Give in to the game room. The place where the roughhousing, teenagers, friends and toddlers dwell. The place where no antique or favorite glass ornament would dare try to survive. Put up the most kid-friendly, teen-friendly tree in town. Why not let the kids' most current interests be your theme? You can actually trick the younger ones into cleaning by having them select their favorite toys to display for all to see. Matchbox cars, army guys, Legos, and superheroes hanging off a branch with a hook or a ribbon all make great ornaments. Pipe cleaners make great kid-friendly hooks as well. Mix in sparkly foam ornament balls and colorful lights with candy canes.
For older kids, here’s a second idea… include karate belts as garland, soccer or footballs as fillers, tournament medals, ribbons, baseball cards and other sports, band or scout articles for added kick. It’s sure to be a fan-tastic crowd pleaser.