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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 toddlers and preschoolers that I’ve been gathering up this year into one place. Sort of like my round-up of letter of the week crafts for preschoolers. It just makes things easier!

What you will find below are Christmas themed activities that I have done or plan to do with my two boys (ages: 15 months and 3.5 years old). I love when I find activities that both of my boys enjoy doing together. Yes it can get a little messy occasionally, but it is totally worth it.

If you have toddlers and/or preschoolers in your house, then maybe this will give you some ideas for fun Christmas themed activities to do this year.

Simple Christmas Crafts

jesus in a manger

jesus in a manger 2

Baby in a Manger Ornament – This ornament is super simple to make. You need a foam star (or star cut out from card stock), popsicle sticks, brown construction paper, felt for Jesus’ body, glue, scissors, and sharpie marker.

salt dough ornaments

Make Salt Dough Ornaments – I googled a salt dough ornament recipe and we spent an afternoon making some fun creations! We handed several ornaments out as gifts and party favors for our Gingerbread House Party.

jingle bell instrument

Make a Homemade Instrument – Using pipe cleaners, pony beans, and jingle bells, make a homemade instrument. Then dance to Christmas music together as a family!

10 Christmas Tree Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers from Intentional By Grace

Nativity Sun Catcher from No Time for Flash Cards

Christmas Wreath Fine Motor Activity from Lalymom

Child Made Bead Ornaments from Here Come the Girls

Craft Stick Stars from Powerful Mothering

Easy Christmas Wreath Craft from Blog Me Mom

Paper Plate Bow Wreath from Sun Scholars

Sensory Play Ideas

jingle bell painting

Jingle Bell Painting – This is such a fun activity! All you need to do is put some construction paper in the bottom of a box, squirt some paint and throw a jingle bell inside. Let your child shake the bell around the box. We sung Jingle Bells while we did the shaking part.

christmas tree play dough activity for toddlers

santa playdough

flat snowman


wreath playdough

Christmas Play-dough Creations – Playdough is a regular part of our homeschool. One day I pulled out the playdough, pony beads, jingle bells, paper clips, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, Christmas cookie cutters and whatever else I could find. We worked together to make as many Christmas themed creations that we could. It was a lot of fun!

Candy Cane Sensory Activity from Intentional By Grace

Christmas Sensory Bin from Intentional By Grace

Pine Needle Discover Bottles from Teach Preschool

Listen Carefully: Sensory Bin Activities from 1+1+1=1

Christmas Sensory Play: Don’t Ring the Bells Obstacle Course from Childhood 101

Christmas Toddler Tray (or Busy Bag) Ideas

christmas bows toddler tray

fine motor christmas bowsChristmas Bows Fine Motor Activity – Using small tongs have your child place the bows on the paint tray. You could also have your child place them in egg carton or ice cube trays. We also worked on patterns with our bows.

matching erasers

find the match

Creative Play with Christmas Erasers – Match the erasers was a fun activity one day, especially when we mixed it up with muffin cups to hide them.

jingle bells toddler tray

jingle bells

Fine Motor Practice with Jingle Bells – Using our shapes from our Lauri Stacker Pegs Building set, I had him place a jingle bell on each hole. Later in the week, we used our small tongs to do the same thing. We practiced colors and shape recognition as well.

tic tac toe fine motor

Christmas Tic Tac Toe – I snagged this from the dollar store and it was great fine motor practice.

Christmas Pretend Play

nativity set to play with

nativty play

Nativity Scavenger Hunt – Set up a nativity set that your child can play with. We love our Little People Nativity Set. Hide the pieces around the room and have your child find them. Tell the Christmas Story as you play.

Felt Christmas Tree from Intentional By Grace

Wall Nativity from This Crazy Blessed Life

Christmas Bows and Present Play from Teach Preschool

Christmas Treats

Unbelievable Chocolate Applesauce Bars - Intentional By Grace

Unbelievable Chocolate Applesauce Bars from Intentional By Grace

Grinch Kebobs from Everyday Savvy

Snowman Cheese Sticks from DigiCrumbs

Just for Fun

how to have a gingerbread house party at

How to Have a Gingerbread House Party from Intentional By Grace

Going on a Candy Cane Hunt from Dirt & Boogers

build a snowman

Build a Snowman – My mother-in-love sent a snowman making kit. This was a fun family activity! You don’t need the kit to go all out and make a fun snowman one day.

truth in the tinsel collageIf you’re looking for a way to teach your children the true meaning of Christmas in a fun way, then I recommend Truth in the Tinsel. It’s been a great memory maker for us each year!

P.S. I’m always pinning new ideas to my Christmas Pinterest Board!

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