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Activities to Enjoy with Your Family during the Winter Break

Updated on October 13, 2012

© by Jennifer McLeod writing as jenjen0703, all rights reserved.


Christmas Season is almost here!

The Christmas season is almost here! The stores are filled with last minute shoppers trying to find that perfect gift. Beautiful lights and decorations brighten up homes and businesses. Christmas trees stand tall and proud with presents wrapped underneath, waiting to be opened by eager children. School is closed for two weeks, and kids enjoy the time to sleep in.

Keeping kids busy during the winter break can be a challenge, especially for those who live in cold, snowy states. Bad weather conditions can cause children to be cooped up in the house and become restless. If you are a stay-at-home parent, you could end up with extra children camping out at your house over the winter break.

Consider starting new Christmas traditions with your family with the following various activities. These activities will help your children stay busy during their winter break and minimize the "sibling rivalry" that takes place between most kids.


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Fun activities to occupy children during winter break

Are you looking for ways to keep you and your children busy during the Christmas season and winter break? Consider these fun, child-friendly activities to keep your kids busy and to help pass the time:

  • Make paper snowflakes. Paper snowflakes are easy to make and are a fun activity for children to share in. Decorate your home with these beautiful creations.
  • Build a gingerbread house. Making gingerbread houses is fun and a wonderful addition to your Christmas decor. Or, make the gingerbread house for your family's Christmas party, and let the kids tear it apart and eat it.
  • Make construction paper chains.A small strip of construction paper is formed into a circle and glued together with Elmer's glue. Take another small strip of construction paper, loop it through the previous one and glue the ends together to form a chain. Your children might enjoy a competition to see who can make the longest construction paper chain in a certain amount of time.
  • Have a snowman building contest. Round up the kids in teams of at least three people (I suggest three because there is a difference in how kids interact when there are only two kids versus three). Have each team build a snowman. See who comes up with the most creative invention.
  • Make Christmas ornaments. There are many different ways to make ornaments, but one of my favorites is the Aromatic Christmas Ornament because of the long lasting fragrance.
  • Go Christmas caroling. This activity is fun for people of all ages. Gather up your family and friends, and visit local nursing homes or hospitals. (Be sure to obtain prior approval from management before beginning this adventure to ensure their company policy will allows this.) Most nursing homes are glad to accept visitors of this nature. Wander slowly down the hallways and sing Christmas carols. Take a moment to pause at each patient's room so they have time to enjoy the music.
  • Help others in need. The spirit of Christmas is in the giving, so teach your children valuable lessons about selflessness. Visit the homes of your elderly and disabled neighbors. Offer to shovel their sidewalks for them. Suggest your children be willing to donate one toy to a needy child. Donate food to a food pantry. There are many charitable activities to be involved in.
  • Build snow forts. The best snow forts are built into a large snow pile, like where a snow plow pushes extra snow. You can dig tunnels and rooms through them.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I love the idea of the gingerbread house! that would take us ages but what a result! anything that helps keep the kids happy and occupied is great, cheers nell

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      Jennifer McLeod 6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      You're welcome Gypsy Rose Lee. Happy Holidays!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for this informative hub. I used to make snowflakes when I was 12. I like the idea about homemade ornaments.

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      Jennifer McLeod 6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      That's a great idea cherylone. These activities should occupy the kids for a couple hours, at least.

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      Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

      I loved the video and the helpful suggestions. I think I might try some of them to keep my grandkids busy while I cook christmas dinner LOL :)

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      Jennifer McLeod 6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      I have yet to make a gingerbread house (probably because I do not like the taste of gingerbread). But I always loved how they looked. Food is not my greatest strength, unless I am eating it.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Good ideas. Our big tradition is to build the gingerbread house and make gingerbread men!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a great hub. I think we used to do most everything you mentioned. What a fun time. Giving is so important with so many suffering in this bad economy..Thank you for sharing..

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      Laura Brown 6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Lovely hub. We did all of those things with my Mom when we were kids. :)

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      These are great traditions that don't require much money. Great ideas and the video was cool. Thanks voted Up!!

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Great suggestions for Christmas activities that are fun for the whole family! Keep up the great work. Voted up, useful, etc.

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      girltalksshop 6 years ago

      I loved the helpful video and your ideas! : ) Wow! Thanks for sharing. Our tradition in our family use to be the whole family gathering around the tree to decorate it, after my father put it in its stand and placed it lights around it.