How to Entertain Bored Kids at Christmas

A person crushing candy canes with a hammer.

Think back to your childhood. Do you remember how many eons there were between Thanksgiving and Christmas? A gazillion! Each night the anticipation grew exponentially until falling asleep was nearly impossible.

Now that I’m grown, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is about two seconds. And if you have kids, that time decreases to about .4789 nanoseconds!

Which Means . . .

You’re tearing your hair out and your kids are bored to tears.

Anti-Boredom Solutions

I hate to admit this, but I’m pretty sure that things I did as a child are now considered old school by my niece, Princess Cadence, and kids her age. We had a lot of fun and so I’ll share a few of the things we enjoyed.

Old School Christmas Fun

  • Bike races in the snow.
  • Decorating Christmas sugar cookies.
  • Baking with my mom and aunts.
  • Coloring in Christmas coloring books with a new box of crayons.
  • Watching Christmas specials on TV – Frosty the Snowman, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, and The Grinch. The old claymation and cartoon versions.
  • Building snowmen and having snowball fights.
  • Going sledding.
  • Snow picnics – I did this with my niece, she loved it! I also remember my mom bringing a big pot of chili with us when we went sledding in the mountains. Ah–good times!

New School Christmas Fun

I’ve scoured Pinterest for ideas for anything Christmas related. I even asked a couple of friends to help find fun things for kids of all ages to enjoy doing while they wait for Santa Claus to make his yearly flight. Here are a few of the things you can find on my Christmas Delights board.

Arts and Crafts
  • Wreaths
  • Reindeer
  • Snowmen
  • Santa
  • Snowflakes
  • Santa Slime
  • . . . and more!
DIY Decorating
  • Tablescapes
  • Mantel and fireplace ideas
  • Window and door decor
  • Turn your fridge into a snowman
  • . . .  and more!
Delicious Drink and Food Recipes
  • Grinch Punch
  • North Pole Smoothies
  • Adult drinks
  • Many varieties of Hot Cocoa
  • Cookies
  • Pies
  • Entrees and side dishes
  • . . . and more!
Photo Ideas
  • Babies
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • . . . and more!

Follow Jillian Pearl’s board Christmas Delights on Pinterest.

Christmas Eve Fun

Ever wondered where Santa is on Christmas Eve? Now you can find out using Santa trackers. Below are two I found that look interesting.

Santa Tracker and Activity Village by Google

On Christmas Eve we’ll be proudly showcasing a Santa’s dashboard, the technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey. We’ve received this special preview from one of Santa’s many developer elves, who are hard at work in the North Pole helping Santa prepare for his big day. Santa’s dashboard – featuring the latest and greatest in Google Maps technology and sleigh engineering – will allow you to follow his progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way.

Our friendly elves have also invited you to explore Santa’s village while Santa gets ready for his journey. So go ahead and explore his village, you might just find some fun activities and meet some interesting elves.  –  Google

This looks suitable for younger children.

Norad Tracks Santa

This site looks really cool. You can watch several videos from Norad including Norad and Santa conduct a command HQ test flight.

This site also has a Santa Tracker Countdown, games, movies, music, and a library. When you scroll down you find a Santa Village, and Norad Headquarters where you can look at secret files, learn about Norad, and discover how they track Santa.

This looks like a lot of fun for kids of all ages.

During the Sugar Rush

It’s going to happen. So what do you do about it? Especially if it’s too cold to send them outside. Here is one idea given to me by Pip.

Can I play too? photo credit: Jenny P. via photopin cc
Can I play too? photo credit: Jenny P. via photopin cc
The Amazing Holiday Maze

Supplies:

  • Yarn – multiple Christmas colors
  • Candy Canes – 1 for each child

Prep Work:

  • Hide a prize somewhere and tie one end of the yarn to it.
  • Unwind the yarn around the room, passing it behind furniture, under table legs, around banisters, any fun thing you can find until the yarn is completely deployed in a maze.
  • Tie the end of the yarn to a candy cane.
  • Repeat for each color of yarn and/or for each child.

How to Play

Give each child a candy cane. They’ll wind the yarn on the candy cane as they follow the maze you’ve created until they find the prize.

Variations

  • Create the maze easier to more difficult depending on the age of the child. For older kids loop the different colors of yarn around each other so that they have to maneuver their candy cane through loose knots.  For younger kids, keep the maze shorter and easier.
  • Play with a cat 🙂
  • Do timed versions.
More Ideas

If you have a great idea please leave a comment and share it. I’d love to hear what wonderful ideas you have. I’m always looking for fun things to do with Princess Cadence when she visits.

Have fun and stay safe this holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

A person crushing candy canes with a hammer.photo credit: ohsarahrose via photopin cc

Author: Jillian Pearl

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As an adult, I moved to Denver, Colorado and continue to live there with my family. Over the years, I've had a variety of jobs, including lifeguard, OTR truck driver, and mechanical drafter. Currently, I am a caregiver for my mom, a blogger, and a contemporary romance author.

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