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Week 3 – Fun Children’s Christmas Activities
WOW! Can you believe it’s already time for the Third Sunday of Advent! It’s less than two weeks til CHRISTMAS DAY!!!! I don’t know about you, but the time is just flying by! Today it’s time for more fun children’s Christmas activities my grand-toddler and I enjoyed. Most of it includes activities children of all ages can enjoy – including toddlers and preschoolers! 🙂
Advent Bible Verses for Children
This week we talked about Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem, finding no room at the inn BUT a place to stay in the stable. Plus the angels’ announcement to the shepherds and the shepherds’ visit to Baby Jesus.
You can find a pdf with this picture, the coloring page, a free minibook printable of this story and any other free pdfs with fun children’s Christmas activities at my members resource center which is free – just click here to sign up for the free emails and ongoing access. 🙂
Cedarmont Kids Christmas CD +
Now that we are into the full Nativity story, including the birth of Jesus, we’re thoroughly enjoying Christmas carols in general. My grand-toddler LOVES the Cedarmont Kids Christmas CD and YouTube options along with many of the HolyTales Christmas Carols that are also on YouTube.
They have enjoyed listening to the Cedarmont Kids Christmas CD on my Amazon Prime playlist. In the afternoon, for our short “TV time,” they’ve been enthralled with the Cedarmont Kids Christmas Carols on YouTube – complete with costumes from when Jesus was born. As I’ve mentioned in the past, the Cedarmont Kids have been a favorite of my family since my kids were young and I’m delighted that the grandkids have all loved them as well!
The Holy Tales group also has a compilation of various Christmas carols – both Bible-based and just plain fun, like Jingle Bells.
And yes! I’ve added both compilations to my Christmas Music playlist at YouTube. 🙂
Easy Christmas Crafts-Toddlers & Preschoolers
Christmas Cookies and Cookie Cutter Fun
Gingerbread cookie time is one of our very favorite and fun children’s Christmas activities! Once again it was a tasty treat – in more ways than one. This time, we made Gingerbread Christmas trees. We “painted” the cookies with frosting. Wilton’s cute “sprinkles” worked great for ornaments. He picked the circles but he could have picked from animals as well. 🙂
I made a coloring page out of the Nativity scene Bible verse pictured above for Little Bear to have fun coloring as we read the Scripture again. (If you’d like all the free printable Nativity coloring pages I’ve made this year, just click here to sign up for my FREE email updates and access to the coloring pages and more!)
Play Dough fun
Play dough activities are always fun, aren’t they! Little Bear had a great time rolling and cutting with my homemade play dough. We also experimented with a non-brand name store bought one. It smelled great, worked well but one caveat. He dropped a piece on the floor and I noticed the color didn’t all come up. Important life lesson – apparently some play doughs can stain. Fun children’s Christmas activities are less fun if they cause damage. So make sure to test it in inconspicuous spots and/or put protectors on the floor. I’ve never noticed this issue with Play Doh so when I buy, I’ll be sticking with their products, for sure. 🙂
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DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments
I know there are some lovely breakable clear fillable Christmas ornaments out there. But even with my older grandkids, I would be hesitant to try those. But I found some delightful DIY clear plastic fillable Christmas ornaments that have a removable top and you fill it in that small hole. They have been one of the highlights of our Christmas activities. His favorite filler so far has been small pom-poms. Fortunately I stocked up on those for Christmas so we’ve had plenty in a variety of shades of red and green and gold. My favorite filler is the play dough! They both help him with his motor skills and the play dough seemed to give him a little more finger exercise. Making this practical as well as fun children’s Christmas activities! 🙂
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While researching for this post, I found a cute and short video that shows how to insert photos (or coloring pages 😉 ) into the top-filling clear plastic Christmas ball ornaments. Very smart and simple. You can find the video on my Pinterest board – Holiday Crafts for Kids.
I did find some other DIY clear plastic Christmas ornaments balls that fully open. Less motor skills work out but more creative opportunities that older kids and grandkids might enjoy. 🙂
I had also set out a wooden Christmas tree ornament to color but we ran out of time this week 😉 Happily, the ones I sent my older grandkids arrived quickly and I had fun chatting with a couple of them who were busily at work coloring theirs. That’s been a long-standing tradition of ours for years and it’s an easy one to continue on with – whether I get to be there in person or I send them by mail and enjoy the photos after they are done! A fun and easy way to share sweet Christmas traditions with long distance loved ones of all ages! And here’s a handy tip – while painting them is a delight for older grandkids, you might prefer Crayola washable markers for the toddlers and preschoolers. Easy to do and easy to clean. Always a favorite of mine! How about you?
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Easy Christmas Activities-Preschoolers & Toddlers
Action activities make for lots of fun and laughter. They also make for happy kiddoes who go home and, often, sleep faster and better for mom and dad. Always a mega plus!
