Christmas is around the corner and soon the world will be saying goodbye to 2016. There is nothing as great as the gift of family. You have your kids to celebrate Christmas with this year. You are probably wondering what you do that will not be boring to them and that will excite you as well. The most interesting thing is that you can do a lot of things with your children this Christmas holiday. The only thing that you need is to figure out what your kids like and leverage that to make some constructive activities for them. Here are some simple ideas that you might want to take advantage of:
Decorate the Christmas tree
This is an age old tradition that is still being practiced all over the world. The sad thing is that most parents are too busy to do it and they leave the work of decorating the Christmas tree to the house-helps. They are the ones who bring the kids to decorate the tree. However, you can set aside some time to decorate the tree with your kids- make it your tradition. Believe it or not, it will not take a lot of time. It is from such simple things that creativity is boosted. It is especially great for teaching your kids colors and how to count.
Wrap gifts together
Now, this does not sound like such a smart idea especially if you have already told the kids that Santa will be bringing the gifts. However, if you are giving some gifts away to the local church or your neighbors, the kids can help you to wrap the gifts. Of course,they will not be the ones handling the sharp scissors. They can write the Christmas cards that you will be giving out to friends and family. They can also help you to tape the gift wrappings.
Teach them how to cook
Many parents are scared of bringing their kids into the kitchen with them. The kids do not have to learn how to switch on the oven or use the knives. However, they can help you with the measurements. In fact, you can take advantage of this opportunity to teach them some math like fractions. Measure half a cup, three quarters of a tablespoon. You will be a math tutor to them and it is not going to be a hassle because they get to visualize some of the things that they learn in school.
Color and make stories
Some of the finest Christmas stories that are told nowadays did not come from professional writers. Again, let your kids harness their creativity. They will make stories- some really hilarious- draw and color to add visual to their stories. You can join them to tell them stories as well. This gives them ideas that they will never forget.
In conclusion, the above are just some of the many things that you can do with your children this Christmas. Spending time with your kids does not necessarily have to be boring to you or to them. There is so much more that you can try out but one thing that you should keep in mind is that you can take advantage of the time you have with your kids to have fun and teach them something new.
About author Stephen King is a child psychologist with more than twenty years of experience in the field. He has been helping parents for years to find ways to assist the development of their children. Having been a private during his college years, he understands the struggles many parents have when it comes to coaching their children in math.