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Don’t you love holiday traditions? Christmas is a great holiday to spend time with your family doing different activities. However, this year is becoming increasingly difficult to visit different places and make outdoor activities. Nevertheless, children -and adults- shouldn’t spend a lot of time sitting down in front of their screens.
There are a lot of healthy activities -even indoors- that can help kids have a great Christmas holiday while keeping healthy and active.
Here are 12 healthy Christmas activities you can make with your kids.
DAY 1: DECORATE THE HOUSE
This might sound obvious but decorating the house with the kids is a great opportunity to spend time with them while keeping them active! Keep them moving around the house helping with the Christmas decorations.
Children can also have fun making some crafts and unique decorations.
DAY 2: INDOOR ACTIVITIES: CHRISTMAS YOGA
If we want to do some exercise but the weather is not great, you can try to move it indoors! How about some Christmas indoors Yoga or Pilates?
Do you need some ideas? Don’t worry, here is an example!
DAY 3: HOW ABOUT A FAMILY CHRISTMAS DANCE?
Each family has its own traditions, but this is certainly an original one!
Try making a Christmas choreography with your family like this one here. You can also dress up for the occasion to make it even more fun.
DAY 4: A CHRISTMAS HUNT
Indoors or outdoors… a hunt is a great way to keep the kids mentally and physically active. Hide the hunts around the house, the garden, or a small path in the woods. It’s up to you!
You can use this idea to make your children find their presents on Christmas Day.
Here is an idea for a Christmas hunt! However, you can choose to make your own one with personalized clues and ideas.
DAY 5: CRAFT YOUR OWN ACTIVITIES
Weather during December can be a little bit tricky, especially if it’s raining. So, it’s always a good idea to have a few activities to do indoors with the children in case the bad weather lasts for a few days.
Fun activities that get kids moving are a great alternative to videogames or movies.
Kids will have fun making it and then playing the game that they made.
DAY 6: PLAY CHRISTMAS CHARADES
Charades are a great activity for the family, as they can be adapted and are fun for all ages.
Here are some examples of Christmas movies and Christmas songs charades that you can print!
DAY 7: GO ON A FAMILY HIKE IN NATURE
Walking is a great exercise for kids, as it’s relaxing and improves mood. On top of that, it is an easy way to encourage children to do some physical activity.
With walks, kids can discover nature, their environment, or play some of the games above while enjoying the outdoors and spending family time together.
DAY 8: MAKE HEALTHY TREATS FOR KIDS AT CHRISTMAS
Why not leave all those sugary treats aside and try to make healthy ones at home?
It is very important for kids to learn how to eat healthy food from an early age. With these ideas, you can show them that fruit is even more interesting than candy!
DAY 9: MAKE UP A WORKOUT GAME
Pick a Christmas song, a movie, an audiobook… and assign exercises to certain words. For example, 5 squats when you hear Christmas, 10 push-ups when Santa’s name gets mentioned, or 10 jumping jacks every time someone says present.
You can choose your own words as an exercise!
DAY 10: GO ON A CHRISTMAS LIGHT ADVENTURE
Take a night out to have a look at the Christmas lights around the neighbourhood. It’s a great outdoor activity and it will help get the kids tired before going to sleep.
DAY 11: OBSTACLE GAME
How about an obstacle game to keep the kids moving and entertained?
DAY 12: DANCE PARTY WITH THE KIDS
Turn on the Christmas music and dance with your kids. You don’t need to follow any rules but one. Have fun!
We know this year Christmas is going to look different for many of us. Hopefully, this helps to get you into the festive spirit whilst keeping the kids entertained.