When the weather turns cold and everyone is stuck indoors you need some holiday break activities for kids.
Activities that are both fun and educational help to pass the time while reinforcing skills learned throughout the school year in math, science, and art. Nature’s Ninja and the National Onion Association have several fun activities for kids aged 3 and up that range from simple coloring to arts, crafts, and cooking. These activities offer education about agriculture and nutrition for kids of all ages.
Printable Coloring Sheets for Kids
Take a break from digital media and improve fine motor skills and focus with coloring. Grab the free downloadable Onion Ninja Odyssey Coloring Book with over 20 printable coloring sheets. The story takes kids along on the adventures Olivia and Ollie. With these holiday break activities for kids, children learn how onions are grown and how they are used in cooking with age-appropriate, research-based nutrition education on the onion’s role in disease prevention and fighting illness.
Science and Agriculture Activities for Kids
The free downloadable Onion Ninja Odyssey Activities Book for preschoolers and beyond is full of activities that help children learn about how plants grow and how onions are produced. In activity 3, children learn to identify the different parts of an onion plant and in the Watch Me Grow activity, they learn how to grow an onion plant so they can try sprouting their own onions as the weather warms in the spring.
Nutrition Activities for Kids
In activity 5 of the downloadable book, you’ll find everything you need to create flashcards for learning about the many nutritional benefits of onions. Activity 10 provides a coloring project that helps kids identify fruits and vegetables. The My Onion Ninja Odyssey project helps kids learn the importance of eating fruits and vegetables with a pledge for healthy eating habits that they can carry into the New Year.
Cooking Activities for Kids
Two projects in the Activities Book involve kids in cooking healthy recipes. The kids can help measure and cook Ninja Onion Chili Patch in the Eat My Vegetables activity. It includes prompts for discussing the nutritional value of the recipe. In Look Who’s Cooking, kids can help make multiple recipes including Olivia’s Garden Fresh Pizza and Ollie’s Stir Fry. In activity 14, you’ll find printouts for kids to create their own cookbook complete with a cover page and a template to write their own recipes.
Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids
Activity 6 in the downloadable book gives a supply list and instructions for children to create their own onion character using an easy flour-based paper maché method. Stamp It gives instructions for making onion stamps and in Red and Yellow Tie-Dye you’ll find the supplies and instructions needed for making tie-dye t-shirts by using the pigments in onions.
Fun Games for Kids
When it’s cold outside, you can keep kids moving with the Onion Ninja Twister activity. This lesson inside the activities book provides cut-outs to create your own game of twister that will help kids with color identification and large motor coordination.
Whether you choose a quiet afternoon of coloring and collage-making or the more involved activities of tie-dye and cooking, our downloadable coloring and activities books will help make winter break more fun and educational to make the holiday break activities for kids entertaining.
Here are 7 ideas for holiday crafts to try at home
Paper Plate Snowman: Transform paper plates into adorable snowmen. Kids can paint the plates, add googly eyes, and create accessories like scarves and hats using construction paper. This simple craft is both fun and festive.
Salt Dough Ornaments: Mix up a batch of salt dough and let kids create their own ornaments. They can use cookie cutters to shape the dough, then paint and decorate the ornaments once they’re baked and cooled.
Pinecone Reindeer: Collect pinecones and turn them into cute reindeer decorations. Kids can paint the pinecones, add googly eyes, pipe cleaner antlers, and a red pom-pom for Rudolph’s nose.
Sock Snowmen: Upcycle old socks into adorable snowmen. Kids can fill the socks with rice, tie them off, and then decorate them. They can use buttons, felt, and other craft supplies to bring their snowmen to life.
Handprint Wreath: Create a festive wreath using handprints. Have kids trace and cut out handprints from colored paper. They can arrange the hands in a circular pattern, and glue them together to form a wreath. Add bows or ornaments for extra flair.
Holiday Mason Jar Lanterns: Decorate mason jars with holiday themes using paint, glitter, or decoupage. Place LED tea lights inside to create festive lanterns that can be used as decorations or gifts.
Candy Cane Reindeer: Turn candy canes into adorable reindeer characters. Attach googly eyes, red pom-poms for noses, and pipe cleaner antlers to the candy canes. Add ribbons or bows for extra decorations.
These craft ideas are not only entertaining but also help kids express their creativity during the holiday season. It’s a great way to make holiday break activities for kids enjoyable for the whole family.