25 Christmas Themed Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Ahh Christmas! It’s certainly the most wonderful and magical time of year, but boy does it fly by! I had intended to do so many activities with my youngest two but after a flurry of visitors, I haven’t squeezed in as many (blog worthy) activities as i’d have liked so I’ve called upon some of my favourite Instagrammers to help share some Christmas activities with you all….so here is the top 25 christmas themed activities for toddlers and preschoolers!

Collage of 25 christmas themes activites for toddlers and preschoolers

Whilst most of the activities, should be pretty straightforward from the photograph, please click on the links so that you can find out more about each activity.

1. Feed the Snowman

This cute fine motor activity is by Shannon from Perfect Preschool Plans. Check out her Instagram feed for a wonderful range of early years ideas.

Feed the snowman homemade toy made from a bottle

2.Holiday Sensory Tray

Doesn’t this rice and oats tray from im_the_simon look so inviting? It’s a good idea to keep play simple at Christmas time, especially with all of the additional events and activities happening.

Pretty sensory tray with oats decorated with wooden spoons

3. Christmas Spice Play Dough

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know that we love play dough! Here we made festive spice from scratch and used it to scent our dough. You can find the child-friendly recipe here.

Box with dried fruit, playdough, nuts and sprigs

4. Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin

I’m a huge fan of the activities Lucy from Find the Little Mind shares – this hot chocolate bin is on my list of ‘must tries’ for the holidays.

Hot chocolate sensory bin with starbucks cubs and marshmallows

5. Hot Chocolate Play Dough Kit

Lucy also created this cute play dough box along a similar hot chocolate theme, which you can read about on her blog. Hot chocolate always reminds me of The Polar Express!

Hot chocolate play dough kit with starbucks cups

6. Christmas Tree ABC

Stickers are such an great fine motor tool and these giant dot stickers made perfect baubles. You can read more about this activity here.

7. Snowy Writing Tray

Anya from Montessori from the Heart shares so many affordable Montessori style activities on her page. I just love this flour writing tray for its simplicity at one of the busiest times of year.

Anya has also written her own activity round-up of 50+ Christmas themed ideas which you can read about here.

8. Wrap the Christmas Tree

We’ve had these craft stick tree frames for years and they are still holding up well! You can read more about this activity here.

9. Festive Tray for Sensory Play

Christmas can be chaotic, so calming simple play is a necessity. This set up in the Flisat table has been a huge hit with my youngest two. You can read more about it here.

10. Letters to Santa

Have you got loads of parcels coming through the post? Save that cardboard for crafts and activities! Here we made little postcards for santa and teamed them with stamps and Hey There! Easy Peel stickers that were kindly gifted from Mama Brown & Co.

11. Christmas Kitchen

Add festive themed play dough to your play kitchen so your little ones can role play making festive bakes. Even better, get them helping with the real deal too!

12. Decorate the Gingerbread

Rae from Educate with Wonder is someone who I’ve only just recently started following and I’ve quickly fallen in love with all of her ideas. This loose parts gingerbread activity is great because it can be used year after year.

13. Sensory Ornaments

I just love the way Sarah from Learning with Hazel has created a child-friendly tree invitation. Sarah set this up as a ‘decoy tree’ for Hazel to direct her away from the real tree. As soon as I saw this idea, I rushed out to buy a small tree for my youngest two!

14. Homemade Gift Tags

Melanie from This French Mom shows that process art techniques can make some really pretty, child-made gift tags at Christmas time. You can read more about this activity over on Melanie’s website.

15. Candy Cane Sensory Tray

Mirror play seems even more magical at Christmas time. I love this idea from Rachel Moffatt to turn standard sensory rice into a candy cane!

16. Super Simple Kid-Made Ornaments

Oh Creative Day is one of my all-time favourite crafters. These chenille stick ornaments are such a perfect fine motor workout for little ones. You can find out how to make them here.

17. Icy Ornaments for Sensory Play

Tara from Little Pine Learners shares the most incredible nature inspired activities on her website. You can find out how to make these icy ornaments by clicking this link.

18. Christmas Tree Bow Decorating

I love this simple activity for toddlers from Tam of Active Littles – the bows are the perfect size for small hands to grasp. You can read more about Tam’s Christmas activities for toddlers here.

19. Sticky Christmas Tree

Early years specialist Laura from Inspire My Play has so many gorgeous, education-rich activities on her Instagram. I love the idea of this sticky Christmas tree – allowing little ones to get creative without heaps of mess! You can read more about Laura over on her website.

20. Christmas Scent Jars

Emily from Made to Montessori has so many fantastic Montessori inspired ideas on her Instagram feed. I love the beautiful simplicity of these seasonal scent jars.

21. Christmas Jumper Sewing Cards

Sewing can be made simple for little ones with the use of DIY cardboard sewing cards and I just love these ones from Little Button Diaries. You can read more about how to recreate these at home by visiting their website.

22. Paperchain Snowman

Betty from Chalk Academy has so many awesome ideas for children who are being raised bilingual or even multilingual! This paper chain countdown is brilliant for helping little ones to understand how many days there are until Christmas. A New Years one would work well too! Head on over to Betty’s website to get the printables.

23. Stickers & Washi Tape

I was trying to think of a witty name for this one but my brain is just too tired! We originally tried this on the floor with loose parts, but it didn’t work out to well with my youngest around! Stickers are so great for working on pincer grip and this is a great way to use those Christmas stickers.

24. Do-a-Dot Christmas Tree

This couldn’t be simpler – we did this one when Z was 2 so it’s also a good option for the younger ones. Simply cut out some Christmas tree shapes and provide the markers!

25. Frozen Play Dough Kit

Sorry, but I just had to squeeze one Frozen themed activity in, especially since the release of the new movie! Play dough small worlds in these IKEA GLIS boxes also make brilliant gifts for children – you can find out more about our play dough recipes here.

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