I do daycare for my nephews when they're out of school and am already making a list of what to do with them during the week of Christmas I'll have them. In the summer it's not as hard to entertain them, but I can't exactly make them play outside for hours at a time during winter
Here are some ideas I have on how to entertain my boys during that week, please let me know if you have any more!
--Making wrapping paper like we did last year
--Embroider, I just got some new robot embroidery patterns and the boys love to embroider (or as they alternately have called it--knitting, quilting, sewing, and threading. They can't remember the word embroider
--Gingerbread house (or rather, this year I found a Gingerbread train kit)
--Hanging our "tree," this year I am going to string lights on the wall in the shape of a tree and hang light ornaments from it. Thank you Facebook friend for the idea!
--We might even string popcorn to decorate with/pass the time since they can use needles now (even the 5 year old!)
--Making Ornaments, I found a box of ribbons and trims at the fabric store in clearance for $1. I'm going to cut tree shapes out of felt and let them glue the ribbons on to mimic garland. Also I have tons of other ornament ideas pinned, and lots of them here on Craftster!
Here's a few more ornaments we might try!
Ice skates with paper clip and felt http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214525.0#axzz2kSsHWAym
Trees with felt and ribbon/ricrac/etc http://www.craftster.org/forum
Kid's drawings http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418072.0#axzz2kSsHWAym
Salt Dough ornaments http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402743.0#axzz2kSsHWAym
This would be easy, recycled Christmas cards. You could probably use Christmas wrapping paper reinforced with cardstock or cardboard too http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2011/12/recycling-christmas-cards.html
I think you could sub the styrofoam base out for something else (a piece of cardboard?) http://christopherandtia.blogspot.com/2010/12/handmade-yarn-wreath-ornaments-2010.html
Not so much crafty, but still sanity savers
--Going to Dollar Tree and giving them each $2 to spend
--Possibly riding the Max (light rail) out to the mall for lunch and adventures
--Walking to the park and playing (if it's dry out)
--Dance parties, turn on the music and boogie! Or, actually play Just Dance on the Wii.
Two of my boys busy at work crafting inside their pillow fort: