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Christmas Break Activity Ideas!🎄

December 18, 2018 80 Comments

Oh, holiday breaks... I love you, but at the same time, you stress me out! 😩 I never thought I'd be the mom that gets a little antsy for school to be back in session, but here I am, already knowing that I need to plan some ideas to keep my girls from fighting and crying during the break. Haha. I know I'm not the only one, and to those of you that don't feel this way, slow clap to you, because you have the patience of a saint. 🙌

With the feedback from our previous blog posts, I have noticed that a lot of you appreciate craft ideas. My girls would do crafts all day long if I let them. It's great and I love seeing their cute little imaginations work. So for this blog I wanted to share a few ideas that we have done and some that we are going to be trying this year during the break and hopefully they can be helpful for your family as well.

 

I figured I could make it Christmas focused even though the break goes through the New Year. Christmas stuff is everywhere and a lot on sale right now. I was drawn to the idea of 12 Days of Christmas. Have 12 wrapped presents, with that day's craft or activity inside. I decided to use a fun wrapping paper just for this, then everyday when you're at your wits end and losing it, tell them they get to open one of the activity presents. 

Most of the crafts I got were just at my local craft store, Hobby Lobby, but there are a ton of options that I've seen at Target, Walmart, the dollar store, etc. so just grab some that you think your kids would enjoy; little kits to make penguins, reindeer, snowmen, etc. and these include all the pieces to make it which is helpful! Then I just grabbed some pipe cleaners, buttons, paints, coloring things. Just cheap things that I thought we could use for any of these crafts.

I bought some things to make their own ornaments, which was perfect because that is a gift we are actually giving to their grandparents for Christmas so it's a two-for-one! Yay! Then I just got some inexpensive things to put inside of them, fake snow, gems, pom poms and they wrote their names and the year and their grandparents can hang on to them for years to come!

 

The best part of these ideas are that you can find things for them that can double as your Christmas decor! (See? The two-for-one ideas saving the day!) They had these adorable wooden trees at Hobby Lobby, so I got some paint and other cute things they could use to decorate their tree, and now they're sitting on on my shelf and look so cute! It kept them occupied for almost two hours, and I didn't have to spend added money on decor to make my house festive. Score!

 

We have made these giant snowflakes before and I absolutely LOVED them! They look so cute and are the cheapest things ever! All you need are Popsicle sticks, glue, and paint if you want them colored. So simple! I kept mine plain because I liked the look but these are SO cute painted and I know my girls would love to paint them so maybe I will let them for another day when they need something to do!

Lastly, I made sure to label this gift so I knew to have this be the activity for Christmas Eve. I wrapped frosting and sprinkles and we made cookies for Santa! My kids love to help me in the kitchen, and of course you have to leave Santa a treat so this is a great activity idea!

There ya go, some super cute crafts and activities, whether you do them for 12 days straight or just have some handy for any day you're home and needing some ideas to occupy time. I hope they can help you! And hey, you can even have these be a gift for someone you care about! 

All of our SIP team want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. This is the time of year that there is so much goodness to witness and opportunities to serve others. We hope you enjoy every minute with family and friends this holiday season! 🎄

With love, 

Jessie, blogger for SIP

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80 Responses

Nadia
Nadia

December 31, 2018

My daughter also loves gymnastics. She has been bouncing off couches and beds since she could walk. I like for her to achieve new skills and make up routines!

Nadia
Nadia

December 31, 2018

I love Sparkle in Pink clothing💕. The outfits and accessories are super cute and I would like to build a bigger wardrobe for my daughter. My daughter loves dramatic play, so we love to dress up and make short videos. I love this because it keeps everyone entertained!

Ashlee
Ashlee

December 23, 2018

We love watching christmas movies with hot chocolate and going to look at Christmas lights!!

Ashlee
Ashlee

December 23, 2018

We love doing gingerbread houses every year! (Even though it can be a mess) also love baking and decorating cookies! :)

Natalie
Natalie

December 21, 2018

I love themed nights…..like making green cookies & watching the Grinch! Or PJs, hot chocolate & watching Polar Express!

