Are your kids running rampant after so many months spent indoors? Looking for ways to keep them engaged and occupied? We’ve found some great activities that incorporate lots of fun, and even some learning! Read below to find out just how easy it can be to find some fun this holiday season!
It’s likely your little one has a lot of energy to spare, and since they’re not getting the usual amount of exercise cooped up at home, this class provides the perfect outlet. For ages 3-6, children can improve their motor skills while also performing awesome superhero moves! Not only is this great for them physically, but it’s been shown that physical movement is also incredibly beneficial to their mental health as well. They can don their favorite superhero costume and take part in this live, totally interactive, online class by signing up here!
2. Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
Want to spruce up the decorations on your tree and let your little one’s imagination run wild? Try this awesome, affordable DIY activity with instructions below!
-1 ½ cups of cinnamon
-1 cup applesauce
– ¼ cup white school glue
– Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl
– Flatten the mixture with a waxed paper until it’s about ¼” in thickness
– Using cookie cutters (or another way!), cut the dough into fun shapes!
– Use a straw to make a hole at the top of the dough
– Lay the shapes on some wax paper to dry completely for about 3-5 days
– Marvel at your creation!
Looking for an activity that’s engaging and educational? Look no further! With this live, virtual, Mushy Math class, children ages 3-6 will utilize play-doh to learn about various math concepts (grouping, sorting, and recognizing different patterns). Although math can sometimes be a daunting subject, this is a perfect introduction to the world of numbers. The STEM concepts taught in this class, as well as the critical thinking that it inspires, are incredibly valuable skills that can be applied in and out of the classroom.
4. Shivery Snow Paint
Is your child a budding artist? Making this shivery snow paint is a great way to incorporate some holiday magic into the artistic process! We’ve listed the instructions below!
– Shaving Cream
– White school glue
– Peppermint Extract
– Glitter (White or Silver)
– Place the glue in your fridge the night before, and then remove it about 10 mins. before you’re ready to begin!
– Next, mix equal parts glue and shaving cream together in a bowl
– Once it’s completely mixed, add in a few drops of peppermint extract for a yummy smell!
– Sprinkle in a little (or lot) of glitter!
– After everything has been mixed, you’re ready to create whatever wintry painting your heart desires!
Groove to some music while learning the ABC’s with this awesome virtual class! Best for children aged 1-3, they can dance to various songs while improving their letter and number recognition skills. By exposing littles one to music at an early age, it helps boost their confidence and self-esteem, while also increasing motor skills and creativity. Try it now to see them thrive both physically and mentally!
6. Grow the Grinch’s heart and learn STEM skills
If your little one loves science experiments and wants to help the Grinch love Christmas again, try this DIY!
– Green Balloon
– Red Sharpie
– Empty Water Bottle
– White Vinegar
– Baking Soda
– First, draw a red heart on the green balloon
– Next, pour a small amount of white vinegar into the empty water bottle (the exact amount doesn’t really matter)
– Attach your balloon over the funnel bottom
– Using 2-3 spoonfuls of baking soda, pour them into the balloon
– Take your balloon off of the funnel and stretch it over the mouth of the water bottle
– Hold the balloon up and begin to shake the baking soda down into the bottle
– Watch as your balloon begins to inflate!
– Ask your little one how they think this happened and remind them that they helped grow the Grinch’s heart!
Not only is having some festive fun a great way to keep your child active, but there are also countless other ways they can benefit from hands-on engagement. Although it may be surprising, one of the best ways that children can improve their focus and ability to concentrate is through creativity and play!
Read more about the beneficial aspects of playing on your child’s development, here. By engaging with stimulating and sensory activities, they’ll become more engrossed in the task at hand (and have lots of fun while doing it!).