Running out of ideas to celebrate Christmas this year? We suggest some meaningful and fun ways you can celebrate this holiday with your grandchildren.
1. Build a snowman
In a summer-all-year-round Singapore, we can’t experience the luxury of building snowmen using real snow. But that doesn’t mean there are no alternatives! There are several ways to build a snowman figurine using snowman kits in your house, and you can simply order them online.
It comes with accessories to make the snow for your snowman, and even gloves (for both you and your grandchild!) for handling the snow. Replicate what it feels like to have a White Christmas right in your homes.
Another Alternative would be this DIY snowman kit using Styrofoam which includes 10 snowmen that you can piece together with your grandchild. You can then place the completed products wherever you like as decoration. Simply use glue to stick it wherever you like, or just place them along your coffee table. Rest assured as the materials in this kit are non-toxic and tasteless so it’s safe for the younger ones.
No, this is not Lego! It’s a smaller, more affordable alternative to them. Manufactured by Kawada Co. Ltd in Tokyo, Japan, nanoblocks are micro-sized building bricks kit that have been taking over by storm in the past few years. Since these are building bricks, it’ll require more teamwork and effort by you and your grandchild — great for a longer bonding session. You can order your snowman nanoblocks here, or other Christmas-related figures here.
2. Make simple desserts together
What’s a holiday celebration without some desserts? There are many recipes out there that even young children can assist you in making. But if you want to avoid having them handling stoves, knives or oven, try making desserts! These recipes we found below are not only kid-friendly to prepare, but also make great desserts to serve for the whole family with beautiful Christmassy visuals.
This strawberry cream float is not only a treat for the eyes, but is also sure to capture your grandchild’s heart with its sweet and fizzy concoction. You can even switch it up to other flavours according to their taste. Pop a cute Christmas-design disposable straw for easier cleaning and better visuals and you’re good to go! Just make sure you’ve already cut the strawberries for garnish beforehand.
Another delicious but easy to make treat is a peanut butter banana yoghurt parfait. This recipe is more flexible in that you can make healthier additions like include a wider variety of fruits, or make substitutions such as low-fat yoghurt. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to get creative with your grandchild in the making of this delicious parfait!
3. 'Tis the season to give
What better or more meaningful way to spend the holidays than to give back to society by volunteering? You get to instil the heart of helping the less fortunate and vulnerable and possibly help them build a habit of volunteering in your grandchild in addition to helping people.
If you have a usual volunteering gig you participate in, see if you can tag your grandchild along. It doesn’t have to be big or require much money. Simple volunteering activities like distributing food to the less fortunate during Christmas can go a long way in spreading love and warmth. Talk about a way to spread the Christmas spirit!