Party Activities for Children
It's that time of the year! Seeing Christmas through children's eyes is all part of the fun. Help them celebrate with a home or school party filled with activities and games that will keep them busy from start to finish. Get inspired with the following ideas for decorations, games and cooking.
Make Christmas Decorations
Pull out some arts and crafts materials and let the kids make some decorations that they can take home. Take pictures of their finished projects and add them to a scrapbook.
Be creative and play some games associated with the holiday. Have a Christmas trivia quiz and award prizes. A scavenger hunt is a great way to get the kids out and about and spread some Christmas cheer!
Cooking and Baking
Bake and decorate Christmas cookies and candy. Have all of the recipes out and ready to go. Be prepared. Consider mixing some of the batter up before your guests arrive to save time. Keep party favor bags handy so your guests can take home some treats.
Children always love Christmas stories, so have them sit in a circle, dim the lights and narrate some classic holiday stories to set the mood. Add your own heartwarming stories of the good things people do to help others. Ask the children to do their own "random acts of kindness" and share the stories next year.
Visit from Santa
Rent a Santa costume and appoint a friend to play the role. Purchase some inexpensive gifts and candy for Santa to hand out. Be sure to take pictures. Use a Polaroid camera for instant pictures that the kids can take home, or use a digital camera to print off the pictures, or e-mail them to the guests at a later date.
Your party doesn't have to involve a lot of preparations. Rent some holiday movies and let the kids watch till their hearts desire. Provide some popcorn, cookies and hot chocolate to satisfy their tummies. For younger kids, consider covering the floor with a very large sheet or blanket for easy clean-up.