Although we’d all love for Christmas to be snowy and white let’s be honest: we’re in the UK, so the chances that it will be a rainy Christmas rather than a white Christmas are….quite high.
But don’t despair.
You can put on your wellies and work off some of that turkey and Christmas pudding with a walk and some puddle jumping or you can also try some fun indoor activities for the whole family. These activities are simple, don’t really require hours and hours of preparation (we love simple but fun ideas!)
Make some handmade snowglobes
These are easy to make, will look cuter than the generic ones you can buy in shops and can also make cute gifts!
You will need:
Glue the toy onto the inside of the jam jar lid using the glue gun (first of all, this is only a job for the adults and not the little ones, second of all you will need a LOT of hot glue as the little ones might do some serious shaking on it).
Make your own transparent baubles
This activity requires a bit more than everyday ordinary supplies, but the result is quite spectacular. The beauty of this activity is that you can use anything to fill up your bubble just like the snow jars activity: small figurines, Lego toys etc. But for this activity we will use pine cones and glitter, to give the baubles a Christmassy feeling.
You will need:
First of all protect your table, use an A4 sheet of paper and put the pine cone on top. Spray your glue all over the pine cone.
Afterwards just add glitter a bit everywhere on the pine cone. This will make it look really Christmassy and festive. The more glitter the better!! You can add some glitter on your cotton too!
Add the cotton in one of the halves of the plastic bauble, then add the pine cone on top. And there you go you have a very pretty and personal Christmas bauble!
Make a simple paper chain
The first time I ever made one of these was in nursery and needless to say I’ve been loving them ever since!
All you need for these:
- A 30 cm ruler
- A4 sized pieces of either coloured paper or differently patterned paper
- All purpose glue
- Stapler (optional)
Using the ruler and the pencil draw equal sized rectangles on the patterned paper, around 3×9 cm depending on how big you want the links.
Cut out the links making sure to keep to the guidelines.
Fold the first paper chain to form a loop and glue the ends into place, overlapping them slightly. Thread the second piece of paper through the first loop, and glue the ends. Continue to thread the paper pieces through to the last loop to create the chain, making sure you alternate the colours (or the papers) for each loop. If you are making a long chain you might find the whole process quicker, if you use a stapler. The staple might be visible, but it doesn’t matter when you’re having fun (and you want to save some time!).
Try an indoors winter sport
Is there any time of year more perfectly suited to ice skating? If you’re in Kent, you can pay Silver Blades Gillingham a visit and show off your skating loops and jumps (or take a course if you’re not at ease on ice). Why not give bowling a go or you could also try some cookery classes, such as sushi making with Sushi Queen, or chocolate making classes with the Kandy Factory or Cooking classes for kids with Food Sorcery.
Bake gingerbread Christmas cookies
This is a classic and fun for all family. Kids will enjoy decorating these, once they are baked (and certainly eat them).
This recipe makes about 20 biscuits, it takes 25 minutes to prepare + 10 minutes to decorate and cook for 10 minutes.
- 125g butter
- 100 g dark brown muscovado sugar
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 325 g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- Writing icing to decorate.
- Cookie decorating cutters
Preheat the oven to 170C , gas mark 3. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a pan, then remove from the heat.
Sieve in the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger. Stir together to make a stiff dough.
Roll our on a lightly floured surface to 5 mm thick. Cut out about 18-20 gingerbread men and bake on 2 large lined baking trays for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Decorate with icing to add eyes, noses, mouths etc.
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