Tired of charades, playing snap and watching the same old Christmas movies? Here’s our list of some great alternative festive fun. Whether you’ve got the entire family at home, or you just need something interesting to do with your best friend, we’ve got some amazing Christmassy activities for you to take part in.
- Organise a family games night with your console
If you were lucky enough to get one of the newer consoles for Christmas, then you’ll have hours of entertainment ahead of you. If you’ve opted for the Nintendo Switch, games like Lego Marvel Superheroes offer multiplayer gaming, so you can create a team of up to 4 people! Perfect for gathering around the TV with a turkey sandwich. If you already own an Xbox One, then racing games like Project Cars 2 is brilliant for bringing out the competitive side in your relatives, even granddad!
- Make slow cooker Christmassy play dough
Fancy getting a little messy? This super-easy play dough recipe takes less than an hour to create! And, you can make it super-festive by adding Christmas colours and glitter! All you need is:
- 230g flour
- 115g salt
- 4 tbsp cream of tartar
- 230 ml of water
- 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 1-2 tsp of food colouring
- Craft glitter of your choice
Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another. Pour the dry ingredients into your slow cooker then slowly add the wet ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
Place a tea towel over the slow cooker, then pop the lid on. Cook on high for 50 minutes, stirring every ten minutes for the first 30 minutes, then one last time for the last 20 minutes.
You’ll know it’s done when the dough doesn’t stick to your fingers when you make a little ball from the mixture. Knead the mixture well, and add your glitter.
Store your play dough in an air tight container. For a bit of fun during the Christmas Eve bath – try this play dough soap recipe!
- Make a Christmas Movie (GoPro)
If you’re tired of seeing the same movies year after year, why not make one of your own? It’s a great way to capture the memories you make as family and friends, and also provides hilarious entertainment for years to come. You could even do a re-make when the kids are grown up! For your home-made Christmas flick, we recommend you use a GoPro. It’ll edit your film for you, picking out the highlights and creating a unique story.
- Have a Christmas pamper day
Create some simple, effective beauty treatments to share! By using your store cupboard ingredients, you can have a fun night of mixing, blending and applying your creations.
Cinnamon Body Scrub
- 200g sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 200 ml of coconut oil
- 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil
Stir everything together in a bowl, apply to the body in the shower and store in an air-tight jar for up to 6 months.
Avocado and Honey Face Mask
- 1 ripe avocado
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbs coconut oil
Put all the ingredients into a blender until smooth. Use right away. We recommend you use a Ninja blender for an extra smooth face mask.
Thickening Hair Treatment
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 100ml warm water
- 1tbsp bicarbonate of soda
- 3 tbsp oats
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
Put all the ingredients into a blender until smooth. Use on the scalp straight after making. Again, look for a good blender like this Ninja model.
- Design your own kid’s quotes Chistmas cards
This one is going to need a little bit of technical intervention – but we promise, it’ll be tons of fun. If you have little ones, ask them some Christmassy questions like, where does Santa live? What is his favourite elf called? We can guarantee you’ll get some amazing and hilarious answers!
One you’ve got your Christmas quotes, you can design your Christmas cards! Using a 2-in-1 laptop would make something like this a breeze, as they have a touch screen. You could even get the kids to draw a picture to go with their quote!