Lorrie
Lorrie

December 20, 2018

Love the blog and the ideas are so creative but more than that I love the clothes for my grandkids

Dierdre Deubner
Dierdre Deubner

December 20, 2018

Thanks, those were ALL great ideas! We went to the dollar tree and let the kids pick out 5 girl and 5 boy gifts to donate. Give them tissue paper and bags and let them make gifts for kids that aren’t as fortunate. We also love to drive around and look at lights!

Kassandra kupfner
Kassandra kupfner

December 20, 2018

My 5yr old daughter and I made homemade cinnamon ornaments and cookie platters for her classmates, teachers, and an elderly lady at a nursing home! We also love putting the tree up together as a family! 🎄🍭🎄

sarah
sarah

December 19, 2018

I love love love the popsicle stick- snowflake idea!! I will be trying that one out. The kids and I love crafts!!! This year we did felt snowflakes qith pom poms and jewels, and we hung them on the ceiling! Ofcourse we are always exploring new ornament ideas!

Lianne
Lianne

December 19, 2018

We make pomander balls with oranges and cloves to make the house smell good! Pro tip: visit your loval indian grocery store to find a great deal on cloves! Way better price and quantity than grocery stores and you support a small business!

Brittney
Brittney

December 19, 2018

We love to drive around in the neighborhoods looking at all the lights. Enjoying some baking in the kitchen, along with hot chocolate and watching all the wonderful Christmas movies.

Natalie
Natalie

December 19, 2018

Caroling and visiting the local assisted living facility!!

Kerry
Kerry

December 19, 2018

Our kids favorite Christmas tradition is driving around looking at the all the houses Christmas lights and the city park which has a huge display every year! ✨🎄🌟

Heather Hudson
Heather Hudson

December 19, 2018

We love to bake Christmas goodies with the family every year! Granny says it’s the 1 day of the year the kids rule and can do whatever they like!! Needless to say there’s lots of sugar rushes and cleaning after it’s done lol!!
It’s always a great time!!

Courtney
Courtney

December 19, 2018

Our local library has once a week holiday story time and my kids love it. We love the Christmas movies, winter themed books. Once the snow flies we go sledding and drink hot chocolate.

Mandy Moots
Mandy Moots

December 19, 2018

We love the sweets at Christmas. Sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, candies, all for teachers and neighbors and some for ourselves! We love giving.

Ashley DePriest
Ashley DePriest

December 18, 2018

My daughters favorite activity is probably the cookie decorating, but I love making ornaments with them.

Kim porter
Kim porter

December 18, 2018

My girls and I always have tea parties!! They love dressing up, making the cookies, helping make the sweet tea, and making homemade decorations !! Merry Christmas Everyone !!

Stacy Ritchie
Stacy Ritchie

December 18, 2018

My family loves Christmas time!!We love to build gingerbread houses,make ornaments,make Christmas candy and drive around looking at lights!!!

Wendy
Wendy

December 18, 2018

decorating ginger bread houses while watching Christmas movies in our onesies is definitely a favorite holiday tradition.

Kathleen Speciale
Kathleen Speciale

December 18, 2018

My 2 year old daughter LOVES to draw and do crafts, I’m constantly looking up new ideas. Also with the holidays we have loved baking alot ☺

Deena Hillis
Deena Hillis

December 18, 2018

I love to make sweet treats with my kids. And my very favorite is the Christmas Eve service at church.

Britney
Britney

December 18, 2018

Love to bake and play outside with my girls!

Pamela
Pamela

December 18, 2018

My children and I love to bake together. My boys love to watch the mixer twirl around and my girls love to crack the eggs!

Justin F.
Justin F.

December 18, 2018

The kids and I have love Christmas and so it’s been a 7 year tradition to get real trees because we love the smell. They decorate after I put on the lights. Then we decorate the stockings and then they help me wrap the presents. On christmas morning our relatives all wear pajamas and we go to the movies to watch the newest family movie this year it is Wreck it Ralph Breaks the Internet. That is all, simple but it makes them happy.

