Favorite Christmas Tradition


Yesterday, I shared the Christmas Tradition I wished I NEVER had started. Today I want to share a Christmas tradition my friend Jill shared with me many years ago.  7 years later, I am SO happy that I am still carrying on this tradition. The handprint tree skirt is my favorite Christmas tradition! The kids love to trace their hands and I love to get it out every year and … [Read more...]

2016 Activity Advent Countdown


My annual, printable Activity Advent Countdown is back! It includes ideas, printables, and resources from around the web to make counting down to Christmas with your toddlers and preschoolers fun and educational! Paper Plate Angel Make and Play with Gingerbread Playdough Christmas Tree Alphabet Match (printable) Burlap Wreath Ornament Jingle Bell Painting … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Christmas Ornament Crafts

Kid Friendly Ornament Crafts

Your toddler or preschooler will love to decorate the Christmas tree with their own handmade decorations and you will cherish these keepsakes in the years to come. Here's our 5 favorite Kid Friendly Christmas Ornament Crafts of all time: Beaded Candy Cane Ornaments Painted Swirl Ornaments Handprint Reindeer Ornament Popsicle Stick Ornament Candy Cane Ornament … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Art for Kids

Christmas Tree Art for Kids

  Children of any age will enjoy creating this Christmas Tree Art. What a great gift that kids can make for someone they love!   First, purchase any size/type of canvas from the craft store. It really doesn’t matter what size you use. Using painter’s tape, cut angled strips of tape that form an abstract Christmas tree shape and place the tape directly on the … [Read more...]

2015 Activity Advent Countdown

2015 Activity Advent Countdown

My annual, printable Activity Advent Countdown is back! It includes ideas, printables, and resources from around the web to make counting down to Christmas with your toddlers and preschoolers fun and educational! Q-Tip Snowflake Ornaments Building Christmas Sculptures Christmas Color by Number Fishing for Candy Canes Christmas Playdough Mats Make and Eat Ice … [Read more...]

Christmas Countdown Ideas

Christmas Countdown Ideas

Here at The Activity Mom we love to sneak in learning as we have fun counting down to Christmas! Here are a list of AWESOME Christmas Countdown Ideas: Join us for our FREE, printable Activity Advent Countdown. You and your little ones can work on an activity each day together and it is all organized for you. Choose one or pick and choose from all of these: 2009 … [Read more...]

Christmas Pretend Play

Christmas Pretend Play

Stuck inside? Bored? Solve the problem with just a strand of Christmas lights! Christmas Pretend Play We draped them around our pretend play store and turned it into the North Pole. You could also drape them around your play kitchen and make a Christmas restaurant or store. Make a fort with a big box and use a strand of lights and ribbon to make it exciting. Your children … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Push Box (printable)

Christmas Tree Pom Box

This activity is a great way to work on fine motor skills with your toddler while giving them a Christmas tree they can actually play with! Christmas Tree Push Box Supplies Needed: Shoebox (Toddler size was perfect, but you could use any size) Wrapping paper Scissors and tape Christmas Tree Printable Glue (I used rubber cement) Craft knife Wrap your shoe … [Read more...]

Christmas Light Matching (printable)

Christmas Light Matching

Here is a quick and simple Christmas matching game to play with your little ones!  (My daughter is in a serious matching phase right now - she loves it!) Simply print the colored Christmas light cards, laminate (optional), and cut them apart.  Then, let the matching begin! Other Ways to Play Add letters or numbers to the Christmas lights to practice alphabet and … [Read more...]

Cardboard Christmas Tree


  A 3-D cardboard Christmas tree is so much fun for the kids to decorate and believe it or not it is simple to make! Materials: 2 pieces of cardboard (from boxes) scissors markers, paint, crayons stickers, ribbon, glitter   Cut two, identical tree shapes from thick cardboard Cut a slit in the bottom of tree shape 1 and in the top of tree … [Read more...]

Adapting Christmas Crafts for Toddlers

Toddler Christmas Craft 2

I LOVE crafting with my toddler (he's 2 years old and loves to craft, too!) but some things require a little tweaking so that it's an enjoyable experience for everyone! Here are some of our favorite Christmas crafts and tips for adapting Christmas crafts for toddlers! Originally, I'd wanted G to cut the strips of paper to make a stacked paper tree.  But... That turned … [Read more...]

Toddler Approved Christmas Traditions

Toddler Christmas Traditions 1

Christmas looks a little differently when you have little ones running around.  We keep the decorating to a minimum (the 10 month is crawling and eating EVERYTHING and the 2 year old has an affinity for throwing balls that crash into things).  But, that doesn't mean that you can't establish some super fun Christmas traditions that grow with your kiddos! Santa Prints I … [Read more...]