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Toddler Celebrations: Christmas

Activities

Choose a Tree: Visit Pick Your Own to find a farm where you can take your family to pick out your Christmas tree.

Do you need help deciding what to put in your child's stocking?  Visit our Stuffers page for ideas!

Nativity Set: We love the Fisher Price Little People Deluxe Christmas Story nativity set and companion Lil' Shepherds set.  It's fun, and it helps kids learn the story of Jesus' birth.

Serve others as you celebrate Christmas.  Consider preparing a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child.  Gifts are sent to needy children around the world to share God's love with them.  You can pick the age and gender of the child who receives your gift, so you might choose to have your toddler help pick out items for a 2-to-4-year-old like herself.

Jingle Boxes: Place a few small jingle bells in a small box and wrap it with Christmas paper.  Give it to your toddler to shake.

Crafts

Help your child make a glitter ornament.  Ahead of time, paint a wooden Christmas shape with acrylic paint.  (Don't forget to drill a hole if the shape is not pre-drilled).  Help your toddler use a paintbrush to spread glue on the shape.  Sprinkle glitter over the glue and tie a ribbon through the hole.  These are good gifts for grandparents.

Handprint Christmas tree: Cover your child's hand with green paint.  Press it down onto paper with his fingers together to make a tree.  Put brown paint on his thumb and add a thumbprint trunk to your tree.  Add a star and ornaments to the tree with glitter glue or other small decorations.  We stamped these on wooden shapes and made them into ornaments to give to family members.  (If you're using wooden shapes, use acrylic paint on your child's hand, rather than tempera paint.)

Coloring fun: Print Christmas coloring pages for your toddler from Papajan.com.

Santa's beard: Print a coloring page of Santa, such as this one from Papajan.com.  With a glue stick, help your child spread glue over Santa's beard.  She can then press cotton balls onto his beard.

Christmas Chain: Paper chains are a simple way for your toddler to help decorate your home for the holidays.  Cut red and green paper into 1-inch wide strips (or you can use wrapping paper).  Let your child spread glue on one end of a strip, then help her loop it through another link and press the ends together to form a chain.  Hang the chain in your home, maybe even in your child's room.

Treats

Enlist your child's help in making sugar cookie cutouts.  He can cut shapes with cookie cutters, pour sprinkles, or spread icing.

Holiday Vegetables: Make green veggies more exciting by arranging them into a simple wreath or Christmas tree shape.

Cut-Out Sandwiches: We enjoy using festive cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes.

Make Christmas eggs by adding diced red and green bell peppers to scrambled eggs.

Books

Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear?, by Nancy White Carlstrom

Christmas (Touch-and-Feel), by Heather Henning

Little Porcupine's Christmas, by Joseph Slate

My Merry Christmas: And the Real Reason for Christmas Joy, by Linda Clearwater

Rudolph's Christmas, by Roger Priddy

Merry Christmas, Mouse!, by Laura Numeroff

Christmas Mice!, by Bethany Roberts

Biscuit's Pet and Play Christmas, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Baby Jesus, by Luanda Rinaldo 

The Pine Tree Parable, by Liz Curtis Higgs

A Child is Born, by Margaret Wise Brown

Christmas is Coming! by Lisa Ann Marsoli

God Gave Us Christmas, by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Touch and Feel Christmas, by DK Publishing

Bear Stays up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson

Media

God Made Christmas (movie)

A Wowiebozowee Christmas (movie)

Wonder Pets: Save the Reindeer! (movie)

A Merry Little Christmas Series (CD set)