The Christmas period presents all kinds of magical moments, from cosying up with a mug of hot chocolate, to watching your favourite festive flick and writing a letter to Santa Claus; but as we embrace the most wonderful time of the year, it’s important to stay as active as possible – whether it’s with an engaging board game, a snowy stroll or a crafts session.
Here are four ways to keep little ones entertained at home and in the garden over the festive season…
EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS >>
Layer up your chunky knitwear, pop on your wellies and brave the cold. Getting outdoors, come rain or shine, is super important – not only for your child’s physical wellbeing, but for their mental wellbeing too.
We’ve spent a lot of time indoors this year, so now’s the perfect time to take advantage of some quality time in nature. Head out on a woodland walk, play games in the garden, or go on a family bike ride; there’s tons to explore on our doorsteps – even in the winter.
There’s something quite therapeutic about wrapping up warm and feeling the ice-cold wind against your rosy-red cheeks.
GET CRAFTY IN THE KITCHEN >>
Mixing bowls at the ready. It’s time to roll up your sleeves, break out the recipe books and put your baking skills to the test.
Whether it’s building a gingerbread house, baking Santa’s cookies or trying out some new festive recipes, cooking or baking is a great way to get the kids up and active.
Many skills are being put to the test while getting crafty in the kitchen; from timekeeping and cleaning, to mathematics and creative ideas – with plenty of fun thrown in.
Nothing says Christmas like the smell of gingerbread and sweet mince pies baking in the oven.
UNLEASH YOUR COMPETITIVE SIDE >>
Prepare the snacks and gather your gang, a family games night is on the agenda this winter.
We can all be guilty of spending too much time in front of the TV, scrolling endlessly through social media and playing video games for hours on end. So, why not try breaking out of your usual routine?
Get money-wise with a classic game of Monopoly, put your skills to the test in a battle of Charades or work together on a good-old jigsaw puzzle.
GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING >>
It’s time to channel your inner artist. Arts and crafts play a vital role in a child’s development.
Messy hands, different textures and creative ideas help, not only to stimulate the brain, but allow little ones to develop their motor skills, discover their artistic side and become comfortable with new surroundings.
The festive season provides ample opportunity to get creative; from wreath making to bauble painting and card crafting, there’s plenty to keep your bundle of joy busy, whether it be at a Christmas workshop or from the comfort of your own home.
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