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Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Busy at Family Gatherings

2015-12-21 by Dayna Abraham

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These tips for family gathering fun are brought to us by our guest blogger, Dayna, of Lemon Lime Adventures.

The holidays are an exciting time full of family, friends and gatherings. Almost every weekend can get filled with going here or going there. For most of us, there is this sense of hustle and bustle that keeps us busy, however kids can get extremely anxious while waiting for dessert or Christmas tree time. Here are a few simple tips for keeping kids busy during family gatherings.

Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Busy at Family Gatherings *Read about a few simple tips for keeping kids busy during family gatherings this fall and holiday season, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Make Busy Bags | Before you ever travel to your Aunt Susie’s, be sure to pack a bag of fun and exciting games your kids can play anywhere. Some great options are travel games or lacing games.

Bring Coloring Activities | One of the easiest ways to keep kids busy is to pull out a new coloring book! They are small and easy to throw in your bag and then easy to pull out at any family gathering.

Cooking | Kids love cooking. They especially love feeling like they are part of the hustle and bustle. It give them a sense of ownership and keeps their hands busy!

Mess Free Art Projects | In our home, before the family comes over we set up mini stations around the busy areas to keep the kids’ hands busy and active. Our newest favorite projects include Mess-Free Glitter. No glue. No mess. Just sparkle and fun!

Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Busy at Family Gatherings *Read about a few simple tips for keeping kids busy during family gatherings this fall and holiday season, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Mess-Free Glitter is awesome! I can’t say enough fantastic things about this new project tool! Our favorite part of it is how it is super easy to use and allows children to be creative without the mess.

Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Busy at Family Gatherings *Read about a few simple tips for keeping kids busy during family gatherings this fall and holiday season, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

If you have a child that loves to build things they will love these awesome gingerbread and Christmas tree kits! My son has actually made them three times, different every time.

Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Busy at Family Gatherings *Read about a few simple tips for keeping kids busy during family gatherings this fall and holiday season, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

As an added bonus, Mess-Free Glitter is perfect if you have a child with sensory needs. Since there is no mess, there are no bothersome tactile experiences to keep your kids from trying the projects.

The pressing and rubbing provides just a little extra proprioceptive input for your child that can be extremely helpful in calming and regulating them when the family is around.

Mess free glitter might actually be more of an answer to your busy kids than you ever imagined!

What are your go to tips for keeping little ones busy during the hustle and bustle of the holidays?

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Simple Tips for Keeping Kids Busy at Family Gatherings *Read about a few simple tips for keeping kids busy during family gatherings this fall and holiday season, on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

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Dayna Abraham

Dayna is a National Board Certified teacher, with over 12 years of experience in early childhood education, who now homeschools her 3 children, one of which struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder. She is the author at Lemon Lime Adventures and owner of Project Sensory, where she is dedicated to sharing real life stories with parents and educators about the pretty and the not so pretty days involved in raising children. You can connect with Dayna over on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and G+!

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