Festivals are an excellent way for the whole family to come together and engage in some activities. You could make merry with friends, relatives, and family. Children can also partake in most festivities and are an active part of the celebration.
If, as parents, you’re confused about how to include your little ones in the festivities, you have come to the right place. Whether it is Christmas, Diwali, Onam, or Eid, your little ones can have tons of fun engaging in various activities. You can also breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that they will be occupied and won’t run around causing any mischief. Continue reading our post as we list down 8 activities to engage your child during festivals.
1. Go Shopping
Shopping for festivals is a fun activity that all of us enjoy. If you don’t usually take your kids for shopping during special occasions, you would be surprised at how much they love to be part of it. So, whether you are buying festive clothes, household items, or other goods related to it, let your child choose some items. This way, they will also feel included and involved.
2. Prepare Snacks Together
Foods play a major role in most festivals. Each festival has a range of foods that are a part of the festivities. People love indulging in sweet and savory snacks and drinks during the occasion. You could let your child partake in food preparation by giving them simple tasks. There are also several easy recipes that your kid will be able to manage on their own, with some assistance from your end.
3. Decorate And Clean The House
Parents ask their kids to assist with cleaning the house during a festival. To make things more interesting for your child, you can also involve them in decorating the house. Instead of merely assigning them chores, give some autonomy with regards to picking the bed sheets or curtains, for instance. It will give your child the sense that you are a team and would encourage him to do more.
4. Read Stories About The Festival
Educate your child about the significance of the festival and what it represents. You could also read them stories about the same and turn it into a fun storytelling session. This will help your child understand the traditions better instead of simply following all the rituals blindly.
5. Arts And Crafts
DIY decorations are a fun and exciting way to engage your child during festivals. Buy some art supplies and let your child create some festive decorations for the house. You could guide your child and share some ideas with your kids. Check out Pinterest or YouTube videos for some simple and easy DIY craft ideas for kids.
6. Meet Relatives
Meeting with relatives may be scarce when you follow a busy schedule. Festivities are probably the only time when families get together and socialize. You exchange gifts and gossip, have snacks, and engage in other fun activities. It is also the perfect time for your little ones to play with their cousins and friends. So, make sure you make the most of it and arrange playdates.
7. Attend Events
During festivals, you might also get invited to events or parties to add to the holiday cheer. Discuss with your child what parties he/she might be interested in attending. Tell them in advance to help them prepare for the same. It’s also important to not force your child to attend something they may be reluctant to go to.
8. Take A Vacation
Plan a family vacation around the time of the festival. Go for a weekend getaway to a location and introduce your child to new culture, tradition, and people. If a weekend getaway is not possible, you could also arrange a small family picnic, have a fun storytelling session, and educate your child about the festival and its significance.
Festivals are a great opportunity for children to enjoy and learn. It also helps in the development of their social, creative, and linguistic skills. So, make sure to seize the opportunity and engage your little ones during festivals but don’t forget to make memories and have fun.
How do you celebrate festivals? What are some of the activities that you do to engage your little ones in the celebration? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.