Kids Stuff to do Over the Holidays
Posted on November 12, 2019 by dragonspitapothecary
It seems kids have at least one day off a month from school for some reason or another and then there is the year end breaks. In our area schools close basically the last 2 and 1/2 weeks of December and first week of January. It’s a large amount of time where parents are juggling caretakers and ensuring coverage as most of us do not have the ability to take off all the time from work to be with them.
The fun part of taking time off at the year end is there are a lot of home related DIY type projects you can involve the kids in that are both educational and entertaining. Honestly with guests coming some of these activities are perfect for a large group to do and keep everyone busy! It can be very difficult some days to get them to put the electronics down and stimulated in being creative.
Between Minecraft and Kids YouTube our son could literally spend the entire day on his iPad if we let him.
Involving the kids in the kitchen to prepare food and clean up are important life skills and can be fun at the same time. Kids love to mix, stir and lick bowls! Bring them into the kitchen to make regular dinner or a dessert. Our son loves to make his own creations so I will often pull out that mini individual brownie pan or a cupcake tin and personalize treats with him. One our favorites are have it your way brownies where we had crushed pretzels, peanut butter and other fun ingredients to a few brownies.
There are a ton of kid recipes online but I have found that when I involve our son in making things he likes to eat it greatly increases his attention. I’ve had him making mac-n-cheese, noodles, his own school lunch bag and sweet treats. Whenever he expresses interest I find a way to involve him. Hopefully one day he will remember these times and see them as fun memories and know how to feed himself.
When we make dinner together I will involve him in seasoning things. We use the doTERRA essential oils for many of our seasoning ingredients and he’s old enough to know how to put a drop in to whatever we’re making. This has been a game changer in getting him to try new things too. When he feels like he controlled what it will taste like he’s more apt to eat it and recommend we clean our plates!