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Fun Christmas Activities Toddlers & Kids Enjoy
It’s that TIME! One of my favorite times of the year! The CHRISTMAS and ADVENT season! I’ve been enjoying reading through blogs, ebooks, old books of mine and more as I plan out fun Christmas activities Toddlers and Kids can enjoy. I’m having such fun thinking through what my grand-toddler can do and hoping your toddlers will enjoy them as well! How about you? Have you started? Gotten any Advent Calendars going or other projects? If not, this will be a great place for you to start! 🙂
Christmas & Advent Activities Ideas Resources
While checking through my Christmas boxes, I was thrilled to find some of my favorite Nativity sets along with some toddler books from older grandkids’ Christmases. I also had fun reading through some great new resources with even more fun Christmas activities toddlers and older kids enjoy, like….
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I purchased Truth in the Tinsel for when my grandtoddlers are a bit older. While a lot is a bit more involved than grand-toddler can currently handle, I do like the way she organized it and am using a few of her Bible story ideas with grand-toddler over the next few weeks.
In addition, I purchased the Christmas Activity e-Book from HandsOnAsWeGrow and appreciate that it is definitely toddler-friendly with LOTS of easy and fun Christmas activities toddlers can enjoy. I’ll use many of them to supplement my Bible projects with Little Bear.
Mary, The Mother of Jesus
Last week, I shared 14+ Fun Advent Ideas for Toddlers [Preschoolers and Older Kids too]. As I mentioned in that post, this week our focus is on Mary, the mother of Jesus. What a grand example she was to all of us. Willing to do whatever God called her to do. Such a sweet love for God at such a tender and lovely age! I often pray for that kind of willing surrendered attitude for myself as well as my kids and grandkids! Here’s our Bible memory verse. This and the others through Christmas will be shortened a bit to make them easier for grand-toddler (hence the …in the Scripture picture below).
Advent Bible Verses for Children
While grand-toddler is unlikely to memorize this whole verse, we repeated many of the concepts several times. And next year, we’ll add more to it.
Many preschoolers and older kids could probably memorize the whole verse. 🙂 And be sure to sign up for regular email updates and access to my free subscribers resource page for the printable verse AND coloring page of the verse this week (and indeed, each week. 🙂 )
Advent Books For Kids About Mary +
Basic Bible Doctrine for Kids is VITAL!
I gathered up all my Christmas – Advent books for kids. I’ll have them all available for the grandkids throughout the month but made a list of the ones I want to be sure to read for each week. As we focus on Mary this week, I’ll be sharing books that include accurate information about Mary – or fairly close. It’s interesting to note that many kids’ books just gloss over the fact that Mary and Joseph weren’t yet married. I get it! That’s definitely a touch subject to tackle. And yet, when our kids are very young, it’s easy to teach them simple truths like the fact that Mary’s baby was a miracle straight from God instead of the normal way with a mommy and daddy. And that the Virgin birth was a vital fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy,
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”
God sent an angel to both Mary and Joseph to tell them how to handle the situation. Amazingly, young as they were, they both obeyed. It was a special “dispensation” JUST for them. These are, indeed, simple truths without details. Vital truths that our kids and grandkids, Lord willing, will remember and cling to when they are older.
Did you know that a new study from the Pew Research Center shows that, “Shrinking Number of Americans Believe the [Virgin] Birth of Jesus Based on Historical Events.” That is a key doctrine in the Christian faith. Based on my very small and very un-scientific survey of the kids’ Christmas books at my home, I have to think that the books we may be reading them when they are toddlers could play a small role (good or bad – depending on the books) in that sad situation. It is vital to remember that it is NEVER too early to teach our kids and grandkids GOD’S WORD!
Now, that being said, I did NOT use the word Virgin in the Bible verse above. You know how toddlers are. They will latch onto words you do NOT want them to and share them at school at the worst possible moment. So I’m very careful about that. However, I did teach my kids and my older grandkids the stories that tell how the angel talked to her while she was engaged. And eventually taught them from Isaiah and the New Testament about the Virgin Birth. Each of us, of course, has to decide when is the right time to share these vital facts. But share them we must, along with all the other vital elements of the doctrines of our faith!
