The school holidays are fast approaching, which means that lazy mornings are just around the corner – for kids at least! We know that keeping little ones entertained during the holidays can be tricky.
Thankfully, we’ve got plenty of indoor Christmas ideas and games to keep kids busy in the countdown to Christmas.
The Best Indoor Christmas Activities For Kids
The good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune to keep kids occupied during the school holidays. From organising Christmas bake offs and building Christmas dens to getting competitive with family board game tournaments, our indoor Christmas activities for kids will bring ALL the fun without breaking the bank.
1. Christmas Bake Off
Worried that your stash of Christmas chocolates is running low? Time to organise a family bake off. Great for kids and adults alike, baking is a wonderful way to bring everyone together while keeping them entertained – because who doesn’t love sweet treats!
Whether you challenge them to make the perfect mince pie, gingerbread biscuits or a Christmas pudding, there’s no shortage of festive bakes to try. Remember, the right baking equipment can help unleash the star baker in anyone, so be sure to have enough wooden spoons, whisks and non-stick bakeware to share around.
Kids can even serve their treats on themed Christmas tableware for a seasonal twist. Ready, set, bake!
2. DIY Christmas Tree Decorations
With Christmas for many likely to be spent at home, creating a snug and seasonal space to kick-back in has never been more important. You may not have a group of elves to decorate your home, but you can enlist some little helpers!
Bring a personal touch to your Christmas tree by encouraging kids to create their very own Christmas tree decorations. From making DIY tree toppers and baubles to creating paper garlands, dig out their arts and crafts box to let them design a stand out display. They might make a mess in the process, but the finished results will be more than worth it!
3. Family Board Game Tournament
Introduce some old school competition to the holidays by bringing out the board games. A classic Christmas activity for all ages to enjoy, a board game tournament is a brilliant way to brighten up a rainy afternoon. You never know, it might even tempt kids away from their screens!
If Monopoly gets a little too heated, over-excited kids can wind down with a puzzle featuring their favourite film characters or famous landmarks. Little ones can also stay on top of their ABCs with educational toys.
4. Create A Christmas Den
Every kid dreams of being able to visit Santa’s grotto. While they wait for their ticket to the North Pole, little ones can transform their bedroom into a Christmas den fit for Rudolph and all his friends. Luckily, it’s easy to build an impressive hideout: all kids need is a handful of everyday items and their imagination.
Prep their space with lots of Christmas cushions and help them string Christmas lights for that iconic festive twinkle. A few soft toys, throws and hot water bottles are all they need to make their den as snug as possible. They might even let you join in the fun – if you remember the password!
5. Festive Film Club
While it’s a good idea to have plenty of plans up your sleeve, all the fun and games can become tiring for little ones – especially after a busy school term. To give them a much-needed break, set up a festive film for them to enjoy.
Whether they prefer The Polar Express or Elf, kids can cuddle up for a cosy night in with patterned Christmas pyjamas, fleecy dressing gowns and fluffy slippers. Little ones can also help themselves to leftover bake off treats for a tasty film night snack. Just don’t expect the sweets to stick around for long!