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Fun Christmas Crafts Toddlers & Older Kids Enjoy
This week, we we had fun with Christmas projects, activities, and music with a little bit of a focus on Joseph and Mary. But thanks to the always-a-favorite Cedarmont Kids, great Christmas music on my Amazon Prime playlist and YouTube, and some colorful Christmas books, we also covered the whole Christmas story. And since I am mostly working with Grand-toddler and Grand-baby, we definitely enjoyed fun Christmas crafts toddlers can handle though many are great for older kids as well.
Bible Memory Verses for Kids
This week, Little Bear and I “met” Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph. We didn’t go into great detail. But I did have fun making a simple minibook that shared the basic story of Joseph, Mary, and the angel. (You can print it, and any other of my printables – past and present, in the members’ resource center. Just click here to get free email updates along with access to all my printables, which also includes an “I Spy” sheet and today’s Bible memory verse for our kids – in color and as a coloring page. Enjoy! 🙂 )
And speaking of our Bible memory verse for kids, here tis:
Joseph…Mary…will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
One of the things I am doing with these Kids’ Bible Memory Verses is putting them together as a book and saving them to re-read periodically. This week, we also re-read the Fruit of the Spirit verses and some of our Autumn Bible Memory Verse pages. 🙂
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Christian Christmas Songs Kids
As you might guess, Christmas songs about Joseph can be a bit hard to find. Why, I don’t know. Even harder is finding ones sung by younger kids, like the Cedarmont Kids series, Wee Sing, etc. which my grandkids always love! I did find a few Joseph songs including a couple I LOVE! And I even found one with a kids cartoon of Angels We Have Heard on High with the rarely sung verse,
“See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.
Gloria in excelsis Deo,
Gloria in excelsis Deo.”
This song is one of my favorites – Joseph’s Lullaby by MercyMe (Warning! Made me cry, it was so beautiful. I am so grateful for both Mary and Joseph’s powerful example of simple obedience and surrender to God’s will and pray we can follow it AND share the joy of that lifestyle with our kids and grandkids!)
Other songs I found, that are in the same YouTube playlist as the one above, include:
- A Strange way to Save the World sung by 4Him
- Light of the Stable
- When Love was born – two versions. One sung by Mark Schultz and the other sung by One Voice Children’s Choir
- Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine – a very old carol sung by Wee Sing
As I mentioned above, NONE of these are sung by young kids. Not even the one by Wee Sing. Still, they are lovely songs that will make delightful background music and be a lovely way to expose our kids and grandkids to sweet Christmas carols specifically talking about Joseph.
We did listen to a few of the above and they’re intermixed in my YouTube playlist. But the real hit, as usual, were the songs by kids and for kids. And Cedarmont Kids music has ALWAYS been a favorite – first with my kids and now with ALL my grandkids during the toddler and preschool years!
Happily, I also found some long playlists of their Christmas music which I added to my YouTube Christmas Music playlist. And for those of us with Amazon Prime, there are many (all?) of the Cedarmont music albums including their Christmas songs. So those were the ones we listened to the most. And surprise, surprise! I found a couple of other mentions of Joseph that way! 🙂 All in all, it was a delightful and musical day!
Christmas Reading Activities
I made another printable minibook this week. This one was about Joseph and again emphasized loving God and obeying Him. So that was definitely top of my list of books for the week.
We also used:
- Little Boys Activity Bible for Toddlers, page 142
- Pray and Play Bible for Young Children, pages 90-93
- There is a very cute and FREE minibook from TeachersPayTeachers.com – on John 3:16 with Jesus in the manger. Perfect for this sweet season! True Confession though – I ran out of time to cut it and assemble it so hopefully we’ll do that next week. But I’m including it here for any of you who might like to do it sooner.
- We also enjoyed re-reading last week’s booklet on Mary and one of grand-toddler’s favorite books on…NOAH. 🙂 He’s not quite as focused on Noah as a few months ago – but he does still love him and his books about Noah. 🙂
Printable Story – St. Nick
One other book I got but didn’t use yet was a printable about St. Nicholas. I always share the story of how Santa started. (FIRST THOUGH – I always check with parents to be sure it’s ok and I work around parent preferences for how much I share and at what age. 🙂 ). I discovered a printable story of St Nicholas for kids at TeachersPayTeachers for $1.50. It’s geared for a bit older child than I would normally read to Little Bear and I’ll probably save it for another year or two. I have already shared this basic story with him a couple of times this year. But I do like how it is set up. It is geared for Catholic families – which I am not (I’m Protestant and mostly non-denominational 🙂 ). However, to borrow a tip from a favorite Catholic mom blogger, I just created my own Protestant version by only using pages 1-6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Christmas and Nativity Activities
- I Spy Fun – I made another “I Spy-type” sheet for Little Bear featuring Mary, Joseph, and the Angel. He is REALLY liking them! We played it a couple of times along with last week’s Mary and Angel one.
