It’s that Christmassy time of year again! The Christmas songs are playing on the radio or iPod, the house is full of good smells, the lights are twinkling on the Christmas Tree. Here are 50 Christmas activities for kids:
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#1. Make pine cone decorations
Collect pine cones, dry them out and then decorate with either glue & glitter, white paint with glitter mixed in, spray paints. Here are 12 Simple Pine Cone Crafts for Kids.
#2. Make a mantelpiece Christmas Advent decoration
You will need 4 white church style candles, candle holders, then assorted holly or other greenery, ivy leaves are nice too, set up the 4 candles along the mantelpiece and wrap the greenery around the candles. Decorate with bits of tinsel or glitter to make them sparkle. Light a new candle on the 4 Sundays before Christmas.
#3. Make delicious things for Christmas presents
Here are some fun food gifts to try. Of course you’ll need to make a few batches to practice and test before you do the real ones!
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#4. Make Santa Ornaments
Perfect to dress up your Christmas tree. This cute lolly-pop stick Santa ornament is made out of only a few items (8 miniature lollypop sticks, red, while and flesh coloured paint, cardboard, and some string), but the result is absolutely amazing.
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#5. Paint a Hand-Print Snowflake
Paint 6 handprints in a circle but not overlapping. With your finger draw 3 white lines to connect the opposite prints and make a star shape.
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#6. Christmas Tree Walk
Wrap up well and go for an evening walk to look at all the neighbours’ Christmas decorations, lights and trees.
#7. Make mulled drinks
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Use paint, toilet rolls, and a few decorations to make this lovely Christmas ornament craft to give as a gift to family and friends! This is a great project for a winters’ day.
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#9. Wrap Presents
Take it in turns with each child to wrap the other child’s present (or if only 1 child get them to help wrap Nana and Grandad’s presents).
10. See the Christmas Lights
Go see the Christmas Lights in your nearby village or town or city. Or if you know of nearby householders that decorate their house and garden with fancy Christmas lights, take a drive by to “ooh and aah” at them.
Be sure to check out our Christmas Fun section for lots more festive ideas.
#11. Go Ice Skating
Head off to one of the Ice Skating venues located round the country and enjoy some ice skating. Many of them have special kiddie rinks and penguins to hold onto if your child is new to ice skating.
#12. Make a Penguin Mask
Here’s a quick and easy paper plate penguin mask craft for little kids. All you need are 2 paper plates, yellow card or paper, Glue, Scissors and Elastic!
Lots more ideas in our 25 Cute Paper Plate Crafts for Kids
#13. Sing some Christmas Carols
See how many Christmas Carols you can remember the words to and enjoy some carolling together!
#14. Watch some Christmas Movies together
Christmas time is all about snuggling up in front of a cosy fire and watching a festive movie! Here’s 39 Great Family Christmas Movies, as picked by Mykidstime parents.
#15. Bake some Christmas Cookies
#16. Watch The Snowman
Settle down in front of the laptop or iPad and watch one of the best Christmas films, the wonderful The Snowman animated film.
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#18. Make a Gingerbread House
Make an old fashioned gingerbread house.
#19. Make Homemade Bird Treats
Be kind to our feathered friends by making some homemade bird treats for them.
#20. Create a Christmas Play
Have the children put on a Christmas play or a puppet show. (Don’t forget to film it!)
#21. Visit Santa
Make a special trip to see Santa. Check out our 50 Magical Places to See Santa in Ireland this year.
#22. Buy and donate a toy
Buy and donate a toy to the SVP Appeal or to your local hospital.
Our local library always sets out their Christmas story books in the run up to Christmas, so check out your library for some seasonal stories.
#24. Make Cards and Gifts for Teachers
Here are 10 great gift suggestions for your child’s teacher, creche or scout leader.
#25. Make special cards to send to cousins
Use stamps, glitter, paints and create a special set of Christmas cards to send or give to their cousins.
#26. Make an Orange Pomander
Make an orange pomander studded with scented cloves as a special gift for Nanny or Grandma.
The kids can decorate with any pattern and they will smell so festive about the house. Perfect for getting you in the Christmas mood!
#27. Look over last year’s Christmas Cards
We always tuck in last year’s Christmas Cards into the Christmas decorations storage boxes so that when we take them out to decorate the house and tree we can have a nice time reading them over. It also helps for making this year’s card list!
#28. Write and Address the Christmas Cards
Share the workload and have an assembly line going to write and address this year’s Christmas Cards. Youngers kids could help lick stamps or tick off the list.
