Toddler Christmas Activities
If I had to pick my favorite time of year to homeschool my littles, it would be Autumn. I love spending time in nature, collecting things, and using them in our everyday learning experiences.
Related: Fall Toddler Theme
But a VERY close second would be Christmas. Gingerbread men, Christmas trees, snow, stockings, candy canes…
This list goes on and on.
And being a toddler, many of these things are new to them since they only come around once a year.
Our Favorite Christmas Toddler Activities
My first year teaching Sicily, who is now almost 4, the Christmas toddler theme was such a blast. This year, I get to repeat those fun activities with Kade who is almost 2.
Here in our home, we follow a relaxed child-led approach to learning. I always model activities, ask if they want a try, then place it on the shelf for them to explore on their own time and in their own way.
Many times my kiddos will do the activity the “right” way the first time, but then explore in their own way (or the “wrong” way) throughout the rest of the week.
I encourage you to allow your child to explore the activity in anyway they choose. Everything at this age is a learning experience whether it’s the right or wrong way to do it. They are exploring and experimenting.
When you give them the time to explore in their own way, they will eventually begin to do the activity the right way and will be able to better deepen and extend the learning after lots of their own exploration time.
Christmas Tree Shape Sorting
Materials: Felt, Scissors
Prep: Cut out 2 Christmas tree shapes from green felt. Then cut out different shapes from different colored felt. I only did two shapes, but if your toddler is good at sorting and knows their shapes add more.
Directions: Lay out the two Christmas trees. Add one shape to one tree and the second shape to the second tree. Model how to sort the shapes onto the correct tree. Invite your child to give it a try.
Wrapping Paper Stockings
Materials: Wrapping paper scraps, Glue, Construction paper, Bows
Prep: Cut the construction paper into a stocking shape.
Directions: Lay out the materials. Encourage your toddler to rip the wrapping paper into small pieces and glue to their stocking. Invite them to add bows and any other Christmas decorations you may have such as stickers.
Pro Tip: Add liquid glue to a container with a paint brush. It makes it easier for littles to apply the glue.
Candy Candy Sensory Bin
Materials: Shaving cream, Red tempera paint, Peppermint extract, Spoons, Flat tray
Prep: Spray shaving cream on a tray then swirl in the paint and extract.
Directions: Leave the tray lay out in a space that you allow messes. Let your toddler discover the invitation and explore.
Pro Tip: Embrace the mess! That’s where the learning happens. To make the mess more manageable plan ahead. I always do messy activities in the kitchen for easy clean up.
Want more fun Christmas activities?
For a more in-depth look at how we do child-led learning in our home without spending hours planning & prepping, take a peek at my Ultimate Guide to Creating an Engaging Homeschool Preschool in Less Time.
About the Author:
Amanda is the owner of Sicily’s Heart & Home where she helps beautiful mama’s homeschool their littles using a child-led approach without spending a lot of time planning & prepping. She is a former elementary and preschool teacher with over 11 years experience. Amanda has 2 littles of her own, Sicily & Kade, who follow this exact child-led approach that she advocates. Amanda is the creator of Learning Through Experiences: A Child-Led Curriculum which currently has a full toddler and preschool curriculum with plans to expand up to sixth grade. In her spare time, she likes to read, garden, and relax in a bubble bath. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Or better yet, go join her Learning Their Way Facebook Group.