Katy
Katy

December 18, 2018

Every year during their 1st day of Christmas break, we make “RACK” candy cane cards” taping candy canes and leaving nice notes and then we go around town leaving the candy canes on random cars for people to come out of work or shopping and see a nice surprise. The kids look forward to it every year 🤗

Anna
Anna

December 18, 2018

We love crafts at our house. Usually during break we do homemade ornaments. Either to give away or put on our tree. This year they decided on the cinnamon and apple sauce ones and wanted to use them as gift tags.

Bobbie Closner
Bobbie Closner

December 18, 2018

We love making our own ornaments with family photos and giving them to friends. Luckily the kids are so cute so people enjoy receiving them ;) We also love baking an assortment of cookies and giving out to friends and neighbors.

Tabitha
Tabitha

December 18, 2018

I love to bake with my littles around the holidays. Will be doing this over the weekend!

Heather Ekstrum
Heather Ekstrum

December 18, 2018

My daughter’s happy place ia art. So we do crafts, coloring. She recently received a gift of “fancy” scissors(they cut in squiggles) and was soooo impressed.

Kimberlee Heinze
Kimberlee Heinze

December 18, 2018

We love doing crafts, whether it’s free events around town, or ones we make up! We recently donated canned goods and had breakfast with Santa, which included a scavenger hunt for Santa’s 9 reindeer around town!

Shayla Tu’akoi
Shayla Tu’akoi

December 18, 2018

We love dance parties. Just spontaneous, turn the music up, and dance our silliest. It helps lighten the mood around the house and it is great bonding time. We all love it from my 16 year old all the way down to my 1 year old.

Julie I
Julie I

December 18, 2018

We love to make sugar cookies! My girls love to make the different shaped and decorate them!! We also love playing in the snow! Hopefully we will get some while they are on break!

Amanda Brown
Amanda Brown

December 18, 2018

I don’t get to be home with my kids during Christmas break. Just started a new job and no PTO. Luckily my oldest is old enough to watch them. I’m going to hope they don’t kill each other or blow the house up lol! They have electronics and movies to keep them occupied and I plan to pick up some simple not messy crafts and snacks this weekend.

Jocelyn spencer
Jocelyn spencer

December 18, 2018

We love to go sled riding. It helps with the cabin fever!

Jessica Ward
Jessica Ward

December 18, 2018

My ours and I do learning when they need some activity time. They are only 2 & 4. There learning the alphabet and numbers. We also do crafts when we aren’t learning.

Tiffany orr
Tiffany orr

December 18, 2018

We love to bake together. Love watching my girls help out. And any crafts they want to do

Erin Noble
Erin Noble

December 18, 2018

My kiddos love to be outside. Plus they love when they can pick out pictures for me to print off so they can color!

Janete
Janete

December 18, 2018

We haven’t come up with a family activity for the holidays. We pop popcorn and watch Christmas movies like Elf, A Nightmare Before Christmas, etc.

Kandace Walker
Kandace Walker

December 18, 2018

We like to bake cookies and play games. They LOVE operation! ❤

Sarah
Sarah

December 18, 2018

My daughter gets to help me set up and decorate the Christmas tree! She also makes cookies for Santa, and decorates her own ornaments!

Alysse Wheeler
Alysse Wheeler

December 18, 2018

Me the kids like to make salt dough ornaments for christmas and definitely this break going to be baking and making cookies for santa

Cassady
Cassady

December 18, 2018

Neighborhood scavenger hunts and “table cloth” painting are super fun for us!!!! We get a roll of white paper and roll it out on the kitchen table and then draw, put stickers on and glue decorations onto it, to make a table cloth for the holiday meals (one of my favorite ways to keep baby Irish twins and a first grader entertained!!!!)