- My kids and grandkids, and I have always loved play doh AND now homemade playdough! It’s definitely perfect for fun Christmas Crafts Toddlers and older kids can enjoy together! The idea of playdough mats that many fun bloggers are sharing are so COOL! We used a Christmas tree and a gingerbread boy. He LOVES using a garlic press I bought at Dollar Tree to make long string and cute cups inside the press. So I showed him how he could give the gingerbread cookie some hair. Also how to add decorations to the tree with the strings. He thought that was pretty cool.
- Stickers are ALWAYS a fun treat at almost any age. And Christmas is one of the best holidays for finding a wide variety of stickers, often at great prices. So now it’s time to put them to good use on various projects. And too fun! The Christmas tree and wreath playdough mats mentioned above worked great for this as well!
- Of course, we HAD to have fun with Christmas cookies. And yummmmy! We again used frosting – the ones that say whipped or fluffy seem to be the easiest to work with. He made a heart cookie and we talked about how that reminds us of how much Joseph and Mary loved God and God loved Joseph and Mary AND God loves US! He also loved using the snowman and gingerbread boy ornaments again. I was surprised there wasn’t an angel in the cookie cutter set I bought so I will definitely watch for angel cookie cutters in future sales. Probably after-Christmas sales might yield some good options otherwise Amazon definitely has some good choices. 🙂
- For a different kind of “cookie” project, we expanded a bit and added green food coloring to the frosting. Then he had fun turning a sugar ice cream cone into a bit of a Christmas tree. I’m not sure he totally got it but he had fun doing it. I have to say. We got this fun Christmas crafts toddlers idea from Toddler Approved. Such a fun way to start a favorite tradition in our family (gingerbread houses) even earlier!
- Dollar Tree had the cutest gingerbread boy and snowman felt creations that I picked up last month. We’re saving the snowman for January. But he and I put together the gingerbread boy and added cute jingle bells for buttons. Then we wrapped him in contact paper and voila! We had a new “playmate” for our hide n seek and chase games through the house. I hid the gingerbread boy and he chased us down to capture him. Of course, toddler-style – he would stay so close to me it was hard to hide it. But I usually managed. And we both had a blast. And the best bonus? He was nice and tired for easy going to bedtime for his mom and dad – which ALWAYS makes them happy. And him too. 🙂
- Christmas ornament fun! Little Bear got to do THREE Christmas ornaments! He colored a wooden Christmas tree. He filled a plastic ball with pipe cleaners – which required a lot more concentration and fine motor skills than I expected. Very enjoyably so! Plus we even had time to do one more ball – this time with sparkly red and green pom poms. My min-tree should be a lovely sight come Christmas!
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More Fun Activities
We also enjoyed Hot Wheels fun, mega-block color sorting, and a walk in the stroller. PLUS there were a few fun ideas I didn’t get to. Hopefully next time I will. But in case you need more ideas:
- Easy Tree Craft and Games for Kids with Recycled Yogurt Cups from A Little Pinch of Perfect. I’m looking forward to doing this with our little Dollar Tree balls.
- Another Christmas tree craft toddlers can enjoy, using contact paper, comes from Fun At Home With Kids.com.
- Alphabet Tree – And check out this cute Alphabet Christmas tree craft toddlers can learn at AND enjoy! Such a cute idea from Toddler Approved!
Fun Times, Fun Memories
It was a delightful day in spite of grand-baby’s snuffly nose. He got extra hugs and cuddles and rides in the stroller while Little Bear and I enjoyed our crafting during his naps or with him in tow. We learned a bit more about Christmas and specifically about Joseph and Mary. My Christmas tree has more delightful decorations. Our home was filled with fun smells, lovely sights, and best of all – lots of hugs, smiles, and giggles. I hope your week is grand and filled with fun Christmas crafts toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids enjoy with you!