Seven great play ideas for children this Christmas
The festive period is hugely exciting for children (and most adults!) and there is likely to be lots of activities, visits to Father Christmas, school plays and Christmas outings in the calendar throughout the weeks leading up to the big day.
But if you find gaps in the schedule and have excited children at home, or are struggling to avoid the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ moans in the quieter days after Christmas, it’s worth having a few ideas up your sleeve to keep them entertained while you’re busy organising everything.
We’ve put together some Christmas themed play ideas to keep children of all ages busy.
This is a great game to keep children entertained while you’re out Christmas shopping. Make up some simple bingo sheets, using Christmas objects instead of numbers, for example, Father Christmas, snowman, reindeer, Christmas tree, etc and give each child a version with the words in different places. You can use pictures for younger children or written words for older ones. While you are out and about, get your children to mark the words off the sheet when they see the objects. The first to get a line wins!
Simply write the letters of the alphabet down one side of a piece of paper and ask children to think of Christmassy words for each letter. They can either work as a team if they are younger, or race against each other to get all the letters if they are a little older.
Everyone chooses a Christmas-themed word and then each person has 30 seconds to tell their part of the story, incorporating only one of the words given by the others. Then the next person takes over, including another of the words in their section. This is great fun to play and ideal to keep little ones entertained on long journeys.
Wreath Gathering Walk
Get wrapped up and go outside to find materials to make a Christmas wreath. You could look for pine cones, fir tree branches, holly, mistletoe, ivy, etc. It’s a great way to get the children outside and remember – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.
There are some great colouring sheets and puzzles which are free to download online. Some examples are here and here, but a simple online search should result in lots of options. Perfect for a rainy day, or to give you some time to wrap those presents without any prying eyes!
This post was written by Georgina Dalton