The holiday season is in full swing and the kids will be off from school soon! Do you have any family-friendly activities planned or are you in need of some fun things to do with your family during the holiday season? We’ve come up with the ultimate list of ideas to create the perfect family fun day everyone will surely enjoy.
Make A Gingerbread House
Whether your children beg you year after year to make a gingerbread house or it’s on your family’s bucket list to build one this year, building a gingerbread house is a fun activity your kids will enjoy. These edible houses are not difficult to make. In fact, they are fairly easy to make, with the right tools and supplies. Not to mention, they are adorable and seamlessly compliment any holiday decor.
First things first, you will need to pick a design. Knowing the type of house you want to build will allow everything else to fall right into place. The ideas are endless! Whether you have your heart set on building the ultimate gingerbread winter village or a cute mini cottage, knowing your design will allow you to estimate the number of supplies you will need to buy. Check out 32+ of the Best Gingerbread House Ideas for some inspiration.
Make A Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Do you enjoy nature and want to invite wildlife into your backyard this winter? We have the perfect craft for you. A pine cone bird feeder is a simple DIY craft that you can work on with your kids or take on as a solo project. Once you hang the finished product, you’ll wake up to happy birds chirping and singing outside your window.
What You’ll need:
- Several large pinecones (You can go on a nature walk to collect these)
- Peanut Butter (Vegetable Shortening can be used as a substitute if you have a nut allergy)
- Bird Seed
- Wire, String, or Pipe Cleaners
- A butter knife
- Two or more plates
- A place to hang your pine cone bird feeder
Building your pine cone bird feeder is simple. Check out the details here.
Host A Holiday Movie Night
Are you looking for a night in from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Why not cozy up with your favorite blanket next to the fire for a holiday movie night. We’re sure you’ll earn your spot on Santa’s Nice List watching these holiday classics.
Here are our top picks that the whole family will enjoy:
- A Christmas Story
- Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, and Home Alone 3 (why not binge watch all three, you have all night!)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- It’s A Wonderful Life
- Jingle All the Way
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Polar Express
- The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, and The Santa Clause 3 – The Escape Clause (another classic that’s best when you watch all three)
Paint In the Snow
Do your kids or youngest family members love to get messy?! Allow them to let loose with this fun outdoor activity that will leave you with little to no cleanup. Plus, their creations will be a great addition to your outdoor holiday decor. Not to mention, your kids will get that much-needed outdoor playtime. You may be wondering how to make a snow painting masterpiece especially since there isn’t a “snow paintbrush.” Snow Painting Fun For Kids lays out the tricks to creating the ultimate snow masterpiece. So tell the kids to put away their tablets and video game systems, we’re going outside to get crafty!
Host A Game Night
Do you want to ditch technology and have quality family time spent together that’s fun and enjoyable for the whole family? Why not host a good old-fashioned family game night! You could turn your game night into a tournament if your family is very competitive or keep it low key and play games while snacking on your family’s favorite munchy meals. Need some ideas? Check out this article that lists 15 Fun & Cheap Family Game Night Ideas & Board Games.
We hope you enjoyed reading through our top festive activities for the month of December. Whether you decide to get out and enjoy the cold weather or stay inside and sit by a toasty fire, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday!
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