20+ Ideas for Preschool and Toddler Christmas Fun

The most wonderful time of the year is here and we are so ready to create special Christmas memories with our family. With a toddler and a preschooler in our house, the wonder and magic of the season is in full effect. I’ve spend time gathering the best ideas for preschool and toddler Christmas fun to share with you and your wee ones. Pick a few ideas and spread holiday cheer in your home. Don’t forget to enter to win one of 4 $500 CASH prizes we’re giving away at the bottom of this post to make your holiday extra special. If you’re looking for gift ideas for your favorite toddler, you’ll find our gift guide for 1-3 year olds here.

Decorate the tree together. Yes, most of your ornaments will end up at the bottom, and yes, one or two might break. It will still be fun and will create a special holiday tradition with your kids. Read more about our favorite holiday traditions here.

Gingerbread cinnamon dough ornaments can be a wonderfully scented addition to your tree, and can be made with your kids with these ideas from ABC Creative Learning.

Prep a few holiday themed busy bags for your kids for those moments when you need to check off your Christmas to do list during this hectic season. Busy bags are activities contained in a small bag that kids can do over and over again. Here is a fun idea for a Christmas Wreath Counting Busy Bag from Coffee Cups and Crayons, and a super easy to set up idea for Reusable Christmas Sticker Busy Bags from Still Playing School.

Christmas crafting can be really fun with toddlers and preschoolers with the right set up and attitude. Here are 10 ideas for preschool Christmas crafts to make with your kids.

Turn on the Christmas music and have a sing and dance party with your kids. We love the kids holiday station on Pandora. Get silly with them, sing along, and maybe even break out the musical instruments.

Practice matching skills with this DIY Holiday Memory Match Game from Love Play Learn.

Print out your own set of our Merry Christmas Loteria {Bingo Style} Game to play with your kids and the whole family. Preschool and toddler kids can identify the holiday shapes and play along with the rest of the family.

Make these precious button Christmas cards from Adventure in a Box with your kids to give to friends and neighbors, or send to loved ones far away.

20+ Ideas for Preschool and Toddler Christmas Fun Round UpUse shatterproof Christmas ornaments to set up this Christmas Bauble Dunking Game from Adventures of Adam. Endless fun!

Create and Advent Calendar together with your kids. This DIY Paper Cup version from Hodge Podge Craft is perfect for crafting with toddlers.

Use unbreakable mini ornaments to learn and play with patterns with your kids. This activity can be adapted for different age and ability levels. Find more details here from My Mundane and Miraculous Life.

Practice color identification and get fine motor skill practice with this Velcro Dot Christmas Tree activity from Creekside Learning.

Tape off a holiday design like this Tape Resist Glitter Forest idea from Left Brain Craft Brain and let your kids paint away with fingers or brushes. Remove the tape to reveal a Christmas masterpiece.

Use your leftover strand of Christmas lights to create a DIY light table like we did here, then make this light table Christmas tree play set from My Mundane and Miraculous Life.

Preschool and Toddler Christmas Fun IdeasRecycle old holiday cards so your kids can make a festive collage like this one from The Jenny Evolution. This idea would be really fun with faces from photo cards as well.

Use this Christmas Sensory Fun Planner from One Time Through to plan endless sensory ideas for your kids. Seriously, she makes it so easy to be creative with sensory ideas.

This Christmas Handprint Wreath from ABC Creative Learning is a classic, and one activity you’ll treasure as your look back at those tiny handprints for years to come. For more Christmas keepsake ideas read here.

If your kids love play dough as much as mine do, use these North Pole inspired play dough ideas from One Time Through to create special holiday play time with DIY play dough. Here’s a recipe for DIY Peppermint Scented Play Dough from Love Play Learn.

Send your kids on a Montessori Inspired Scavenger Hunt tailored to their age and abilities using these ideas from Living Montessori Now.

And finally, don’t let all the Christmas activities and ideas overwhelm you. Spend an evening talking with your family about their favorite holiday traditions and activities, and make a list of all the things you want to do during the Christmas season. Post your list on the fridge or somewhere you’ll see it often, and start checking things off. Get your kids excited about what’s to come and create new holiday traditions together. Read more about how we simplify the holiday season here, and our favorite holiday traditions here.

Looking for more ideas for Christmas fun for kids? Check out the Ultimate Christmas Idea Guide here where you’ll find hundreds of ideas grouped by theme and age group.

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1 Comment on 20+ Ideas for Preschool and Toddler Christmas Fun

  1. Thanks for sharing both my Christmas Tree Light Table and the Christmas Ornament Pattern Play! Tons of good ideas on here! Pinning and sharing!

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