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Fun-filled Christmas break ideas

Molly Cerreta Smith has enjoyed a career in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. As an editor of several regional magazines, she has had the opportunity throughout her career to meet many local celebrities, businesspeople, ent...

Ban "I'm bored" over holiday break

The thought of a few weeks off from school is enough to send any school-aged kid into a spasm of excitement. But don't be surprised if you hear those dreaded words just days into the holiday break. Keep boredom at bay all through the break.

Surprise them daily

As their holiday break begins, surprise your kids with a small gift for each of the days they are off school. Hint: Make the “gift” one that will entertain your child (such as a coloring book, a used Christmas book or DVD from a second-hand bookstore, a jigsaw puzzle or even a new app geared for kids for your iPad.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Get outside and play in the snow! Bundle up and do some fun winter activities like sledding, making a snowman or having a good old-fashioned snowball fight.

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If you live somewhere that lacks the white stuff come December, consider taking a trip over the holidays to give your children (and yourselves!) a true white Christmas.

Decorate

Enlist your children to help you decorate your home for the holidays. Bigger kids can help Dad with the lights and electronic decorations while the little ones can be in charge of gel window decals. Give your tree a special touch by stringing popcorn and making homemade ornaments.

Do good with these 5 budget-friendly holiday activities that teach kids social responsibility >>

Do some holiday activities

Regardless of how big or small your town is, we’re sure there are plenty of holiday happenings to participate in come December. You don’t have to partake in every single Christmas activity, but sprinkle your kids’ winter break calendar with a few fun holiday activities like driving around to view Christmas lights, going to see Santa at a local mall, attending holiday activities at your local amusement park or seeing a Christmas performance like The Nutcracker.

Prepare a craft basket

Before winter break starts, fill a large basket with random items perfect for craft-making like glue, ribbon, spare buttons, old socks, pipe cleaners, popsicle craft sticks, construction paper and more. Check Pinterest for some easy holiday crafts that older kids can do on their own (or with a parent’s help for younger kids). If your kids start with the “I’m bored” song and dance, you can pull out the basket and suggest they get crafty!

Get them in the kitchen

There is always plenty of cooking and baking to be done throughout the holidays, so why not let your kids help? We can’t think of a kid out there who would not volunteer to help make Christmas cookies (in exchange for a few finger swipes of the bowl, of course).

Now what are you going to do with all those cookies? Have a cookie party!

Check out these 10 tips for a cookie exchange >>

Beyond just the sweet stuff, encourage your kids’ interest in cooking by suggesting they make one dish for the holiday meal this year. Help them research some recipes online or in your collection of cookbooks, then go shopping together for the ingredients and oversee their special dishes in the kitchen with them at the helm. Contributing to the big feast this holiday will surely make your child feel special.

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