Winter break is just around the corner and many of us will be looking for activities to do with our children while enjoying the time off. I love not having to rush and make lunches and get the bus on time, but in the same respect we all dread the words “I’M BORED” coming from our children’s lips. Here are some tried and true fun activities to keep you and your children engaged during those down times.
This first craft is something I did with another mom in my son’s fifth grade class for the holiday party. Now technically it is an ornament, but we do not have a tree so it is hanging from a window in the kitchen. It is very cute and the children loved it.
Materials: Plastic or if you’re brave, glass ornament (Michaels has them)
glue or glue stick
colored pom poms
felt or construction paper
permanent markers in colors of your choosing
Open the top of the ornament and pour in watered down white paint. Not too watered down just enough so you can swish it around inside and color it from the inside out. Now the whole ball will be white. Tip it upside down inside a cup so the excess paint will drip out. Leave it for a few minutes. Then turn it right side up and decorate it to look like a snowman head.
Some other fun arts and crafts projects would be to use model magic to create winter scenes. This dries overnight and can be painted and saved. You could paint using q-tips and white paint to create snowy scenes. Cotton balls also make great painting tools. You can attach them to clothespins or use them alone. These are also excellent for fine motor development.
New Years Eve is also right around the corner. We get together with 40-50 of our closest friends every year to ring in the New Year. It is a tradition all the children and adults look forward to. We play board games and just enjoy each other’s company until the clock strikes midnight. We scream and hug and kiss and then there is a mass evacuation to get the children to bed. Well, they are getting older so the mass evacuation is happening a bit later each year :-). We have activities for the children and adults and things we do together. Charades, Guesstures, and Apples to Apples are fun games to engage a whole group. The children can make noisemakers out of paper plates to help ring in the New Year. You fold a paper plate in half and staple it filling it with beans, rice, or popcorn so when it shakes it makes noise. Then they can decorate the outside. At midnight, everyone has their own noisemaker.
Whatever you do over vacation, please enjoy the time you have as a family and with your children. They are very precious!