Holiday Crafts & Activities for Toddlers

December 2nd, 2009 by Dionna | 6 Comments
Posted in Children, Eclectic Learning, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, My Family, Preschoolers, Toddlers

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I have been looking for crafts and activities to do with Kieran to celebrate the holiday season. Here are a few projects that I have found, I will let you know how they measure up to a two year old’s expectations in the coming weeks.

1. Salt Dough Ornaments: We will be replacing the acrylic paint with tempera paint, because that’s what I have on hand. Hopefully it won’t make a difference.

2. Make Cards/Gift Tags: Since we are hand-making most of our Christmas presents, it is only appropriate that we make the cards and gift tags to go with them. We will likely use craft supplies that we already have at home: construction paper, glitter glue, markers/crayons/chalk, stickers, old holiday greeting cards, feathers, felt/flannel, buttons, etc.

Here are the place cards Kieran and I made for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone at the dinner table got one.

turkey day name tags

3. Dancing and singing along with Christmas music: We are a musical bunch in this family, so I am confident Kieran will get into Christmas tunes. I have the Raffi Christmas Album, the soundtrack to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and a CD of traditional Christmas songs on reserve at the library. This is the first time I’ve been excited about Christmas music in years!

4. Felt snowman/Christmas tree: What I’d like to do is cut out white circles for snowmen and a tree shape from felt, as well as clothes to dress the snowman in and ornaments for the tree, then Kieran can decorate them. This project may be a little ambitious, since I haven’t even started making Christmas presents for our family members yet.

5. Paint your own stained glass windows: create art that will sparkle with the sunshine! (And then pray your toddler doesn’t take the art to other locales, like your living room walls.)

6. Birdseed Biscuits: come to me birdy friends! Decorate your own trees or make them to give as gifts.

Do you have any crafts or activities that are fun for toddlers? I’d love to hear about them!

6 Responses to:
"Holiday Crafts & Activities for Toddlers"

  1. Heather   xakana

    Thanks for the ideas ^_^ I think we may make a paper snowman or maybe a paper plate one… Lilly wants to do crafts. all. the. time…

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      I didn’t mention it, but we’ll also probably do a cotton ball snowman scene – maybe you and Lilly could come join us!

  2. Rebecca

    We have a felt tree. It took me like 10 minutes to make. Joanns had felt by the yard on sale as a doorbuster, so I got a big piece of green, cut a triangle and yellow bells and multi colored circles for ornaments. Amelia loves it. It has been decorated over and over for days.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      I wish I would have thought of these things before I went to Joann’s on Black Friday. I’m kind of a twit like that though ;)

  3. Amber   AmberStrocel

    I have to share a holiday disaster story involving playdough / salt dough. As a kid, I referred to salt dough as homemade playdough. On our daughter’s 2nd Christmases, my friend and I decided to make playdough ornaments of their handprints for grandparents. But I used the wrong recipe, and made a homemade playdough that contained cream of tartar. Which, you know, is a leavening agent. So we spent forever getting dozens of tiny handprints, etching ‘Christmas 2006′, and poking holes for the hangers. And then we put them in the oven and they bubbled and rose and became unrecognizable.

    The moral of the story? Salt dough and playdough are NOT the same thing. Oops.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Your story taught me two things – first, make sure I have the right recipe (ouch!); second, I can do hand prints?!? I didn’t even think about that! Awesome!

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