Christmas is a festive season that should include everyone – even little babies! But most Christmas crafts and activities seem to be directed at older kids who can handle glue and scissors, which means our little family members are left out. But we’ve found that there are still ways for our little ones to enjoy themselves this festive season – with some fun Christmas activities for babies and toddlers!
20 Christmas Activities for Babies and Toddlers
These magnetic sensory bottles from No Time for Flash Cards look super festive! They’re bright enough to attract both babies and toddlers, and even older kids will love playing with this simple toy! You can also skip the magnetic parts and use it as a simple sensory bottle.
Sensory play tends to be messy, but this activity from A Little Pinch of Perfect is completely mess-free! With cellophane, shaving cream and some strong tape, you have the perfect activity to keep your baby busy for a while. Use two sheets for reinforcement so the sheets don’t leak.
This activity from Toddler Approved includes lots of textures, objects and sounds. This is an open ended activity that you can change so you can use it all year. Just ensure you use safe things on the board.
Inspiration Laboratories uses contact paper and masking tape to create a fun activity for toddlers. Hand them a bunch of bows and and let them enjoy creating their own versions of Christmas trees on the wall!
No Christmas celebration is complete without gingerbread. Check out The Imagination Tree who shows us how to have fun with gingerbread, rolling pin and cookie cutters. It smells great and is a good exercise for little fingers.
This is a great idea for Christmas eve, and so simple to make! Just make sure that the kind of lights you use are not the ones that heat up, and also be sure to use a safe jar made of thick plastic. Babies will enjoy looking at all the sparkling lights when it’s dark!
Few things are as much fun as a sensory bin! This Christmas version from Fun with Mama is perfect for the season, and includes a whole lot of elements to keep toddlers busy for a while! The best part is that you can add anything you like – bricks, action figures, balls, ornaments, utensils and of course a large spoon too!
I’m sure that Moms were floored as soon as they read the words ‘Mess Free’! Clare’s Little Tots has a simple activity that’s so beautiful you’ll want to frame it! It’s perfect for babies to work their fingers and watch things move – good way to learn about cause and effect.
This bottle looks so calming; I think it should work for adults dealing with holiday stress too! Stir the Wonder shows us how to make this beautiful Christmas tree bottle from a handful of things. Turn the bottle up and down to watch the contents flow slowly in accordance with it.
This bottle works well as a rattle for babies and an I Spy bottle for toddlers. Sunny Day Family gives us the instructions to make a pretty sensory bottle – just fill it with festive things for kids to identify.
Here’s an easy DIY that’ll help kids to flex those finger muscles and help increasing concentration. Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails shows us how to do it, with a plastic bottle. Paint on a snowman’s face and features and get kids to stuff cotton balls inside,
Toddler Approved has a fun idea for a lovely keepsake-style tree. Felt and Velcro make these ideal for little kids to fix and remove again and again. You’ll just have to do the prep of getting the photos ready.
Now this is one sure fire way to keep your toddler busy for quite a while! It’s also an activity that’ll last well into the New Year and not restricted to Christmas alone! You can make this in any way you like, using specific parts that’ll interest your toddler. All you need to keep in mind is the safety aspect so little fingers don’t get pinched.
Is your baby at the stage where he spends a lot of time on his tummy? Then these Christmas discovery bottles are perfect for him! Growing Hands on Kids shows us how to make these fun bottles for baby to play with. You can either make them all at once, or give a different one each day.
Nurture Store uses spices to make these deliciously scented Christmas paints! Now you can let your toddler create her own special holiday art without worrying about toxic elements and without hurting the environment when you wash it all down eventually!
Parenting Chaos has the perfect solution to spread some cheer and keep your baby occupied at the same time – Jingle Bells! Of course bells on their own aren’t suitable for babies, which is why this sensory bottle is the perfect solution. You can also add the magnetic element and let toddlers play with moving the bells around!
Now this is one Christmas tree that can be decorated over and over again! My Bored Toddler features a fun activity that’s perfect for a bunch of kids. Just make sure to select an area you won’t mind getting dirty.
This is a great activity for toddlers who are experts at pushing things through tiny holes! Get multicolored pom poms to make the activity more interesting. You can use any old cardboard box to make the tree with holes.
19. Nutcracker Stacking Blocks
The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic and Molly Moo Crafts recreates this beautifully with some DIY Nutcracker stacking blocks. They look so vintage and classy, they’d also make a great gift! Make sure the surface of the wooden blocks are smooth before handing them to your baby to play.
Doesn’t snow in your place? No problem, you can still have a sparkling snowman thanks to Little Bins for Little Hands! With snowflakes and glitter, this is a glamorous snowman. You can remove the pipe cleaner if you think it’ll be a hazard.