Written by a contributing writer
With the holidays just around the corner, parents all over the country will be looking forward to taking time off work and spending some quality time with their kids. The holidays represent the most exciting time of the year for many families, but sadly, most parents are familiar with the sounds of kids moaning that they’re bored a few days into the break. If you’re keen to make the most of the time you have as a family this Christmas, and you want to keep those complaints at bay, here are some fun and educational activities to enjoy together.
Christmas is a great time of year to take part in family quizzes and general knowledge contests. You can team up with other members of the family or fly solo, and you can select a range of topics that are geared towards all ages. Make your quiz fun with interactive music and photograph rounds, inject some friendly competition, and find a small prize for the winners. You can choose from categories like science, nature, geography, the animal world, TV, cartoons and movies, comics and famous faces, for example. If you’re struggling for inspiration, and you’re the quiz master, you’ll find hundreds of questions online.
Building and construction
If you’ve got train tracks, building blocks, or endless boxes of Lego at home, get creative this Christmas and flex your architectural and construction skills. If you’re not au fait with the different elements of your child’s collection, take a look at LEGOways to find out more about different types of Lego and get some helpful tips for your latest creation. Building at any age is beneficial for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and fine motor skill development. This is also an activity that everyone can get involved in, and you can share in the joy and pride when your masterpiece is complete.
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Board games are a dying breed in many modern households thanks to the rise in popularity of video games, but there’s a lot to be said for playing games around the dining table over the holidays. Board games enable you to play together, they teach kids how to follow rules, and they’re usually really fun. There’s a vast array of options on offer, from silly games that throw custard pies in your face to educational classics that are designed to maximize your cerebral prowess. If you’re buying new games for Christmas, look at age ranges, and think about what hobbies and interests your kids have.
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Reading and storytelling
If you have young children, Christmas is a wonderful time to read together and make up stories. There’s a dazzling array of festive titles on offer, and you can snuggle up, get cozy, and embrace that festive feeling as you flick through the pages. Practice makes perfect with reading, and reading aloud can also help children to feel more confident. Telling stories can fuel creativity and enable kids to use their imagination.
The holidays are coming, and what better time of year to enjoy some quality time with your kids? Hopefully, these ideas will ensure hours of fun!