Christmas time is family time. As true as this may be, there is also no denying that having all the children at home and having more children over during family reunions can cause quite the headache. Many parents wish they can just send the children outside to play but that is not always possible with the temperatures dipping. So what’s a parent got to do to keep the children and young guests from getting cabin fever once it gets cold outside? Well, there are quite a few options for indoor fun:
1. Have a “mini food party”
Let the children give you a hand in preparing cold weather comfort food. You can do this by preparing all the ingredients ahead of time. It can be something like a simple hot coco bar or make your own Christmas dessert station, the key is letting them have fun with food and learn how to make something new.
2. Have a tacky sweater contest
Kids love working with their hands and having them around during the holidays is a perfect excuse to bring out their creativity even more. Prepare some plain sweaters, child-safe fabric glue, pom-poms, yarn, garlands, buttons and other craft materials ahead of time so the children can put their hands to work right away. Let the children wear their sweaters and take them home too!
3. Indoor movie marathon
If you’re having so many children coming over for a party or a family reunion, gathering them around for a Christmas movie marathon is a great idea. All you need is a few DVDs and a screen and you are sure to keep your young guest occupied for hours, not to mention they get to learn values from Christmas movies too. Add flair and authentic movie house feel to your movie marathon by renting food concessionaires or machines for hotdogs and popcorn, the children will love you for it!
4. Musical Chairs
To make this game geared toward the holidays, get a large box that is labeled "The North Pole" instead of walking around chairs. You can play holiday music and use the same rules. When the music stops, the child who is happens to be inside the box is out of the game. For younger children, you can give the child who is caught in the box a sticker or other small prize.
5. Sumo Wrestling
Children absolutely love bounce houses and though Christmas time may not seem like the most ideal season for inflatables, children can get similar bouncing fun with sumo wrestling. Renting a set of sumo suits adds so much excitement not just for children but adults as well.