Brandy Tucker
Brandy Tucker

December 18, 2018

We will be making gingerbread houses with my sister and her children the day after Christmas, we decided not to exchange gifts this year and do something fun and memorable instead! The gift of a great memory!

Marie Kenyon
Marie Kenyon

December 18, 2018

I watch my grandkids while mommy and daddy work. The 3 1/2 year old loves doing crafts. We end up making cards and gifts for everyone we can think of, just so we can keep playing with glitter, glue, paint, pom-poms, and anything else I find. He enjoyed seeing the crafts he made last Christmas displayed in my house and his house this year. The little one is only 9 months old, so she can’t craft, but I did put her handprint to use.

Heather
Heather

December 18, 2018

we use old round butter lids and make suncatchers. You put enough elmer’s glue to fill the botton put a couple drops of food coloring and let them swril it arpud and make a pretty design than let it dry. Pop it out and hang it up. My kids love it and as a daycare worker the kids in my class love to make them too. They are soo easy

Michelle Latham
Michelle Latham

December 18, 2018

Baking, watch Christmas movies, read Christmas books we already made Christmas ornaments. Play board games like jenga just all kinds of fun go look at Christmas lights in our town feed the geese and ducks in our park 😊

Megan Hrovat
Megan Hrovat

December 18, 2018

I started reading holiday books and then have a craft that represents that book! Love to see how my daughter interprets the book!

Katrina
Katrina

December 18, 2018

We love to do crafts, visit family and watch movies on winter break :)

Megan Hrovat
Megan Hrovat

December 18, 2018

I started reading holiday books and then have a craft that represents that book! Love to see how my daughter interprets the book!

Laura held
Laura held

December 18, 2018

Movies, crafts and playing outside

Jennifer huizar
Jennifer huizar

December 18, 2018

We love to go the library and read but we also love to watch movies together.

Brittany
Brittany

December 18, 2018

Making ornaments and cookies are a big thing in our household. The kids love it.

Erin Wenningham
Erin Wenningham

December 18, 2018

I am also one of those parents that can’t wait for school to be back in session! But I love to do holiday crafts and bake for my kids. My 10 year old son and I love to bake holiday cookies and cupcakes. Decorating them is always the best part, next to eat them! Yum! This year I also sewed our family of four custom stockings! After I finished, I couldn’t stop! I ended up sewing me and some family memebers of mine custom Christmas tree skirts.
Your crafts are so adorable and I love your website! Happy holidays! :)

Cassidee Look
Cassidee Look

December 18, 2018

Over Christmas break I get to be off work too since I am a teacher and my daughter and I love doing crafts, baking, watching movies, and riding our bikes to the park! We definitely enjoy our mommy and me time💕

Courtni
Courtni

December 18, 2018

We love to do small crafts that have to do with the symbols of Christ and talk about the symbolism behind each of them.

Ashley Brown
Ashley Brown

December 18, 2018

We love to go to Disney before Christmas.. it’s so beautiful all the lights. We also like to make crafts and bake cookies for Santa.

Crystal Adams
Crystal Adams

December 18, 2018

Both of my girls, ages 4 and 1, love being outside. So we bundle up and go take walks, bring our dog out to play, and “help” daddy work outside! When we are inside, we like to paint or play! Both girls are very active, especially my 4 year old, so I have to find many different ways to keep them entertained! We love SIP!

Miles Clanton
Miles Clanton

December 18, 2018

Our 2 girls(3 years,and 11 months) love to ride/walk around looking at Christmas lights. We also love to watch Christmas movies cuddled up on the couch with popcorn and sweets in our Christmas pajamas.

Tasha Albaugh
Tasha Albaugh

December 18, 2018

Christmas activities are our favorites! Having two girlies, ages 5 and 2 they are always up to trying something new! Whether it’s baking in our home, decorating gingerbread houses, making hand made ornaments (mamas personal favorite!) or taking a ride to the zoo for the annual zoo lights, visiting the Christmas story house and even staying in, snuggling up together, watching a good Christmas movie eating our homemade goodies! We love Christmas and love our SIP! 🎅🏼💕

Jennifer cook
Jennifer cook

December 18, 2018

We love to find free events around the area. Last week we went to bass pro shop for their Christmas event. We also love driving around and looking at people Christmas lights.

