- Plan the Christmas menu with your child. Why not get your child to write out the menu for the table and get them to help decorate the Christmas table on Christmas Day?
- Make paper snowflakes
- Feed the birds
- Plant bulbs
- Go star gazing
- Take a family selfie
- Draw a family portrait
- Measure the kids – each year I measure my children’s height. Then I cut a length of wool to match the length of each of my children, bunch it up and add a tag with their name, age, height and date and keep it as a sentimental memory. I do this each year.
- Write thank you letters / cards – a personal and much appreciated activity that we always do after Christmas
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