#29. Make a Christmas newsletter
For your friends and family abroad, why not create a short newsletter that can be printed and included in your Christmas cards to update them on your family’s news.
#30. Make reindeer dust
Mix some readybrek and glitter in a decorated envelope to help the Rudolph find your house.
#31. Make Gingerbread Men
Make your own gingerbread men and decorate them. Gingerbread men are fun to make, decorate and eat – and they make the house smell deliciously Christmassy too, so there’s no excuse not to have a go!
#32. Create a Snow Globe
Using a jam jar, glitter, some baby oil (to make the glitter fall more slowly), water and any little Christmas decoration figure e.g. a snowman. Glue figure to the inside of the lid, add glitter & baby oil and fill up to water (allow room for your figure). Screw lid on tightly and shake!
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#33. Make Christmas Present Gift Tags
Make your own Christmas Gift Tags – Cut up last year’s Christmas cards (use a craft scissors with a decorative edge if you have one), make a hole with a hole punch, and thread through some ribbon. Use them for labelling this year’s Christmas gifts.
#34. Make Reindeer Poop
Reindeer Poop makes a funny gift (good one for kids’ friends or for uncles!). Get a clean jar with a lid, fill with chocolate covered raisins/white marshmallows, decorate with stickers/ribbons etc. Stick on a label saying Reindeer/Snowman poo!
#35. Make a Dish for Christmas Dinner
They feel such a sense of achievement and part of the festivities when they serve their contirbution. e.g. Christmas Pudding, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Bread Sauce, Trifle, Soup etc…
#36. Christmas colouring
Print off some Christmas printables /colouring sheets, get out all the pens and crayons and set up a colouring station at the kitchen table. Then set up an Art Gallery once the fabulous pictures are finished to show them off to other family members.
#37. Crack Some Christmas Jokes
See who can tell the funniest Christmas Joke that gets everyone giggling or rolling about laughing. The winning joke is the one that gets the most laughs! Here are some Christmas jokes to get you started!
#38. Make a Christmas Magazine
Set up a family News Desk at the kitchen table!
- Decide on what stories are going to go in the magazine. Could be a profile of someone in the family, maybe an interview with a grandparent, will someone take photos or draw pictures. Maybe there could be a fun corner with a puzzle or a joke in it.
- Decide on what story or item will go on what page, maybe write down on a mini magazine plan on a sheet of paper.
- Gather together the materials you’ll need to make up the magazine: paper, pens, photos, any other materials to decorate the magazine.
- Have fun putting the magazine together!
#39. Follow Santa’s Progress on Christmas Eve
Check out our Santa Watch page and follow Santa as he whizzes round the globe on Christmas Eve!
#40. Try out Christmas Apps on your Smartphone or Tablet
Try out some of the free Christmas Apps available for smartphones or Tablets. Here are 5 Free Christmas Smartphone Apps reviewed by Mykidstime parents.
#41. Head to the Panto or a Christmas Concert
There is always a local panto near you to enjoy with the kids over the holidays. Get practising your Boos and “He’s Behind You”‘s!
#42. Read “The Night Before Christmas” to the kids just before bedtime
Get everyone in their PJs with some hot chocolate or warm milk and read the old classic “The Night Before Christmas”
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#43. Name your favourite recipe after a family member
Have fun naming your favourite Christmas recipes after a family member e.g. Teresa’s Terrific Trifle or Sammy’s Sage Stuffing.
#44. Have a clear-out to make room for new presents
In the run up to Christmas, it’s a great excuse to have a good clear out to make room for new presents and drop off old unwanted ones to a charity shop.
For a bit of festive fun, turn your garden shed into a Santa Grotto – your kids will love it, and you will be the talk of the neighbourhood!
#46. Get the knitting needles out
Find your knitting needles and some wool and help the kids create a scarf.
#47. Collect Holly
Take some scissors, a shopping bag and some gardening gloves, put on the warm boots & coats and head off for some holly collecting at a woods or hedgerow near you. This is such a lovely seasonal plant to show off by your Christmas candles or as a centrepiece for your Christmas table.
#48. Go Star Spotting
Bundle up warmly and head outside to see if you can spot the stars as the weather becomes colder and the skies are clearer and darkness falls earlier so you should get the ideal conditions on a clear night to see some of the constellations.
#49. Make your own mincemeat
Have a go at making your own mincemeat and mince pies!
#50. Make a Family Christmas video message
Make a special family Christmas video message to send to relatives abroad. Smilebox is also nice for making personalised photo style e-cards with music.
Have you got any other suggestions for Christmassy things to do with your child? Let us know in the comments below