Christmas Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Christmas Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Intentional By Grace

This time of year always finds my family enjoying Christmas themed activities during home preschool and intentional toddler time! I use Pinterest a lot for gathering ideas, but when it comes time to implement, I like to have all my ideas that I want to try in one place. This post rounds up all the simple Christmas crafts, Christmas themed sensory play ideas, Christmas treats, and more for Continue Reading

Easy Christmas Tree Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Love these easy Christmas tree crafts for my toddler and preschooler! | IntentionalByGrace.com

During the Christmas season, I like to take a break from our regular home preschool curriculum and focus on themed activities. This week in addition to our daily Truth in the Tinsel activity, we've been having a lot of fun with Christmas trees! We put up our Advent calendar, decorated our family Christmas tree, and pulled out our felt Christmas tree for the little ones to enjoy over and over Continue Reading

How to Make a Felt Christmas Tree (and How to Use It for Learning!)

How to Make a Felt Christmas Tree (and How to Use it For Learning) - Intentional By Grace #Christmas #Learning #Activities

A few years ago, I created a felt Christmas tree for my then 18 month old. Each year, I fold it up into a gallon zip top bag and place it in the bin with all my Christmas decorations. For one of our Advent activities every year, we pull it out again and decorate our felt Christmas tree together. Then we leave it up all season for the children to play with over and over again. I post about Continue Reading

Our Favorite Children’s Christmas Books to Read Aloud

25 Christmas Books to read with your children!

It's no secret that my family loves books and Christmas books are no different. Each year our collection of Christmas books grows. We discover old classics, enjoy the familiar, and laugh with the antics of the various Christmas characters we read about. This year I decided to wrap 24 Christmas books to countdown the days of Christmas. We always read stories before bed, and so every night my Continue Reading

31 Family Traditions For A More Intentional Christmas

31 Family Traditions For A More Intentional Christmas | IntentionalByGrace.com

By contributing writer, Jane Do you have any Christmas traditions in your family? Growing up, my family always drank eggnog and listened to Michael W. Smith Christmastime music while decorating the tree. We always got new pajamas on Christmas Eve (my sister and I have been known to beg for this tradition to continue even into our adult years!) And we always made sure to make my great Continue Reading

Advent Ideas {Plus free downloadable Advent Activities Pack}

Advent Ideas {Plus FREE Downloadable Activities Pack} - Intentional By Grace

I love Christmas! The birth of Jesus is such a wonderful reason to celebrate! We like to count down the days to Christmas as a family. This year we have a three year old and a one year old to celebrate the Advent season with and I am beside myself with excitement. There are so many ways we can count down the days to Christmas by ourselves and with our families. I have been collecting ideas Continue Reading

An Intentional Approach to Thanksgiving – Pilgrims for a Day

Teach your kids what the Pilgrims went through in search of new land. Pretend to be Pilgrims on the Mayflower eating hard tack. Then imagine what the first Thanksgiving feast was like with a traditional Pilgrim Dinner. Ideas and recipes for an intentional Thanksgiving with your family.

Have you ever thought about why we celebrate Thanksgiving? Last year I read Pilgrim Stories by Margaret Pumphrey. As I read through the history of the Pilgrims' voyage and first years in America, I was amazed at how little I remembered from school. I was fascinated to read about Scrooby Manor, Pastor John Robinson, the escape to Holland, the Mayflower, and so much more. I also spent a lot of Continue Reading

A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Experience for Families

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I am very excited about a new resource from Oh Amanda! We have used Truth in the Tinsel curriculum for the past two Christmas seasons to teach our toddler the true meaning of Christmas, and we will be using it again this year. Truth in the Tinsel is rich with teaching that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. By using the curriculum's simple Bible reading, craft, and discussion prompts, Continue Reading

Superhero Themed Birthday Party Ideas

A lot of great ideas for a superhero themed birthday party! Love this birthday party idea for my little boy.

  My oldest turned three this past weekend. We had a superhero themed birthday party, and it was so much fun! I love themed birthdays (you can see our Uno birthday here and Construction birthday here). I absolutely love everything about planning a party, especially for my children! We don't give our children gifts on their birthdays. Our focus is on fellowship, food, and fun! This Continue Reading

How to Have a Gingerbread House Party

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The Christmas season is the perfect time to be intentional and show hospitality by inviting people into your home. For us a gingerbread house party was just the thing! Where I live, people really tend to hibernate in the winter. Mounds and mounds and mounds of snow will do that to you. I have to work really hard not to do the same thing!  As a stay-at-home-mom, my time is limited, and with a Continue Reading