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Merry Christmas Fun
This week we enjoyed a fun day with Little Bear enjoying driving his Cozy Coupe around (the updated version of this cute oldie goldie kiddie car from MY youth 😉 ), toting his cute bear and his sweet Lovie, while emulating trips with his daddy. Not to mention Punkin Doodle squirming away as he practiced pre-crawling. And our Candy Cane hunt continues to be the favorite love of all my toddler Christmas activities crafts ideas. Though he also LOVES to cut out cookies with cookie cutters!
Wise Men Bible Verse Page for Kids
This week we worked on the wise men. When talking, I used wise men and kings interchangeably and mentioned that we commonly call them the 3 wise men or the 3 kings but we really don’t know for sure how many there were. We had fun with a variety of kids and toddler Christmas activities crafts ideas including our Bible memory page and matching coloring page (click here to sign up for the free emails AND free access to the membership resource page with many fun and free printable pages kids enjoy including printable mini books kids love.)
Christmas Songs-Wise Men [Videos too]
I loved the cute song about the wisemen that I found at DLTK though I did make a few tweaks. Instead of three wise men – I made it THE wise men. At the end of the first verse, instead of “three wise men” I pulled the “Jesus the King” from the end of the 2nd verse. And in the second verse, I again started with THE wise men.
We also enjoyed listening to a favorite carol of mine – How Many Kings by DownHere. I was blessed to hear them live in concert with one of my older grandkids a couple years ago and loved the song AND the story behind it. Sweet joys. As Kevin Davis writes,
“It is a very powerful Christmas song that really challenges you to think about the sacrifice that our King Jesus made on our behalf. Truly, no other king in the history of the world besides Jesus humbled themselves to come off their throne to become one of their own and become the least…for me. For that, I am eternally grateful.”
Grand-toddler listened, though it’s a bit over his head I know. Still and all, it’s got great truths to plant into his heart, like..
“How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Bringing our gifts for the newborn Savior
All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe.”
Little Bear was quite excited to again watch the Cedarmont Kids Christmas Carols on YouTube. Plus we continued listening to the Cedarmont Kids Christmas CD on my Amazon Prime music app (which is available for iPhone and Android,) though we also switched back to our regular Bible songs as well. A nice mix, don’t you think?
The Boz Christmas show was another popular re-hit, thanks again to Amazon Prime. (Nope, I don’t have OR WANT Alexa (have you seen the latest concern about that?) – but I REALLY appreciate Amazon Prime in general AND the Amazon Prime Video app! 🙂 ) And yes, the Boz Christmas Video does include the 3 Wise Men.
Christmas Stories for Toddlers on Up
We read the Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers. I was really irked with myself as I know the regular Rhyme Bible Storybook has the Wise Men and the Toddler version doesn’t. But somehow I managed to misplace it so Toddler version it was! But we also thoroughly enjoyed…
…which did include the Wise Men’s story in a very simple way. Hooray! 🙂
Christmas Crafts Ideas
Wise Men Coloring Pages
We definitely enjoyed plenty of fun kids and toddler Christmas activities crafts ideas! I didn’t make one of my free printable mini books kids love this time, but I DID make a Wise Men coloring page that matches the verse above.
Nativity Matching Game
Instead of an I Spy game that I’ve been making for my free printable pages kids love, I made a matching game of all the Nativity characters who visited or were with Baby Jesus. He had a good time with that and did a great job of matching them up.
Dots of Dotty Fun! The Resourceful Mama and EasyPeasy both have LOTS of lovely dot pictures. He ended up with a choice between a candy cane, a star, a Christmas tree, and a gingerbread boy. We dont have the dot markers (well, we will – see below 🙂 ) so we used gold glitter glue along with colored fruit loops and colored stickers and had dot-a-licious fun! My grand-toddler’s favorite this time around was the Christmas tree.
DIY Clear Fillable Christmas Ornaments
We used up our last DIY clear fillable Christmas ornaments so I took my own advice and ordered some from Amazon. I was quite pleased with the quality and the speed. They are shaped differently. Our original ones were round balls. These are slimmer round ovals. These also seemed a bit sturdier. I believe the fill hole was the same for both. We filled one ornament full of mini-marshmallows. We filled the second ornament about half way with colored Fruit Loops. The marshmallows fit fine. The fruit loops varied – some fit perfect, others had to be squished down a bit, and a couple broke as they went in. I’m not sure if that’s why, but he definitely preferred the marshmallows. Still and all, we had fun and they definitely look cute. 🙂
Delicious and Fun Christmas Activities
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Nativity Cookie Cutters
Last week, while searching for an angel cookie cutter, I discovered a cute Nativity scene set of cookie cutters. (It’s the one above with the colored background.) I’ll be honest. They’re really more appropriate for older kids. Most of the shapes are very hard to recognize unless you “paint them” well – using a variety of colors. You can see how to do it with the box lid that comes with it. The price was really good and the angel IS quite recognizable. And with umpteen grandkids, I know I’ll put them to good use eventually. Since then, I spotted the others above so thought you might like to see them all. We did have fun making the wise men even though they were hard to recognize. Along with stars, snowman, and others. I used the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie package this time. I baked it all up and froze half of it. It was tasty – though I must admit, I liked the gingerbread cookies better.
