I’ve been talking about the holidays here on TheBoxQueen for the last month or so sharing my tips, ideas, and suggestions on everything from fashion/style, and beauty to gift guides. By far though, the most important aspect of the holidays for me, is the extra time we get to spend with our kids during winter break. Our regular school days start way too early, and with all the extracurricular activities I take them to, and of course daily homework, days end with all of us exhausted.
The winter break around the holidays is a time when I can spend quality time with my kids. It’s a time when rushing is at a minimum, and a time I dedicate to be adventurous and creative together. For those times that we’ll be at home, I have some favorite tech-free activities that I like to do with my kids. ( My kids love iPad games as much as the next kid so I have to put in an intentional effort) I would LOVE to learn how you have tech-free fun at home with yours! 🙂
It is also always so refreshing to see the holidays through the eyes of a child. The excitement they have over Santa and the elves, anticipation of the holiday traditions such as putting up our tree and decorating it is so special. Here are some activities that keep us busy during the days leading to the end of December.
1) Make Hot Chocolate Together And Curl Up With Holiday Books
We’ve been making hot chocolate with the kids since they were toddlers. We love to drink it even more during the colder holiday months. We try different cocoa flavors, and usually top it with various marshmallows. (above we’ve used peppermint ones) The excitement of having hot chocolate in special holiday season cups never seems to wear off. (and I hope when the kids are teenagers they’ll still feel the same way haha. )
After we have our cup full of favorite drink, we each choose two of our very favorite holiday themed books. We sip and read them aloud taking turns.
2) Spark Their Imagination With Hands On Toys
These super creative toys are a brand new discovery for us this year. Qixels is like a mix of crafts and construction. (craftstruction – the new activity type) There are little cubes that kids use to make patterns/characters out of their imagination, fuse them together with water, and create their own world of monsters, warriors, ninjas’s or anything else they dream of.
I really appreciate and encourage creativity in kid’s play, and feel great about any toy that facilitate that. I was very excited as a mom to try out these toys but more importantly they were received so happily by the kids. We received all three boxes of the design creator, fuse blaster, and turbo dryer. You can find all Qixels items at your local Target or Toys R Us Stores.
I personally love that playing with Qixels is a very hands-on activity. From the moment my kids opened the boxes, they were completely immersed in the creation of various characters. They were especially interested in all the colorful cubes and how they would use the fuse blaster, and turbo dryer on their own to make a character out of them.
I was impressed that Qixels offers two layers of playtime for my kids. There is the creation part the kids are thoroughly involved in. After the creations dry, they also actually get to play with them. This keeps them busy for quite a bit of time and it’s imaginative = Props from this mom.
My son is using the fuse blaster here. The cubes are fused with water. You can just water them with a sprayer if you wish, however having the fuse blaster made things easy and it was convenient.
The third step is putting your character inside the turbo dryer. This machine spins and takes out excess water so your piece can dry faster.
My daughter made an American flag.
My youngest loved this character and with the easy template could make it herself.
Our monster and warrior. 🙂
3) Create Holiday Wish Lists
Another activity we really like is putting together holiday wish lists. This time of year is the perfect time to express our wishes. Although the kids love to write down what they want as gifts, really nice feelings, charitableness, and generosity randomly come out of this activity too which is so heartwarming. For instance the other day the kids decided to go through their toys and books to donate totally unprompted by me, just by doing this activity. Sounds simple to us but actually is huge for young kids. LOVE!!
4) Bake Holiday Cookies
Who doesn’t love to bake cookies during the holidays? Even I do LOL. I must admit this. Although I can bake a couple of great recipes pretty decently, I usually don’t have that much time for full on, regular baking. I spend that time cooking meals instead. (though I always have time for eating cake, and cookies ) During the holidays all bets are off. We bake cookies sometimes day and night. The above cookies are not our creations though. I let the kids have a go at it so ours come in all shapes, and sizes. 🙂
5) Make A Colorful GingerBread House
Gingerbread making is so colorful, and yummy with the occasional candy finding it’s way to your tummy instead of the chimney of the house ha! I love that this activity takes time, and the kids need to put a lot of attention in the decoration. The final product can also be displayed in your house, and can proudly be shown to guests. My kids love that. 🙂
What are YOUR favorite holiday activities with the kids in your life, be it your kids, nieces, nephews, or friend’s kids? I would love it if you shared with me!
You can check out Qixels more here! (would be great gifts too.) Here is a video of how it works.
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Hope you enjoy the holidays with the kids in your life! XOXO,
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