Fun ideas for kids over the holidays

Doreen - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




My sister's 2 children visit us every holiday... together with my three children I end up with 5 children. I am normally quiet creative, but my mind seems blank on ideas this December. My creativity side seems to have gone on holiday too.... :)

Kids ages: 1x 5yr old and the other 4x between 10-13.

I am running out of ideas for fun at home. It is expensive to do things like the movies for 5 kids. I prefer outdoor activities but also we need fun for those miserable days and evenings. I'd appreciate any suggestion.


Sharon - posted on 12/15/2010




Make snowflakes.

Even the simple "circle" snowflakes are fun and you can decorate them with glitter after you unfold them.

Make & bake a shit load of roll out cookies. On quiet evenings, give each kid a few and some colored cookie icing and let them paint them.

String popcorn & cranberries.

Collect pinecones on good days. On bad evenings, stuff them full of peantbutter then smash on birdseed or mix the peanutbutter with birdseed and then stuff it in. Then on another good day you can put them out for the birds and squirrels.

Buy a bunch of PLAIN colored ornaments and let the kids paint them with family names and snowmen, christmas trees etc. Or with stickers etc.

Make candy canes out of red & white pipe cleaners. make christmas trees out of green ones, glue to paper and then 'decorate' the trees.

Make snowmen out of cotton balls, foam balls etc. Cut out little felt hats, buttons, orange noses, etc. The big kids can do a lot of the finicky work for the little ones.

Joanna - posted on 12/15/2010




I love doing things like making homemade hot chocolate and stringing popcorn to decorate the tree. I think even the older kids could secretly enjoy those things. I also used to love helping my mom make candy - we'd make peanut butter cups and caramels every year, even when I was a bitchy teenager who hated spending time with my mom - I always enjoyed making candy with her! And we still do it every year.

Sharon - posted on 12/15/2010




Mine is 15 and while he loves his video games first and foremost, lol, he does enjoy using his younger brother & sister as an excuse to play with arts & crafts.

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Science experiements! We love doing simple science projects here. With the older ones, you can get more creative and have a blast! Supplies can be minimal. Go to the library for some science experiment books.

Louise - posted on 12/15/2010




The older kids are getting to an age where they do not want to make Christmas decorations I would of thought. Invest in some games for them to play together like Pictionary or Monopoly and buy in plenty of popcorn and soda to keep them happy. The five year old will need something to do and will probably be quite happy making paperchains or no cook biscuits. I don't know where you are in the world or what the temperature is outside but here in England it is about 2 degrees in the day and -7 at night so not the sort of temperature you want to be out in. Best bet is stock up on dvd's and games for playstation or wii as that is what most kids do this age.


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SISSY - posted on 12/24/2014




As I sit here and read these posts, tears run down my face from the familiarity. My 17 year old son has always been the love of my life, and I raised him by myself without any support of his father. Me and my son use to be so close, now I dont know what or who he is. He will not do anything to help me and I am on disability. He calls me fat and ugly and tells me he hates me. Now this is a Christian boy who always was compasionate and caring. Now all he cares for is his friends and just says horrible things to me and seems to have no reasoning. He has broken my heart and I feel hopeless. I do pray and I hope God intervenes soon because I cant take much more. I feel so alone. I am alone.

HCHomeschooler - posted on 12/24/2014




Hi Doreen, try this fun idea!
Part of the fun for this project is gathering the leaves, so go take a nature walk and collect a large, long leaf for the tail, two medium-sized oval leaves for the head and body, and 4 small leaves for the ears, arm, and leg. A few extra small leaves are nice to embellish the tree.
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Doreen - posted on 12/19/2010




Thanks that should keep me going to for a few days. we don't have snow it is summer by us, but we have crazy wind so we end up spending a fair amount of time inside and we love crafts - will go stock up.

C. - posted on 12/15/2010




Hmm.. For cold, miserable days, why not a movie night at home? Watch a movie that you own and possibly haven't seen in a while, popcorn in a nice big bowl or individual bowls, maybe some hot cocoa or something and big comfy blankets so they can curl up and watch the movie.. I used to love doing things like that w/ my family.

For outdoors.. If you have a hill and a detachable trash can lid (you can line the inside of the lid with a blanket or trash bag), you can sled down the hill.

Sorry, just realized I'm only assuming you have snow.. If not, you can always do like a small fire outside and roast marshmallows or make S'Mores. You can even do that inside if you have a fireplace, but it is messy. I'll have to think of some more. I need to get some sleep, but I hope you can find something suitable for everyone :)

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