Parenting

9 Ways To Keep The Kids Busy (And You Sane) While You Prep For The Holidays

10/24/2014 12:00am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

Getting ready for the holidays can be an incredibly stressful and hectic time for parents, especially when the kids are home from school. While the little ones can be placated with simple, 'helpful' tasks (say, sorting a bowl of M&Ms by color), grade-school-age kids are more likely to get antsy.

We've partnered with Ziploc® brand to round up some fun, easy crafts that will help your kids feel involved in the party-planning process -- and keep them out of your hair. Gather up your supplies, turn on your favorite holiday flick, and savor a few moments of peace and quiet as you prepare for your guests to arrive.

1. Bottlecap Turkeys

turkey magnet

Save a few bottles caps so the kids can make these adorable turkey magnets to decorate the fridge for Thanksgiving.

2. Snowman Kit

snowman craft

All your kids need to build an adorable mini snowman are three marshmallows, two pretzel sticks, a chopped baby carrot and three mini chocolate chips.

3. Clothespin Reindeer

reindeer clothes pins

These cute and easy-to-make reindeer will be great additions to your holiday home decor.

4. Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees

cupcake trees

Try stringing a few of these trees together to make colorful streamers or use them as ornaments for your tree.

5. Hanukkah Felt Bunting

hanukkah bunting

All you need are scissors, felt, string and glue to make this creation come to life. If your kids are feeling extra crafty, they can also add in menorah cut-outs.

6. Macaroni Menorah

macaroni menorah

Take advantage of this opportunity to remind your children of the menorah’s importance in the story of Hanukkah.

7. Confetti Ornaments

ornaments

Class up your tree with these colorful, and not to mention easy-to-make, confetti ornaments.

8. Snow Cream

snow cream

This is a quick and easy treat that will take no more than five minutes to prepare.

9. Help in the Kitchen

kids decorating cookies

Invite your children into the kitchen so they can assist with small tasks. Kids can help with simple preparations like setting the table, folding napkins, choosing music and decorating cookies. This way, you’ll get to spend quality time together while involving them in the holiday preparation process.

If you have any additional ideas, feel free to let us know below in the comments!