If you’re looking for things to do with kids over the Christmas break, you’ve found the right place! While everyone at our house was ready for a break from school, the extra free time is not always a good thing, especially when it’s compounded with loads of excitement, extra sugar, and a disrupted routine. Here are some fun and simple ideas that will help keep the kids busy this holiday and make it an enjoyable time for everyone!
Jingle Bell Magnetic LEGO Mazes
Use LEGO bricks to create a maze on a base plate. Then use a magnet wand to direct a jingle bell through the maze – or see if someone else can solve your maze. Just designing will keep kids happily busy for quite a while.
We couldn’t find our magnet want, so we duct taped a strong magnet to a couple of craft sticks.
Use the magnet wand to move the jingle bell through the maze!
Levitating Jingle Bells
This one is super fun too. Tie a piece of string to several jingle bells. Then tape each piece of string to a cardboard box. Use your magnet wand to make the jingle bells move!
An older kid with a steady hand will be able to make the bells levitate. It’s pretty cool! Our jingle bells would also start to spin – I’m not sure what makes them do that but it was fun to watch!
Jingle Bell Nerf Targets – two Nerf gun games to play. Super simple and very fun.
(You can find 20 non-holiday related Nerf games here if you need more ideas: 20 Nerf Games to Make and Play)
How to Cut and Fold Awesome Paper Snowflakes – Get out a big stack of paper and let them have at it. You’ll end up with busy kids and homemade decorations!
Get out the LEGO tubs and build these LEGO Christmas Projects – With Instructions.
Simple Popsicle Stick Chain Reactions – If you have kids who like domino-style chain reactions, they’ll love these!
Print this fun Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt. The kids can check things off while you drive around looking at lights!
Here are several fun Christmas Minute-to-Win-It games from Cloud8. SUPER fun!
If you’re looking for New Year’s ideas, here are New Year’s Eve Minute-to-Win-It games from The Idea Room.
Younger kids will love this Playdough and LEGO Gingerbread house idea from hello, Wonderful – so smart.
Have a great holiday break!