Activities To Help Foster Children Settle In This Christmas
Christmas is undeniably a very happy and enjoyable time for the whole family – but this isn’t always true for foster children. When you’re a foster parent, it can be difficult to keep up your foster child’s spirits, because they can feel sad about not spending it at their parent’s homes. (They can also start to feel distressed for other reasons, which we mentioned in our previous blog. You can read it here.)
However, there are a number of things you can try to help them feel like part of the family and enjoy the festivities. There is sometimes such a build up and fuss, it’s very easy to forget to try and find activities that you can all do together!
Here are some festive activities for the whole family, to ease your foster child’s worries and help them enjoy your families festivities.
Family Board Games!
Doesn’t everyone just love a good board game? They are great because they are an activity the whole family can get involved it together and bond over. You don’t have to just stick to scrabble though, there are so many new and exciting board games out there that the whole family will love.
Mince pies, yule logs and shortbread biccies – everyone LOVES Christmas baking treats The best option here is definitely rafting gingerbread houses is an old-fashioned activity that’s fun AND yummy! You can actually buy readymade houses that need decorating from most stores these days, which will save you one job. If you think this might be a bit extreme for you, try baking some simple gingerbread men to decorate just as fun instead.
Decorating at Christmas is definitely a highlight. Make your own tinsel, hanging decorations and Christmas tree decorations! The whole family can even have a competition of who can make the best one.
We hope you like these ideas! We hope you’re all very excited for the Christmas festivities, but we also know that it can be really hard keeping the whole family entertained over this holiday season.
From everyone here at Lorimer Fostering, we hope you have a very happy and healthy Christmas with your loved ones – and a Happy New Year to you all!