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Stocking stuffer ideas that encourage outdoor play

Here are a few suggestions to fill your stockings that get your kids outside during the winter break.

*A new pair of warm and fuzzy socks

*Hand and feet warmers for outside play

*A blow up snow tube for sledding

*Ear muffs, scarf, new mittens or hat

*Snow paints or snow markers for colorful fun

*Snow-Lights to decorate a snow fort or igloo

*Tickets to a local snow tubing or tobogganing chute

 

Holiday Playdate Ideas

Holiday Break Playdate Ideas

Every child looks forward to the holiday break from school and the typical daily routine. It is that magical time to spend with family and friends.  It is the perfect time to set up playdates with friends from school, cousins and/or neighbors.  Here are some ideas for making these playdates fun and memorable.

  • Free Play

Free play is a great way to start any playdate. Children need and enjoy free imaginative playtime.  It fosters creativity, negotiation skills and independence.  Free play can often take up half of a playdate.

  • Painting

Set up a special project for the playdate that each child can keep, such as painting projects from your local craft store.  Sticker scenes are another K-3 Climbers favorite for children.

$3 for six door hangers
Use markers or paint to decorate

Great for an keepsake gift!

 

 

  • Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!

Making cookies together is a fun activity on a playdate as well. I suspect you may even have a few offers to taste test the final product. In the winter, consider making hot chocolate, too.

  • Movie and Popcorn

Hanging out with a friend and sharing a movie is not just for adults. Kids love it too. Although it is important to limit the amount of screen time, sharing a movie is a great bonding experience.

  • Lego Extravaganza

Bust out a big bed sheet and let the Lego building begin. The sheet helps to keep the Lego pieces in a set space and making them easier to find. Put several Legos out for the playdate buddies to go to town in developing a city, a space adventure, or whatever.

  • Indoor Camping

Pitch a tent inside with sleeping bags and flashlights, and watch the excitement appear.

  • Drama/Dress Up

Display some dress up clothes or costumes for the kids to use in putting on a play or just dancing around.

Feel free to share your favorite playdate ideas in our comments. Don’t forget to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies,too. You’ve earned it!

5 Tips for Creating Holiday Traditions

Here are 5 simple tips for creating meaningful traditions with your family.

  1. Write an annual letter to your children and loved ones. Highlight observations from the year, as well as things you are grateful for, or love about them, and place the letters in the stockings. For example: “I love how you wake up each morning with a smile, and the determination to tackle the day.
  2. Select a special ornament that signifies an important event in your child’s life that year. Maybe a bicycle to represent learning to ride a bike that year, or a nutcracker to remind your child of seeing his/her first performance.”
  3. Shop together for a Secret Santa gift for a charity, or volunteer locally to serve others.
  4. Start a Gratitude Jar for your family. Throughout the month of December, have family members record what each person is grateful for on strips of paper. Beginning on New Years day, pull 2-3 strips to share aloud at dinner.
  5. Purchase new Pajamas to be opened on Christmas Eve, and watch a favorite family movie together. Top off the night with reading a favorite Holiday classic!
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