Christmas might still be a couple of months away, but it will be here before you know it. If you have kids, they will be on a break from school during the holidays and will need to be entertained. However, it can be difficult to entertain your kids when you are juggling everything — household duties, relatives and meals. Here are a few ways to keep the kiddies entertained during Christmas without losing your sanity.
Set Up a Play Room
When your children’s friends are visiting during the holidays, try to set up a playroom for them so that they can play games, colour and interact without disturbing the adults. You can use the guest room, part of the lounge room, or the outdoor covered area. Give the children board games, colouring books, crayons and even kids’ movies to watch in there. If you need to get more toys, those from Australia and NZ can check out Only Online for great deals on kids toys for Christmas.
Have Family Game Time
Set up a family game time in your living room. All of the family members can get together and play a few games with one another. Examples of great games to play with the family include Monopoly, Life and Charades.
Allow Your Children to Help You
Although you might think that your children just want to sit around and watch television all day, they probably want to help you with chores during the holidays. Helping you with things around the house will make them feel needed. For example, you could give one of your children the job of picking up plates after people get done eating Christmas dinner. Another could help prettify and set up the dinner table before guests arrive. You could also have your children help you prepare the meals and desserts before people come over. You can even help them to decorate the Christmas tree with their favourite decorations. For those from Australia or New Zealand, you can get a great deal on Christmas lights online.
Encourage Them to Volunteer
Encourage the kids to volunteer at soup kitchens or homeless shelters. Explain to them that there are people in the world who are less fortunate and deserve a helping hand sometimes. Ask your children to donate some of their toys to the less fortunate children at a homeless shelter. Encouraging your children to volunteer will not just keep them busy; it will also teach them to appreciate what they have and be giving to those who don’t have much.
Go Carolling With Your Kids
Nothing says Christmas like going out and carolling on the streets. Your children will enjoy singing their favourite Christmas carols as they walk through the neighbourhood. Encourage them to invite a few of their friends to come along.