Though the holidays are all about family and love and togetherness, they can certainly bring a lot of pressure and stress! This holiday season, take some time out to *BREATHE* and *PLAY*! Scroll for some fun (stress-free!) ways to get into the holiday spirit!
MAKE: Baking + Gifts
Some of our favorite family memories happen in the kitchen, especially while baking yummy holiday treats! Cooking together is a great way to share family recipes and stories, while also working on skills like measuring, mixing, and simple chemistry. Latkes, cookies, or grandma’s super special pot roast recipe – what will you make together this year?
Homemade keepsakes are a great gift from your children to your family. Salt dough is a great way to get messy and craft unique creations. Pro tip – when making handprint ornaments, use a toothpick or metallic pen to write “2018” so you’ll remember just how tiny that hand was, when!
Give your home a bit of extra holiday cheer by having your kiddos assist with decorating! Preschoolers can work on their fine-motor skills helping cut wrapping paper and tape packages together. Decorating a tree or hanging lights together makes for a great bonding time. Older kids might work on crafting paper chains both as a garland and as a countdown to the holidays!
“The best way to spread cheer is to singing loud for all to hear!” The benefits of singing together with your child are well-known, and the holidays are a great time to enjoy singing along to some of your childhood favorites.
Working on counting? Try “The 12 Days of Christmas” or a Hanukkah counting song to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”:
I am lighting all the candles
On this Hanukkah night.
I am Lighting all the candles
To see them shining bright.
Flicker, flickers little candles,
Fill me with your glow.
Now the time has come to count them,
Ready, set and go
CELEBRATE: Loved ones
Celebrate with a little bit of calm, quality time together. Between holiday parties and school plays, shopping, and running around, remember both you and your kiddos could use a little family alone-time this holiday season. Snuggle up with some hot cocoa and remember that just being together is often the greatest gift.