Ah, Christmas! It’s a wonderful time but it’s also a fantastically busy time of year. At this point in the Christmas season, hopefully your tree is decorated, your shopping is nearly finished, and you’ve done the rounds of Christmas parties, Christmas fairs and school performances. Now you’re ready to relax and have some fun with the family, right? And isn’t family fun time what Christmas is all about?
We at what2buy4kids would like to share some of our top tips for good old fashioned family Christmas fun. They won’t cost a lot, they will appeal to all ages and they will hopefully make memories and maybe new Christmas traditions too.
Get out the old classics like Monopoly or Charades or invest in a new game like Stand Up Sit Down or Pengoloo. Get a game that all age groups can enjoy and set up teams when you have more players.
Make cookies for friends and Father Christmas
Who can say no to a festive baked treat, especially not Father Christmas! If it’s too soon for Christmas eve, use half your dough now and then freeze the other half until you’re ready to bake for Christmas Eve. Decorate and have fun!
Play Christmas party games
Nothing like seeing Grandma trying to Stick the Carrot on the Snowman or Dad wrapping himself up as a toilet paper snowman! Get silly and have fun with party games that will get everyone laughing.
Watch a Christmas film together
Load up on popcorn and sweets, put on your onesies, make a nest of duvets and pillows and snuggle up for some home cinema fun.
Do random acts of kindness
Visit a nursing home and take festive treats with you. Donate to your local food bank or make a meal for a family in need. Have the children select toys for children in need and wrap them up and take them to a toy appeal in your area. Even a small act of kindness can go a long way.
Make a Christmas bird feeder
Get crafty together and make something that you’ll all enjoy. Get bird feeder ideas from the internet and work together to make it. Sit back and enjoy watching the birds visit your garden!
Set up a Christmas scavenger hunt at home
Hide candy canes or Christmas chocolates, make clues and set the kids searching. If you don’t want to create your own hunt, there are printables and ideas on Pinterest. Search “Christmas Scavenger Hunt Riddles and Clues” for some inspiration.
Make salt dough decorations
Get those creative juices flowing and have fun making Christmas decorations together. There are lots of ideas in Christmas magazines and on the internet. Kids will love seeing Mum and Dad making decorations too, and you’ll have baubles to treasure for years to come.
Make a gingerbread house (or houses)
There are super kits on the market and you and the kids will love customising your house with your own sweets and decorations as well. If you have a large family taking part, divide into teams, make a few houses and see whose is most creative.
Walk or drive around to see the Christmas lights.
Load up with a flask of hot chocolate and visit an area where you know the Christmas lights are twinkling and bright. Show the kids the best of what’s around and take some pennies in case houses are collecting for charity.
Make your own Christmas cards and deliver them to neighbours
Another chance to get creative and make something personal for friends and and neighbours. Check out google for inspiration for fun family Christmas card ideas.
It can be easy to be drawn into the hustle and bustle of Christmas, heading from one event to the other, that we forget to slow down and stay in with the family. We hope we have given you some ideas for some family fun. Maybe one of these ideas will become your new family Christmas tradition?
And finally, to our wonderful customers:
We wish you and yours a joyous Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you for your valued custom this year and for choosing to shop with what2buy4kids.co.uk. Whether you’ve shopped with us many times before, or you’re a new customer, we hope we’ll get the opportunity to serve you again next year. Merry Christmas from myself and the whole team at what2buy4kids!
Lisa is the managing director of what2buy4kids. Lisa’s wish is to make your job of finding a gift for the children in your life easier, or help you to take some of the time and frustration out of the search for that special gift for kids.