Ways to Keep Kids Busy During Their Holiday Break


christmas girlTis the season for parents to rack their brains coming up with ways to keep their children busy during the extended holiday break from school.

Whether you will be home alone with two kids or you’re hosting a house full of hooligans in the days leading up to Santa’s arrival, consider the following holiday-themed boredom busters to keep your sanity intact:

Activity Pages:  Print out free Christmas coloring pages from the Internet.  Not only do the jolly images provide for hours of holiday fun, but also, they’ll save you precious cash during a time when most moms and dads are pinching pennies.  Older kids, who have outgrown the wonders of coloring, can be kept busy by playing word jumble games.  Simply have each child write the words “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” across the top of a white sheet of paper. Then, challenge them to make as many words possible from the letters featured in the phrases.  These types of writing activities help strengthen spelling skills and quicken response time if you set a deadline for the word searches. 

Roving Reporter:  Lend your child your video camera, still camera (with video option), smartphone or other recording device and have them interview members of your family about different facets of their lives.  This activity will help your kids develop listening skills (good interviewers need to listen carefully to their subjects so they can devise decent follow-up questions) and they may learn some interesting facts about a loved one that they were not aware of.  What’s more, you can give it a holiday spin by having your roving reporter ask questions relating to favorite Christmas traditions or memories.  Once the interviews are complete, have your kids edit the clips together so you can broadcast it when the entire family comes together on Christmas.

Kitchen Elves:  Let your children flex their creative muscle in the kitchen.  Kids of all ages love lending a hand making holiday treats.  Combine Christmas cookies and fudge with some healthier recipes, such as your own spin on Chex Mix.  Put out a large bowl and have kids mix together cereal, dried cranberries, Christmas tree-shaped pretzels, holiday M and Ms (the red and green ones), peanuts, cashews and chocolate-covered pretzels.


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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.