Family activities to entertain the kids at home this Christmas
Seeing Christmas through the eyes of children is a magical thing. It brings back our own sense of joy, excitement and genuine wonder. There is no denying that Christmas this year will be different, but hopefully it will lift the spirits and help us focus on the important things and people in our lives.
At Little Cooks Co we have a team of excited little cooking elves who have been busy trying out our Christmas recipes and activities all ready to share with you!
Salt dough Christmas tree decorations
When we let our children get involved, the days of beautifully colour coordinated Christmas trees go out the window! So, embrace the fun and let your little cook make their own decorations!
What you need:
- 160g plain white flour
- 160g table salt
- 160-180ml water
- Mixing bowl, large spoon, baking paper, cookie cutters and large baking tray
- Glitter, glue, beads, paint…whatever you have lying around!
- Preheat your oven to 150c (170c fan assisted)
- Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl
- Add the warm water, a little at a time, then use your hands to knead until the dough becomes soft and pliable – add a splash more water if it is too dry to form a dough
- Put one sheet of baking paper on the table and place your dough on top of it. Place the ball on top and cover with another sheet of baking paper.
- Roll out your dough through the baking paper (this stops it sticking)
- Once your dough is around 1cm thick (any thicker and they may bake with a few lumps and bumps!), remove the top layer of baking paper and use your cooking cutter to cut out shapes
- Use a straw or sharp implement to make a hole in the top of the shape (this is to hang it!)
- Place the shapes on the baking tray and pop in the oven for about an hour until hardened
- Let them cool fully, then decorate!
- If you want the ornaments to last make sure to varnish them
Reverse Advent Calendar:
Reverse Advent Calendar is a wonderful concept that teaches our children about the meaning of Christmas, generosity and a spirit of giving.
How it works: Every day in the build-up to Christmas you and your little cook choose an item to place in the Advent Calendar box; it can be toys, food, clothes (it might be worth contacting your local food bank or charity to understand what they need and can accept this year). Once the box is full you can deliver it together to your chosen charity. Make it even more fun for your little cook by decorating the box however they choose, making it really fun and festive!
Orange and clove tree decorations:
This is a go-to favourite for us every year so I suppose you can call it a tradition!
What you need:
- 3 large Oranges
- Ribbon or string
- Cut oranges into 1cm thick pieces and decorate with cloves
- Make a hole in one end for the ribbon/string to hang
- Pop in the oven at 65c for 4 hours
- Thread with ribbon and hang high enough on the tree to avoid little hands grabbing them off to gobble
We have a great selection of free festive recipes on our website. Cooking together is such a lovely way to spend time together – choose a recipe, whack on some Christmas music and make memories creating something yummy (and healthy!) together:
- Pecan snowballs: have fun mixing, rolling, baking and decorating with snow!
- Mince pies: how early is it acceptable to start eating mince pies? As soon as the clocks change in our house!
- Sage and onion stuffing balls: super delicious with a yummy Sunday roast!
- Christmas cake: a Christmas cake that kids will actually eat….I think I was about 30 before I liked Christmas cake but all of our little cooks love this recipe!
- Winter pies: a fantastic way to use up brussell sprouts!
- Truffles: decadent chocolate truffles which make a lovely snack to have prepared ready to eat ready to eat over the holidays
Our December kit is a delicious, healthy Gingerbread making kit, packed full of extra Christmas surprises! Head to our Gift a Box page to select a December shipping date in order to receive this kit ready for even more festive fun this Christmas!