'Tis the season to be jolly! And no one is more excited about Christmas break than your kids are. Any kind of holiday is a cause for celebration, and the fact that it’s Christmas is like having the cherry on top with whipped cream. For you, on the other hand, while it definitely is one of the best times of the year, it’s also a challenging time because you need to ensure that your children stay preoccupied and busy, and most importantly, that they have fun during their Christmas break. The best news is that there are actually plenty of great ideas that allow your children to use their free time effectively by learning a new skill that they can have fun with as well!
You might feel restricted if the weather is too cold for them to do outdoor activities, but there is actually a world of skills that they can learn during Christmas break.
Singing & instruments
We’re all guilty of giving it our all when we’re having a shower, and there isn’t a kid that hasn’t done the same! This holiday, why not get your kids to take up singing lessons? It’s not merely a tool for them to get their singing voices trained, but it actually also does wonders for their self-esteem. If you’re not too sure, click here to get an idea of how to get your kids started and encourage them to go for it. When they see that there are plenty of kids and people out there who started off not too sure of themselves, it will encourage them to give it a shot. You can even find classes available online, so that might be a good starting point to give your kid that little push in the right direction. If you feel that singing is something that your kids wouldn’t show much interest in, then you really can’t go wrong with learning how to play an instrument. The great thing about this is that it’s a ton of fun and there are so many options for your kids to pick from. You could either have the teacher come give private classes at home or they could go to a music center and take a couple of classes.
Cooking is a great skill to teach your kids, and what better time to introduce them to the culinary arts than during the Christmas holidays! There are a couple of options that you can go for when it comes to teaching your kids how to cook. The best is that you get them involved as you prepare dinner, or have them help you out when you’re having friends or family over. Cooking is a great skill for children to learn because it teaches them precision, focus and it is also a lot of fun, because with the passage of time, they learn to become more independent and can get as creative as they like. The best part about learning this skill is that the possibilities are endless. They can go to cooking classes, they can watch tutorials online, help you out in the kitchen, or even try to follow a recipe from any recipe book.
Arts & crafts
The world of arts and crafts is so extensive and full of options that it’s certainly one that's going to be keeping the children busy all Christmas long. Getting involved in different forms of art and learning the array of techniques allows your children to develop fine motor skills and to tap into their creativity in a way that pretty much has no boundaries. It is a freeing form of expression and it will serve them in a big way as they grow. Since it’s Christmas, they can learn how to make Christmas decorations and crafts for the home. If they’re really good, they could even go around the neighborhood and offer a couple of pieces! Things like pottery and origami are really exciting and could open up a new world of interest for them.
It’s the season of giving and what better way to have your kids feel the spirit of Christmas than getting them involved in some social work. Take them to a soup kitchen, or get them involved in some kind of charity work so that they can develop the ability to be empathetic. By doing this, they will be able to develop the skill of foresight and being able to humble themselves. It’s not easy for kids to put certain aspects of life into perspective, and getting them involved in social services allows them to learn more about the world around them and the value of giving to others that are less fortunate.
Learn a new language
This is a great time for your kids to get introduced to a new language. You could either send them to classes or have them learn it from tutorial videos online. Make it a daily exercise and by the end of the holidays, they’ll have a new language under their belt! The great thing is that there are also plenty of mobile phone applications that teach new languages on the go. Learning a new language is a great skill for kids to have as they get older, it makes them sharper and they are able to relate more to different cultures.
Just because it’s the Christmas holidays it doesn’t mean your children need to bum around doing absolutely nothing at all. There are plenty of skills that your kids can acquire and work on, regardless of how old they are. And the best part is, many of these activities can actually be a lot of fun while providing a valuable learning experience for them that they are bound to benefit from as they get older. The best thing to do is gather a couple of options and let them know that there is so much more that they can do with their time, and you’ll find that they, too, will understand the value of making use of their free time, even if they are indoors for Christmas!