Thursday, 5 December 2013

Happy Kids Happy Christmas


Holidays are round the corner, so what are you going to do with the kids? Here are ten priceless ideas to keep them entertained...



1) Write a letter to Santa
Worried you've missed the post in time? Email him at www.emailsanta.com

2) Showtime
Get the kids to make simple puppets and put on a Christmas puppet show. Or think bigger and get the kids to write and act out a play. If you have a video camera they could even film themselves in their very own play, it will be brilliant fun watching it back! 

3) Baking mad
All children love to bake. Here’s a great website with loads of simple Christmas recipe ideas, as well as crafty food ideas. Just perfect for the kids to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into! www.bakingmad.com

4) Get in tune
Listen to the kids’ radio station ‘Fun Kids’, broadcasting over the holidays. It’s full of stories, music and competitions. Find it at www.funkidslive.com

5) Premiere time
Close the curtains, make some popcorn and put on the kids favourite DVD. It’ll bring a sense of excitement to watching a film and is far cheaper than the cinema.

6) Host a sleepover
This will probably mean you have a sleepless night as parents, but it is another thing to do with the kids that is bound to put a smile on their faces. It’s the stuff happy memories are made of! Why not go one step further and theme it?

7) Wrap it up!
Get the kids to make the Christmas wrapping paper. Potato printing is fun and using red and green paint will make a bold festive statement. Not to mention, give your family gifts the personal touch.

8) Music maker
Put in your earplugs and ask the children to form a band. From making up a cool name to writing lyrics and singing them, this could be very entertaining for all concerned. Just make sure you sit down and appreciate their efforts.

9) Indoor camping fun
How about making a camp indoors? No doubt about it, your lounge will be turned upside down, but as long as they know to put it all back afterwards, then why not let them play dens.

10) Colour me happy!
Kids love colouring… and eParenting is a great website that offers free printable colouring pictures, puzzles, and competitions to keep the kids quiet. www.eparenting.co.uk



24 comments:

Coombe Mill said...

10 great things, I am behind on too many of them!

Emma Oliver said...

Thanks, me also - the time will present itself in the hols, at least they break up from school earlier this year!

Karen Bell said...

Great ideas, I think we have lots of those planned too. I didn't know about the radio for kids though, thanks for sharing.
#SavouringtheSeason

Emma Oliver said...

Hi Karen, not at all, glad to have brought something new to your household that is free and fun! #savouring the season

Suzanne Whitton said...

Fab ideas and thanks for the links! I save some xmas baking for the start of the school holidays and the sleepover til after the big event!

Mummy Tries said...

Lovely post hon, and some great ideas and resources. Thanks for sharing :-)

Orli D said...

Fab ideas! I always mean to do some indoor camping with my boys and somehow it never happens... Christmas holiday is an excellent time for it!

Emma Oliver said...

Sounds like you are all organised… esp as I saw you've booked that 2014 holiday already. Wow. Good for you Mrs! x

Emma Oliver said...

Thank you. Love your blog by the way!

Emma Oliver said...

Get in the popcorn AND the wine!

Jaime Oliver said...

some super ideas here honey thanks for sharing, my fave has to be indoor camping although as long as no cooking on a campstove is required! lol

Sara Murray said...

Great ideas! Planning on doing a few of those already :) #PoCoLo

dragonsflypoppy said...

Brilliant ideas! love it! Especially the play - my son is writing a play at the moment (he's been learning script writing at school) it's about Pokemon (??!). But perhaps I can get him to write his own nativity...and little sis can be in it then. xx

Emma Oliver said...

Oh Jaime how funny… No cooking req at all gets my vote!

Emma Oliver said...

And as you are Stateside Sara… I'm hoping you will be planning to do s'mores with a few of them too!

Emma Oliver said...

Absolutely, how brill that he is doing script writing at school. I don't think we learnt that all those years ago?! Thank you for your support. x

Charly Dove said...

Some fabulous things to do there Emma, you've made me feel incredibly behind! I've not done anything yet and it's POD's birthday on Christmas Day :)

Emma Oliver said...

Charly, I've only written them down - it doesn't mean that I've done them!! Anyway - loadsa time yet!!! And happy birthday little POD. What an angel! x

Victoria Welton said...

Lots of fab ideas! We shall definitely be trying some of these out during the school holidays :) Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

Claire said...

Have to bookmark this for when we're at a loose end! Fabulous ideas! Thanks for linking up to #SavouringtheSeason

Makemeanearthmother said...

Some great ideas, thanks. Will definitely be trying to make our own wrapping paper. And checking out that radio station. Nice one! #pocolo

Emma Oliver said...

Pleasure Vicky as always xx

Emma Oliver said...

Pleasure Claire x

Emma Oliver said...

Funkids live is a great rainy day activity!