How do you keep children busy in winter holidays? Netfreak from SF
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Depends on their age.
making or decorating cookies
go skating or sking
reorganize or paint their rooms
find an indoor pool (if it is cold in your area)
make holiday cards for friends, family and neighbors
cook and freeze meals together
let them take turns inviting a friend over for a day or sleepover
read books together
decorate a t shirt or sweatshirt
set up a fish tank, take notes & make a journal of your observations
start a new hobby or collection you can do together
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Here are some simple ideas for you to do with your children.
1. Bundle up and roast marshmallows and drink hot cocoa in the yard.
2. Go on a winter walk and listen to the sounds of winter. How are they different than the other seasons?
3. Make simple bird feeder garlands by stringing cheerios, popcorn, and cranberries and then hanging in trees for the birds.
4. Make a snow gauge by marking inches on a coffee can and sitting it outside to collect snow.
5. Give the children gardening and seed catalogs and let them plan out a garden of their own.
6. Have them make goals for the new year. Make sure they don't set any that are too high to accomplish which would make them feel bad but also, don't make them too easy!
7. Keep a plastic tub or box filled with art supplies and let them use their imagination working on their own art project.
8. Keep a basket of winter themed books out for them to read.
9. Cook with them, let them plan out the meal and help you make it.
10. Visit the public library they usually have special programs for children when school is out.
When I was small, our Granny visited each Christmas and this was our traditional jig-saw puzzle working time. Someone usually got a puzzle for a gift each year and we would spend two or three days happily working on the puzzle with Granny. This is especially good if you are able to leave it on a card table somewhere out of the way. (12/20/2004)