I was raised in the Lutheran church where I learned both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. As a result of various moves, we have also attended a variety of excellent non-denominational AND denominational churches – all of which teach the Creeds. I think they are vital for kids to learn and I already love playing two lovely songs based on the creed and utilizing many of the creeds’ core truths for my grandkids. My favorite is “This I Believe (The Creed)” by Hillsong and yes! It includes the words:
I believe in life eternal
I believe in the virgin birth
I believe in the saints’ communion
And in Your holy Church
I believe in the resurrection
When Jesus comes again
For I believe, in the name of Jesus
This song is already in my regular playlist for Little Bear and Punkin Doodle but I have also added it to my Christmas music with the other Mary songs
Christmas Books Toddlers Preschoolers – With Mary
- Mary and the Angel – Free Printable Minibook
- Christmas Story based on Luke 1 – Free Printable MInibook
- The Christmas Story by Brenda C. Ward
- Baby Jesus by Allia Zobel-Nolan
- Baby Jesus a Pop-Out Storybook
- The Beginner’s Bible – A Christmas Celebration Sticker & Activity Book (and Story Book)
The Christmas Story (Bible Babies)Baby Jesus is Born (Touch and Feel (Readers Digest)) by Allia Zobel Nolan (2003-10-01)The Baby in the MangerLittle Bible Playbook: The First ChristmasBaby Jesus – A Pop Out Storybook – Interactive Pop Out Bible Story – Pop Up Bible StoryThe Beginner’s Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity BookTouch and Feel Baby Jesus Is Born
More Toddler Christmas Books
Enchanted Learning has a cute printable Christmas book toddlers will enjoy reading with you. Preschoolers can have fun writing in some of the words.
Teachers Pay Teachers is another excellent resource. They have many great resources for all ages from preschool on up. And that includes cute printable storybooks toddlers enjoy too! AND many of their items are free, while others can range from 80cents on up – and it’s fairly easy to search specifically for the free items. AND they do have Christian options as well. For example, here is a lovely Nativity printable story that was free! And check this out – Real Christmas is…
Christmas Songs That Mention Mary
I created a new Christmas Music playlist at my Fun Bible Activities for Kids YouTube Channel – The shortcut for it is FunBibleActivitiesForKids.com/Christmas-Music-at-YouTube or just click here. 🙂 I love combining fun Christmas activities toddlers enjoy with music! Don’t you?
So far, the list of songs that include a reference to Mary on the playlist includes:
- Mary’s Boy Child
- Mary Did You Know
- Songs of Mary and Infant Jesus by Holy Tales (One of Little Bear’s favorite set of singers!)
- This I believe – The Creed by Hillsong
- O Come Little Children
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Silent Night
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- Breath of Heaven
- For Unto Us by Point of Grace
Grand-toddler loves the Holy Tales songs and this includes a few of theirs. Very cool! 🙂
Mary’s Boy Child – Kids VersionMary, Did You Know?This I Believe (The Creed) (Live)O Come, Little ChildrenChristmas CarolsO Come, Little ChildrenO Little Town Of BethlehemSilent Night, Holy NightO Come, All Ye FaithfulBreath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song)Tennessee Christmas: A Holiday CollectionFor Unto Us
More Christmas Songs and Verses
- Song about Mary’s Song – on my free printable minibook
- Some fun little verses from a church Christmas program for toddlers and preschoolers. I especially liked The Christmas Prayer about Mary and the Angel.
- Born in a Stable covers the whole Christmas story – including Mary. It’s sung to Baa Baa Black Sheep, though, and for some reason, I couldn’t hold the melody for that. But I’ve included it for those more musically gifted. 🙂
- Baby Jesus Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays has several cute verses sung to familiar tunes – and yes, there’s at least one I can sing to. 🙂 They pretty much cover the whole season so they’d be fun for the whole month. (I used the Chrome extension, Print Friendly, to download as a PDF and be able to print it out to read it to grand-toddler and grand-baby.
Christmas Activities, Many That Include Mary
Nativity Cut, Paste, Play
- One of Little Bear’s favorite activities this week was the simple I Spy page I made for him! My first time and it came out really cute, fun, and challenging – yet not too challenging for him. AND had other things to look for which he enjoyed doing as well! And yes! You’ll find that in my members’ resource center too! 🙂
- At craft time, and throughout the day, we talked about how Mary loved God with ALL her heart, soul, mind, and strength! Just like He wants US to love Him. And GOD loves US so much! I had spotted several different Christmas tree pictures made from hearts. Here’s my creation – using one of my favorite resources, PicMonkey. It’s fun to just use for talking or as a playdough mat to add play dough ornaments to, or other fun creations of your own.
