Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Got Kids? Christmas Vacation Fun for Everyone! by Elizabeth Alsobrooks

Got kids or grandkids with lots of time on their hands over the holidays, especially before Santa comes? Here’s some come in out of the snow and warm up for a while activities you will both like. Rather than just playing video games or playing on their phones, get their brains creating rather than just receiving . . . garbage in.

Creative Activities for Kids (and You!)

Writing Prompts 
1.       Personify your Christmas tree and write a story from its point of view.
2.       Congress is debating a law to ban Christmas.  Write a letter convincing them to keep it.
3.       Make a To-Do list of your top 10 favorite Christmas Activities.
4.       You are one of Santa’s Elves. Write a journal entry for one of your days.
5.       Create a new holiday tradition for your family. Explain it in detail and why it is important.
6.       What is the best Christmas present you ever got? Explain why it meant so much to you.
7.       What do you think Santa would like for Christmas? You can make a list and explain why he wants      or needs each item.
8.       If you could give one gift to every boy and girl in the world, what would it be and why?
9.       What do you think Christmas was like 100 years ago?
10.   An ornament on your tree is enchanted. Where did it come from and what does it do?

Drawing/Color/Paint Ideas
1.       Illustrate the story you wrote above.
2.       The North Pole
3.       Illustrate an ornament, as a gift for someone.
4.       The Best Christmas Dinner Ever
5.       Christmas Carolers

Easy Paper Crafts
1.       3-D Snowflakes
2.       Christmas Tree Ornaments
3.       3-D Christmas Trees
4.       Table Ornaments
5.       Paper Flowerball Ornament 
6.    Paper Plate Art 
7.    Paper Bag or Finger Puppets

And as long as you're thinking about kids. If you or someone you know is interested in writing YA fiction, pick up a copy of this wonderful new YA how-to book! Writing Books make great stocking stuffers!


Diane Burton said...

Those are some great writing prompts, Elizabeth. I'm going to share them with my daughter to use with her almost 9yo and 11 yo. I'm sure they'll have lots of fun. Wishing you and your family happy holidays.

Elizabeth Alsobrooks said...

Thanks, Diane. It's always fun to do creative things with kids (said the former teacher). Have a great holiday!

Nancy Gideon said...

We're all just kids at Christmas! Thanks for the fun reminders, Dr. E! And as an aside, your YA reference book is AWESOME! I'd recommend it to any writer thinking about the genre (great gift . . . just saying!).

Francesca Quarto said...

Kids all flown the coop. Grands in other states and too big for art work,but your unique ideas should sent to all parents who have allowed Christmas to slip through their fingers, only to be replaced with phones, ipads, game stations, etc. A loss of childhood imagination to technology. UGH! Thanks for the good words, Elizabeth.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all your wondrous people!
Francesca Q.

Elizabeth Alsobrooks said...

Thanks, Nancy! I can't tell you how great the classrooms looked when kids made those 3D snowflakes and hung them at various levels from the ceiling. Teachers used to stop in and admire them...and then complain that kids were making snowflakes in 'their' class to put in my room. LOL! Thanks about the kind words about the book too.

Elizabeth Alsobrooks said...

Thanks Francesca. Yeah, I always had fun making things, including cookies, with my kids. I never did grow up. I still love crafts. Happy Holidays!

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