Creativity sparks the imagination — and children love to play! Try a fun holiday activity for kids and share in the season’s magic. These festive ideas will let little ones explore the best of fall and winter. You’ll find something inspiring and enjoyable for children of all ages.
- Pick Out Family Holiday Pajamas
Kids don’t have to wait until winter to get festive and cozy. Pick out family matching holiday PJs and start counting down the days to Thanksgiving! Matching pajamas are perfect for holiday cards, and children can wear cozy and cute styles to school parties.
It’s easy to get creative with imaginative options. Shop for buttery soft Hanukkah pajamas to add light and love to your holiday celebration. If you’re a Disney family, a set of Disney Christmas pajamas will brighten your holiday breakfast or brunch. Discover PJ sets featuring Christmas trees in merry colors or inspire your little ones with pajamas lined with yummy holiday treats. Matching blankets and headbands will help you complete the perfect holiday pajama party.
- Bake a Holiday Dessert
It’s fun and rewarding to bake a sweet holiday treat. Let your children choose a favorite seasonal dessert and then start cooking. Sugar cookies and gingerbread are classic recipes that transform into festive artwork. Children of all ages can help make traditional chocolate fudge or measure the ingredients for a holiday favorite red velvet cake.
Pie is fun to make and offers some of the season’s most delicious apple cinnamon and pumpkin scents. Create cupcakes that look like elf hats or polar bears! You can even try making holiday cake balls featuring colorful sprinkles or peppermint bark with tasty white chocolate. These portable treats are simple to make and easy to take to friends and family. While your kids enhance their math skills and boost their creativity, they’ll experience the joy of sharing.
- Decorate Your Home
Every parent needs help with holiday décor, so break out the storage boxes and let the kids lend a hand. Put on a holiday playlist and then let your children pick an activity they enjoy. Some kids would like to decorate the Thanksgiving table or put ornaments on the Christmas tree.
Let them oversee the nutcrackers or prepare the Hanukkah candles. They can even be in charge of decorating their room! Printed holiday blankets and soft fairy lights add magic to any kids’ area. Have them pick out a mini tree or holiday bed sheets. An area rug or set of throw pillows in holiday colors like berry red or silver bell can add a festive pop of color to any child’s room or nursery.
- Make a Holiday Craft
Holiday arts and crafts will unlock your child’s creativity. Discover fun activities with items from your pantry or the craft store. Are you looking for crafts for babies and toddlers? Let them add lights to a construction paper Christmas tree. All you need is a tree cutout and washable paint. Let them use their fingers or hands to create lights on the tree branches.
Add cinnamon and ginger to a traditional play dough recipe to let your child get creative and experience the delicious scents of the season. Kids love making snowman puppets and popsicle stick ornaments. A paper leaf or ring garland will decorate your fireplace mantel or adorn your tree.
Older kids will like making candy cane-themed place card holders for the family dinner table. Glue together upside-down candy canes and then add elegant homemade cards with fancy handwriting. Have a DIY stocking party or work to make your own cardboard Christmas village. Holiday door hangers with ribbons and bells are perfect for your home or for making a festive gift.
- Design Holiday Cards
If you love holiday crafts, add homemade cards to your list. Everyone appreciates handmade art, and kids of all ages can enjoy the fun. You’ll find everything you need to make your DIY cards at home or your local craft store. Artistic techniques and decorative embellishments will help your kids personalize their cards.
Grab red or green card stock for a traditional look. You can even choose sophisticated seasonal colors like gold or silver. Once you have the foundation, your children can start their design. Kids who love to paint can make watercolor art on the front of the card. Holiday wreaths and ornaments look beautiful in soft hues and textures.
Toddlers can add stickers to make their own festive fall or winter scene. Let older children create a beautiful holiday house with shapes cut out of construction paper. Artistic kids can draw freehand or glue on 3D art featuring ribbons and buttons.
- Read Holiday Stories
Storytime is more fun in fall and winter, so grab a holiday book and read together as a family. Kids’ books are even better next to the Christmas tree or gathered around the fireplace. You’ll create more cozy memories when you make hot cocoa or share holiday cookies.
There are imaginative and educational holiday books for all ages, including ones featuring cute winter animals and their favorite television characters. Discover stories about reindeer and learn more about the imaginary lives of nutcrackers. Choose a different story to read every night. You’ll discover essential children’s books and add to your child’s growing vocabulary. Best of all, you’ll make special memories as a family!
Creating Fun Holiday Memories for Your Kids
There is nothing more magical than the holidays. Let your child be creative all season long with this list of fun activities. From pajama parties to Christmas crafts, there are many festive and inspiring ways to learn and make memories!