Eco-Friendly Activities for Kids during Christmas Break

Christmas break can be a stressful time of year, especially with little ones that are home from school for a few weeks. If you are planning on a staycation this year, you’ll need to come up with a load of activities to keep the little ones busy.

Not everyone has the opportunity, or the finances, to send the kids off to ski school, so if you are looking for some fun, affordable, and eco-friendly activities for the kids check out the following list we put together just in time for the holidays:

1. Further Your Education

There are many educational games and activities you can entertain your little ones with, but if you really want to get out of the house your local museum is a excellent choice. Many museums often plan unique displays during the holidays to attract guests. Some even have movie nights, and if you are really lucky, your local museum may even participate in the Night at the Museum program, where children can have a sleepover.

2. Take a Hike

Although some days it can be too cold to venture outside, on those mild days you should really take advantage of and get outdoors. You can go for a winter hike, go tobogganing, plan a nature scavenger hunt, or even participate in geocaching.

3. Get Crafty

Crafting is another great activity to keep the little busy this holiday break. From making homemade bird feeders, junk mail crafts, to homemade play dough, there are many craft ideas to keep the little ones hands and minds busy. Here are two of our favourite home play dough recipes:

Homemade Play Dough

Materials

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup flour

Directions
1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food colouring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
2. Remove from heat and add flour.
3. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand.
4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

Kool-Aid Play Dough

Materials

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • Saucepan
  • Food colouring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid powder for color
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tablespoons alum

Directions
1. Combine salt and water in saucepan and boil until salt dissolves.
2. Remove from heat and tint with food colouring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid.
3. Add oil, flour, and alum.
4. Knead until smooth.
5. This dough will last 2 months or longer.

Let us know what activities you have planned for the holiday break in the comment section.

Happy Holidays!

Jess Lynn

About the Author
Jess Lynn Kramer is the founder of Within Your Hands, an on-line eco-store and blog that provides a wide-range of fun, modern, and functional items, as well as some tips and advice on how to make small changes for a healthier lifestyle.


Originally published at withinyourhands.ca.

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