It’s that time of year again: full of holidays, end of year reflections and new year’s resolutions. Family. Friends. Gratitude. Giving. Love. All of these things are wonderful, but can also keep us quite busy and get us even a bit stressed out. That’s why this holiday season it’s important not to forget about your art.
Our time is limited and even more so during the holiday season. Here is a list of 50 activities based in creativity that can keep you creative AND connecting with your important people during this holiday season.
- Decorate holiday cookies with family, you know, get those cut outs ready and those fancy decorating tips!
- Make a gingerbread house.
- Build paper dreidels.
- Create your own advent calendar.
- Decorate ornaments.
- Build a snowman; or even better: a snow creature.
- Host a cookie swap.
- Carve pumpkins.
- Create a family play to reflect your faith and holiday experience.
- Build a snow fort.
- Host a best hot chocolate competition.
- Make your own hot apple cider.
- Tour your town to see the best holiday decorations.
- Give each family member one room to decorate for your holiday.
- Decorate a family gratitude jar.
- Color in seasonal coloring books!
- Bake treats for your furry friends.
- Conduct a family reading of holiday related books.
- Make egg nog.
- Make latkes together.
- Create your own kinara.
- Create a gift package as a family for a family in need.
- Build dreamcatchers.
- Draw names out of a hat: each family member has to decorate a card and write something they’ve learned from the person they’ve selected.
- Create holiday cards for family and friends.
- Create holiday stamps out of erasers or potatoes to print your own wrapping paper.
- Fold origami ornaments and decorations.
- Enjoy a family snowball fight.
- Collect leaves and plants as the seasons change and create a family plant press book.
- Photo activity: use your smart phones, etc. to create a photo scavenger hunt.
- Photo activity continued: You could even create something to search for each day (a color, spot a christmas tree, spot a menorah, find a snowman with a carrot nose, etc.) of the advent calendar.
- Make paper snowflakes.
- Paint a holiday spirit mural on large scale paper to hang in your home.
- Make snow ice cream.
- Find and decorate a christmas tree.
- Build your origami own christmas tree.
- Create and decorate holiday wreaths.
- Create your own claymation holiday adventure (there are claymation animator apps on your smartphone).
- Learn how to knit winter hats.
- Give each family/friend a square to decorate for a gratitude or holiday quilt.
- Create small, decorated gift packs for the homeless and hand them out.
- Make holiday- colored bracelets.
- DIY snowglobes.
- Make your own snowflakes!
- Bake some fudge.
- Fizzing candy canes.
- Send a hug to someone you love.
- Candy cane scavenger hunt.
- Thanksgiving cupcakes!
- Build and decorate a book to hold family and friend resolutions, holiday memories, etc.
BE COURAGEOUSLY CREATIVE: Let’s collate an inclusive list of activities for all holidays during this festive season. What traditions or activities are part of your family life during this time? We are focused on the “maker” traditions. I want to know! Let’s talk about it in the comments below.
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