Last minute holiday activities

Wondering how to fill the next few days coming up to Christmas and getting through Christmas break? Here are some things we have been doing.

Bake Christmas cookies. We did this twice: the first time from scratch, the next time from a box. I recommend the from a box method for cooking with preschoolers. Arora’s favorite part was eating them. It was hard to wait to eat them. So many steps. Make the dough, chill the dough, roll it out, cut out, bake, cool, frost and decorate, then eat. We made sure to take some to our neighbors too.

Make snowmen: We painted this snow man, then when it was dry we added his face, bow and arms.

Make nativity puppets: We printed ours from here, colored and cut them out and used hot glue to stick a craft sick on them. Arora’s favorite part was showing them to daddy and telling them that the wise men walked and walked and walked to find Jesus.

Craft stick ornament:  We made three different designs, a reindeer, Christmas tree and star. Arora is glad to see them actually hanging on the tree.

Christmas painting: We loved this idea that Arora’s cousins did. I liked using our cookie cutters for something new. We changed it a little by mixing our paint with shaving cream. It makes the paint go really far and the texture is really neat. We are taking this one to a friend in a nursing home tonight.

Drive down a Christmas light street:  In Gladstone visit Ridgewood Dr,  off of Webster rd. Nearly every house has a huge display. Every one drives down really slow down the street. Arora really really liked sitting on my lap and seeing all the “puhtend reindeer”. In Portland there is Peacock lane, between 39th and Belmont. We have not been here but I have heard it is amazing.

Zoo Lights: Be ready for crowds! This can be expensive, but with our zoo membership we got in for free.  Arora loved seeing all the bright Christmas lights at the zoo. We rode the train and she was so sad when we had to leave. She is already begging to go back. This run through January 2.

Family at zoolights

4 thoughts on “Last minute holiday activities

  1. Great activities! I would love to have Arora tell us the Nativity story with her puppets. But I think I will have to explain to her that “walked and walked and walked” = hiked. Glad to see that colorful hat in a photo – I made it for David YEARS ago – how fun that it’s still keeping your family warm!

  2. Wow, how do you do so much? I’ve been meaning to make salt dough ornaments with Michael all month and still haven’t found a good day to do it! It might end up being a Christmas Eve activity, or else saved for next year. Of course, going out of town took a good chunk out of this month, so really, I couldn’t have expected much.

  3. Hey Holly! Love your holiday activities. Have you ever tried mixing paint with dish soap? We mix it up then use the cookie cutters. It creates paint bubbles that stretch inside the cutter, and makes a very cool pattern on the paper.

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