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Christmas can be a magical time of the year. It is also a ridiculously busy time of the year. Parents have to accomplish all of their regular chores, advent activities, AND shop for gifts. Oh yeah, and watch their children. What if I told you that I have a secret weapon that helps me entertain my kids when I need to get things done? Every year I put together a basket full of Christmas activities for kids that require zero prep from me.
These Christmas Boredom busting baskets help me entertain my kids without setting them in front of a screen!
This time of year is the perfect time to put together a Christmas boredom busting basket. I will leave this basket available through Christmas. It might even hang around through New Year’s Eve, if my kids are still enjoying it.
No Prep Christmas Activities for Kids
Spend a few minutes gathering supplies to include in a Christmas boredom busting basket. These materials support a balanced mix of open ended play and fun educational tasks. A few minutes is all it takes to set up these Christmas activities for kids. Once they are playing you can work on your other tasks guilt-free.
Christmas Boredom Busting Basket
Beads with pipe cleaner – These materials just beg to be made into candy canes. Little ones are practicing fine motor skills and patterning. Older kids are just having fun, but that is okay. Finished candy canes can even be hung on your Christmas tree!
Christmas stickers – My kids have always loved stickers. Sometimes stickers are made into sticker scene pictures. Stickers are great story starters too!
Blank books – I found these blank books in the Target Dollar Spot back in November. They are the perfect spot for writing Christmas stories, writing holiday poems, or drawing Christmas pictures.
Christmas coloring book and crayons – This is a pretty self-explanatory addition to our Christmas boredom busting basket. This coloring book is another Target Dollar Spot find, but I have also seen them at Dollar Tree. If all else fails, just print a few from Crayola.com.
Money puzzles – Christmas cookies, Christmas decorations, and Christmas gifts all require at least a small outlay of cash. Why not use it as a learning activity? I have had this particular money puzzle for a few years, but other money games are available online.
Gingerbread play dough and Christmas themed cookie cutters – Play dough seems to end up in our boredom busting baskets pretty frequently. It is just so easy to make and encourages creativity. I always use this play dough recipe. Adding a tablespoon each of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg turns the basic recipe into gingerbread play dough. I recommend using play dough on a cookie sheet for easy clean up. We always have a batch on hand in December for our annual Gingerbread Day.
Christmas mini erasers – I bought these mini erasers years ago and still pull them out every December. Mini erasers are great for graphing, acting out math problems, and sorting.
Advent activity calendar – This advent activity calendar is technically meant to count down the days until Christmas by completing one page a day. That isn’t how we use it though. I just set it out and let my kids do whatever activity their heart desires. There are hidden picture searches, word searches, coloring pages, and mazes in this calendar.
Flags of the world flash cards – These cards were another Target Dollar Spot find originally used in my Olympics boredom busting basket. Santa travels all around the world so why not learn a few new flags.
Christmas analogies – I like to find a few free educational pages to print and include in my boredom busting baskets. I don’t require my kids to complete them, but usually they do anyway. This printable is a great way to practice analogies.
12 Days of Christmas math word problems – I try to include at least one math activity in every boredom busting basket, and the Christmas boredom busting basket is no exception. These Christmas word problems can be solved independently or together.
Christmas Mad-libs – My kids absolutely adore Mad-Libs. I usually try to include a few Mad-Libs each week for a little extra grammar practice. We are now officially on Christmas break but this will still sneak in the practice.
What are your favorite no prep Christmas activities for kids?
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