The Christmas season is just around the corner and it’s something that kids look forward to. With the opportunities it brings for fun and learning, the holidays are definitely an exciting time for all children. Make sure your little one makes the most of their holiday vacation instead of being bored. Take a look at this list for brilliant ways to keep them entertained and make the most of their holidays while learning and having fun!
Candy cane decorations
Candy canes are popular Christmas candies. Not only do these candies make Christmas decorations, they are also excellent sweet treats! Because children love candy canes, your little one will surely enjoy making their own candy cane decoration! What you need to do is to have them draw the shape of a candy cane on red paper. Guide them with cutting out the candy cane. Then have them unroll cotton balls and roll them into long lines. Use these long strips of cotton to create white lines on the candy cane. Show them how to place these lines with the right distance between each other. Glue these lines and have them hang these candy cane decorations on your Christmas tree.
A to Z Scavenger Hunt
Who says you can’t do an indoor scavenger hunt? This A to Z scavenger hunt is an excellent way for your child to practice their alphabet while having fun! What you need to do is give them a huge box. Ask them to fill it with objects whose names begin with each letter of the alphabet. Each letter must have a corresponding object inside the box. For example, they can pick an apple from the fridge to represent letter A. Then, they can look for a ball to represent letter B, until they have all the letters covered. You can make it more challenging by giving them a specific time limit.
Here comes Santa Claus
The holidays aren’t complete without the jolliest man of them all – Santa Claus! Have your kids welcome him this Christmas by creating a portrait of Santa! The materials you need are a paper plate, scissors, construction paper (red, pink and white), cotton ball, glue stick and a black marker. Using the pink construction paper, have your child cut out a big circle from the construction paper. Have them follow the size of the circle inside the paper plate. Then, use the white construction paper to cut 10 long strips about two fingers wide from the bottom to the top of the paper. Have them glue the pink circle to the center of the paper plate. Then, cut the red paper to make Santa’s hat. It should be triangular in shape, and bends a little at the top that looks like an inverted “u”. Once the hat is ready, have them glue it on Santa’s head. Guide them with the glue stick to glue the white paper from the front of the pink circle to its back. The white strips should look like loops of beard around the bottom part of Santa’s face. Then, cut out facial features for Santa, like the eyes, nose and mouth. Have them glue them in place and for the finishing touch, put a cotton ball on the tip of Santa’s hat.
Christmas season is no time to allow your kids to stay glued on the couch for hours! In fact, it’s a perfect time to keep them healthy and active by encouraging outdoor activities. Try bringing them to a nearby park where they can play balloon volleyball! Instead of the traditional volleyball, this game only requires balloons that kids can toss to and fro. Have them invite friends and playmates to make the game more exciting!
There are a plethora of wonderful activities that children can enjoy during the holidays! These are just a few of the best ones you can try! And if you are looking for a preschool where fun and learning happen at the same time, please feel free to visit Akers Academy.