Lea
Lea

December 18, 2018

My family loves to make sugar cookies and decorate them! The week before Christmas, we focus on spending time with each other, so we choose a board game to play after supper!

Lia Mendoza
Lia Mendoza

December 18, 2018

I have 2 kids with quite a huge age gap one being 15 and the other being 4. The kids and I like baking cookies for the postal workers at our base and we like to craft like making shirts and just generally relaxing from the regualar hustle and bustle of the normal school year.

Natalie
Natalie

December 18, 2018

We bake and decorate a birthday cake on Christmas Eve….on Christmas Morning we have a birthday party for Jesus!!

Jennifer Trotier
Jennifer Trotier

December 18, 2018

For the long breaks we play outside a lot. If it’s a yucky day we are inside doing board games and Christmas movies.

Natalie
Natalie

December 18, 2018

With 5 kids, keeping busy is a challenge. We bake & do tons of crafts. Lots of family games and movie nights. We will get out to go to local childrens science museum, browse thrift stores or get a snack.

Laurie Swartz
Laurie Swartz

December 18, 2018

My 2 granddaughters love their clothes we buy them all the time. They also love doing crafts in the basement in Grammie craft room

Carisa Sevrence
Carisa Sevrence

December 18, 2018

Christmas cookies and gingerbread houses!

Ashley Roberson
Ashley Roberson

December 18, 2018

We love keeping busy with making holiday goodies, but when we need a distraction I admit her learning ntablet is a saving grace when I need to finish wrap presents. Even that doesn’t last.long though so thank God for awesome grandparents that help distract my girl. 💜☃️🎅❄️🦌

Jenna
Jenna

December 18, 2018

We bake goodies for our neighbors. We also do little christmas crafts for their grandparents.

Danielle
Danielle

December 18, 2018

Make Christmas ornaments for the christmas tree with my nieces. I have a one year old daughter. Once she gets older we will make Christmas Cookies together that my mom and I always used to make. 🙂

Sarah Bilchak
Sarah Bilchak

December 18, 2018

I have two toddlers. They love doing things like stickers, painting, and sink activities like giving their animal toys a bath. : )

lareen
lareen

December 18, 2018

One activity i like to do with my daughters is color or paint and also dance , my 4 years old loves to dance

Tressa A Coulter
Tressa A Coulter

December 18, 2018

I’ve done many of these… ones on my list this year are: Oreo ornament cookies, Christmas light suncatchers and paper plate snow globe crafts!!

Laura
Laura

December 18, 2018

My kids absolutely love making homemade sugar cookies and then having a “Nailed It” style cookie decorating contest.

Erica Denega
Erica Denega

December 18, 2018

We like to make handprint ornaments every year. We paint the kids hand white and they pick a Christmas ball ornament. Then they set the ball in their painted hand. The kids then paint the fingers of the hand print into snowmen. Then we wrap them and give them to all the grandparents/relatives.

Ashley Abbott
Ashley Abbott

December 18, 2018

We do a LOT of baking! My 5 year old daughter loves to help cook and bake, and of course, it’s also a good learning opportunity for her!

Hailey
Hailey

December 18, 2018

I keep a stash of “special activites” that I pull out when they’re bored with their usual toys. This includes rice with digging tools, water beads, kinetic sand, and board games!

Abby Glandon
Abby Glandon

December 18, 2018

My kids LOVE to play outside. So we go to parks, walks, and play in the backyard. On cold days we keep entertained with games, crafts and gymnastics!

Paige
Paige

December 18, 2018

Painting with ice cubes is a huge favorite in our household! Just mix water and food coloring in an ice cube tray, pop a popsicle stick in and let it freeze! Once they’re frozen your little can hold the popsicle stick and paint away! My 3 year old LOVES doing this!

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