Holidays can be expensive. Between gifts for your family and other loved ones, decorations, parties and school breaks, you probably find yourself spending a lot more money than the other 11 months of the year. How do you keep the kids entertained without blowing your budget? The answer is easy: kids holiday crafts are inexpensive and fun, and will help make memories that last for decades to come.
Here are some of our favorite fun holiday activities that won’t break the bank:
- Pinecone bird feeders: Pinecone bird feeders are cheap and easy to make. Hunt for pinecones in your yard or at a local park. Coat them in peanut butter, roll them in birdseed and hang them from branches with twine. Have your kids draw pictures of the birds that visit.
- Holiday movie night: Movie nights are even more fun by the glow of holiday lights. Pick your favorite holiday movies, pop some popcorn and settle in for a family movie marathon.
- Garlands and paper chains: Speaking of popcorn, making popcorn and cranberry garlands or paper chains is a fun way to keep your kids entertained—and let them help decorate.
- Snowman and snow angel competitions: There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to inspire creativity. If it snows, have the whole family compete to see who can make the funniest snowman or the most snow angels in a five-minute period.
- Paper snowflakes: Even adults have fun creating paper snowflakes, which can be hung from your tree, in the windows or even from the ceiling.
- Write letters to relatives and troops overseas: Holidays can be lonely. Have your kids write letters to their elderly relatives or troops overseas to spread some cheer to others.
- Donate toys and clothes to shelters: The spirit of the season centers around giving. Donate old toys and clothes to shelters to teach your kids to give back to the community. Empathy is a great quality to develop.
- Cookie baking night: Gingerbread men, classic chocolate chip, peanut butter blossoms and more—go on a baking marathon, and share the sweet results with friends, family or the senior center.
- Write letters to Santa: If your family believes in Santa, make an event out of writing him a letter or two.
- Borrow holiday books from the library: Take advantage of your local library, and borrow themed picture books to read together. If you’re not sure where to start, your children’s librarian will be more than happy to help with suggestions.
- Decorate the tree: Of course, decorating the tree is an event in and of itself. You can even use the garlands and snowflakes your kids created to adorn the tree.
The best part about these kids holiday crafts and fun holiday activities is that many of them are completely free. (After all, the best things in life usually are.) Try one or try them all, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy this season together.
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