We’ve previously discussed how you can keep your child active in the winter, but did you know there’s more to it than that? Winter break doesn’t mean getting snowed in the house with nothing to do. There are many activities that you can do at home and around town.
Give back to your community by getting your kids involved. Not only will they help improve their community, but they will learn about charity and giving back. Some ideas include:
- Making gift boxes for children in the hospital
- Participating in holiday food drives
- Visiting your local senior center
Ask your child what they would like to do to get involved. Give them some options and remember to not force them to do anything they’re uncomfortable with. Doing so will cause them to view the experience negatively and lessen the chance they will want it to do it again in the future.
Invite Friends & Family Over
Do your children enjoy seeing their cousins or having a sleepover with their friends? Invite friends and family over to play and catch up. Have activities like crafts and games ready so no one gets bored. If your children and their friends are old enough, work with them to bake some holiday treats.
Take a Family Outing
The winter holiday is filled with many holiday-related activities hosted by communities. For example, does your local park set up a Christmas light display? If so, put some of your family’s favorite holiday tunes on and drive through the park to enjoy the lights. For extra cheer, bring spill-proof mugs of hot chocolate for your kids to sip on. Light displays are free, but often ask for a donation of money or canned goods for charities. So make sure you bring a little something to give to help your community!