Christmas Break Activity Ideas!🎄

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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

    Heather

    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

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    Michelle Latham

    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 😊

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    Megan Hrovat

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

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    Katrina

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

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    Megan Hrovat

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

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    Laura held

    Movies, crafts and playing outside

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    Jennifer huizar

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

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    Brittany

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

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    Erin Wenningham

    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! :)

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    Cassidee Look

    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💕

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    Courtni

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

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    Ashley Brown

    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.

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    Crystal Adams

    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!

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    Miles Clant

    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.

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    Tasha Albaugh

    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! 🎅🏼💕

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    Jennifer cook

    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.

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    Lea

    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!

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    Lia Mendoza

    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.

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    Natalie

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

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    Jennifer Trotier

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

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    Natalie

    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.

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    Laurie Swartz

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

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    Carisa Sevrence

    Christmas cookies and gingerbread houses!

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    Ashley Robers

    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. 💜☃️🎅❄️🦌

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    Jenna

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

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    Danielle

    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. 🙂

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    Sarah Bilchak

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

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    lareen

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

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    Tressa A Coulter

    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!!

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    Laura

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

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    Erica Denega

    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.

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    Ashley Abbott

    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!

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    Hailey

    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!

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    Abby Gland

    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!

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    Paige

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

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