As Christmas draws nearer and nearer our lives get busier and we need some Christmas Activities for Toddlers that let us take a back seat allow them to get creative so we can get on with what we need to do. These activities are perfect for Christmas Eve (one of the busiest days in our house for preparing the food, getting read for the big day etc…) so here you go 14 fabulous Christmas Activities for Toddlers that are hands off for moms.
From Critters and Crayons some Peppermint-Glitter Play Dough which is easy and make in the bag these would make lovely gift tags for Christmas presents and as they are made mostly in the bag such a brilliant idea for toddlers and pre-schoolers to do.
These easy snowflakes are made from cotton buds (q-tips) from Time for Play look really fun to make and each one will be unique. All that is need is glue some greaseproof/wax paper and the cotton buds things that everyone will have around the house.
If your tree is needing more ornaments (I know ours can never have enough) then My Creative Family have got some great little stained glass window decorations, all that’s needed is some sticky black plastic (clear contact paper), tissue paper, black craft paper a hole punch and something to hang it on the tree with. The tearing of the tissue paper would keep J entertained for a good while and he would love the stickiness of the contact paper.
Mama Smiles has a download of some ornaments to colour or for older children to sew, download the sheet and then cut up for colouring or cut up and draw onto felt for older children to cut up and sew to make some more ornaments for the tree.
I remember spending hours making snowflakes for our windows as a kid but would always want them to be circular as that looked so pretty instead I ended up with a very angled shape as I couldn’t get it right – but Art for little hands has the perfect solution with coffee filter papers making snow flakes. She’s warning that there will be a lot of confetti to clear up afterwards (why not add it to the Christmas Table as snow to play with at the dinner).
Another one from Art for Little Hands – using a crayola product called Model Magic which sounds a lot like Air Drying Clay but could easily use Salt Dough and speed up the drying process with the salt dough by putting in the oven on a low heat. You could start a new tradition, make the decorations and hang them on the tree first thing on Christmas Morning. I really like the look of the Model Magic as the colour look very bright and vivid.
This idea from At Home with Ali is great for older children to make for the Christmas Table, but even a younger child could use the template that she has put up on the post to colour in. These little angel table lights are so cute and easy to make. Print out the template from the site, get your child to colour in and then help cut out. Ali has provided all instructions on creating them.
Maggie from Red Ted Art has some great Red Glitter Play-dough. I love the last line of the post
**At least 20 minutes PEACE and QUIET**
Isn’t that just perfect for needing some time to sort out things on Christmas Eve. Another one from Red Ted Art – some easy Christmas Trees, cut out a Christmas tree shape, hand over glue and some sparkly things and entertainment for a while.
Even more play-dough ideas and this one is amazing – we made some in the week and J has asked for his snow out every day. Thanks to the Nurture store for Snow Play Dough recipe. It lasts really well as well and is currently in our play-dough box wrapped in cling film and inside a freezer bag. Our snowmen have had crayons stuck in them for arms and a bottle cap for a hat.
The Chocolate muffin tree has these great paper candy canes to make, they look really fun and what child doesn’t like colouring – I can imagine all sorts of interesting patterns will appear when we make these with J. Also have a look around her site as I pinned a very cute paint chip candy cane garland yesterday from this week that would look great hung up ready for the morning.
From The Outlaw Mom – how about using up some of those Christmas Catalogues and magazines hanging around and making ornaments for the tree with them. You could tear the magazines for a younger child or cut up the pieces in advance for them to make.
I love this idea from Kitchen Counter Chronicles – why not get a head start on next year’s birthday presents and make some beads for necklaces. Because it’s salt dough it can be left to dry on the side or baked in the oven and you can paint them afterwards and then you have a homemade gift ready to go.
Over on Putti Prpancha there are some great Star Ornaments that would be great to thread – starting off with circles with notches and working up to different shapes this is a great idea and threading and wrapping is such a great way to develop motor skills.
Thank you to these great blogs for letting me share their ideas.
When I asked on the Rainy Day Mum facebook page there was some great ideas from people that follow us. How about creating a Christmas Themed Treasure Hunt in a room in the house finding Christmas Themed Shaped that could be coloured in once found, making some mince pies for santa (if you used ready rolled short cut pastry this would be a great activity with very little mess but would get the children involved in the kitchen as well), making some paper chains (see our Halloween Paper Chains if you’ve forgotten how to make them), making some crackers with wrapping paper and toilet paper rolls and filling with some candy, making some reindeer dust/food (porridge oats and glitter – we’re doing this to sprinkle outside so Santa knows where to land), write a letter to Santa to leave out for him along with the mince pie, sherry, milk and carrot and making some christmas pictures.