Cute Christmas Crafts
Keep little hands busy during holiday break
Candy Cane Reindeer
All this cute and easy craft/treat requires is candy canes, some ribbon, googly eyes, red mini pom- poms and brown pipe cleaner. This one is adorable to gift classmates and neighbors! (Credit: happinessishomemade.net)
Tea light Snowmen
Another darling and clever craft will also make your tree sparkle at night: tea light snowman ornaments! Using a battery operated single tea light candle for the snowman’s face, adorn your snowman with a felt hat or earmuffs made of pipe cleaner and mini pom- poms. Don’t forget the scarves (ribbon) and happy faces (Sharpie marker)! (Credit: One Little Project)
Christmas Tree Slime
For many young ones, slime is all the rage! Make your own homemade batch at home, to the delight of your children. You’ll need Elmer’s green glitter glue, sequins, confetti, green food coloring, baking soda, contact lens solution and water (Credit: thebestideasforkids.com)
Activities to Help Kids Following a Tantrum
Have your child pull a resistance band laterally, or hold onto one end while they pull the other. Be cautious of snap-backs!
Lead your child in a series of yoga moves or search kid-friendly instructional videos on YouTube that they can follow.
Have your child walk on all fours, alternating their right hand and left foot with their left hand and right foot with their bottom sticking up.
Weighted balls/milk jugs
Have your child carry weighted balls or milk jugs (i.e., plastic jugs filled with sand or dried rice). Make it a fun relay race game for extra motivation!
Pushing a heavy cart
Place the weighted items in a push-cart and encourage your child to push around the house.
Transferring wet laundry to dryer
Have your child benefit their sensory system with heavy work while also getting some help with the laundry by having them transfer wet laundry to the dryer.
Squeezing Play-Doh/Kinetic Sand
Squeezing Play-Doh or Kinetic Sand can help ease tension and release excess energy.
Have your child tear paper into little pieces. It may make a mess but if it helps them calm, it’s worth it!
Pushing and pulling Squigz
Place Squigz in a trail on the floor or on the wall and encourage your child to pull off.
While the holidays are idealized as a season of love, peace and sweet memories, any parent knows that this is hardly a daily reality. When tantrums undoubtedly happen, know that you are not alone and that you have some tools, outlined above, to try and make things a little easier. Try to embrace the chaos and still enjoy a special season filled with lots of fun opportunities for family time!