BLOGGER LA VUE: 7 Budget-Friendly Christmas Activities for Kids


This is the penultimate week for many schools across the country, as parents now face the daunting task of keeping children entertained during the longest vacations.

It has certainly been a stressful year, so you may want to take the time to enjoy holiday-themed family bonding activities and with relatively little effort. Here are our 7 best!

1. It’s time to cook

Throw the diet book out the window because it’s time to indulge in some delicious homemade treats. For those of you new to the world of baking, or just looking for something pretty basic, there are plenty of easy recipes to follow here. www.tasteofhome.com/collection/easy-baking-recipes/.

You can also get a package of Marie cookies and some homemade icing and sprinkles to decorate them. You can even cross Christmas shopping off your list by baking cookies and placing them in fancy jars as gifts.

2. Have a pajama and cinema day

There was a lot of rain which makes things pretty tricky, but that’s not a problem. When the rain starts to fall, just relax in these pajamas, make a loud lounge, and choose your favorite Christmas movie to watch.

Here’s a great list to consider www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/g5016/christmas-movies-for-kids/. If you’ve chosen the right time, you can even eat those baked goods from the night before while relaxing at home.

3. Christmas crafts

If your kids aren’t overly crafty from their last days at school, you can spend a morning making Christmas decorations and other matching crafts for you and your family.

There are tons of ideas but here are a few more www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g5030/christmas-crafts-for-kids/. Alternatively, just find items around the house that have potential and type them into Google for great inspiration.

4. Christmas camp

When Eskom decides to flip the switch and plunge us into darkness, don’t despair! Make the most of this time without electricity by dusting off the camping gear and turning on the braai.

Invite neighborhood children for an “authentic” evening around a campfire with s’mores and tales by the fire.

5. Play games

The dominance of screens has made board games and trivia games almost obsolete – so let’s bring them back to life! You can give the games a Christmas touch. Here are some interesting ideas:

• Snowball Throw: Throw marshmallows into a teammate’s mouth to win
• Two truths and a lie with only Christmas related articles
• Guess the Christmas carol
• 30 seconds with only Christmas related topics
• Pictionary or Charades with all the Christmas clues
• anecdotes about Christmas movies
• Christmas cardboard plate: place a cardboard plate on your head and try to draw a tree.

6. Go on an adventure

South Africans don’t explore their own backyards enough, so why not take this time to research nearby places of interest and start exploring!

No matter where you are, there will be a park, nature reserve, wildlife preserve, beach, or other natural gem that you haven’t visited – or visited in a while.

7. Write letters

Most kids these days haven’t experienced the wonder of writing and sending letters – it’s actually new to them! Of course, with South Africa Post not being the most efficient courier in the world, you can’t always be sure it will get to them, but if you do it for fun, so what?

Have the children decorate and write Christmas cards or just a message saying hello to family and friends around the world.

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Sally J. Minick