In the blink of an eye, the June holidays are over and December is fast approaching. Many parents find themselves scrambling to keep their children entertained as schools wind down for the year and after school enrichment activities dwindle.
However, don’t underestimate the amount of free time you now have with your child. The holidays are actually a wonderful time to connect with him and create lasting memories. If you’re looking for some festive things to do with your little ones after schools close, here are four December holiday activity ideas to get you started.
December Holiday Activity #1: Bake holiday treats
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and of course, food! One of the best ways to get your child involved in the festivities is to have him help you bake some seasonal treats.
Not only will this be a fun bonding experience for the two of you, but it’s also a great opportunity for your child to learn some new skills in the kitchen. Baking with your child also gives you a chance to teach him about following recipes, measuring ingredients, and using basic cooking techniques.
And of course, the best part is that he’ll get to enjoy eating the delicious results of his hard work. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to create some tasty memories with your little one this December holiday season.
December Holiday Activity #2: Making cards
Other than baking treats, another great December holiday activity for parents and children to consider is making homemade cards together.
Enrichment activities like arts and craft helps children to develop their imagination and creativity, such as thinking about what designs will look good on the card and what messages they want to include inside. Cutting, pasting, and drawing all also require a steady hand and good control of the wrist and fingers, which helps your child to develop his fine motor skills.
You can even involve the whole family by setting up a card-making station. Bring out some construction paper, scissors, glue, and decorations. Next, let each family member make their own unique card and explain their designs afterwards. These unique gifts are sure to be cherished when given away to loved ones!
December Holiday Activity #3: Singing holiday carols
Singing holiday carols is another great way to get into the festive spirit with your child. Besides spreading holiday cheer, an enrichment activity like singing from an early age can instil confidence, foster creativity, and have a positive effect on children’s brain development.
Similar to the card-making activity, try to include the whole family as well. From traditional classics like “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells” to more modern tunes like “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” there are many great holiday carols to choose from, so everyone in the family can pick their favourites.
December Holiday Activity #4: Movie marathon
Finally, no holiday season would be complete without a festive movie marathon. Cuddle up with some popcorn and watch all your family’s favourite holiday classics this December.
Not sure what to watch? “Elf”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, and “The Grinch” are a few popular festive films to help get you started.
Spend The Holidays Meaningfully With MindSpace’s After School Enrichment Activities
If you’re a parent who struggles with planning suitable activities for your child during the December school holidays, why not consider MindSpace?
Over here, our after-school student care centre provide a safe and structured environment so your child can have a fun and fulfilling experience everyday. We also offer various holiday camps to develop his Champion Mindset and hone both his academic and interpersonal skills.