How to Keep Kids Busy During Holidays

Holiday season is something we all look forward to as it offers a break from routine. But if you have kids at home, you know that after the first few days, boredom begins to set in. So, it is always a good idea to plan ahead for holidays. I usually draw up a plan every few days and let my kids in on it so that they are a part of it and feel excited. I also make sure the kids get to spend time both indoors and outdoors.

Keep it Indoors

Prep for School – This may not be the most popular one on the list but it is important for kids to stay in touch with their school work during their holidays. To make it less school work and more fun, you can use activities and worksheets for kids. There are also holiday-themed activities and worksheets that you can use.

Wear the Chef’s Hat – Kids will love to prepare food, especially if they are related to the holidays. Don’t eggnog, latke or a black-eyed pea dish sound interesting? Some of the dishes are easy to make and kids can get into the spirit of holiday season by helping you out in the kitchen.

Pie Crust
pie crust” by Stephanie Sicore is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Game Day – Kids can have a fun time playing their favorite games, whether on their mobiles, tablets or computers. You can even invite their friends over for a day of fun as they compete with each other playing their favorite games.

Movie Night – Gather together some old favorites and have a movie marathon. It could be your kids favorite animated movie or Christmas classics. It is easy to put together and a great way for the family to spend some relaxing time together.

Film Kijken
Film kijken” by ianus is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Get Crafty – Teach kids to make holiday crafts that can be given as gifts like paper snowflakes or a dreidel. They can also try their hand at painting and sketching. You can check out sites like Pinterest for some easy and interesting DIY ideas for kids.

Take it Outdoors

Play Time – Kids can have some good old-fashioned fun in the backyard. I usually set up an obstacle course for them to race around or we organize a sack race or a treasure hunt. Last year, we even took a craft project out into the garden when we made a little fairy house in a corner. You can also build a kite and fly it later.

Nature Trail – Organize a short trek in a picturesque locale so that kids can spend a day outdoors close to nature. You can also pack for a picnic. My kids love getting outdoors and they also love working in the garden, though they detest raking the leaves. One holiday, we planted a few herbs in pots and another time they were pretty gung-ho about planting flowery plants.

Picnic on the Hills
Picnic on the Hill” by Steve Jurvetson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Holiday Fun – Take your kids out for a holiday as traveling can expand their mind and open them up to different cultures and experiences. A road trip can again be an opportunity to play car games; these can also include educational games.

family” by Kiran Foster is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Around Town – You can also check out if there are any activities that are being organized in your local library, community center or local council. These places usually hold workshops and activities for young kids, and it will be a great way for kids to meet new people as well.

These are just a few of the tried and tested ways in which we spend our holidays. This way the kids are in good spirits and we also get to spend some much needed family time!


I am an assistant teacher and my aim is to curate unique learning tips and techniques customized towards kids.

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