As much as we may try to unplug our kids (and ourselves), it can be difficult – especially during the holidays when the kids are home from school for TWO WHOLE WEEKS. There are times in my own life when I look around the room and see everyone glued to a screen. But, In fact, the holidays are a great time to go offline! Holiday activities abound in museums, performance centers, and libraries; along with seasonal pop-ups, craft fairs, and special winter excursions.
Closer to home, cold winter days are a good excuse to cozy up inside with a book, bake, or craft something unique. For an outdoor adventure, take the family on an early morning hike and experience the wonders of nature. At KiwiCo we see the holiday season as an awesome opportunity to dig into learning-based offline projects. Here are some of our favorite screen-free holiday activities for kids, inspired by our crates and our community.
Ready, Set, No-bake!
Cooking together is a tactile activity that yields delicious results. This yummy no-bake recipe for Reindeer-Tracks (named after the magical rainbow tracks reindeer would leave behind) is especially good for young kids. Double the value of the activity and make an extra batch to give away as holiday gifts.
Create an Indoor Terrarium
Create a small magical terrarium for your holiday tabletop. All you need is a glass vessel, potting soil, decorative rocks and a few succulents to make a little indoor garden. Kids will have fun digging in the dirt while creating a cheery gift that will delight all year long.
The chilliest months of the year provide an amazing opportunity to see birds more easily. Use a birding field guide and a notebook to find and write down all the names of birds that live in your area. Then take a walk in your neighborhood and check-off all the birds you see. For another offline project, you can also make this simple pine cone bird feeder to hang on your trees outside and invite the birds to come to you. Or, for some indoor birding fun, try making your own mechanical bird!
Have a Slime Party
It’s always a party when slime is involved ! Mix up some ooey-gooey fun! You can make different kinds of slippery, slimey science from glittery gold slime, color changing slime, neon green ooze; and more. You can also find confetti slime, oozy, fizzy volcano slime and more in the Slime Party kit.
Make Colorful Pour Paintings
Pour Painting (aka paint pouring, puddle pouring or liquid painting) is a type of abstract art that uses acrylic paints. Just like the name suggests, you pour paint onto a canvas to create colorful swirling designs. Fun for all ages, pour paintings are fun to mix, layer and experiment with as you learn about color. You can explore this kind of painting in our Poured Painting kit.
Host a Holiday Ornament Making Party
Every year our community gathers to create handmade ornaments out of recycled materials. Put out brushes, paints, ornaments hangers and other basic art supplies and encourage everyone to bring small old toys and things to paint. Host a competition and see who comes up with the most creative ornament. (For young kids, get a headstart with our Swirly Ornament kit.)
Create a Calendar for the New Year
Creating a handmade calendar is an opportunity to kids excited about the new year. Grab a ruler, a pencil and 12 sheets of paper and draw a monthly grid on each page. Add numbered days (you may need a reference for this). Use this as an opportunity to chat with your kids about upcoming events (this builds excitement!) Post the calendar for everyone to see. (You can use this printable as a starting point).