Today I planned on making some clay Christmas tree ornaments with my toddler but that totally didn’t go to plan. Why? Because at two years old she thinks clay is playdough and stacked all my beautifully prepared decorations on top of each other. And then she crushed them. (Can I add ‘and my dreams’ here or does that sound mean?!) Toddlers do not check out Pinterest, they couldn’t care less for what looks pretty on Instagram either but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be involved in some fun Christmas activities too. This activity was totally led by her and it kept her happy and entertained for ages, so maybe a fine motor Christmas activity for toddlers is the perfect kind of activity after all?
Winter and Christmas
Have you got a Christmas jumper? I haven’t but I know that my kids love them! I’m always trying to think of new activities to keep my kids busy so I thought it would be fun to try out a Christmas jumper craft for kids with these fun ornaments. I made these with my two year old daughter while my son was at school one day, guess what his opinion on them was?!
This year we’ve been offered the chance to review a Christmas tree from Pines and Needles which has been beyond exciting for the kids. To decorate our new tree we thought we thought we would try and do some easy Christmas ornaments for kids to make, not only do they look pretty but they are great for fine motor skills too. Making these Christmas ornaments also had a surprising benefit to my kids which I will share with you later on.
Both my kids love playing with playdough and as we seem to get through quite a bit of it I often end up making some too, it’s great for easy activities for toddlers as well as older kids (and me!) who enjoy playing with it. Today I’m sharing a recipe for Gingerbread playdough that I made last week as well as some ideas for playing with it. Love Christmas playdough? Me too, so I’m also sharing some of my favourite Christmas playdough ideas to help keep you inspired for some festive fun this Christmas.
This week we are getting a Christmas tree delivered which is very exciting (overwhelmingly exciting if you asked the kids) but as usual there is one small issue involved when you have a toddler in the house. Well… it’s the toddler isn’t it? And a Christmas tree. Always a source of excitement and fear, I don’t think I’ve yet had a year as a parent when I haven’t been more than a little concerned that their desire to look at the pretty things would end with a tree on top of a small person. As my toddler adores sensory play at the moment I thought I would try making her a Christmas tree sensory bin where she could safely handle a few ornaments under my supervision and hopefully then not be to desperate to touch them again once the tree is up?! As normal this was a last minute idea so there’s some tips in the post below if you plan on getting this Christmas tree sensory bin ready for your little one while you inhale a cup of tea!