For children, the magic of the Christmas season seems to never end. On the flip side, the expanse of time known as “winter break” seems never ending for parents, with days filled with sibling squabbles and constant complaints of boredom. Beat those winter break blues with a few activity ideas that will keep things merry and bright (and preserve mom and dad’s sanity!)
To Make: Gumdrop Pops from Martha Stewart
Children love creating and watching these colorful confections come to life. Wrap the candy pops in cellophane bags and then attach to gifts or bring along for last minute play date gifts. Fun for children of all ages (and a great way to use up leftover gum drops from gingerbread house projects!)
To Bake: Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes from Family Fun Magazine
Simple, sweet, fun. If they can use a scissor, they can make these tasty treats. Bonus for mom – this is one craft project that you won’t have to worry about saving through the years. Take a picture to preserve the memory – like a real snowflake, they’ll be gone before you know!
To Take: “Sewing Lesson” Tiny Gingerbread House from craftypod.com
Older children will enjoy learning sewing skills while creating this cute little gingerbread houses out of plastic canvas, yarn and needle. Use different colors and fun details to make a village, decorate a tree or use to embellish gifts to friends or teachers.
To Fake: Faux Snow from Scrumdillydo
If the temps are too cold play outdoors or if snow doesn’t fall where you live, turn to this cool mix of science, craft, math and art. Fun to make and play with, we love the idea of getting Dad involved in this one so you can treat yourself to some much needed “me” time.