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5 Fun Christmas Activities for the Kids

Christmas time is an exciting time of year. Australian Christmas involves sweet mangoes, long summer days and gorgeous sunsets, blue skies and crystal-clear oceans. Everyone loves Christmas time, it’s a time for giving, receiving, eating and relaxing. But no one loves Christmas more than kids! Christmas is the event of the year for children. There is nothing more exciting than decorating the Christmas tree or baking Christmas cookies. Below are some fun funky Christmas activities your kids will love!
 

  1. Cooking
    Get creative in the kitchen with your kids. Stock up on a variety of coloured food dye and Christmas decorations. There are a variety of Christmas recipes online but leave the decorating up to your kids – let them use their imagination and express themselves.
  2. Origami
    Christmas origami can be slightly challenging, but extremely rewarding. Origami requires concentration and following steps, a perfect holiday activity to keep the kids entertained and still engaged.
  3. Christmas Cards
    Something your family members will adore is handmade Christmas cards. If you take control of the initial design, you can pass it on to your children to fill in the blanks, but make sure you give your children some creative freedom because your family will appreciate their artwork.
  4. Christmas Tree Decorations
    Get creative with painting and sticking glitter onto borbals and plain wooden stars etc. A trip to Kmart will lead you to a range of plain decorations that your children can decorate with all sorts of fun colours and textures.
  5. Christmas lights
    Even if you’re not particularly interested in the full house Christmas light extravaganza, you can get creative simply. Even if you simply put lights up in your house, or in trees in the backyard – your children will love them!

Christmas time may not necessarily be your favourite time of year, but while your children are young it will most definitely be theirs. Get creative with your children and they might even make things easier on you. Not to mention, Christmas holidays can be long for your kids so keep them entertained and engaged with some fun crafty learning activities.

Keeping the kids happy at Christmas when daycare is over

Daycare does not operate through Christmas and New Year, so  it’s a great opportunity to regroup as a family. The children are full of beans on a great day and keeping them entertained is difficult when you’re stumped for ideas. We come to the rescue with days out and at-home activities that are heaps of fun for the whole family!

 

 

  • Go to the library

Brisbane City Council libraries have a heap of child-friendly activities aimed at children who go to daycare/preschool. There’s singalongs, reading time, and events where children and adults can make new friends.

The State Library has a lovely children’s area that regularly hosts storytimes, singalongs, and craft corners on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

  • See the windows

Myer in the city has amazing Christmas windows every years that draw crowds all through December. It’s common to see families, couples, and singles stare into the windows and follow the story that plays out year after year. After having your fill of the scenery, you can take the kids to see Santa (or drop in a letter addressed to the North Pole)

 

  • Go look at lights

What’s Christmas without Christmas lights? Radio station 4KQ’s Christmas light competition draws hundreds of entrants every year and they certainly don’t spare any time or expense! Contestants make interactive displays, light shows, and even ‘plant’ light trees in their yard in a bid to take out the top prize.

The 4KQ Christmas Lights competiton draws hundreds of visitors and entrants every year

 

  • Make ornaments

The kids will have an opportunity to do this at daycare but why not use it to have some family bonding time! Pick up some cardboard/paper/cheap ceramic plain ornaments and some craft materials. Just make sure you have adequate protection for clothes and the floor. Glitter is tough to clean out of a carpet.

 

  • Bake up a storm

Gingerbread men, fruitcake, chocolate cupcakes, biscuits…the list goes on! While we have articles dedicated to healthy snacks, it’s fun to let loose and bake something sweet for the holidays. Taste, Donna Hay, and Women’s Day have amazing recipes fit for Christmas lunch. Sharing is optional!

Get the kids involved in baking for friends

 

  • Have the family over

Christmas is time best spent with the family. The adults have a chance to chat and the kids can play in the yard. As the good old saying goes, ‘your cousin is the best friend you make at Grandma’s house’.

 

  • Make a playdate at the park

Kids will naturally miss the friends they’ve made at daycare. Make a date with other parents to meet at the local park for a barbecue. The children will have a rip-roaring time on the playground equipment, followed by a nap at home when they’ve used up all their energy.

 

  • Market shopping galore

Christmas is in the air all through November and December thanks to multiple Christmas Markets. Brisbane Kids has a list of markets, dates and locations on their website.

 

  • Decorate the tree

You can’t forget the most important! The tree should go up on the first weekend, if not the first day  of December.