7 Christmas Activities for Toddlers
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Last Modified 25 October 2023 First Added 25 October 2023
The festive season plays such a big role in every child’s upbringing, there’s nothing quite like it. Keeping your little bundles of energy entertained and engaged during Christmas can be a challenge for some. The good news? It doesn’t have to be!
Advent calendars are a beloved Christmas tradition but can sometimes lead to disappointment if they don’t quite meet your toddler’s expectations. Instead, why not start a new tradition by crafting your own?
It’s a wonderful way to give small gifts to your little one everyday leading up to Christmas. You can always fill in each day with affordable toys on offer that will light up your toddler with joy.
With some creativity and a lot of fun, you can fill each day with treasures you know your child will adore, it’s not just about counting down the days; it’s about cherishing these small moments that build up a lifetime of memories.
Sensory play is an all-year festivity for children, so why not combine play and sensory toys with the joy of Christmas?
This season, create amazing Christmas-themed sensory boxes to captivate your toddler’s imagination. From different textures to a variety of sounds; here are some fantastic sensory boxes ideas you can craft at home:
Fill a shallow container with a white sensory base material such as rice or salt. Then add some toys such as arctic animals, or small ornaments. This way your child can scoop, pour, and play with the “snow” as they learn about the animals.
Fill a bin (small, medium, or large) with dried pasta as the base and add an assortment of jingle bells in different sizes and colours. Encourage your little one to shake, rattle, roll and engage their sense of hearing. This is a great time to introduce concepts such as “loud” and “soft” as you play together. Keep an eye on your child if they tend to stick objects in their mouth.
Fill a container with Kinetic Sand or coloured rice and add battery-operated LED tea lights or small string lights. Combing visual play with tactile stimulation, your child will enjoy the magic of twinkling lights as they glow through the sensory material.
These boxes are not only entertaining, but easy to set up at home. Whether your toddler wants to explore the sensation of cotton ball snow or the aroma of cinnamon-infused rice, these sensory activities open hours of play for your little one.
This is the perfect time to get out and about with your little ones. There are an abundance of exciting festive events to explore, from Christmas markets to magical pantomimes to meeting Santa and the elves in your local shopping centre!
So gather the family and enjoy going on a little adventure together, not only are you making incredible memories for your little ones but you can also get involved in your communities festive spirit.
Don’t forget to pack those travel cots, we all know toddlers have a knack for wearing themselves out with all the excitement.
There is something truly magical about the aroma of freshly baked cookies wafting through your home during the festive season. Baking at Christmas is a loved tradition you can introduce to your toddler. Bake all the cookies and cupcakes and let your little creator take over and decorate. This gives your child the unique opportunity to get involved in the preparations.
Unleash their creativity with colourful icing and see what designs they come up with. This hands on experience teaches them how much effort goes into preparations and is a great time to learn about different ingredients and kitchen safety. You can also practice this with roleplay toys, meaning your toddler won’t need to be supervised.
Baking together is a wonderful bonding experience that your toddler can be engaged in whilst learning from the experience. Also, baking yourself can save many costs. Have a read through our article ‘How to Have A Low Budget Christmas’ for all our tips on making Christmas special within a budget.
Christmas shopping can be a day filled with joy and laughter with your little one by your side. Show your toddler what goes on during the grand Christmas shop, from presents to food to decorations. Your child will feel more involved in all the Christmas preparations. They will become excited and learn all the things that go into the big day.
Be sure to plan the day out for rest times, a meal, some treats and all the places you need to visit.
Arts and crafts awaken creativity, imagination, and productivity. Bring out all the paint sets, pens and pencils, and crayons as your child unleashes their inner Picasso through many different decorative projects.
Wondering which Christmas crafts projects are suitable for toddlers? Here are our top three picks:
Treasure hunts are a great way to entertain your little one while encouraging them to be active. You can always start with a crafty project to create little stars with your little explorer.
Cut out different sized stars and let your toddler design each one uniquely. Some may have glitter, others may be painted, some may have funny drawings…
After your stars are ready, plot them around the house in little secret locations. To make the treasure hunt even more fun, scatter little letters around the house that will lead to clues on where the star can be located. This is a great way for your toddler to think for themselves, use their imagination and learn important social skills.
In summary, there are several activities to do with your toddler and family during the festive season. Create cherished memories by getting messy, creative, and having unconditional fun together. From baking to reading to arts and crafts to strolling through Christmas markets, the possibilities are endless. Need more guidance? Get prepared for the festive season with our Christmas toys for babies and toddlers.
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