There’s nothing kids look forward to more than the holidays and being out of school. However, after a few days of winter break, they tend to get bored if they don’t have enough to do. Or, they end up spending all their time growing sluggish in front of the television, video games or other electronic devices. To prevent hearing “I’m bored” all winter break long, here are some fun activities to help keep the kids entertained over their winter break.
1. Go on a field trip
Get everyone moving and out of the house. A field trip can be the perfect fun outing that the entire family can enjoy. Some good ideas include going to a children’s museum, a play, indoor fun center, the zoo or other local attractions. Everyone loves a good field trip.
2. Bake Treats For The Holidays
Most kids love to bake. Keep them entertained with a day of making everyone’s favorite holiday candies, cookies and other treats. You can make sugar cookies and decorate them, or gingerbread men or grandma’s famous chocolate fudge recipe. Of course, there will need to be plenty of taste testing involved.
3. Make Homemade Presents
The part of the winter break before the holidays can be put to good use. Set up Santa’s workshop and make homemade gifts for family members and friends on your list. You can make baked goods, homemade soaps and candles, frame family photos. There are many arts and crafts projects that can lead to special gifts as well. Everyone appreciates homemade gifts, and it will keep your kids entertained for hours. Not to mention, it sure beats another trip to the mall to try to find last minute gifts.
4. Go To Community Holiday Events
Almost every community will have plenty of winter and holiday events to attend. There are usually lots of opportunities to meet with Santa in a variety of settings, holiday craft fairs and festivals, special musical performances and plays to attend as well as religious services.
5. Have Fun With Arts And Crafts Projects
Kids of all ages love arts and crafts. They are a great way to keep children entertained for hours on end. All you need are some art and crafts supplies like crayons, paints, pens, markers, glitter, paper, tissue paper, glue, feathers, small cardboard containers and much more. There is no limit to what the kids can make or the supplies they can use. Let the kids come up with the ideas. Part of the fun is scavenging for supplies or taking a quick trip to a local arts and crafts store.
6. Enjoy The Great Outdoors
If the weather permits, get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Fun winter activities include ice skating, going for hikes, building snowmen, skiing and sledding, taking the dog for a walk or even going bike riding. If the weather is bad, try moving around indoors instead to keep the boredom away and the blood flowing.
Use the above activity ideas to help keep the kids entertained on their winter break. They can also help inspire you to come up with even more ideas. Before you all know it, winter break will be over and you won’t have heard the phrase “I’m bored” one time.
About The Author
Laura Greening is a mom and a part time wedding planner. She loves to write about wedding planning and preparation. She is currently working as a consultant Wallao, a flower girl dress store, based in Los Angeles, CA.