Awesome Ways to Keep Kids Busy During the Holidays
These projects won't make YOU nuts either. Promise.
Winter break comes but once a year — but if you don't play your cards right, it can feel never-ending (for you and the kids). Keep your little ones entertained between now and the new year with fun food-themed projects that'll have you looking more like Mary Poppins and less like the Grinch.
Even if the kids aren't lucky enough to wake up to fresh snow during break, they can still build their very own snowmen. Snowman Pancakes with Bacon Scarves are sure to put a smile on everyone's face at the breakfast table. Just don't forget the warm maple syrup to drizzle over the sweet chocolate buttons.
Hot chocolate is a pretty big treat weekend treat in our house, and it becomes infinitely better when served with marshmallows. (Really, all I have to do is offer them marshmallows and they're ecstatic. Can they stay 6 forever?) If your kids are anything like mine, imagine their excitement when you tell them they can decorate gingerbread cookies, have hot chocolate and turn it into a bubbling marshmallow tub for their gingerbread people.
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Speaking of cookies, invite the kids into the kitchen for a fun afternoon of decorating sugar cookies. These classic treats are crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside, and they taste great no matter how they're decorated. So let the kids pick their favorite shapes, then sit back and watch as they put their creativity to work.
Savory cheese straws are great for kids (and parents!) who need a break from the sugar rush of the holidays, and they also make excellent gifts, should you need a few more of those. This four-ingredient recipe is perfect for getting both big and little kids involved in the kitchen; all ages can help roll and twist the dough and even sprinkle on the cheese.
Let the kids help with dinner and you won't regret it, I swear. My kids love it when I tell them they can get the stool out (she's letting us climb things — awesome!) and make their own pizzas (we're in charge of what we're eating for once, YES!). Teach them to roll out the dough for snowman pizzas, then let them add their favorite toppings.
Today marks the first of the 16 CONSECUTIVE DAYS my kids won't be going to school. And that means only one thing: snacks. There will be morning snacks, afternoon snacks, I-just-finished-my-dinner-and-now-I-want-to-eat-again snacks, you name it.
Trisha Yearwood's Power Balls are foolproof and delicious — and my kids never pass up a chance to pulse something in the food processor. After you've mixed the ingredients, have the kids form the power balls with their (clean) hands. Better yet, make a double batch and you'll keep them busy for even longer!
Why should those adorable snowmen have all the fun? We've got lions and owls and reindeer, oh, my, the kids can actually make a week's worth of pancake animals that promise to make breakfast extra fun.
And if all else fails, I've got two words for you: Play. Dough. Armed with marshmallows and just a few pantry staples, you're only minutes away from hours of fun. You got this! It's only winter break.
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