With the Christmas break just around the corner, there really is no better time to spend quality time with the whole family. Here at Tutor Doctor we thought we would share with you some fun and festive activities to do with the kids this Christmas. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
Christmas wreaths aren’t only festive, but are great fun to decorate. Get your kids to use bows, ornaments and mini bells to give your wreath a really Christmassy look. If your child enjoys getting crafty you could even get them to dip some twigs and leaves in glitter and attach them accordingly.
If you want to get the whole family involved then going out on a festive walk is also a fun way to gather up pinecones, twigs and evergreen branches for decoration.
Write a letter to Santa
It’s important that your child practices their writing skills even when they aren’t at school. A really fun and easy way to encourage this is to get them to write a letter to Santa. Make sure they practice their neatest handwriting as they are going to be sending it to the North Pole!
Baking is a fun and festive way to spend a free afternoon during the Christmas holidays. Weighing out ingredients and counting whilst your child is baking is also a really easy way to get them to use maths during their winter break. There are all sorts of yummy treats to bake such as cookies, gingerbread men, cup cakes and shortbread. Get the kids to decorate with festive icing designs and sprinkles. Be sure to check out the BBC’s Christmas section for some easy-peasy festive baking ideas here.
Decorate the Christmas tree
Decorating the Christmas tree is a fun tradition to do as a whole family. Let the kids pick out the colour scheme and get them to choose where each decoration goes. Salt dough decorations are also a really creative way to let your child add their own personal touch to the tree. Here’s the recipe.
Salt Dough Recipe
- 1 cup/270g Salt
- 1 cup/150g Flour
- 1/2 cup/120ml water
Simply mix the ingredients together until the consistency is like play dough. Next you need to shape it. Choose from a Christmas tree, gingerbread man or you could just let your child be creative. Finally, carve a message using the end of a fork or get the kids to press in their footprints or handprints. Bake at 100 C for 3 hours. Once it’s cooled it can be painted.
Visit Christmas markets
There are tons of Christmas markets all over the country during December. It’s a great way to spend time as a family with loads of fun activities to get involved in, yummy food to try, festive music and German market stalls to keep your children entertained. We guarantee it will make you all super excited for Christmas!
Here are some of the best ones to visit this year.
Watch some Christmas films together
Spending the afternoon watching Christmas movies with your child is a must during the holidays. This list of all-time greatest Christmas movies is sure to inspire your choices. Be sure to not encourage too much screen time though, it might be Christmas but it’s important to keep the kids’ brains active too!