Holiday activities can include little hands in a big helpful way

With so much to do during the holidays, it's always nice to have a helping hand or two, even if they're…
Holiday activities can include little hands in a big helpful way
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With so much to do during the holidays, it’s always nice to have a helping hand or two, even if they’re small. Your kids may not be truly helpful when it comes to cleaning the house or preparing the holiday meal, but they can be helpful when it comes to decorating. Get creative this year with your holiday activities and let your kids add their own touch of Christmas décor.

Food

There’s no question food and sweet treats are a staple in the happiness of the holidays. If your children are a bit older, buy a preformed gingerbread house kit. The walls and roof are already made, leaving your kids able to assemble, glue with icing sugar, and decorate.

Baking holiday shaped sugar cookies can also be fun. You will need to bake anyway, so why not have your little helpers create their own shapes.

When it comes time to bring out the milk and cookies for Santa, add to the holiday activities by encouraging your little ones to leave baby carrots outside for all Santa’s reindeer.

If your family’s holiday activities include movie-watching, make your own Christmas popcorn before you reach for the remote. To do this you will need:

One bag of popped microwave popcorn

3 squares of almond bark

1/2 cup Christmas M&M’s (the green and red version)

Christmas sprinkles

Melt the almond bark in the microwave, approximately 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. When smooth and melted, pour over popcorn. Mix well. Add your Christmas M&Ms and cool popcorn on wax paper. You can then add your Christmas sprinkles and enjoy!

Crafts

Snowmen ornaments are a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your holiday activities. With simple instructions, you can help your children make five finger snowmen ornaments. When complete, they can be hung on the tree or given as gifts.

You will need a few medium sized Christmas balls, white craft paint, and colored markers. Have your child press their hand into a plate of white craft paint. Open their hand and gently place the ornament in their palm. Slowly close their hand around the ornament. Open hand, remove ornament, and let dry on top of an egg carton or cup. Your child’s fingers will resemble an enlongated snowman. Use colored markers to add eyes, nose, top hat, and scarf. Don’t forget to write their name on the bottom.

Introduce new holiday activities with Christmas crayons. If you have a house filled with broken crayons, this is the time to round them up. Aim for 6 boxes of 8-count crayons, an assortment of silicone molds, and a preset 350 degree oven. Remove crayon paper wrappings and place about 3 crayons inside each mold. Place mold in preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes. When the crayons are completely melted, remove mold from oven and allow to cool for an hour or so. Aside from learning new holiday activities, your children also have festive holiday shaped crayons to share with friends!