This is such a fun time of the year spent with family and friends. I wanted to give you some ideas that can be used by a variety of ages and can be used for multiple children to keep them entertained!
One of my favorite childhood traditions was to go to Michaels and pick out some ceramic ornaments to paint. They don’t have to be ceramic but you can pick out a plethora of different textured ornaments to paint. This is a fun way to get your child involved in decorating the tree or getting involved with some Christmas activities. You can finger paint or use paint brushes to decorate the ornaments and then proudly display them on the tree! You can keep these for years and years as momentos! Take it a step further and make some handprint ornaments as a keepsake.
Gingerbread Cloud Dough
Of course, I have to throw some sensory play into this! You can make gingerbread dough to play with or you could make the shapes and end up baking them to make gingerbread ornaments. Here is a recipe to follow!
8 cups of flour
1/2 cup of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of ginger
1 tablespoon of allspice
1 tablespoon of nutmeg
2 cups of oil
Mix all ingredients together! You can use different items in the dough or use cookie cutters!
* if you want flour taste-safe, sprinkle the flour on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 5 minutes.
Peeling Bows off Tray
This is a super fun activity for little ones. You can take Christmas bows and tape them to a metal tray or tape them to the sliding glass door to work on kneeling or standing. This is good for enhancing fine motor and visual motor skills.
Wrapping or Decorating gifts
Wrapping gifts can be hard and frustrating. However, all kids want is to be included. I would give them a few gifts to “wrap”. You can teach them or let them take creative liberty. If they are too little, you can wrap it with plain wrapping paper and let them decorate it with coloring, pom poms, painting, hand prints, etc.
Have fun and Happy Holidays!