Written By Amy
As these last days wind down to Christmas, I wanted to share a few activities to keep your kids busy before the big day. My rule of thumb is they have to be easy, especially this time of year when everything is so busy! The first two ideas are printables that hopefully have a little more of the true Christ-mas spirit than you might find out there. I made them in hopes that they would be fun, yet educational as well. They are geared for 1st grade and up (but can be done with an adult or with an older sibling for younger children).
The next two are very simple yet creative food items for your kids to make. The first is an appetizer that a child would be proud to bring to Grandma’s or serve to company. It is for a little older children. The second is a yummy treat that younger children can do with very little help. Both of these ideas came from Family Fun online.
Christmas Package Cream Cheese and Herb Spread
- 8 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Red bell pepper
- Mix the dried dill, garlic powder, and salt into the softened cream
- Pack the mixture into a rectangular container lined with plastic wrap (you
can reuse the cream cheese box).
- Refrigerate it for at least 3 hours. Before serving time, set the unwrapped
block of cheese on a platter and decorate it with a scallion bow and red pepper
polka dots and gift tag.
Holiday Pretzel Treats
Salty pretzels combine with sweet chocolate for these fun treats that make a yummy gift few can resist. (In fact, you may want to make some extras for yourself!)
- Bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels
- Hershey’s Kiss or Hershey’s Hug
- M&M’s candy
- Heat the oven to 170F. Set a number of bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper,then top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss or Hershey’s Hug.
- Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (the white chocolate will melt more quickly), until the chocolates feel soft when touched with a wooden spoon. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and quickly press an M&M’s candy into the center of each Kiss.
- Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes, then place them in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. Place handfuls of the candies in clear
plastic bags and tie on colorful ribbons.
Only one gift to go before we celebrate the greatest gift of all time, the birth of Jesus!