25 SANITY SAVERS
Instead of sitting the kids in front of the TV to watch The Polar Express (again) while you finish up those holiday projects, check this list…and put your little “helpers” to work!
Have the kids…
1. Make Christmas cards for friends and family.
2. Make a paper chain out of construction paper to hang on the Christmas tree.
3. Make a garland of ribbon and pretzels to hang on the Christmas tree.
4. Play a board game with their siblings.
5. Play in the snow…or in our case, the grass!
6. Make Christmas cookies with play-dough.
7. Dance to Christmas music.
8. Do homework… “How many balls are on the tree?” How many cans are in the pantry?”
9. Have a tea party with water and animal crackers.
10. Pretend they’re a grown-up and plan their family’s Christmas or vacation.
11. Look at the Christmas catalog and circle all the toys they like.
12. Make up actions to Christmas songs.
13. Color Christmas pictures and deliver them to elderly neighbors or to a nursing home.
14. Play in the bathtub in swimsuits.
15. Make stuff from boxes—a bus, a sleigh, a castle, a washer, a doll bed.
16. Make a fort under the card table.
17. Look at old photo albums or at photos on the computer.
18. Pretend it’s Easter and hide plastic eggs. Remember your basket!
19. Put on a Christmas puppet show.
20. Play Post Office with an old box, paper, stickers, and some envelopes.
21. Wash and dry dishes for your Mom.
22. Make up and perform a skit. Record it with a camcorder if Mom says yes.
23. Watch and do an exercise video.
24. Play fix-it shop with an old clock or radio (ask Mom first).
25. String beads or macaroni to make a necklace for Mom for Christmas!
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They will be a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.