Christmas is right around the corner and there is lots of excitement in the air! The kids are out of school for two weeks and are probably already complaining of being bored. Here are a few things we have tried around our house to spark creativity while keeping kids occupied.
- Stained-Glass Art: First, pick up an inexpensive 8x10 frame. Then, let your kids print our their favorite coloring sheet. Place the coloring sheet under the glass and tape to secure. (Hint: I use blue painter's tape.) Outline the image with a black Sharpie. To create the stained-glass effect, fill in the image using various colored Sharpies. Finally, cover the frame backing with aluminum foil and reassemble the frame. Voila! The kids will be impressed with their beautiful piece of art. (P.S. Don't worry if you mess up. You can easily correct any mistakes with a q-tip and glass cleaner!)
- Christmas Ornaments: Better Homes & Gardens has a great article filled with creative and unique ornaments children can make themselves. From quilling to clothes-pins, there are enough ideas here to keep them busy for a while. Not to mention, your tree will sparkle with memories!
- Miniature Gingerbread House: This is a fun, but edible activity. Kids will enjoy making these tasty confections out of graham crackers.
- Crazy for Cookies: From snowballs to stained glass windows, there are enough cookie recipes here to satisfy any picky eater.
- Online Games: There are many sites hosting online holiday games. Here are a few faves:
- Email Santa: Email Santa and NorthPole.com are two great sites that allow kids to send an email to the North Pole as well as play games.
- Creative Writing: Okay, I admit I am trying to sneak in something educational. This is actually fun, though! Our kids really enjoy writing their own stories at Storybird. Why not create one with a winter theme or in holiday style?
- Online Stories: Listen to Lou Diamond Phillips read the Polar Express at Storyline Online.
- Digital Art: Our oldest daughter loves creating digital art using Gimp. Richard Byrne highlights five other online drawing tools at his blog Free Technology for Teachers.
This list could go on and on and on! There are so many activities from which to choose that you are only limited by your imagination! Please share some of your faves. I would love to hear from you!