With the season of goodwill upon us, I’ve decided to list my top 5 favourite Christmas activities to do with children this season.
1. Sensory baths
There’s nothing better than a Christmas-themed sensory bath to get little ones into the Christmas spirit. All you need is:
– shaving foam
– Christmas-themed bath/foam shapes
– a few drops of peppermint flavouring
– food colouring (optional)
2. Homemade decorations
We made a paper plate wreath last year for their bedroom door. All you need is:
– a paper plate with a circle cut in the middle
– green paint
– Christmas craft decorations (Tesco usually sell packs of these)
– a festive ribbon
– glitter (optional)
3. A Carol Concert/A Service
A Service can be great fun for children. We have attended the Christingle Service at Southwark Cathedral in the past, where children are encouraged to make their own Christingles, meet Father Christmas and take part in the procession to Borough Market for the ‘Switch On’. Usually followed by mince pies and mulled wine (for the adults!).
Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a Christingle Service being held at Southwark Cathedral this year. If you would like support a good cause in the process, then I would highly recommend the Bliss Carol Concert.
4. Ice skating
Want to go ice skating but unsure what to do with your two year old? Ruxley Manor Garden Centre in Sidcup, Kent offers ice skating for the whole family. There are strap-on ice skates for children who’s feet are too small to exchange their outdoor shoes for skates. Plenty of penguins and bananas to help assist budding ice skaters, young and old alike (though these must be reserved in advance).
5. Christmas Market
There are so many to choose from in London, here are a pick of the best 3 Christmas Markets for families:
– Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
– Southbank Centre Winter Market
– London Bridge City Christmas Market