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4 holiday activities

It is a great time to do fun and thoughtful holiday activities with kids! I love this season because it is so full of life, joy, and love! It is also a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, spend time with family, and to give thanks for our presence here on earth. What I love most of all about the holidays is GIVING to others!!

Yes, the act of giving makes others feel good but it benefits the giver as well. It boosts “neurochemical drivers of happiness” and helps to normalize levels of serotonin which promotes feelings of comfort and well-being. I wanted my son to give and experience these feelings.

Therefore, we have done the following activities below to share and receive the pleasant feelings of holiday giving!

Paint Rocks and Give as Gifts

Last Christmas, when my son was two years old, I encouraged him to give gifts to family members. We chose to find big rocks in nature and paint them. We packaged them in colorful wrapping paper and gave them away.

My son was so excited that he could give gifts! He asked me 5 consecutive days before Christmas if it was time to give the rocks away. His rocks from last year are currently displayed in my family’s homes and he is proud. This is a simple yet fun project.

Materials Needed

  1. Place Newspaper on table for easy clean-up.
  2. Pour soap and water in plastic container to make soapy water.
  3. Clean rocks with soapy water and toothbrush.
  4. Empty soapy water and put clear water in container to rinse rocks.
  5. You can also run water over rocks to rinse them.
  6. Pour water in cup for cleaning paint brushes of previous color.
  7. Put napkins in paper plate #1 to dry paint brushes.
  8. Pour small sections of various color paints on paper plate # 2.
  9. Place rock on table with newspaper or magazine paper.
  10. Let your child be creative and paint the rock.

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Washing rocks in soapy water!

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Rinsing the rocks in water!

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Setting up our supplies!

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He likes mixing the paint.

Finished product!

Count Money and Buy a Gift

When I was young, it was my job to take my parents’ loose coins and put them in a money jar. Every year, about three weeks before Christmas, I would put the pennies in wrappers. Afterwards, we took a trip to the bank to exchange the coins for dollars. I took this money and bought gifts for my mom, dad, and older brother.

There are so many lessons learned within this activity such as: counting, money recognition, sorting and the purpose of banks. Another skill I learned was awareness of others. A child may buy his dad green socks because it is his favorite color or mom a cup because she loves drinking tea in the morning.

Materials Needed

  1. Have the child gather loose coins and put into money jar.
  2. Count coins and sort into money wrappers using the Nadex Sort and Wrap Set.
  3. Take coins to the bank or credit union and exchange for cash.
    • If you don’t have enough coins to fill wrappers, then check with your local bank about the loose coin conversion policy.
    • Some banks and credit unions convert coins into cash for customers only.
    • Some grocery stores have coin machines but will charge a fee.
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  1. Brainstorm with child what family members or friends they will purchase gifts for.
  2. Have the child list the person’s interest and favorites.
  3. Make a tentative list of gifts for each member or friend.
  4. Your list may change once you go shopping.
  5. Go shopping.
  6. Help the child the wrap gifts.
  7. Watch their faces light up when family members or friends open their gift!

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Inputting Coin Wrapper in Nadex Coin and Wrap Set.

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Inserting the coins

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Coin Wrapping is complete!

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Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Race Car Ornaments 

  • Please note that you can make other items such as hearts and rainbows.

This is a simple project to make with kids. There are two cars in the kit. Kids will enjoy the experience of decorating their cars with colorful stickers. This activity also helps with spatial awareness, creativity, and focusing. This would be a great gift for children to give to  family members.

Materials Needed

  1. Follow directions in the Kit for the best results.
car activity 1
Just getting started


car activity 2
One car is complete and another left to go!

Create Your Own Christmas Cards Artwork

Instead of buying birthday cards for family members and friends, my son likes to make his own. The personal touch of a handmade card from a child is priceless. The time and effort it takes to create a masterpiece for a loved one fills their soul with joy. The person knows the child took time to make something especially for them. So why not have this same experience during the Holidays?

