Writing your Christmas letter to Santa and sending it what ever your family tradition is - posting it, sending it up the chimney or leaving it for Santa on Christmas eve to read this is a great way for your pre-writers to start the tradition and a fun activity to find out what they really want.
What you need to write to Santa
A glue Stick
Catalogue with items that the child likes
Piece of Paper
Some glitter glue or stickers to decorate
How you go about writing a letter to Santa with Toddlers
I spent an amount of time with J this afternoon sitting with the catalogue looking at the different items in it. It was an interesting activity in itself as I thought he would have pointed to everything in sight but what you see on the finished letter is the only things that he pointed out.
We then sat down at the table and I wrote out for him
Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like
Even though this is a prewriting activity for toddlers, them seeing you write is critcial to the writing process so where ever possible include writing even if it's their name on a piece of work and in this case it was the start and ending of a letter.
I left a huge space in the middle of the paper for him to stick the items down. Together we tore the stuff out of the catalogue (it was one that we had a duplicate of and we could have done it with the leaflets that come through the door.
I then let J lose with the glue stick and he stuck the pictures to the paper. He found it easier to put the glue on the large piece of paper and then add the pictures to it. Once he had put the pictures on he then decorated the letter with glitter glue (well it wouldn't be Christmas without glitter would it).
We're then going to post it to the Royal Mail Santa address tomorrow. I don't know whether something similar operates in another country but in the UK you can post to an address supplied by the Royal Mail and they will respond with a letter.
I have also created a letter and made a donation to the NSPCC Letter from Santa this is a great way to support the work of a valuable charity and also provide an extra special letter for your child at Christmas which is personalised from Santa delivered by Rudolph post. T being under 12 months gets an extra special "My first Christmas letter"
Out Now! - Countdown to Christmas Ebook
When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn't it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?
But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!
I've been there!
So that is why we've put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.
Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.
Find out more as we share with you our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.