Christmas Balloon Bop
One of our favorite things to do! I stocked up on some swim noodles from the Dollar Tree this past summer. Then I cut them in half. We blew up red and green balloons (well, I did) and voila. Time for Balloon Bop. Just hit the balloon and it goes. Whether on the floor or in the air. Even little toddlers have fun with this. Plus grand-baby likes to watch it and it’s reasonably safe around his toddler brother. So we all have plenty of fun!
Candy Cane Hunt
I spotted the cutest idea at The Resourceful Mama, took it, simplified it for grand-toddler, and we had a blast with it. I already had faux candy canes for a project that fell through. So I pulled them out, along with an adorable penguin coloring bag from Dollar Tree. I had Little Bear “color” the bag. Then I hid the candy canes all around the living room – with pieces sticking out to make it easier for him to find. He had so much fun looking for them, finding them, and putting them in his penguin tote bag! We played it three or four times through the day! And I’m already looking forward to doing it again next week – AND thinking of seasonal and holiday ideas for this project for the year to come.
Fun Finger Puppet Nativity
Check out these cute Christmas Nativity Finger Puppets from The Crafty Classroom. I cut them out and cut X’s in each of the circles. They were too small for my fingers, but just right for his. He put one on and I just held the others and told the whole Christmas story while he made his character walk around. I wasn’t sure he would like it/last for it – but hooray! He did! Quite fun! And won’t he have fun putting on a Nativity show for his little brother next year! 🙂
This is a great game to get our kids and grandkids active, enjoy plenty of cute giggles, and encourage great SLEEP at night. From Toddler Approved, it’s a Christmas music workout for kids AND grownups to enjoy! Grand-toddler’s attention span wouldn’t last for several songs. So we did it ala musical chairs. We played a fun and active Christmas carol with my Amazon Prime on my cell phone. While the music played, we walked/ran/hopped onto each paper in the circle. When the music stopped (which I did – every few seconds) we read the directions on the paper we were on and followed them. I especially liked the gingerbread run and he enjoyed the teddy bear crawl but all the actions were fun! And if there are any characters you prefer to skip, it’s easy to do. Or you could make your own characters and actions quite easily. It’s a lot of fun with a variety of options!
I Spy Fun
Christmas Video Activities
Kids Christmas DVDs – I know! Video is usually a very INactive sport and this was no exception. But sometimes, we grownups REALLY need that break for a short time. For that matter, sometimes the kids do too. And when we do, I like to have positive options. One of my favorites that all my other grandkids have LOVED is the BOZ video series. My very favorite is the Boz Christmas special. And yay, he did like it.
And Little bear LOVED the Cedarmont Kids Christmas Carols on YouTube that I mentioned above. Grand-baby did too! So they got to see a little “Christmas Nativity Program” and I got a chance to catch up and get organized for more fun Christmas activities. 🙂
Here’s a few of our favorite Christmas DVDs:
Boz: A WowieBOZowee ChristmasVeggieTales: St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful GivingVeggieTales: The Star of ChristmasVeggieTales: The Little Drummer BoyVeggieTales: Merry Larry and the True Light of ChristmasThe VeggieTales Christmas Classics CollectionVeggieTales Holiday Double Feature: The Toy That Saved Christmas and The Star of ChristmasVeggieTales: The Toy That Saved ChristmasAdventures in Odyssey: Electric ChristmasA Wowiebozowee Christmas DVD 2007VeggieTales: The Little Drummer BoyVeggieTales: It’s A Meaningful LifeVeggietales (The Little Drummer Boy / The Star of Christmas / Its a meaningful life) (3-pack)VeggieTales Holiday Pack: The Star of Christmas, the Toy That Saved Christmas, a Very Veggie Christmas, the Incredible Signing Christmas TreeVeggie Tales: A Very Veggie ChristmasChristian Kids DVD Baby Faith: God Made Christmas (Ages 3-36 Months)Owlegories Vol. 4 – The Christmas Gift and The StarSeeds Family Worship – Seeds of Christmas DVD – Christmas videos with lyrics directly from the Bible!The Story of ChristmasMerry Larry and the True Light of ChristmasMiss Pattycake’s ChristmasVeggietales: The Star Of ChristmasFamily Christian Christmas Films – The Christmas Bunny, The Littlest Angel, The Nativity, A Child is Born & Jesus and Mary in Art DVD BundleVeggie Tales: Christmas Classics Collection + Merry Larry and the True Light of ChristmasMax Lucado’s Hermie & Friends: A Fruitcake Christmas and The Greatest Gift of All
Christmas Books for Kids
While I didn’t get an I Spy done, I DID do a printable Minibook of Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem, staying in the stable, Jesus being BORN, the angels announcement to the shepherds and their visit to see Baby Jesus.
We also read the Christmas story in the Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
Christmas Fun And It’s NOT done
One more full week before Christmas. We’ll be looking at fun children’s Christmas activities focusing on the Three Wise Men next week. As we know well, wise men STILL seek Him so that’s another vital and interesting topic. I’m looking forward to it and hope to see you here again too! Have a blessed week!