What was your favorite time of year as a child? For a lot of children, autumn and winter are the best because they’re chock full of fun holidays. However, holidays are only as special as you make them for your kids. That being said, here are some of our best tips for making sure your kids are involved with the festivities this holiday season.
Sometimes it’s difficult for young children to understand time, especially when it comes to being patient for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Fortunately, you can give your child a visual reminder while doing one of the most fun arts and crafts with a countdown chain. There are numerous other ways to count down for the holidays, including Advent calendars for Christmas, but the important part is that you’re counting down.
Your child will love tearing a new ring or eating a piece of chocolate as the holidays approach, and it will help them understand that they have to be patient.
Cooking is one of the best skills you can have in life, and so many of us don’t take the time to learn how to do it when we’re young. Take each holiday season as an opportunity to impart some of your kitchen wisdom to your kids. Children are generally more interested in helping out with baking and cooking during the holidays, so put them to work doing whatever they’re capable of.
Don’t be afraid to give your child a big project in the kitchen. In addition to learning actual cooking skills, you also want to teach your child to take risks and assume responsibility—even if they’re not completely confident in what they’re doing. If things get too out of hand, you can always take over or remake the dish later.
Lights, Camera, Action
The best part about the holidays is the love that everybody feels, and the best thing to do with that love is share it with others. Cards are a great way to show loved ones how much you appreciate them, but the ones you buy at your local grocery store can be a little bit boring. Instead, consider making photo Christmas cards with Mixbook.
Mixbook allows you to upload a photo and use it to make a custom Christmas card. You can take a slew of pictures and have your child help you pick a good one out, or you can put the camera in their hands and see what sort of natural beauty they find. Not only does this show your children the importance of spreading love during the holiday season, it may also spark a budding interest in photography or digital design, and you can’t put a price on that.