Welcome to our selection of free and low-cost activities you can do with your children this Christmas.

At The Children's Society, we believe that every child deserves to enjoy a good childhood.

Christmas is a magical time for children. But it doesn’t have to involve expensive toys and gadgets – as you’ll see from the following pages.

From Christmas tree angels to reindeer droppings (they’re edible – honest!), Batteries not included features plenty of things to do, to make and to bake. None of the ideas cost the earth and all will bring a smile to your child’s face – to yours, too, we hope!

girl standing beside a tableau scene

Batteries not included is divided among the following sections:

Enjoy – and have a very merry Christmas!

Batteries not included relies on suggestions from supporters and colleagues -- thank you to everyone who has shared their ideas.

We want to hear your holiday ideas! The easiest way to reach us is on Facebook. Let us know if you enjoy using our suggestions and share your own tips for Christmas fun.

This Christmas, you can help keep runaways like Rosie safe - read her story and support our Christmas appeal.

The most disadvantaged children rarely suffer on just one front. We work directly with these children, many of whom have nowhere else to turn, to ensure that they are loved, valued and listened to. With them we fight childhood poverty, harm and neglect.
Our network of programmes includes drop-in services for runaways, as well as children’s centres and support for young carers. We support children who are refugees from violence, and we give those in care a voice. We transform the lives of many more children by pressurising government and local authorities to change policy and practice to protect them, and we challenge the negative attitudes that perpetuate harm and injustice. 

In hard times, children are among the hardest hit. We don’t just help them survive - we support them to flourish. Please learn what you can do.