Things to do while the kids are on holiday break

Many of the Sioux Empire schools are on break this week for the holidays.  The presents are open, the cookies have been baked (and most likely eaten), and now what to do.  I have come up with a list, I hope you can add your favorite activity in the comments below!  Happy Holidays!

 

  1. Make popcorn and watch a movie.
  2. Make play dough.
  3. Write letters to soildiers.
  4. Go to the library and take out books, rent books on tape and movies.
  5. Have coloring contests.
  6. Plan a picnic indoors.
  7. Have breakfast food for dinner.
  8. Hold cooking classes in your own kitchen, invite friends.
  9. Go sledding.
  10. Share favorite birthday and vacation stories.
  11. Hike in the evening.
  12. Paint bedrooms.
  13. Learn magic tricks together and put on a show.
  14. Rent dance videos and hold a dance contest.
  15. Have a photo taking contest. Share cameras.
  16. Create books using pictures from magazines.
  17. Visit nursing homes, bring musical instruments and put on a show.
  18. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  19. Make cupcakes and have a decorating party.
  20. Make your own banana splits with all kinds of toppings and sprinkles.
  21. Make smoothies.
  22. Play online games together.
  23. Make bubbles, they freeze in the air.
  24. Hold a family game night.
  25. Visit the zoo.
  26. Fill with family pictures and essays.
  27. Press flowers and make cards.
  28. Decorate thank-you notes for all their gifts.
  29. Decorate placemats on construction paper and cover with contact paper.
  30. Play charades.
  31. Decorate small notebooks and begin daily journal.
  32. Organize dresser drawers.
  33. Clean bedrooms.
  34. Draw pictures and mail to other family members.
  35. Collect rocks and paint them.
  36. Tie dye T-shirts and matching socks
  37. Share daydreams.
  38. Rent a yoga video for kids.
  39. Rent dance videos and have a contest after practicing.
  40. Make a bird feeder.
  41. Make macaroni jewelry and art.
  42. Visit playgrounds and local parks.
  43. Visit a working farm.
  44. Take nature walks.
  45. Go ice fishing if the lakes are frozen.
  46. Arrange photo albums.
  47. Play flashlight tag.
  48. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  49. Do brain teasers.
  50. Make birthday cards.
  51. Trace cookie cutters, decorate and cut out.
  52. Write stories about past family events you have in photo albums.
  53. Play card games.
  54. Decorate clay pots.
  55. Plant flowers in the decorated pots.
  56. Do jigsaw puzzles.
  57. Research a new hobby at the library.
  58. Play a family memory game. ie What are the name of your great-grandparents?
  59. Make a collage of what you are thankful for.
  60. Make paper bag puppets.
  61. Write love and appreciation letters to each other.
  62. Cut out coupons together.
  63. Read to each other from joke books.
  64. Make friendship pins.
  65. Make potato stamp art.
  66. Play scrabble.
  67. Do science experiments.
  68. Create a secret family code.
  69. Plan next summer’s vacation.
  70. Go bowling.
  71. Play indoor golf.
  72. Play broom ball.
  73. Practice and become good at running.
  74. Each child collects things they don’t use anymore. Play bingo and choose things for prizes.
  75. Have a fashion show.
  76. Study a topic and hold a debate.
  77. Tour a city.
  78. Visit a flea market.
  79. Visit an auction.
  80. Watch a sporting event you’ve never seen before.
  81. Learn how to use a compass and practice your skills.
  82. Try to break a world record.
  83. Ride horses.
  84. Go rock wall climbing.
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