1. Arts and Crafts
There are some really cute and easy ideas online of Christmas crafts. I bought Michael a big box of Christmas crafts from Argos for only £5 and he has been getting a lot of enjoyment out of it. One of our favourite ones is decorating Christmas cards. Not only is it enjoyable, family members I have found really like receiving a Christmas card from Michael.
Michael does not like anything on his hands, but I have seen some great pictures online created using hand and foot prints. Check out this blog post for some great ideas http://funhandprintartblog.com/2011/12/my-top-10-favorite-christmas-crafts-made-with-hands-feet-from-around-the-web.html
Check out pound stores and hobby craft, they have lots of stickers, colouring books and craft activities for really good prices.
I must admit I am not huge on the kitchen, I hate cooking! However Michael really likes helping in the kitchen so I do often bake simple things with him. At this time of year I really like Christmas cookies. Super easy to do and Michael can really get involved with the baking and then decorating with icing pens and sprinkles. I bought our Christmas themed cookie cutters really cheaply as well from Home Bargains.
Some other ideas are cupcakes and gingerbread houses. If like me you are not the strongest in the kitchen, you can buy the stuff needed all together in a box from most supermarkets.
Tempted to do this with Michael but I think it would just take too long and has too much detail so he would probably go off to toys after 5 minutes leaving me to do the rest!
3. Christmas films.
This is the first year Michael can really sit and happily be entertained by short films. I absolutely adore Christmas films so have not been able to resist getting all cosy with blankets, hot chocolate and some snacks with Michael on these early nights. He can't hold his attention there for things like Elf and Miracle on 34th Street but has really loved watching Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas and The Snowman.
I really love this time of year and have lots of Christmas activities planned with Michael. Let me know what you have planned with your kids this season.