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How to Get Kids to Love Helping at Christmas Time

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Do you have young children?  It can be such a struggle to find ways they can give and projects they can be part of without going crazy.  In Fact, they get so frustrated when the projects are too big or the gifts are too expensive that they storm off and refuse to Help.  It is possible to involve them, but man it can take so much time planning and prepping everything to make it smooth for them! Today I am going to share my secrets to get Kids to Love Helping at Christmas Time and a Free resource!

The struggle to get Kids to Love Helping at Christmas Time

Earlier this year I shared that it has taken years to settle on Christmas Traditions that fit our Family.  One Christmas Tradition is making Homemade Gifts. 

We Love making and Giving Homemade Gifts!

This has given us permission to say no to overspending, and to say yes to quality time together in December. 

We use that time to pray over our loved ones and share the Christmas story with our kids.  They feel freer to ask questions because we aren’t sitting face to face interrogation style.  Talking while their hands are busy helps them process and really go deeper!

On the Road to discovering our love of Homemade Gifts we tried and failed at many other Christmas Traditions.  They may work with older kids, Tweens or Teens, but they were too involved for my littles.  They would storm off, melt into a puddle of tears, refuse to help the next day…  It was a disaster.

I want my kids to Love being part of our Christmas Traditions.

Now to be fair, one child has special needs and so there will always be some challenges.  She is very immature and so I always have to plan things that a toddler would enjoy to keep her happy.  No worries though – I’ve raised several toddlers now so I have some secret Hacks to make Christmas Time smooth and fun for all!

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Secret #1 to get Kids to Love Helping at Christmas Time

Plan age appropriates Christmas activities.

They will not always be this young and when they are older you can do more.  If you want to keep your sanity, set aside your dream of an elaborate gingerbread house or the tour of Santa’s Village that’s at the top of a cold windy hill at 20 degrees.  Just set it aside until they are a little older and will enjoy it.  it’s not for forever – just for this season of motherhood.

Secret #2 to get Kids to Love Helping at Christmas Time

Plan age appropriates projects or invents them so everyone has a part.

My kids are age 5 – 9 at the moment.  These are the 10 Homemade Gifts that everyone has loved and all of my kids could help create!

There are projects my 9-year-old can be part of that my 5-year-old can’t.  I separate the projects into smaller parts so everyone can have a task…  Sometimes that task is to color the card to go with the project.

I make a big deal about the coloring task so they feel like a big helper.  It makes them smile and feel good and helps me save money 😉

Secret #3 to get Kids to Love Helping at Christmas Time

Let the kids pick the project or gift they would like to make.

Alright, now I don’t mean let the dream something up or even google some huge project.  Kids have the incredible ability to dream big and imagine extravagant things (We could learn from them).

Mom, you search the internet to find 2 or 3 projects or crafts that you know are age appropriate or have parts that everyone can manage.  Then you pull up those projects and let your kids choose the one they would love to do.  They don’t have to know you picked it.

They will feel empowered, important and confident!  You will see their little faces light up as they gather the supplies, work through the project step by step and then give it to their loved one!

15 Free Printable Christmas Cards Kids Can Color

Honestly, this year I was too tired to help the kids create Christmas Cards.  I created these Printable Christmas Cards for my kids to color out of sheer frustration.  I searched Google and Pinterest for hours last night and was so disappointed with the lack of easy to use, Free Christmas Card Printables my kids Can Color!

Coloring is an easy way to let my kids create something – from their hearts – to share God’s love with our Family, Friends, and Neighbors at Christmas Time!

This morning I woke with the realization that I could just design the kind of Christmas Cards I wanted!  It still hasn’t sunk in that I have that skill set yet…

Anyway, after I created them I thought you might also like them.

  • They are designed with a center line so small children know where to fold.
  • The cards are blank on the inside so they can write their name or put stickers or whatever else they can imagine.
  • I also added their favorite bible verse to the back (well, I love verse 17 so I added that bit).

John 3:16-17 (NASB) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

  • They sat with me to pick the pictures so I know they are kid approved!

Now they have something they can create and give away that is really something they want to share!

They are Free as a way of saying Merry Christmas from HopeJoyInChrist to you!

Just to Wrap it Up – How to Get Kids to Love Helping At Christmas Time

  1. Plan age appropriates projects or invents them so everyone has a part.
  2. Plan age appropriates projects or invents them so everyone has a part.
  3. Let the kids pick the project or gift they would like to make.
  4. Download a set of these15 Free Printable Christmas Cards Kids Can Color

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!  A Christmas of Fun, Quality Time and filled with Kids who Love Helping!

I’d love to know how do you keep the kids involved, happy and Merry at Christmas Time?!?!?

in HIM,

Tiffany Montgomery

Tiffany of Hope Joy in Christ inspires Christian Women to grow in faith, live out Biblical Marriage Principles and raise Godly Children.  Join the Wives Only Facebook Group here or keep up with her through Pinterest.

16 thoughts to “How to Get Kids to Love Helping at Christmas Time”

  1. The Christmas cards for the kids to color look so cute! Yes, it’s always good to involve kids in the Christmas preparations so they feel that they are a part.

  2. Great ideas you have, Tiffany! Especially with having kids create their own presents, and not have to spend your hard earned income as much. I love your colorable Christmas cards, as well! Fabulous, family centered ideas are great!

  3. These are wonderful ideas. I agree when you get the kids invested into Christmas they get excited. One of things we used to do ( my daughter is 32 and single) is to make small homemade ornaments for our neighbors. Another thing we did was gather all the kids and make popcorn balls. It was quite the adventure, but they loved it!

  4. My kids love to help make Christmas candy and decorate gingerbread houses. As long as you care more about quality time than presentation, they can help from a really young age.

  5. I needed this. We adopted our oldest son who is 10 years older then our biological son. So keeping a teenager and a toddler entertained and experiencing age appropriate things is hard. This list helped me practically how to make things enjoyable for my teenager since many things tend to be geared towards toddlers or little kids for Christmas

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