It’s Christmas break, and the 12 Days of Christmas have nothing on you. Many homeschooled families are happy just to have a chance to take a few days off of school and enjoy the holidays, but that doesn’t mean the children are all on board with this idea. It doesn’t take long before the words, “I’m bored” are spoken. When that happens, be prepared with these twelve things to do during Christmas break.
Host a scavenger hunt. Make it educational, or just for fun. Either way, scavenger hunts are fairly easy to set up and get the kids excited and focused. Make the prize be something simple like a piece of candy, a handwritten coupon for something special, or a pizza delivery just at the right time.
Pop some popcorn, pull out favorite movies and have a movie night. Winter break is a great time to watch Christmas movies, but it’s also fun to dig out family movies to have the kids watch themselves grow right before their eyes, or sneak in some educational films that aren’t obviously school based.
Read a book or two, or a stack. Some families give a different book each day of Advent. The books don’t have to be Christmas oriented, though. Hit the library to pick up books of interest that you’ve been meaning to read but never seem to find the time during school hours.
Create art of any kind. Paint a masterpiece on a canvas or paper and easel, draw with pencils and gum erasers, or kick back to cut some stress with coloring books for adults, or choose from a variety of coloring books for children. This is also a great time to hit Pinterest for ideas.
Build a home-made bird feeder, and feed the birds. Use a liter plastic bottle, and cover it with peanut butter and birdseed or sunflower seeds. Hang it on an outside tree that is visible from a window. As the kids watch the birds twitter and eat, you’re busy logging science hours without their knowledge.
Have a family game night. Pull out games you never have time to play together. Board games are great, but don’t discredit the fun of playing a video game together just because it’s electronic based. Get creative and make up your own game. Some games only require imagination or paper and pencils.
Sew projects you’ve been setting aside all year. Mend clothing that needs repair or create an entire new wardrobe. Teach your child to sew for the very first time, or just have fun. Hand sew or use a machine and make a project to give away to someone in need.
Cook and bake holiday meals and cookies or goodies. Cooking together is a fantastic way to build math skills by using measuring tools, and it’s also a great way to spend some quality time with children inspite of the mess.
Declutter the house or play room. Time off during the holidays is a perfect time to get rid of old toys to make room for new toys or to clear out space to invite guests to spend the holidays. Make a game out of putting clutter into boxes marked to keep, to give away, or to trash.
Take some time to plan for the new year. Discuss with your children, if they are old enough, what has worked academically so far this year and what hasn’t. Tweak lesson plans, and prepare for a fresh start in January.
Bring the entire family to volunteer at a soup kitchen or serve a Christmas meal, shovel walks, or babysit neighbors children so they can shop. Find a need, and fill it. The reward is amazing and such a fantastic bonding experience for the entire family.
Have fun in the snow by making snow angels, snow ice cream, snow forts, snowmen, sledding, snow shoeing, or skiing. If the weather isn’t cooperating enough for outdoor snow fun, make some paper snowflakes or have an indoor snowball fight with cotton balls or rolled-up socks.