Ahh Christmas! It’s certainly the most wonderful and magical time of year, but boy does it fly by! I had intended to do so many activities with my youngest two but after a flurry of visitors, I haven’t squeezed in as many (blog worthy) activities as i’d have liked so I’ve called upon some of my favourite Instagrammers to help share some Christmas activities with you all….so here is the top 25 christmas themed activities for toddlers and preschoolers!
Whilst most of the activities, should be pretty straightforward from the photograph, please click on the links so that you can find out more about each activity.
1. Feed the Snowman
This cute fine motor activity is by Shannon from Perfect Preschool Plans. Check out her Instagram feed for a wonderful range of early years ideas.
2.Holiday Sensory Tray
Doesn’t this rice and oats tray from im_the_simon look so inviting? It’s a good idea to keep play simple at Christmas time, especially with all of the additional events and activities happening.
3. Christmas Spice Play Dough
If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know that we love play dough! Here we made festive spice from scratch and used it to scent our dough. You can find the child-friendly recipe here.
4. Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin
I’m a huge fan of the activities Lucy from Find the Little Mind shares – this hot chocolate bin is on my list of ‘must tries’ for the holidays.
5. Hot Chocolate Play Dough Kit
Lucy also created this cute play dough box along a similar hot chocolate theme, which you can read about on her blog. Hot chocolate always reminds me of The Polar Express!
6. Christmas Tree ABC
Stickers are such an great fine motor tool and these giant dot stickers made perfect baubles. You can read more about this activity here.
7. Snowy Writing Tray
Anya from Montessori from the Heart shares so many affordable Montessori style activities on her page. I just love this flour writing tray for its simplicity at one of the busiest times of year.
Anya has also written her own activity round-up of 50+ Christmas themed ideas which you can read about here.
8. Wrap the Christmas Tree
We’ve had these craft stick tree frames for years and they are still holding up well! You can read more about this activity here.
9. Festive Tray for Sensory Play
Christmas can be chaotic, so calming simple play is a necessity. This set up in the Flisat table has been a huge hit with my youngest two. You can read more about it here.
10. Letters to Santa
Have you got loads of parcels coming through the post? Save that cardboard for crafts and activities! Here we made little postcards for santa and teamed them with stamps and Hey There! Easy Peel stickers that were kindly gifted from Mama Brown & Co.
11. Christmas Kitchen
Add festive themed play dough to your play kitchen so your little ones can role play making festive bakes. Even better, get them helping with the real deal too!
12. Decorate the Gingerbread
Rae from Educate with Wonder is someone who I’ve only just recently started following and I’ve quickly fallen in love with all of her ideas. This loose parts gingerbread activity is great because it can be used year after year.
13. Sensory Ornaments
I just love the way Sarah from Learning with Hazel has created a child-friendly tree invitation. Sarah set this up as a ‘decoy tree’ for Hazel to direct her away from the real tree. As soon as I saw this idea, I rushed out to buy a small tree for my youngest two!
14. Homemade Gift Tags
15. Candy Cane Sensory Tray
Mirror play seems even more magical at Christmas time. I love this idea from Rachel Moffatt to turn standard sensory rice into a candy cane!
16. Super Simple Kid-Made Ornaments
17. Icy Ornaments for Sensory Play
18. Christmas Tree Bow Decorating
19. Sticky Christmas Tree
Early years specialist Laura from Inspire My Play has so many gorgeous, education-rich activities on her Instagram. I love the idea of this sticky Christmas tree – allowing little ones to get creative without heaps of mess! You can read more about Laura over on her website.
20. Christmas Scent Jars
Emily from Made to Montessori has so many fantastic Montessori inspired ideas on her Instagram feed. I love the beautiful simplicity of these seasonal scent jars.
21. Christmas Jumper Sewing Cards
Sewing can be made simple for little ones with the use of DIY cardboard sewing cards and I just love these ones from Little Button Diaries. You can read more about how to recreate these at home by visiting their website.
22. Paperchain Snowman
Betty from Chalk Academy has so many awesome ideas for children who are being raised bilingual or even multilingual! This paper chain countdown is brilliant for helping little ones to understand how many days there are until Christmas. A New Years one would work well too! Head on over to Betty’s website to get the printables.
23. Stickers & Washi Tape
I was trying to think of a witty name for this one but my brain is just too tired! We originally tried this on the floor with loose parts, but it didn’t work out to well with my youngest around! Stickers are so great for working on pincer grip and this is a great way to use those Christmas stickers.
24. Do-a-Dot Christmas Tree
This couldn’t be simpler – we did this one when Z was 2 so it’s also a good option for the younger ones. Simply cut out some Christmas tree shapes and provide the markers!
25. Frozen Play Dough Kit
Sorry, but I just had to squeeze one Frozen themed activity in, especially since the release of the new movie! Play dough small worlds in these IKEA GLIS boxes also make brilliant gifts for children – you can find out more about our play dough recipes here.
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