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Being able to have engaging and fun Christmas activities for toddlers is actually a reality that’s possible.
Even though you might feel that the holiday season is a little too chaotic and there’s no way to “calm the storm”, that’s old school thinking that is no longer true.
You’ll find some awesome fun Christmas activities in this post that are certain to make this holiday season a whole other level of fun.
The holiday season isn’t the same for everyone but there is one factor that tends to spread itself evenly throughout families with children.
How in the world can you keep your children or toddler entertained at those family gatherings that last for hours?!
You know what I’m talking about, right? This holiday season is going to be different.
It’s entirely possible to find ways to keep everyone happy, entertained and full of Christmas spirit.
What do you do with toddlers in the winter?
The winter season is really all that different than narrowing down to Christmas, but here are certain winter activities that should be on your radar.
If you’re looking for some fun and easy winter ideas for children that you can easily do, why not consider a few from this simple list:
- Play in the snow
- Bundle up and go for a walk
- Create a winter nature study and explore outside
- Play age-appropriate board games (one of the popular games in our family is Pie Face! It’s so much fun for everyone!)
- Create epic crafts that they’ll love
As you can see, you can easily think of fun things to do with toddlers during the winter. Just be ready to be involved and a part of it during each and every activity as these all create an amazing bonding experience as well.
How do you make a memorable Christmas?
The holiday season in itself is memorable. With everything magical and special going on, it’s easy to become happy, full of glee and be excited by the holiday season.
But the truth is, every family is different about what makes a memorable Christmas for them.
Some families love getting matching family pajamas and snuggling up by the fire. Other families spend all day baking and creating crafts.
Figuring out what makes a Christmas memorable doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all answer, but it does open up the option to customize it to what makes you and your family happy.
If you have a younger child or a toddler, what are you wanting to do for the holidays in hopes that they’ll remember?
That’s the biggest question that you need to ask yourself and figure out how to implement. Once you can do that, you can then work on making it a family tradition to do over and over every year for the holidays.
What are good Christmas traditions?
Speaking of traditions, do you have any for your family that you’ve made yet? If not, don’t fret! There is always time to create a family tradition for the holiday season.
Don’t fall into the hype of trying to make your family tradition be the same as everyone else’s, either. This is where you totally hold the key to making your family Christmas tradition be whatever you want it to be!
“Good” Christmas traditions are ones that are in line with what the holiday season is about. Caroling, baking cookies (like these kid-friendly Christmas desserts), watching a Christmas movie…things and activities like that.
But for a “great” Christmas tradition, you really only need to make certain of one thing and one thing only – that you have your family with you doing “whatever” it is that you’re going to do.
As long as you have your family as your foundation, it’s certain to be the best Christmas tradition, ever.
Fun Christmas Activities for Toddlers
Now that we’ve dove into some fun Christmas tradition ideas and talked about the importance of family, let’s get down to some of the Christmas activities for kids that you can easily do this holiday season.
Every family gathering is certain to have some downtime, but these Christmas activities for children will help keep everyone happy and entertained.
Christmas Activities for families
Don’t forget that families can make every holiday gathering totally awesome, or totally not.
While it might be tempting to plop the kiddos down in front of a movie to get some downtime during the family gathering, why not try another approach instead?
This holiday season, try some of these Christmas activities for families that you can easily do at any family gathering or even in the comfort of your own home.
- Get out the crafts and start creating
There is always time to craft and create but during Christmas, it’s a whole other crafting experience.
During Christmas, the more glitter, glue, popsicle sticks and pom pom balls the better. This is because Christmas crafts are some of the most festive crafts that you’ll make all year!
- Act out your favorite Christmas movies
Who knows, maybe you have a little actor or actress on your hands?! What’s so great about this fun Christmas activity is that anyone of any age can do it.
Acting out movie scenes is so much fun! It’s like a live game of Pictionary, but without any drawing.
Make certain to instill the rule that there aren’t any hints allowed and you’ll have so much fun seeing what movies your toddler and children try to act out.
Creative Christmas Activities for Toddlers
The truth of the matter is that toddlers just want to be wherever you are.
During family gatherings, there is a lot of stimulation and activity going on and it’s really easy for them to be overwhelmed.
Instead of trying to find ways to keep them “busy”, why not try a different approach and include them in the family activities as well.
- Make a sensory box
Toddlers love to explore! What better way to give them a fun way to meet those explorational sensory needs, then by creating a holiday-themed sensory box!
- Let your toddler help with the baking
We all know that there is always something to finish cooking or baking for the holiday feast.
No matter how prepared everyone was, there’s something last minute that just got left out. Instead of taking charge and hurrying through it, why not let your toddler join in on the cooking fun?
Give them jobs that are safe and simple but make them feel as if they’re part of the cooking as well.
Stirring, pouring, scooping…all of those cooking activities are great for them to do, plus helps them with their fine motor skills as well.
- Pop up some popcorn for them to string and hang on the tree
This is one of the best Christmas activities, ever! Use a dull needle or something that isn’t overly sharp and let your toddler add all the popcorn to the string.
They’ll love knowing that they’re making new decorations for the tree and it’s almost certain that they’ll be snacking along the way!
- Give them the job of setting the table
Believe it or not, kids love doing this! There’s just something exciting about them setting the table and putting out all the utensils and everything that is going to be needed for the big meal.
Just make certain to put up anything that might be an heirloom or valuable as little hands can sometimes make little mistakes as well. (big hands do, too!)
Christmas Games for Kids
The other no-fail plan for keeping toddlers entertained during the Christmas family gathering is to make certain that you’ve got plenty of Christmas games for kids ready to play.
This can be anything from puzzles to board games, or even just a dancing game that anyone and everyone can do.
Christmas games are another easy way to set up a family tradition that carries on from year to year. Some easy Christmas games for kids can include:
If the weather is nice where you live, head outside and let the kids challenge the adults to a riveting game of kickball.
It’s a great way to play together and burn off some of those Christmas calories!
The beauty of this game is that it can be played indoors or outdoors.
Just make certain that everyone is safe in their hiding spots and you’re certain to have some time where there isn’t going to be a child in sight.
Put a time limit on how long the kiddos should be hidden for and this game just might take up the majority of the day.
- Snowball fight
Let’s not forget that some parts of the country have a ton of snow on Christmas! This means one thing and one thing only – everyone is bundling up and heading out the door to throw snow at one another!
Having a snowball fight at Christmas is a great way to get outside, move bodies and interact in a fun and harmless way.
There might even be enough snow to build a massive snowman as well!
With the holiday season approaching, there are a ton of great Christmas activities for toddlers that can easily happen with little to no effort.
The bottom line to remember is that your toddler is just wanting to be with you, wherever that might be! Include them in the holiday activities that you’re doing when applicable and help them out with some of the fun family activities above.
There are so many fun Christmas ideas on this list that you might have a hard time narrowing it down!
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