Keep kids entertained with this free printable Christmas I Spy game—perfect for encouraging screen-free, festive fun during the holiday break!
To all the parents counting down to Christmas, envisioning heartwarming family moments amid the twinkling lights and cozy gatherings, yet also feeling a bit overwhelmed by the task of keeping kids occupied over the school break: this one’s for you!
Today is the LAST day of school for my three little elves before Christmas, and they are thrilled! They all trundled off to school in their Santa hats, ready for sing-alongs, movie-watching, and holiday celebrations. It’s a short day, and once they come home today, they’re all mine for the next two weeks.
Honestly, I’m excited for the chance to slow down and enjoy more time at home together as a family in the coming weeks. However, I’m also very aware that if left to their own devices, there will be a lot of chaos, noise, and bickering among my intensely spirited boys.
My husband made the comment the other night that Christmastime requires a careful balance of downtime and structure. So true! If we overschedule and try to be Christmas magic-making cruise directors all day long, everyone ends up burned out and grumpy. On the other hand, if we schedule nothing, we get bored, antsy, and…again…grumpy. There is a “baby bear” spot in the middle though, and that’s what we’re seeking.
Here’s my best advice for finding that balance:
Plan ahead of time for a handful of no-prep activities you can keep on hand for when the chaos level gets too high, and you can just tell that everyone needs a little something to help reset. Print off a few activities, gather a few supplies, and make a list of the ideas.
You don’t have to do them all. You don’t even have to do any of them (although you probably will). But having these activities planned and prepped ahead of time might just save your sanity over the break.
This Christmas I Spy game is the perfect thing to add into your “Mary Poppins” bag of tricks. Let’s get to it!
What is the Christmas I Spy Game?
This printable activity is a festive twist on the classic I Spy game—a timeless favorite among children. The concept is simple: Look at the page filled with holiday items. See how many of each type of picture you can find on the page. Color them as you find them, and write the number in the box next to the picture at the bottom of the page. That’s it!
It’s an activity that requires little to no adult help, so it’s a great one to pull out when you need a little time to cook dinner, wrap presents, or just sit and drink some hot chocolate (because you’ve been working HARD!).
Why Is It Perfect for Christmas Break?
1. Festive Fun: The Christmas I Spy game is adorned with holiday elements—snowmen, ornaments, candy canes, and more—that instantly immerse kids in the Christmas spirit.
2. Screen-Free Entertainment: In a world dominated by screens, this printable game offers a refreshing alternative. Just your child, a piece of paper, and all the coloring crayons they can find!
3. Cognitive Development: Beyond entertainment, the game stimulates cognitive abilities. It challenges children to sharpen their observation skills, practice visual discrimination, develop fine motor skills through coloring, and practice counting!
How to Access the Printable?
Ready to play? Just click the blue button below to instantly download your Christmas I-Spy game. Print as many copies as you like (for personal use).
Whether it’s a cozy afternoon indoors or a pause amidst the flurry of holiday festivities, this printable game promises to be a welcome addition to your Christmas break activities.
Happy holidays and happy spying!
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