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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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  • Jessie Cozzens

    Patty

    My babies LOVE to make Christmas tree ornaments!! We always buy them a small tree for themselves and let them decorate it and out their own ornaments on it!! They also love doing family forts to watch old Christmas movies! 💞

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    Ruby Mathias

    Our family love to make Christmas sugar cookies and decorate them and give them out at our nursing home.

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    Amanda

    We love building gingerbread houses! Also baking and decorating cookies together or other holiday goodies we can gift.

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    Shatavious Owens

    I look forward to making hand printed ornaments with my daughter this year!

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    Judy

    Love making crafts with my granddaughter!

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    Nadia

    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!

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    Nadia

    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!

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    Ashlee

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

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    Ashlee

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

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    Natalie

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

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    Lorrie

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

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    Dierdre Deubner

    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!

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    Kassandra kupfner

    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! 🎄🍭🎄

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    sarah

    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!

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    Lianne

    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!

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    Brittney

    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.

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    Natalie

    Caroling and visiting the local assisted living facility!!

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    Kerry

    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! ✨🎄🌟

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    Heather Huds

    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!!

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    Courtney

    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.

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    Mandy Moots

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

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    Ashley DePriest

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

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    Kim porter

    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 !!

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    Stacy Ritchie

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

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    Wendy

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

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    Kathleen Speciale

    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 ☺

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    Deena Hillis

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

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    Britney

    Love to bake and play outside with my girls!

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    Pamela

    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!

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    Justin F.

    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.

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    Katy

    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 🤗

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    Anna

    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.

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    Bobbie Closner

    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.

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    Tabitha

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

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    Heather Ekstrum

    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.

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    Kimberlee Heinze

    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!

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    Shayla Tu’akoi

    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.

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    Julie I

    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!

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    Amanda Brown

    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.

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    Jocelyn spencer

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

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    Jessica Ward

    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.

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    Tiffany orr

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

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    Erin Noble

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

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    Janete

    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.

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    Kandace Walker

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

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    Sarah

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

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    Alysse Wheeler

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

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    Cassady

    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!!!!)

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    Brandy Tucker

    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!

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    Marie Keny

    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.

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  • Marie Keny:

    My babies LOVE to make Christmas tree ornaments!! We always buy them a small tree for themselves and let them decorate it and out their own ornaments on it!! They also love doing family forts to watch old Christmas movies! 💞

  • Marie Keny:

    Our family love to make Christmas sugar cookies and decorate them and give them out at our nursing home.

  • Marie Keny:

    We love building gingerbread houses! Also baking and decorating cookies together or other holiday goodies we can gift.