Healthy Through the Holidays
15 Holiday Break Activities That Will Keep the Kids Busy, Not Bored
1. Make a holiday break bucket list.
Not sure what the kids want to do over the break? Ask them. Sit down together and make a holiday break bucket list with items that can be checked off as they are completed
2. Plan a day trip.
A break from school can give your family time to plan a day-long trip that may not otherwise be possible.
3.Have a movie marathon.
Pass the popcorn and cozy up with the kids for a movie marathon. It’s the perfect activity for a cold and dreary afternoon.
4.Get (winter) sporty.
Don’t let colder weather stop the family from being active during the break. Winter is a great time to try something new, like snowshoeing, ice skating, hockey or cross-country skiing.
‘Tis the season to be thankful, and volunteering is a great way to help kids give back to the community and feel grateful for all that they have.
The holiday break is an opportunity to take advantage of your community’s cultural offerings.
7. Read a chapter book.
Kick your nightly story time routine up a notch by choosing a chapter book that you and the kids can read together.
8.Tour area libraries.
Most public libraries have moved beyond shushing and now offer dynamic children’s sections featuring toys, games, interactive displays, fun programming and (of course) books.
9.Put on a talent show.
Set the stage for a family talent show where kids can show off their skills in dance, music, comedy, magic, tumbling and more. [Or, throw on some music and have a family dance off!]
10.Hold a board game night.
Feeling competitive? A board game night is fun, cheap and often a crowd-pleaser, particularly if you have kids in different stages.
11.Make holiday cards.
Get crafty with your kids and make special homemade cards for grandparents, aunts, uncles and other loved ones. Kids can write their own messages, draw pictures and create collages.
12.Collect toys to donate.
Convincing the kids to help clean might be a tough sell, but they’ll feel more compelled to pitch in if they know that the fate of their toys is on the line. Clear the clutter and have them help decide what to keep and what to give away.
13.Create a scrapbook.
The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on the year gone by. Plan a family scrapbooking project and let the kids choose photos, write captions and decorate pages. This activity is bound to lead to great conversation — share memories and discuss goals for the coming year.
Baking is a quintessential cold-weather activity, so get the kids in the kitchen to whip up a batch of cookies. Set up a decorating station and let them create tasty masterpieces.
15.Bring the outdoors in.
Missing summer days and outdoor fun? There’s no reason why you can’t bring your favorite warm-weather activities inside. Host a picnic on the living room floor, go camping in the den or set up a sandbox in the basement.
Wellness and Self-Care Tips for the Holidays
- Take something off your list that causes overwhelm
- Reach out to friends and family to avoid isolating
- Attend12 Step, Smart Recovery or support groups that speak to your needs
- Avail yourself of the comprehensive mental and physical health supports in the region
- Stay busy with healthy activities (walk/exercise, get outside, do a puzzle, volunteer)
- Make sure kids are supervised to avoid potential substance use
- Make a "spending" plan for your time, money and energy
- Know you don’t have to do everything or keep up with others; Set boundaries
- Make sure holidays remain something fun–not just something to recuperate from...
- Plan for and acknowledge your grief
- Allow time for handling holiday triggers and self-care
- Connect with those who want to connect in the way you want to
- Be proactive. Don’t wait for others to give you the holiday you want. Create it.
- Lower expectations for yourself and others
Light up Your Life
Don't forget some of the best holiday magic can be found enjoying the brightness of the moon and stars on a walk with dear ones at your favorite safe walking route.
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