Whether you are heading on a road trip or attending the neighborhood holiday party, entertaining the kids can be challenging during the holidays. To keep children content throughout this busy season, it’s important to provide engaging activities. From gaming systems to arts and crafts, here are a few ideas to keep the kids’ hands busy and their minds learning.
Fun To Go
Avoid the "Are we there yet?" questions by providing on-the-go play for your children. VTech's MobiGo is a fun gaming system that kids can take with them, and provides plenty of entertainment and learning during long car rides and busy flights.
Create Activity Boxes
Kids have little room to play while the family travels. Provide them with simple entertainment for close quarters by filling a shoe box with travel “surprises” like stickers, notepads, silly putty, coloring books, and a portable CD player to listen to their favorite songs.
It’s inevitable that you’ll hear “I’m hungry!” as soon as you hit the road. To curb those hunger pangs in advance, bring small lunch bags or a cooler filled with healthy food, like cut up carrots, whole wheat crackers and cheese cubes, or yogurt, and let the kids choose their own snacks.
Extend the Invitation
Sometimes the biggest concern when taking kids to holiday parties is whether there will be other children there to play with. Allow your children to bring a friend, so they don’t have to listen to those “boring” adult conversations all night.
Searching for Fun
Organize a scavenger hunt before the party begins by hiding little stocking stuffers around the house for kids to find. Place candy canes behind the couch or playing cards in the bathroom so kids are guessing what they might find and where to go next
Set Up Arts and Crafts
Set up a place for kids to cut out and design their own snowflakes or snowmen. These are not only fun for the kids, but can also serve as great party favors for the parents to take home.