What are some Christmas learning activities I can do with my toddler?
These Christmas trays have been much loved in my house. They are probably some of the best trays ever put together. You might need to spend a little bit more money on these trays than you usually do. You can usually just get a few things from the dollar store and occasionally spend more money on something you know you’ll use a lot. This time, though, you might want to buy the supplies from a craft store. I figure if there is ever a good time of year to splurge on nicer toddler tray materials, Christmas is the time. 🙂
One other thing before I show you the trays. I did these Christmas toddler trays a few weeks ago. I also wrote this post a few weeks ago. Why did I do this so far in advance? Well, I’m probably in the hospital right now having my baby! Since I am writing this early, I don’t actually know if I’ll be in the hospital on this particular day. I also wrote the rest of the posts for this week early because of the baby thing. The rest of the posts for December will be written by Cassidy while I take a little blogging break. Luckily for you, Cassidy is extremely artistic and crafty (and I am not). So, be excited for some Christmas craft activities that are much more artistic than normal.
Now, on to the Christmas toddler trays.
You can get these great present ornaments and some small stockings. To do this toddler tray, have your child put the present into the stocking just like Santa Claus does! Although, you may have to tell your kids many times that the present is just a decoration and there is nothing inside. You may want to open one up so they can see for themselves. 🙂
This toddler tray has some super cute gel window clings. Have your child rearrange these on the tray, this will be great fine motor practice. My child surprised me by sticking them on the wall one day and he spent probably 20-30 minutes just playing with them on the wall. I didn’t even think they would stick to the wall, but his creativity gave him a super fun new way to play.
This toddler tray had two glass bowls filled with some red and white vase fillers. After the pouring we did with our Thanksgiving trays, I knew we needed another pouring activity. These provide a bit more of a challenge that the sunflower seeds because they are lighter, but you will love this tray.
You can use the same red and white vase fillers for this toddler tray. You can also put on a glue bottle and a paper Christmas tree. Have your child glue the vase fillers onto the tree to look like ornaments. Even preschoolers will enjoy this toddler tray! Our preschooler came home from school saw this tray and cut out is own paper star to the tree. 🙂 I guess it’s not a Christmas tree unless it has a star on top.
This “tray” is really more of a sensory bin than an actual tray. You can use shredded paper and hide some Christmas items in the bin. Use the extra things you have from the other trays: extra presents, stockings, and vase fillers. Use yellow paper and brown paper so later you can use it as a nativity sensory bins. You can put nativity pieces into the sensory bin and take out the other Christmas things. Then it will be a nativity sensory bin and your child can find the animals in the “hay”.
Learning Notebook Printables
- Coloring page (Nativity Pack pg. 2 from 1+1+1=1)
- Pre-Writing Practice (Polar Express Pack pg. 2 from 123 Homeschool 4 Me)
- Christmas Matching (Christmas Pack part 2 pg. 41 from 3 Dinosaurs)
- Which One is Different? (Nativity Pre-K Pack pg. 6 from Over the Big Moon)
- Color the Baby Jesus (Nativity Pre-K Pack pg. 18 from Over the Big Moon)