My son has started to make his Holiday cards already. It is a symbol of appreciation for the person’s role in his life. Your child can create their own masterpiece and present it to family and friends. They can use crayons, stickers, markers, glitter and whatever their minds come up with to decorate this card!

Happy Holidays to You!Here is the Masterpiece I Created for You!

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Creating a Masterpiece on the Holiday Card.

Finished Product!

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I hope you try some of the ideas given here. My son and I had fun doing these hands-on projects! A bonus is we learned a lot in the process!

Tell me about your holiday projects. I want to know as I am always learning!


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58 thoughts on “4 Fun and Thoughtful Holiday Activities for Kids

    1. I love it! Glambaby!!! Oh great! Plus let me know how her rocks turn out. She can “Glam Out” the rocks with some glitter as well!

  1. Being outside in nature is important for all children. Fresh air, exercise, and observation of the natural world are synonymous with childhood. See what your kids can discover about the area around your house, and about themselves.

    1. Yes we love being out in nature! I think it is one of the most important aspects of childhood. Thank you for your comment.

    1. I think that’s an excellent choice Dalene!! My mother did this with me as a child!! Thank you for your comment.

  2. I love how unique and personal each idea is. It allows children to show themselves through their gift. The details you provide for each idea make it doable for busy parents. Thank you.

  3. Those are all fun activities. I wish I was blogging when my kids were younger. I enjoying reading about all the cool stuff to do with children

    1. Hello Marjimare! Thank you so much for your comment. Yes blogging is definitely a great place to get and receive ideas. I also love reading about all the fun things moms do with their children.

    1. Yes I agree. I try to keep my son away from the screen as much as possible. Thank you so much for your comment.

    1. HA HA! Let me know if you try any of these activities. Thank you for the compliment and comments. I did these with my son and had a blast!

  4. These are some great ideas. i don’t think my little ones would be able to do much with it though (they are very young lol). I might try to do painting with them though. My daughter loves rocks.

    1. Hello Lali! Thank you for your comment. Maybe once they are older, you can give it a try! Painting is also a fun activity for the little ones.

    1. Thank you for your comment JoJo! Yes I love getting artwork from my son. It holds a special place in my heart!

  5. These are awesome activities and it totally reminds me of visiting my grandmother as she always did crafts and stuff with me when I was a kid growing up. I appreciate it as I have a gift for DIY an dcrafting as an adult and I know that it is all because of her 🙂 This is awesome!

    1. Thank you for reading Melissa! Yes DIY is the best way to go for gifts especially for kids!

    1. Hello Laura! Yes we love rock painting. I love the process of finding the rocks and creating art with them! Thank you for commenting!

  6. I used to paint stained glass window bits a lot when I was a kid so I loved these. Some lovely crafting bits x

    1. Thank you Chloé for the compliment! Yes I love activities that are hands on and take kids away from phones and laptops!

    1. That’s great! It is such a simple and fun idea! Let us know how your kids like the activity!

  7. Thanks for sharing this kid activities! I think these are cool this coming holiday season. My nieces and nephews are coming over, and these could be fun!

    1. Thank you for commenting Blair. Please let us know which activity you chose to do with your nephews and nieces!

  8. I’m not sure which idea I like more the rock painting or the money collecting. Both are such great learning activities that children would love to do! Also they don’t require a ton of money or time on the parent. I will definitely be passing these ideas to my older children to do with their kids.

    1. Thank you Shannah for commenting and reading! I think the kids will have fun doing these activities.

  9. Great ideas. The counting coins idea reminded me of my childhood. I used to count up all my change. At my elementary school, they had sent up this little store in one of the classrooms where you could buy all sorts of little things. Not very useful things, but little trinkets we could buy as gifts. I’d buy something little for each person in my family with the money. Then wrap it up in blank paper and then decorate it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I love this idea! Didn’t it feel great to give? I used to love seeing the smiles on my family’s faces when I gave them a gift for Christmas! Thank you for reading!

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