12 Seasonal Family Activities: Nurturing Meaningful Moments

As the holidays draw near, a season of joy, giving, and, above all, togetherness begins. At Hape, we cherish the belief that it's the moments shared with loved ones that truly define the magic of the season.

In anticipation of Christmas, join us in a delightful countdown featuring twelve heartwarming activities designed to infuse each day with lasting memories. Explore these festive endeavors that aim to foster togetherness and create meaningful moments throughout December.

1 - Crafty Kiwi Day

Gather your craft supplies and embark on a creative journey to make festive decorations like paper kiwis and snowflakes or Christmas cards! Let the kids explore their artistic side with paint, glue, and scissors, enhancing both their creativity and motor skills. For some structured craft activities, check out our blog's, offering downloadable DIY projects to keep the little ones entertained with a variety of festive themes.

Family Festive Crafting


2 - Singing Under the Southern Stars

Dust off your musical instruments or simply use your voices to usher in the holiday spirit with some festive songs. This family activity is an excellent way to introduce kids to the magic of music, fostering emotional bonds in a fun and familiar setting. And did we mention it boosts memory recall and encourages vocal expression?

3 - Kiwi Bake-off Extravaganza

Time to bring out the cookie cutters and start baking! Whether it's creating gingerbread kiwis or frosting festive cookies, the kitchen transforms into a playground, teaching aspiring bakers patience and the joy of creation (and a bit of delicious chemistry!). Following the recipe's instructions is also a great time to practice those concentration and active listening skills.

4 - A Stroll Down Family Memory Lane

Take an evening to flip through old photo albums or videos. It's a fantastic opportunity for children to hear family stories and for parents to reminisce about milestones and memories. This activity not only encourages essential family time and memory recall but also helps foster children's sense of identity and belonging within the family unit.

5 - Toy Tidy-Up and Kiwi Kindness Day

The season of giving offers an ideal chance for children to declutter their toy collections and assist those in need. Encourage kids to sift through their toys and donate those they've outgrown or no longer play with. It's a lesson in empathy and the joy of giving, while also instilling positive organizational habits.

Family Festive Singing Session

6 - Snowman Paper Plate Portraits

Get together with some white paper plates, markers, colored paper, and glue. Each family member can use a plate as the canvas for their snowman's face, creating it with their imagination. Add a paper Santa hat or earmuffs for extra flair, or a kiwi icon or two. This simple craft boosts creativity and hones motor skills. Once completed, hang up these unique snowmen as festive decorations.

7 - Holiday Film Fiesta

When your in need for some quite time, what better way to celebrate the festive season than to spend some time indulging in a festive movie marathon? Choose family favourites or discover new holiday classics and snuggle up with popcorn and a cool drink. Family movie marathons not only become cherished traditions but also provide children with essential downtime during the festive chaos to unwind and reduce holiday stress.

8 - Eco-Friendly Gift-Wrap Galore

Keep little fingers busy and minds buzzing with a DIY gift-wrapping extravaganza. Coordination and creativity unite as children wrap presents using newspaper, brown paper, or even better, their own drawings! This eco-conscious and personalised approach not only teaches the art of wrapping but also imparts valuable lessons about sustainability.

9 - Bonanza Game Experience

Bring out your favourite board games, card games, or puzzles and enjoy quality family time. Games and puzzles teach children strategy, patience, and crucial social skills, such as fair play and rule adherence.

10 - Family Recipe Adventure

Each family member chooses their favourite dishes, writes down the recipes, and shares any special memories associated with them. Younger children can contribute by drawing pictures or decorating the cookbook pages. This activity fosters creativity and writing skills while serving as a lesson in family history and storytelling.

11 - Family Time Capsule

Creating a family time capsule is a fun and meaningful activity offering a snapshot of life at a moment in time. Discuss as a family what you want to remember about this year, collect meaningful items like photographs, toys, or notes, and place them in a durable box. Decide on a date to reopen it in the future, perhaps in 5, 10, or even 20 years. Bury it in the garden or store it in a memorable spot, encouraging children to reflect on what is important to them now and fostering introspection about the past, present, and future.

12 - Gratitude Journal Fiesta

End your festive activities with a gratitude journal. Each family member writes what they're thankful for from the year and shares with the family, reflecting on the year's ups and downs. It serves as a reminder of the year's blessings and daily moments of gratitude, fostering emotional awareness and appreciation in children.

Recognizing that family togetherness is a precious gift, the carefully selected activities showcased in this post go beyond mere bonding exercises. Each one serves a dual purpose: strengthening family ties and contributing to the all-encompassing development of children. Embrace the spirit of the season with Hape Toys as we embark on a journey to create cherished memories together.