Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love getting in the festive spirit as early as possible, so over the past few weeks Ollie and I have been doing lots of Christmas activities and crafts. When you’ve got a toddler at home, it can be hard to think of ways to entertain them. Especially if you get snowed in like we did last week and they start climbing the walls! All these activities are easy to prepare and can be done with things you already have around the house.
Salt Dough Ornaments
I love making salt dough for Ollie because you can use ingredients from the kitchen and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. We printed his hands into the salt dough and used cookie cutters to make ornaments for the tree. It’s a great sensory activity for toddlers and you get a keepsake at the end.
Baking is one of my favourite Christmas activities because it’s fun, easy and we get something tasty to eat at the end! This year we’ve made mince pies, jam tarts and gingerbread cookies. Wrap them in cellophane with some ribbon and a bow and you’ve got a lovely homemade and thrifty Christmas present!
Play Post Offices And Write To Santa
This is a lovely rainy day activity, and it entertained Ollie for hours last week while we were snowed in. He’s really into posting things and loves imaginative play, so this was the perfect activity for him. My Mum bought him a post box from Hobbycraft which I decorated, but you could easily make your own out of an old box. I glued card inside some envelopes to make them a bit more sturdy. We then got some stickers and stamps out and decorated our envelopes. We pretended we were posting them to different family members and sent a letter to Santa.
Christmas Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are really easy to prepare and give toddlers a great opportunity to explore new things. I used green and red rainbow rice as a filler for mine. I then added some Christmas bells and decorations, some snowy pinecones and cinnamon sticks for a lovely festive smell. I left it out in the kitchen as an invitation to play. Ollie loved scooping the rice up and listening to the noise it made.
Print Your Own Wrapping Paper
Printing your own wrapping paper is a lovely way for your toddler to get creative and make something unique for friends and family. You can decorate your wrapping paper however you like, but I decided to go with vegetable printing as it’s fun, cheap and easy to prepare. I used little potatoes and cut holly leaves and Christmas trees into them. We also used our cookie cutters and stamps to print some stars and snowflakes.
We printed on to some brown parcel paper, which you can pick up from places like The Range, B&M or the Post Office.
Christmas Light Walk
One of our favourite Christmas activities to do as a family is get dressed up warm and head out for a walk to look at all the lights. It’s a lovely, free way to get in the festive spirit!
Decorate Christmas Cards
Get your craft supplies out and let the kids make their own Christmas cards. It’s a good way to keep them entertained and make something nice for family members. If you want to get really creative, there are tons of ideas on Pinterest. You could use their hand or footprints, fingerprints or even their old artwork. Or just let them loose with the paint and glitter and see what they create.
Build A Den
This is a great one for cold wintery days. Grab all the sheets, duvets and pillows you can find, and build a big den in your living room. Get your comfy pyjamas on and snuggle up to watch Christmas films, or read some Christmas stories!