Christmas Play Ideas #ButterflyHomeschool

Our Christmas Gift For You Is Play Ideas.

During the holiday season, you might be a little lost about how to keep your children busy. You might need to keep them occupied while you prepare for your Christmas event guests or for travels. Or maybe you just need to keep them busy so they stay out of trouble when your normal schedule is not in play. Here are some mild weather outside play ideas that we have been using, along with some recent photos.

Why Play With Your Children?

Also, if you play with your children, it is a great way to get some exercise AND clear your head from holiday stress. You can use the time while they play to take photos of the children in action. Later, you can use printed versions of those photos for craft projects to create future greeting cards and gifts for close family and friends.

Make A Holiday Welcome Mat

Get out the colored chalk and make your own holiday welcome mat.

chalk welcome mat and holiday greeting #butterflyhomeschool

chalk welcome mat and holiday greeting #butterflyhomeschool

sidewalk chalk fun #butterflyhomeschool

sidewalk chalk fun #butterflyhomeschool

Mild Weather Outside Play Ideas:

  • Sidewalk chalk play – create a hopscotch board
  • Freeze Tag – even with a small yard this game is easy
  • Frisbee – get a really big one with soft cushy edges
  • Hiking at your local or state public park
giant soft frisbee #butterflyhomeschool

jumbo disc – giant soft frisbee #butterflyhomeschool

Where To Hike With Your Family

We recently checked out our local library’s complimentary state park pass in Fulton County, Georgia. Library patrons can access it once per year per adult library card. It was a blessing because the park we chose to visit was much much nicer than we ever expected. Also, our unseasonably cool weather warmed up nicely at about mid-day, and was not too hot. Check out our picture gallery of Sweetwater Creek, a Georgia State Park below.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

~ The Johnson Family: Henry, Donna, Justine, Samuel and Charity


Please also check out Mom Donna’s articles over on the Christian Homeschool Mom’s blog. Here is the link to her profile:

The series of articles that she shared in Fall 2014 gave tips on why and how to connect or re-connect locally and prevent or stop isolation.

Grateful For Freedom To Homeschool


We are grateful for the freedom to make educational choices as a family that fit with God’s vision and purpose for our family. We are grateful that we clearly understand why we are learning, and it is not because the law requires it.


We shared the Purpose for Our Homeschool:

To Read #ButterflyHomeschool Purpose – Click Here

“Point your kids in the right direction — when they’re old they won’t be lost.”

~Proverbs 22:6 (MSG)

We fully understand that this is our job and can’t be left up to

professional educators or children’s ministries.

We are grateful for the help of dedicated educators and ministers to supplement what

Father God has called us to do as stewards over these, His Children’s lives.

They came from Him in Heaven. He sent them to us here on Earth, but they belong to Him.

We are just their primary caretakers and mentors here on Earth.

So, as the stewards or managers of their education,

We are grateful to be free to choose when, how, where, what, and with whom we learn day by day.


Even though we do school at home most days,

we are free to learn wherever we happen to be.

This gives us great joy and is one of our best freedoms.

We shared about our recent adventures:

–we used our swimming skills we’ve learned this summer during our vacation

–we were trained in CPR at the local firehouse and got a tour of it, also.


We have an untraditional schedule which is centered around

the Daddy’s work schedule and the Mommy’s business schedule.

During the summer months and holiday seasons,

we usually modify our schedule to learn, as we have fun and stay active,

which we share about on our Adventures Page.


During the traditional school semesters (Fall, Winter, Spring),

we focus on learning in an integrated way and from a Biblical perspective.

For this year, we invested in a Bible-based curriculum called


which has received a lot of great reviews, especially from larger families,

such as the Duggar Family, who talked about it in their book.

We hope that sharing about our journey of freedom as a homeschool family is a blessing to you. And hope that you’ll share about your journey with educating your kids, even if you don’t homeschool.


How about you and your family? What freedom are you and your family grateful for today?


We are grateful for YOU. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

~Johnson Family #ButterflyHomeschool