Are your kids a little too young to go sledding down a steep hill or to stay upright at the local ice rink? Fortunately, there are plenty of other holiday traditions that kids of all ages can enjoy. If you’re looking for an age-appropriate way to help the little ones in your life celebrate the holidays, try some of the suggestions below.
Take a Family Photo
Sure, you’ve probably snapped plenty of candid shots of your tykes, but consider using the holidays as an excuse to get a professional family photo taken. Have your little girl dress up in her favorite holiday dress and get your little boy to put on a dress suit if he’s old enough (or just a nice shirt and pair of shorts if he’s not). If you get the photo taken early enough in the season, you can even use it for a holiday card.
Look at Holiday Lights
Take an evening drive or stroll through a neighborhood where the residents go all out with the holiday decorations and lights. If you’re walking, make sure to bundle up and bring some hot chocolate or cider to keep you and your family warm!
Decorating a stocking is a craft that kids of any age can participate in. Sure, your 8-year-old’s stocking might be a little more ornate than your 3-year-old’s, but even toddlers can personalize a stocking with a little help from a parent. Just pick up plain stockings, felt, glitter tubes, and non-toxic fabric paint from your local craft store to get started.
Holiday baking is a classic tradition that the whole family will want to participate in (well, everyone will at least want to eat the final products). Kids who don’t yet have the fine motor skills to help in the kitchen can still help pick out cookie cutter shapes, frosting colors, and sprinkles, and older kids can help with tasks like mixing ingredients, rolling the cookies out, and pressing the cookie cutters.
Start Your Own Tradition
Traditions have to start somewhere, so why not invent your own that you and your family can enjoy every holiday season? It can be something as simple as reading a favorite book aloud, watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer together on Christmas Eve, eating a special holiday meal, or picking out a new ornament for the tree every year. Just make sure it’s something the whole family can get involved in!