These December fun days are amazing ways to enjoy fun times with your kids.
Julie Lavender shares her creative ideas and suggestions for making the most of these special days.
Enjoy December Fun Days with Kids
Another year is almost history and just a few days left to decorate, shop, wrap, bake, visit, light candles, and sing carols. Just remember to keep the holiday frenzy in check, being mindful of what’s really important during the Christmas season. Read and reread the Christmas story in Luke 2 to foster the true meaning of Christmas.
Make the most of every day this month with family traditions and celebrations and try a few of the holidays below.
Bingo Birthday Month – Have you played Bingo with your family recently?
Rock Your Homeschool has a few free printable versions of fun bingo games (the Christmas bingo game would be great for this month!) to enjoy with your kids.
Or create one of your own. On cardstock, draw a bingo grid. Find a cute name for your game (one with five letters), like HEART, to represent beloved family members. Place a heart sticker on the free space in the middle before starting the game.
In each space, write the name of a family member or glue on printed headshots of family members. Then play a fun game of bingo, using buttons or dried beans for markers.
Tell Someone They’re Doing a Good Job Week – With the busy-ness of the season, accolades may tend to get overlooked.
Take time this month for lots of “great job,” “congratulations,” “that’s awesome,” and “way-to-go” messages. See how many different ways you can tell a loved one what a great job they are doing this month with school assignments, work, chores or just being a family member.
National Cocoa Day – The month of December is a perfect time to celebrate all things chocolate.
Try this chocolate chip crescent puff recipe for breakfast or an after-schoolwork snack. Work together in the kitchen to prepare the chocolaty yummies.
- Open an eight-ounce can of refrigerated crescent roll dough and separate the dough into eight triangles. Cut each triangle in half.
- Place about one-half teaspoon of miniature chocolate chips on the large end of the triangle. Begin to roll the dough into a ball, wrapping and pinching so that the chips stay tucked inside and all edges are closed and sealed.
- Dip the top of the dough-ball into melted butter, then place, buttered-side-up in a slightly greased miniature muffin tin.
- Bake in a 375 degree oven for eleven minutes or until tops are browned.
- Remove from pan and cool just slightly.
- While the chocolate chip crescent puffs are cooling, stir together one-half cup powdered sugar, two teaspoons cocoa and three teaspoons milk for the glaze.
- Drizzle the glaze on the warm puffs and enjoy!
Christmas Day– Create a handprint Christmas tree to count down the days until Christmas.
- Paint a long strip of freezer paper with green paint (or use finger paints and really get messy!)
- When the paint dries completely, let each person trace their handprint several times so that you have twenty-one handprints. Cut out the prints and store in an envelope.
- Also on the freezer paper, paint a brown spot large enough for two handprints and a yellow spot for one print.
- Cut out two brown handprints for the tree trunk and a yellow one for a star.
To make the countdown tree, glue one handprint on the poster each day until Christmas Eve, beginning with one brown “trunk” piece at the bottom on December first and another brown “trunk” piece next to it on December second (fingers pointing up; handprints close together to resemble a trunk).
Above the trunk, glue one handprint on each day, with fingers pointing down and only glue near the “wrist” area of the hand. Make a row of six handprints, then five, four, three, two, one at the top.
On December 24, glue the yellow “star” at the top fingers pointing up.
Lipstick Week – Give each person in the family an old tube of lipstick to write sweet messages on bathroom mirrors. Don’t worry; it removes easily with window cleaner and paper towels.
How will you celebrate these December fun days with your kids? Let us know in the comments area below 🙂
Thanks so much to Julie for her wonderful tips and tricks making this December extra special with kids!