I’m all about activities being easy. Here are a few we’ve done so far. Feel free to share your ideas too!
Baby Jesus’ Manger
The best gift of Christmas morning.
- Make a simple manger with things you have around the house and put it under the tree. Leave it empty until Christmas Eve after the kids go to sleep – then put a wrapped doll in it.
- You can wrap a shoe box in brown paper or wrapping paper. You can have the kids decorate them or glue cut out paper nativity scenes on them. We just used a basket and lined it with an old white t-shirt, adding a few decorations.
- Some families give their kids a bit of hay for every good behavior or act of service during December that they can add to the manger to soften Jesus’ bed.
These smell great! Use leftovers to scent rooms or closets.
- Easy enough for small children
- Mix 1 cup cinnamon and 1 cup applesauce together. Add a few tablespoons of white glue if you want the ornaments to last longer.
- Roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Small with a more square or rounded shape works best, like the stars in this picture.
- Poke a hole with a straw and let dry for a few days.
- Hang on the tree with pieces of pretty ribbon.
Easy, edible, cheap… ’nuff said.
- Lay out pieces of paper or cardboard onto a table.
- Assemble houses with graham crackers and various fun candies. For the “glue”, vanilla candy coating works well. It comes in big bars and you just break it up and nuke it.
- Accept the sugar coma your kids will be in as they eat the ingredients.