Keeping the Kids Entertained over the Festive Period
Christmas is a time for celebrations and family get-togethers, but the festive period can come with its pressures too. With the presents to buy and wrap, tree to decorate and food to cook, it can be hard to fit in entertaining the kids, and harder still to stay calm! Here are a few tips to try and minimise boredom, and reduce the stress factors once the kids break up from school.
Include them in Christmas Preparations
Christmas should be about spending time with loved ones and having fun, and most children love to get involved, whether it’s helping with food preparation, writing cards or decorating the tree. Through helping out, children can enjoy the feeling of being a ‘grown up’, and that they have contributed to the task in hand!
If your children are reluctant to help, never underestimate the power of ‘gamification’ – if a task can be turned into a game, children are sure to jump on board. Including children in the Christmas preparations will not only keep them entertained, but will also free up some of your time, giving you more time to spend with the family.
Make the Most of Events Near you
There will be lots going on in your local area over the festive period, such as Christmas fayres and markets, or craft making classes. Find out what’s going on in your local area through your local paper, library or online.
Get the kids in the kitchen and get in the mood for Christmas with some festive baking, whether you make a gingerbread house, mince pies, Christmas cupcakes or edible tree decorations - the kids will love it! Keep your kitchen surfaces germ free this Christmas with your favourite Zoflora disinfectant.
Get a Breath of Fresh Air
With so much going on it is easy for children to become overexcited on the big day, and being cooped up in the house can lead to frustration and arguments between both adults and children. Plan a long walk for a change of scenery and a breath of fresh air. A long walk can help to tire children after a day full of excitement.
Posted by Zoflora (16/12/2015)