Engaging the Holidays with the Help (Yes Help) of Your Kids

Post by an Engaged Home contributing writer. Edited and approved by Nathana. 

Holidays, while designed to be a “break” often involve a lot of work. At least for adults. And though they can become quite stressful, holidays are a time of celebration and togetherness. The work of baking all those holiday cookies can pay off (and not just by eating them) when you think of the memories you’re making with your kids.

With all the craziness and travel surrounding holidays, can you really fit in some fun learning activities? Yes, and it may be easier than you think!

Make a Pit Stop

Depending on your family’s schedule, holidays may also be the best time to travel. And usually this entails visiting family. But why not take some fun and education pit stops along the way? Driving down the interstate in Nebraska? Stop and see the Great Platte River Road Archway and museum. Driving through Texas? Visit the Alamo or click here to learn more about the SeasQuest aquarium in the Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth.

Embark on an Indiana Jones Adventure 

Pokemon Go managed to break the minds of so many people, but all it really did was add a bit of augmented reality to Geocaching. That’s the real winner here. That’s because it is more than just a treasure hunt; it is following clues using a GPS device and finding little bits and bobs that people have hidden in accessible, public places. It is a real world treasure hunt where you don’t know what you will find. Why not dress up like explorers too and add a whole other level of excitement to this activity? It can be fun for the whole family–I promise it is fun for adults too!

Get Creative Juices Flowing

Every kid’s mind is like a theme park full of creativity and, as the parent, you can encourage them to engage in creative pastimes. It could be that you set up a painting station in the house or a music room where they can play and rewrite lyrics to their favorite songs. You could go further and have them actually create something, like a board game. Let your kids choose something they love – Disney princesses, football, cars, food, whatever – and then set them the task of coming up a board game that is designed around this idea. You’ll be amazed at what they come up with and what they learn.

To save money and bust boredom, put your kids’ creativity to use by having them create all of their Christmas presents for others. Maybe take a step back from buying pricey gifts one year and do a fun DIY family Christmas!

Finally, with the holidays approaching, remember to slow down and bring your children with you. Sometimes we get lost in the mindset that it will get done so much faster if we decorate the tree ourselves, bake the cookies after the kids are in bed, or do all the Christmas shopping alone. In reality, so many special memories are just waiting to happen if you are brave (and patient) enough to include your children.

With holidays just around the corner, it’s best to have some ideas prepped in advance. Christmas will be here before you know what hit you! What are you planning to engage your children with this holiday season? I’d love to hear your thoughts!