Gift opening is the highlight of the Christmas Day but it takes more than this to make the holidays special and memorable. If you’re celebrating Christmas with kids, here is a great list of fun and easy activities to have at hand and use for the big day.
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6 Kids Activities for Christmas Day
Christmas mornings are my favorite. The entire family gathered around the Christmas tree to unwrap their presents. I love to see the joy on my kids’ faces and share their excitement about their new gifts. There are so many ways to keep the magic beyond this moment and the sparkle in their eyes for the entire day.
Set up the Christmas table
Are you hosting a Christmas party or celebrating with just your family? Either way kids can help setting up the table and decorating it. Here are some ideas to make the dining room look festive and fun:
- Christmas coloring tablecloth – once dinner is over you can wash and use it next year
- personalized silverware for kids – it can be personalized with your child’s favorite character, interest or face
- kids coloring placemats – eco-friendly and germ-free placemats that come in many beautiful designs
I enjoy coloring side by side my boys. I find it relaxing and a nice way to spend quality time with the kiddos. (This is one of the very few activities for which they will sit in one place for more than a minute).
You can keep it simple and use a roll of white paper or butcher paper and crayons or paint. You can also try one of these giant coloring maps:
Kids love crafting, even boys – if you manage to find the right craft to appeal to them. But let’s face it, sometimes the prep work takes longer than the craft itself. The craft kits that you can find at Oriental Trading have all the materials in one bag. All you need to do is to take them out and get ready for some crafting. Their Christmas kits are perfect for a party, big or small. (Check out their Christmas page for tons of fun crafts, games, decorations, etc).
We got a Snoopy house from Oriental Trading and I took it out for our Thanksgiving party. It was a hit. It kept the kids happy and busy.
What better time to read a Christmas book than Christmas day? My kids love to pick out books by the armful when we stop at the library. I always make sure to skim through the Christmas books to make sure that nothing would reveal Santa’s true identity. My kids are young and still believe in Santa and I want to keep it this way for as long as possible.
Here is a great list of books about Christmas around the world.
Find a game that everybody will enjoy and let the fun begin. If you or any of your guests have young kids, you may want to take a look at this list of 40 games inspired by popular movie and book characters.
Build a snowman
Building a snowman never gets old but if you want to try something new, check out these 15 snow building activities for kids that adults will also love. These 20 ice and snow activities are a lot fun, too.
Play dough snowman
If it’s too cold to get outside, kids can still build a snowman from play dough. Put together this adorable play dough snowman kit on Christmas Eve. The homemade play dough is very simple to make and you can use it several days as long as you store it in the fridge.
I received complimentary products from Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest review.