Keeping Kids Busy During The Holiday Break


Monday is the first day of the long winter break.  While I love spending this extra time with Journey, keeping her busy can be quite challenging.  So this year, we are going to use the break to learn more about our family—and have some fun along the way.  I’m sharing our project so that you can do it too!

Since we plan to be with family for most of the break, I thought Journey and her cousins would enjoy taking the Super Fun Holiday Challenge.  If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that my daughter took the Super Fun Summer Challenge for most of the summer and absolutely loved it.  I remixed one of the challenges to include more activities so that parents can decide how many days they want the kids to play.  All kids need to participate is paper, a pencil, markers, crayons and paint.  Here’s how it works:

Enclose this contract in an envelope with your kid’s name and present it to them.  I found it worked better when Journey didn’t know that the challenge was coming from me.

super fun holiday challenge contract

It says that she has been selected to participate in the Super Fun Holiday Challenge during the holiday break.   She gets a prize when the challenge is complete.  The prize doesn’t have to be anything fancy—especially since it’s Christmas.  Get creative and give certificates that are good for one extra hour of television, an extra story at bedtime, something extra for dessert—you get the idea.

The rules are simple:

1.  She has to spend some time each day working on her challenge until it is complete.

2.  She cannot watch television while she is working on the challenge.  This should be a given, but she is the queen of loopholes so I wanted to be specific.

3.  She should ask for help when she needs it.

After she read it and signed, she was allowed to open an envelope next to it with her name on it that contained the challenge.

Microsoft Word - Super Fun Holiday Challenge.docx

Kids will have fun deciding different elements of their talk show, conducting interviews, playing games and learning more about family history and traditions.  And you might learn a few things too!

To get your kids in on the fun, simply sign up using the form below.  Once you sign up, you will receive your Super Fun Holiday Challenge kit.

(Don’t worry, I’m not sharing your information with anyone:)

Happy Holidays!!

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