The Buckeye Bling Team enjoys putting together lists of our favorite things (see here and here)! So in keeping with that theme, here are our Top 10 Family Activities for the Holidays. All are child-friendly and provide loads of fun for the whole family. These activities will create lasting memories, encourage creativity and build character. Our links are to Amazon (all Prime eligible), but they are likely available elsewhere if you prefer.
Top 10 Family Activities for the Holidays
Snowball Fight! – Who doesn’t like a friendly game of snowball? This snowball set comes with a cute bag of 10 fluffy snowballs for hours of indoor play–no snowstorm necessary. Can you just imagine grandpa and grandson hiding behind furniture in wait for their next “target?” Tons of fun for the entire family. And if you have a big family, you can get extra snowballs here. (Ages 1 to 99) $18.15
Snowman Building Kit – Just like Bing Crosby reminds us every year, we will all likely be dreaming of a white Christmas. Be ready when the snow flies with this snowman building kit, complete with everything from top hat to scarf to button pegs. Nothing says “winter wonderland” better than the family’s first snowman of the season. (Ages 3-adult) $9.99
3-D Cinderella Castle and Harry Potter Diagon Alley puzzles – We love a good holiday puzzle and a 3-D puzzle adds even more fun and challenge to the mix. Here are two of our favorites and both double as a play set when completed. (Ages 6-15) Cinderella’s Castle $17.99 and Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley $36.00
3-D Wonder Paint Kit – Create your own 3-D Christmas ornaments with this fun 3D paint kit. The ornaments are shatterproof plastic and every single ornament is an original work of art. Makes six ornaments and includes artwork for creating window clings with the extra paint. (Ages 3 and up) $20.92
The Wilton Gingerbread Village – Why decorate one house when you can decorate an entire village!? This cute little set will keep your family busy creating their own gingerbread house originals. (Ages 2 and up.) $16.49
Christmas Cookie Tree – For a great twist on the traditional gingerbread house, your family can create a Christmas Cookie Tree by Wilton instead. Finished project measures 8″ x 11″ and each kit comes with 10 cookie cutters. Fun and edible…we love that combination. (Ages 2 and up) $19.99
Yeti in My Spaghetti Game – Don’t let the Yeti fall in the bowl of spaghetti or you lose! Lots of laughs and hijinks for everyone in the family. (Ages 3 and up) $9.49
Polar Express – A classic Christmas story with a wonderful message. We never let the season pass without reading this story. (All ages) $17.99 for the 30th anniversary hardback edition Then we usually follow the book up with the enchanting movie, starring Tom Hanks. (Get a double feature Polar Express and the original Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas $11.72)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Jim Carrey as the Grinch never gets old. A great movie for everyone…with therapeutic laughter all around. (Ages 5 and up) $12.99 And of course, we still love Dr. Suess’s original classic as well. (Get a double feature Polar Express and the original Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas $11.72)
Magic Mail Letter from Santa – Ever want to write Santa and have him write you back? Your kids are sure to love this Hallmark North Pole Magic Stationary Set. Your freezer is the mailbox! Enjoy the magic of the season. (All ages) $13.40
The Giving Plate – Create, bake, and GIVE with your kids this holiday season. Encouraging and supporting compassion, kindness and generosity in your children is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. The Giving Plate is a true gift for everyone involved. (All ages) $33.50
Nativity Play Set – Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season. Make sure your littles have tangible ways to grab hold of the reality of Jesus. This 15-piece Melissa and Doug Nativity Set is just for them. (Ages 4 and up) $21.24
Which One(s) Did You Choose?
We’d love to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments if you decide to try one of these activities (or if you’ve done so in the past!) or tell us about what your family’s favorite holiday activities.