It’s awfully hard for kids to sit still at the Christmas Eve dinner, especially when they’re relegated to the kids’ table. This year, don’t make the kids’ table the place where the munchkins HAVE to sit. Make it the place where they GET to sit. With a little preparation, your rug rats may even sit down for longer than 5 minutes and give you a chance to enjoy some mature conversation at the adult table. Here are 10 Christmas Kids’ Table Activities to make your little ankle-biters WANT to sit at the kids’ table.
Make the kids’ table a fun place to hang out by covering it with Kraft paper and adding art supplies. Jaime from That’s My Letter set out lots of art supplies on her kids’ table so they could draw, color, or even make a craft.
Simply Sweet Soirees also uses a Kraft paper tablecloth on this Christmas Eve kids’ table. It includes lists of things that need to be done before going to bed such as leaving snacks for Santa and singing Christmas carols.
If you want some printable Christmas kid-friendly placemats, look no further. Kids Activities Blog has free downloadable placemats that feature Christmas-themed activities such as coloring, drawing, mazes and word searches.
The Pleasantest Thing provides a free printable Christmas I Spy Game that pre-schoolers would love. No reading required!
No Time For Flash Cards always has fun, educational activities. The kids will love this free printable Christmas Word Search game that would be especially good for elementary-age kids.
Katie from Gift Of Curiosity took the time to produce these adorable bingo cards and offer them free of charge to her readers. There are ten unique cards so quite a few kids could play at once at the same kids’ table. The older kids could even call the bingo game or help the little ones play.
Here’s a fun game from Jenae of the wonderful I Can Teach My Child blog called Silver Bells Memory Game. It involves my favorite prop . . . chocolate! Just add sticky dots to the bottom of chocolate kisses and you’re ready to play.
If you want to get the kids involved with food preparation, why not set up a cookie decorating station on the kids’ table? Emily from BuzzFeed has great tips for organizing a cookie decorating activity.
Another food prep activity the kids can handle is pretzel dipping. Myra from My Blessed Life has good instructions for chocolate dipped pretzels with Christmas-themed toppings (like crushed candy canes;-) Here’s a tip: To melt the chocolate chips and keep the melted chocolate warm, put the chips in a Mason jar and then place the jar in a crock pot.
Of course, if you want to forgo Christmas Kids’ Table Activities and simply want to decorate the kids’ table so it’s enticing to your little ones, check out Kim’s Snowman Table. What little kid (or big kid!) wouldn’t love to sit down at such an adorable table, especially when the decorations include M&Ms and Raisinets!