10 Xmas ideas to the keep kids busy over the festive season

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The countdown is on, and the wee’uns are bouncing off the walls in great form. It can be exhausting (and highly frustrating) to keep them busy while you get on with your Christmas preparations.

Yes, the Christmas shows are played on the telly 24/7 and as great as sitting in watching Christmas classic after Christmas classic does sound, we’ve composed some fun activities for you and the kids to do over the holidays.

  1. Make your own Christmas cards

Stock up with some paints, glitter, card, glue, cotton balls and colouring pens/crayons. You can create some footprint Reindeer!  Encourage the kids to use things from around the garden, like twigs or leaves.


  1. Visit Santa

We all remember visiting Santa as a child – they are the memories we never forget! Why not visit the Santa Experience at Croke Park?  Take a trip to Santa’s Grotto, through the Ski Patrol Room -which is manned by Santa’s very own elves. Your ticket also includes free admission to the GAA Museum, with two floors of interactive exhibits. Or how about Claregalway Castle in the West of Ireland? Take part in a snowball fight, meet Santa’s pets and enjoy story time with Mrs Clause. They are both popular events, so remember to pre-book as they fill up fast.


  1. Paper plate Christmas elves

Another craft idea for the house. Use some paper plates and create a little army of elves! Encourage your children’s creativity by empowering them to make whatever they please. You can even add some string and cut out some holes for eyes and a mouth to make masks!

4. Shoe Box campaign

There are many vulnerable children in the world who will receive no other Christmas gift than the one given to them in the shoebox appeal. Teach your child the gift of giving, and to be aware of how lucky we are by encouraging them to create a box of their own to fill for a child.

5. Christmas Pantos
Why not take a trip to see Polly & the Beanstalk at the Olympia this December? Don’t pretend you don’t enjoy it! Or cheer the goodies and boo the baddies at the Three Musketeers Panto, which is on at the Civic Theatre from the 14th of December until the 7th of January.

  1. Ice Skating

Do you fancy yourself in the 2018 winter Olympics in PyeongChang? Then get your skates on!  If you’re feeling brave, take the kids to the ice rink. It’s a sure way to tire the little ones out. Ice rinks pop up all over Ireland; in Blanchardstown, Dundrum and a few in Cork.

  1. Make your own tree decorations

You can never have too many crafts! Use empty toilet roll holders for the top of the Christmas tree, and create unique angels for the top. Use everyday objects to come up with creative new Christmas decorations for the tree.

crafts with paper plates

  1. Get out for a walk – stay active!

Sure, it’s cold outside. But winter is a beautiful time of year. Ireland is treated to some of the prettiest skies we witness all year round. Remember to encourage an active lifestyle even in these cold months, as tempting as it is to stay in front of the cosy fire with some sweet treats.  It’s a great idea to get on the wellies and take a stroll through the forest and appreciate the lovely scenery, and while you’re out, remember to bring some pinecones home for all those arts and crafts you’re going to do!

  1. Pinecone Christmas trees

Those pinecones collected on your winter stroll will come into good use when it comes to making some pinecone themed Christmas trees! Get your little ones to create their own little Christmas trees.

  1. Spend quality time with granny and grandad

Christmas, it’s family time. Take the kids to see their Gran & Grandad this year. Remember, that Christmas can be a very isolating and lonely time for some elderly folk, and it’s easy to forget with our hectic lifestyles and busy schedules. So, please pay attention to your elderly relatives who would be delighted to have the wee’uns around.

We want to hear what you do to keep your kids entertained over the festive period. Use the hashtag #MyIrishLife on social media to let us know!

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Author: Irish Life

Irish Life is one of Ireland’s leading financial services companies with over 1 million customers. For over 75 years, we’ve been helping people in Ireland look after their life insurance, pension and investment needs.

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