6 food-based Christmas activities for teens

Older children and teenagers might not want to spend time on Christmas arts and crafts. But these Christmas activities are suited to older children and have delicious results. They can also make perfect homemade gifts for friends and family.

Christmas activities: biscuits decorated with icing to look like Father Christmas hanging on a ribbon
  1. Decorate Christmas biscuits. You can find easy recipes online or skip the hard bit and buy plain biscuits in advance. Then, decorate with sweets and icing pens – you should be able to buy these in your local supermarket. You could even try making Snowmen Biscuits if you and your teenager feel up to the challenge.
  2. Make hot chocolate stirrers and Christmas truffles. Staying at home is the perfect opportunity to try new recipes and have fun spending time together. Plus, these recipes make a thoughtful gift for a friend, family member, or teacher. You could put them in a pretty box or decorate a sandwich bag using felt-tip pens or a chalk pen.
  3. Make edible Christmas decorations. These gingerbread stained-glass biscuits look beautiful on a Christmas tree.
  4. Make cheese stars. These are perfect for a savoury treat. You don’t need to be a fancy pastry chef, you can just buy ready-made pastry. You can also experiment with different toppings, depending on your tastes.
  5. Let your child cook a Christmas meal for the family. Help them choose a recipe, write down the ingredients, shop for it and then make it. Younger siblings could get creative and decorate a menu for the family to look at.
  6. Hold a mocktail party. Your teen can make the drinks following some of these great kids’ party drink recipes. They can spend time designing invites and making party decorations. Then, the whole family can get dressed up to listen to some Christmas music and play silly games. The cheese stars would make the perfect nibbles for the ‘guests’!
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