Here are ten easy holiday activities you can do with teens.

1. Coloring Sheets: Print holiday coloring sheets and set out in the YA room with colored pencils and washable markers. Here are a couple nice sites for pictures:

2. Cookies or brownies in a jar: place ingredients separately in large bowls with measuring cups and spoons. Fill 1 quart canning jars in layers. A couple helpful sites:
Cookie and Brownie Mix in a Jar

3. Stenciling. Borrow holiday stencils from friends and coworkers. Use craft paint that is inexpensive and dries fast. Cut up inexpensive sponges for applicators. Teens can stencil cards, gift tags, or gift bags. Scrapbooking scissors can give fancy edges to card stock paper and lunch bags.

4. Decorate the YA room. Your TAB can decorate a tree during a meeting or make decorations during a meeting. Teen patrons can make ornaments or hang up the coloring pages they've made to make the room festive. Choose the decorations that suit your community and library.

5. Rubber Stamping. Like the stenciling, teens can make cards and gift tags in no time at all with rubber stamps and ink pads. You can make a rubber stamping kit for any holiday and have a quick, easy and fun independent program ready to go. Provide scrapbooking scissors for extra pizzaz.

6. Participate in community events. The TAB decorated a tree to represent our library for our community's Festival of Trees for several years. The most remarkable one was
The Book Tree.

7. Make bookmarks and cards. Using any method you choose, TAB members can make holiday bookmarks and cards for homebound patrons.

8. Decorate cookies. To save time, use cookie mixes or slice and bake cookies and invite teens to decorate them to serve at children's holiday programs. Be sure to make plenty for nibbling teens!

9. Make beaded snowflakes or stars. Need inspiration?
Martha Stewart's Beaded Snowflake

10. Invite teens to help with holiday programs at the library!

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