It’s finally December! The festive season is already in full swing and you may already be planning some festive parties for your family and friends.
Whether you’re looking to put on a kids-only party or are looking for some ideas for activities that you can incorporate into your own party, there are plenty of child-friendly ideas that will get them excited for Christmas while keeping them entertained, too!
Snowmen are one of the best-known symbols of the Christmas period, and there are plenty of Christmas crafts and activities that surround this iconic character.
One of our favourites, though, is a simple craft that has the added bonus of being edible, too! All you’ll need are thin lolly sticks (or a wooden skewer with the points cut off for safety), decorative icing pens, a small, pointy orange sweet for the nose, other sweets for decoration and, of course, marshmallows!
Stack three marshmallows onto the stick and let your little ones decorate – and then eat – their creations!
Another delicious, food-related activity to get the kids involved with – and this has the benefit of being a little bit healthier than the marshmallow snowmen; well, depending on how you decorate them!
Strawberries are actually the perfect shape for creating delicious little Santa treats. The larger the fruit, the easier it will be to create this craft.
After washing the strawberries, cut the more pointed end off the strawberry, big enough to act as a hat. Scoop out a little bit of the middle of the strawberries, and in a separate bowl, mix some cream cheese and icing sugar. Help your little ones spoon the sugary mixture into the strawberries to make Santa’s big beard and place the “hat” on top. Use chocolate sprinkles for his eyes and voila!
Find the recipe and more in-depth directions here
Pin the Nose on the Reindeer
It’s one of the best party games ever – just with a festive twist!
Instead of the old ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ game, why not draw a huge Rudolph face (without the nose!) and create a collection of sparkly, red noses for the children to stick onto the face with blutack while blindfolded.
We don’t need us to explain this one to you too much – so go get creative!
Homemade Party Hats
This activity gives the children some creative freedom with what they create. Aside from measuring and cutting a strip of card to each child’s head size, you can pretty much just let them get on with the decorating of their party hats.
Place different coloured cards, glitter, pens and pencils, glue and other crafty supplies in the middle of the table, along with child-friendly scissors and let them decorate their own special Christmas hats.
Alternatively, if you’d like to help your little ones create reindeer hats specifically, click here for a great tutorial.
Christmas is definitely cookie season, and kids don’t need an excuse to enjoy them!
For an easy Christmas party activity, bake yourself some cookies beforehand and give each child a small plate of cookies to decorate. Pre-mix icing sugar, have sprinkles and other Christmas-themed decorations available for your little ones to get creative with.
Think candy canes, red and green decorations, edible glitter, icing pens – anything that will make the perfect Christmas cookie!
Need some inspiration? Here’s a great cookie decoration station guide!
If you’re looking for a festive game to play with your children, Christmas bingo is quick and relatively easy to both setup and play.
Before playing, you’ll need to create or print some bingo cards and have some cards for the caller to pick out of a hat. Give your little ones little sweets to use as counters and play like normal bingo, using a small Christmas gift as the grand prize for those who get a bingo!
It’s a simple game that can help keep little minds entertained!
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? The magic of Christmas can make this simple game even more special, especially with the likes of the Christmas tree becoming a potential hiding place.
Use sweets such as candy canes or even small stocking fillers as prizes, and hide them in places that are appropriate for the age range of children you’re expecting. The winner is the one who collects the most items that have been hidden.
Up the stakes a bit and hide a special item which all the kids would want to find to add a healthy competition element to the game!
Christmas is the most special time of year for our children, and these activities are sure to help boost their excitement!
If you’re looking to make your little one’s Christmas extra special, you could always surprise them with a beautiful doll’s pram – something you know can be relied upon for being excellent quality and will last for years come!