- Have you ever realized how active the angels were during the season of Christ’s birth? I hadn’t, until I pulled all this together. An angel appeared to Mary. An angel appeared to Joseph. Many angels appeared to the shepherds! Little Bear will hopefully remember all this angelic activity as we’re probably making angel projects each of these three weeks. I found a cute and easy paper plate angel at Enchanted Learning and yay – it is in the free section for all, members and non-members. 🙂
- While out shopping, I picked up some clear plastic ornaments that can be easily filled. We’re going to fill and hang one ornament a week, each with different “innards.” This week we did pom poms. Aren’t they cute! He really enjoyed stuffing the pom poms in and then seeing me hang it on our tree. (Would you believe it, said tree is a $1 tree I got from Dollar Tree last year. With a senior mom, along with a regularly visiting grand-toddler and grand-baby, not to mention a smaller house, I decided a tree on the table would be the easiest for me to deal with. And to be honest, the Dollar Tree tree is downright cute and easily replaceable if needed. 😉 )
- Wood ornaments have been a favorite activity for my grandkids every year. I’m looking forward to introducing Little Bear to this fun activity. When they’re young, I just use Crayola washable markers. For older kids or if you’re braver than I, paint or paint markers are also a lot of fun! This week, I showed him the ornaments (including an ANGEL) and he was very interested. However, due to an unexpected errand in the afternoon, we didn’t have time to do more.
Nativity Coloring Pages
Extra coloring pages are always handy so I printed out a wide variety of other free print outs of Mary and various other people from the Christmas story to be used as needed today and throughout the month, including ones from:
- TeachersPayTeachers.com – most have a small fee but there are quite a few items that are free so definitely worth checking out.
- Danielle’s Place – subscription-based BUT they do have many free options as well. Just do a search for Christmas.
He had a good time coloring a couple of pictures while I was tending Punkin Doodle. Very handy dandy for those busy moments!
Cookie Dough and PlayDough Fun
Easy Cookies To Make With Toddlers
Fun Christmas activities toddlers enjoy definitely include cute cookie cutters! Little Bear and I are really enjoying our gingerbread cookies – making them AND eating them (I am avoiding thinking about the extra calories! 😉 ). We’re going to continue with those through this holiday season, for sure. Plus I found packets of a delicious Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies mix at our local Safeway. So we’ll be able to alternate between the two. (I really appreciate these mixes! They definitely make for easy cookies to make with toddlers!)
This time, as we talked about how much Mary loved God and God loved Mary, we had fun making heart cookies in addition to gingerbread man cookies and snowmen cookies. He enjoyed test driving the new Wilton alphabet cookie cutters that also have holiday cookie cutters. They worked GREAT!
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, Sugar 17.5 Oz 6 packHoliday Christmas Cookie Kit Includes Mix, Cookie Cutters and Decorative Cookie Icing Bundle – Fun for the Entire FamilyBetty Crocker Christmas Colors Decorating Cookie Icing – 3 Pack Colors Red Green WhiteBetty Crocker – Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix 15 Oz (Pack of 2)
Playdough Activities Toddlers Enjoy
We also had fun with home made playdough – definitely fun Christmas activities toddlers can enjoy. I have to be honest. I personally love Play Doh that you buy. It’s easy, it’s clean, and it works relatively well. That being said, it’s really hard to get the colors I want without buying a bunch of them! With homemade playdough, I can make it the colors I want and, depending on the recipe, the homemade play dough can be a little bit more pliable which is especially good for little hands like grand-toddler.
I experimented with two different recipes. I made both of these the day before the grandkids came over. The first one – red – was from Living Well Mom and had to be cooked on the stove. It was rather hard for me to tell when it was done. I tend to stress over things that are approximate rather than definitive. Still, it did come out nicely.
The second – green – was a recipe that didn’t require any cooking. I don’t know if I made a mistake but the texture wasn’t as nice as either the cooked version I made or the uncooked gingerbread play dough I had mentioned in a previous post. Even after I added a ton of extra flour the next day, it stayed very sticky. So I will be experimenting with other recipes that don’t require cooking AND making more of the two recipes I DO like.
All in All – A Fun Day of Serious Toddler Play!
We had a lovely time, even though it was a little shorter than normal. And we both ended up learning new Christmas things. I kept the Christmas music going all day which was a total delight for me, and hopefully for Grand-toddler and Grand-baby as well. And, of course, we had fun with other projects like ball games, hide n seek, building with blocks and more!
Hopefully you and your littles will have a lovely time as well. And yes! We’d love to hear how your time went! Happy Advent and Merry Christmas!