Christmas Hide and Seek Games
I LOVED The Steadfast Family’s idea of the hide and seek game with the wise men. Grand toddler has been loving playing hide and seek with candy canes so I knew this would be a hit as well. We only used one star and he did have fun looking for it as we talked about how the Wise Men searched for the star to find the new King that had been born. Then we went back to the candy canes which has turned out to be the big mega hit of our Christmas season. 🙂 I had been thinking of different seasonal items I could use throughout the year for this fun search game. Now, I have a feeling we may STILL be searching for candy canes come the 4th of July. 😉
Candy Canes Search, Hot Wheels, Mega Blocks +
He loved storing his Candy Canes in his Batmobile, along with playing with his Hot Wheels and blocks as usual. Shhhhh, don’t tell, but we’ll have more Mega Bloks to play with after Christmas. I can’t WAIT to see how tall our towers and tunnels will be then! 🙂
More Great Christmas Activities Crafts Ideas
Here are a couple more fun and easy kids and toddler Christmas activities crafts ideas that we just ran out of time for or that were too old for grand-toddler but I definitely wanted to save and share:
I LOVE this cute nativity set from EncouragingMomsAtHome.com – it’s so cute! Geared for 8-12 year olds, though, so it will have to wait a bit for grand-toddler.
Easy Construction Paper Wreath
Housing a Forest features a very basic, easy construction paper wreath. I was going to do it but just use Christmas stickers. Another take on this is to trace your toddler’s hands – or have your older kids trace their own – onto green construction paper. Cut out several of those paper hands and glue them into a wreath shape. Then decorate with stickers, if you’d like. I’ve done that in the past with grandkids and they are sooooo cute! Also, they’re a fun way of seeing how hands have grown from preceding years.
Wise Men Made From Toilet Paper Cardboard Rolls
TP Rolls Turned Into Royal Kings – there are several variations of Wise Men using toilet paper rolls. This is one I’m saving for when grand-toddler is older – or when I’m visiting my older grandkids:
Star with Glitter Glue
Star with Glitter Glue – whether you print out a star picture and outline it with gold glitter glue or make a star using popsicle sticks and “paint” it with glitter glue – it’s a fun idea to help remind them of the Wise Men following the star.
Fun Day With More Fun To Come
It was a fun day full of songs and stories and glitter and cookies. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas season while working on various projects together. Next week, we’re probably going to be talking about the New Year, winter weather (can you believe it turned into WINTER this past week!), and, of course, Bible stories. I’m looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Last Minute Gift Ideas
PS Looking for last minute Christmas gift ideas? As I type this (Saturday morning) I just received my last Christmas surprise for my local grandkids (I finally bought a set of Dot Markers – once I found one that was WASHABLE – YAY) plus ordered one last gift for a long distance grandchild which Amazon SAYS will be there by Christmas Eve. By the time you read this, it might be too late – but there are always e-gift cards. That’s a fave of mine – especially for my older grandkids. I especially love the cute animated cards. This year, my fave is their cute Llama animated card.
For those of you who, like me, have grandkids with January birthdays – this might be a helpful list of fun last minute gift ideas for toddlers preschoolers and older kids to encourage their crafting delights:
Crayola 58-8765 Pip-Squeaks Kids’ Marker Collection, Washable Mini Markers, 64 Count, Stocking Stuffer, GiftCrayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers & Paper Set, Kids Travel Activities, Ages 4, 5, 6, 7,Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers 16 ea (Pack of 3)Crayola 588750 Pip-Squeaks Telescoping Marker Tower, Assorted Colors (Set of 50)Crayola 16 Count Wash Pip Squeaks Skinnies- Fine LineDo A Dot Art! Markers 6-Pack Rainbow Washable Paint Markers, The Original Dot MarkerU.S. Art Supply 8 Color Crazy Dots Markers – Children’s Washable Easy Grip Non-Toxic Paint Marker DaubersDo A Dot Art! Markers Brilliant Washable 6 pack, The Original Dot MarkerDab and Dot Markers Washable 8 Colors Pack Set Includes 200+ Fun Downloadable Coloring Sheets | Fun Art Supplies for Kids and preschoolers| Preschool Arts and Craft (8 Pack)Do A Dot Art! Markers 5-Pack Shimmer Washable Paint Markers, The Original Dot Marker12 Colors Washable Dot Markers,Shuttle Art Bingo Daubers Dabbers Dauber Dawgs for Kids Toddlers Preschool Children Art Craft Supply with 10 Patterns Double Adhesive Paper 1 Apron 1 SleeveFiddle & Doodle Dabber Dot Markers (8 Vibrant Colors) – Promotes Creativity and Early Childhood Learning – Includes 30 Activity Sheets for Teaching Alphabet, Numbers, Coloring and Drawing – Ages 3+Washable Dot Markers, Magicfly 8 Colors Non-Toxic Paint Marker for Kids, Water-Based Dab Marker for Toddlers, Dauber Marker Perfect for Preschool Art Supply