As the last week of term approaches I have been busy planning our Christmas activities for when Erin breaks up. Erin seems to break up earlier than many schools and certainly before her siblings. The downside of this is that I will have a very excited little girl to keep occupied until Christmas Eve! Usually she occupies herself well but when excited time seems to go slower. Therefore I have put together a plan of action to keep her excitement in check.
Seven Activities to Keep Children Busy the Week Before Christmas
- Christmas films. I am lucky that Erin doesn’t need to be entertained all hours of the day. We will watch some films in order to help her switch off and relax. This will also give me a few hours to work before I switch off for the Christmas break. The films we watch will include Polar Express, Elf and this year I am going to introduce her to my favourite Miracle on 34th Street.
- Sensory play with pretend snow like Instasnow. This is a great way to let the imagination have some fun even if we don’t get any real snow this Christmas
- Stock up on craft activities from The Works. We have already made the advent crafts including the advent calendar. Erin always tells us that The Works is her favourite shop. I can’t blame her as she can always find low cost things to make and do in there.
- Ice Skating. Erin had a go at skating for the first time when we were at Lapland UK. We have a similar small rink at The Gloucester Quays so we plan to go and have another go.
- Making cards. Erin loves craft so we have also bought some greeting cards from The Works. This will easily take her a morning to work through. I love some of the ideas from the Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers.
- Baking – again when we were at lapland Father Christmas told Erin that he loved gingerbread. Therefore we will make some to leave out for him on Christmas Eve.
- Visiting family – Christmas is all about family and so once school has finished she will have time to come with me to see both my grandads who live on their own. We are also doing a reverse advent and sponsoring a local family this Christmas. We need to drop our hamper and presents of at our chosen charity and hopefully someone will benefit with some Christmas cheer that they were not expecting. This also reminds my own children just how fortunate we are and teaches them that we should be helping those having a tough time this year.
These are my seven ideas for keeping Erin busy in the lead up to Christmas day. I wish we had more time after Christmas instead of before but unfortunately I am not in charge of setting the school terms!
How do you keep your little ones entertained in the run up to Christmas?