10 Easy and Fun Christmas activities for toddlers

December 06, 2019 8 min read

10 easy and fun Christmas activities for toddlers

10 BEST Christmas craft ideas for kids

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Christmas!! School’s out, kids are home and mum needs some ideas to keep little hands and minds busy.

We've scoured through literally hundreds of craft ideas to bring you 10 easy and fun Christmas activities for toddlers.

Toddlers love to have something to show for their efforts! Whether it’s a scribble on a piece of paper or a work of art on mum’s bedroom door, they are super proud of completing a project and having something to show for it. These activities are all toddler-friendly, fun and give the kids a sense of achievement once completed.   

So crank up that Christmas music and get crafting!

1. Paper cup Christmas trees

Paper cup Christmas trees

These little tree creations looks adorable on the actual Christmas tree.  This activity is affordable, mess-free and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers alike.  You can set it up for your kids to do on their next play date, as it's fun and easy to do with a group.  

Materials:

  • Green paper cups
  • Gold glitter paper
  • Optional: star paper punch
  • Pompoms, beads, or sequins
  • Tacky craft glue or glue dots

Use the gold glitter paper and star paper punch to make the star. Or you can simply draw a star by hand and cut it out with scissors. Glue it to the top of the cup.

Now for the fun part.  Let your toddler decorate the Christmas tree with pom poms, beads or sequins using a bit of glue.  You could even glue a bit of tinsel around the tree.

Voila! You have a handmade topper for your Christmas tree. If you'd like to hang your creation, you can tape a loop of string to the top of the cup.

2. Thumbprint Christmas lights photo frame

Thumbnail Christmas lights photo frame

We absolutely love this activity! It’s super affordable and makes a great gift for teachers or grandparents. And show us a toddler who doesn’t love sticking their little fingers into paint?

Materials:

  • Photo frame with mat border. We used these frames from Kmart which were perfect!  
  • Coloured ink pads or finger paint and paintbrush
  • Fine point black marker
  • Little thumbs

Be sure to choose a frame with a wide enough border so that your toddler has plenty of room to add their thumbprints!

It's easiest to start with the thumbprints. Apply paint to your little one’s thumb, and press the finger down to make the first Christmas light. Continue all the way around the mat border, alternating colours.

Then use the black marker to draw the little stems for each light and string them all together. Wait for the paint to dry before putting it back in the frame, and add a photo of your child.

3. Gingerbread house decorating

Gingerbread-house-decorating.jpg

Nothing says Christmas more than the smell of gingerbread. The best part of this activity? Your little one can actually taste the materials! Gone are the days of making your own gingerbread... luckily for us busy mums there are places like Gingerbread House Kits that have done all the hard work for us! 

We know how frustrating it can be to plan activities for the kids... sometimes the thought of all the preparation can put a mum right off! If you’re having one of those days, but still want to do something Christmasy with the kids, then this is the activity for you!

Materials:

Follow the instructions from the manufacturer and add extra icing sugar or sweets to decorate. We recommend buying extra - it’s difficult not to taste test the product beforehand.

4. Rudolph footprint Christmas card

Rudolph footprint Christmas card

What’s better than sticking your fingers into a pot of paint? Sticking your feet in, of course! This is such an adorable craft, and it’s suitable for babies as well.

Materials:

  • Red card stock and white paper
  • Brown finger paint
  • Black marker
  • Red pom pom
  • Googly eyes

Paint your child’s foot completely brown and press it onto the white paper. It may take a few goes to get it right!  Clean off excess paint with a baby wipe.

Once the footprint is dry, use the black marker to draw some antlers onto your reindeer. Glue on the red pom pom for the nose, and stick on the googly eyes.  Finally, stick the footprint Rudolph onto the red card. 

This craft is perfect for a Christmas card or simply as a beautiful memory of those tiny feet and toes.  If you'd like to post the card, you can use a flat red button instead of a pom pom.

5. Sock snowman

Sock snowman Christmas craft 

No list is complete without this adorable snowman. It does require a bit of extra effort from an adult but the end result is just too cute! Bonus: You finally have something to do with all those unpaired socks at the bottom of the laundry basket.

Materials:

  • White sock
  • Coloured sock (kids socks work best)
  • Rice
  • Rubber bands (or thread)
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun or glue dots
  • Black marker
  • Pom-poms
  • Optional: essential oil

Fill the white sock with rice using a spoon. (You’ll need a fair amount of rice to fill the sock.)  You can add 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil halfway through if you'd like. Once the sock is full enough for your liking, tie it off at the top with a rubber band. Use another rubber band to form the head, and tie it lightly about two thirds of the way up.

Glue buttons to the tummy using the glue gun or glue dots, and then draw on the mouth and eyes with the black marker.  Stick 2 small orange pom poms together for the nose.

Sock snowman step by step pictures

Next, wrap a piece of ribbon or thin piece of cloth around the neck for the scarf.  Secure it using the glue gun or glue dots.  

Finally, roll the coloured sock a few times to make the hat and place on the head. This will cover the part where you tied it off (you can cut off the excess sock above the head if you like). Your snowman is complete!

This activity might require more adult assistance, but the end result is so worth it.  Toddlers absolutely adore these mini snowmen.

6. Christmas I-Spy sensory bottle

Christmas I spy bottle

I-spy-bottles are an excellent way to keep your toddler entertained. They provide an opportunity to practice fine motor skills and get those little fingers moving. This Christmas-themed bottle is super easy to make, and is perfect to bring along when you need a quiet activity for the kids.

Materials:

  • Rice or small pasta
  • Clean clear plastic bottle
  • Small Christmas ornaments, candy canes, red and green pom poms or pipe cleaners, jingle bells, gift bows, ribbons. Anything with a Christmas feel to it that can fit inside the bottle.

Fill the bottle about halfway with your Christmas items. (Tip: choose items that aren't breakable in case the bottle gets thrown around.)

Add the rice - let your toddler help you with a scoop and a funnel. Leave enough room in the bottle so that the items are able to move around when your little one plays I-Spy. 

7. Christmas tree fingerprint art

Christmas tree fingerprint art

This activity is so easy to set up and doesn't require any special materials.  You could easily turn the art into a beautiful handmade Christmas card. Your toddler will absolutely love this activity too! 

Materials:

  • White paper
  • Black or coloured paper (to contrast with the white)
  • Crayon (or something to trace with)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paint

Make a Christmas tree template from the black paper. To do this, fold the paper in half and draw half a Christmas tree shape along the folded side. Then cut along the lines to make your template.  

Christmas tree fingerprint art

Tape the Christmas tree to the white paper using a little bit of double-sided tape or rolled sticky tape.  Next comes the fun part!

Help your toddler to dip one finger into the paint and make finger prints all around the white paper, using Christmasy colours like red, green and gold. Be sure to do fingerprints all along the edge of the cut-out to help the Christmas tree show up well at the end.

When you're finished painting, slowly and carefully peel up the cut-out to reveal your snowy Christmas tree!  

8. Santa advent calendar

Santa advent calendar

This is a fantastic activity for busy mums that is ridiculously easy to set up.  Simply download the Santa print and use cotton wool to make Santa's beard.  It's also a great alternative to the sugar-loaded chocolate advent calendar.  Your kids will love counting down to Santa's arrival!

Materials:

  • Printable Santa calendar - instant download from Etsy for $5.49 AUD  - worth every cent!
  • A4 card stock (250gsm works great)
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Glue
  • Optional: hole punch and ribbon to hang your calendar
  • Optional: mason jar to store the cotton wool

Download the Printable Santa calendar from Etsy, and print on the A4 card stock.

Why not print it out twice, and use the lid of a mason jar to make a round cut-out of santa's face.  Stick the cut-out on the mason jar lid, and you have a cute storage container for your cotton wool.   

Punch a hole at the top of the calendar and tie some ribbon through it, or just attach it to the fridge with a magnet.  

Glue a cotton wool ball onto the corresponding number of Santa's beard every day.  When his beard is full, he will be arriving the next morning!

9. Christmas tree brownies

Christmas tree brownies

Your toddler will love helping you bake and decorate these Christmas tree brownies. To make things easier, you can use store-bought mixes for the brownies and icing.

Materials:

  • 1 box chocolate brownie mix
  • 1 tub white vanilla icing mix
  • Green food colouring
  • Zip lock bag
  • Candy canes
  • Sprinkles

Grease and line an 8″ x 8″ square baking pan and bake the brownies according to the package directions.  Allow them to cool completely before removing them from the pan.

Use a large sharp knife to cut the brownies into triangles. (Cut in three rows, then cut in alternating diagonals, as in the photo shown below). Don't worry if the triangles aren't perfect...  you can always trim them to the right shape.  You'll have plenty of volunteers to help eat the scrap pieces!

Brownie Christmas tree progress

Unwrap the candy canes, and use a sharp knife to gently cut/break the candy canes into 1.5" long pieces.  Push the sharper end of the candy canes into the bottom of the brownies to make the trunks.

Prepare the icing, and keep adding green food colouring until you're happy with the colour.  You'll may need a LOT of drops. 

Spoon the icing into a zip lock bag.  Seal the bag and cut off a corner using sharp scissors. Starting at the top of the tree, gently squeeze the icing out of the bag moving in a curvy zigzag as you go down the tree.

Finally, decorate the trees with sprinkles. Enjoy!

10. Paper plate reindeer

Paper plate reindeer craft

This little reindeer is really cute and so easy to make using basic craft supplies.  We love the finished product and your little one will love helping you put it together!  You can make 4 reindeer out of 1 paper plate.

Materials:

  • paper plate
  • brown construction paper
  • white paper
  • black marker
  • red paper or red pom pom for nose
  • scissors
  • glue
  • brown paint
  • paintbrush

Paint the paper plate brown.  Once the paint has dried, cut it in half and then in half again.   

Cut out a red circle for the nose and 2 white circles for the eyes (or use a large hole puncher if you have one). 

Glue the red circle (or red pom pom) at the tip of the paper plate triangle, and glue the white circles in place. Use the black marker to draw eyes inside the white circles.

Cut antlers out of the brown construction paper and stick them onto the plate.

That's it.  Your reindeer is ready for play or to decorate your little one's room! 

Happy crafting!

Christmas is such a special time for our little ones, and the perfect opportunity to take time out and do activities with them.  We hope you enjoy these activities as much as we did!

We have one more bonus activity for you... an adorable FREE letter to Santa printable for you to download, from Crafts by Amanda.  Your toddler will love sitting down with you to create his wishlist, and it will become a special keepsake.

Free letter to santa printable

Leave a reply in the comments below and let us know how your Christmas crafts turned out, we’d love to hear from you! 

 

Credits:

1. Paper cup Christmas trees - Fireflies and Mud Pies

2. Thumbnail Christmas lights photo frame - That's what Che said

4. Rudolph footprint Christmas card - Emma Owl

5. Sock snowman - Easy Peasy and Fun

6. Christmas I-Spy sensory bottle - Simple Play Ideas

7. Christmas tree fingerprint art - A dab of glue will do

8. Santa advent calendar - TomfoPrintables, Etsy

9. Christmas tree brownies - One Little Project 

10. Paper plate reindeer - Easy Peasy and Fun

Letter to Santa printable - Crafts by Amanda

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