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Best Christmas Activities for Toddlers from Instagram.

I have collated a selection of the best Christmas activities for toddlers on Instagram to share with you here. I love the creativity and ingenuity of these activities that were shared from various countries around the world. Please visit the below accounts for the full captions and the complete selection of images for each activity.

I love the festive season, however it always seems to pass so quickly. I enjoy organising  a variety of types of play for my son to get into the Christmas spirit and sharing them with others. Throughout the festive season we tend to have more time at home with our children, so it is the perfect time to try out new activities. These toddler activities at home will keep your little one busy, learning and having fun.


Christmas sensory tray


Gingerbread Sensory Tray

Gingerbread Cloud Dough Recipe.

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil or baby oil.
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger.


  • Begin by mixing all the dry ingredients together with a spoon. Add in the oil and stir.
  • After a minute of stirring, use your hands to knead the cloud dough together. It should be slightly crumbly, but able to press together to create a ball.

Add play items into a tray.

Once you have made the cloud dough, add it to a shallow tray. Add play items like scoops, pom poms, buttons and gingerbread cookie cutters. Let your child engage with the materials. The dough smells amazing and it moulds really well.

It’s easy to overthink what to put inside your sensory tray but the simpler the sensory tray, the more fun your kids will have playing and learning. You may need to show your kids how they can explore the materials and ask them what they might do with them. Open-ended toddler activities like this are super engaging. There is no right or wrong way to play with a sensory tray.

Click here for another Christmas sensory tray idea.


Christmas activities for toddlers


 DIY Christmas Ornaments.

For many, decorating is half the fun of the season, and what better way to decorate, than to DIY your own clear Christmas ornaments? Kids also enjoy filling things, so that is why this is one of the best Christmas activities for toddlers

Fill some baubles with natural or decorative material. Some suggestions include: cinnamon sticks, flowers (real or dried), fir/pine tree leaves, pom poms, ivy leaves, beads, dried berries, and buttons. Be sure to seal a bauble well (tape), if it contains small parts that are a choking hazard for your child.


Snowman Countdown to Christmas


Snowman Countdown to Christmas.

Simple toddler activities like this are a lot of fun! This is a fabulous non-chocolate way to countdown to Christmas.


Paper plate, construction paper, scissors, glue, split pin and a marker.


  1. Write the numbers 1-24 on the outside of the paper plate.
  2. Cut out a carrot-shaped nose from the construction paper and rectangular shapes for the hat.
  3. Glue the hat together and attach to the snowman´s head.
  4. Glue on the eyes and draw the mouth into the shape of a smile.
  5. Poke a small hole through the paper plate and through the wider end of carrot-shaped nose.
  6. Attach a split pin joining the nose to the face.



Christmas sensory puzzle


Christmas Sensory Puzzle

Prep: dry orange slices in the oven at 140C for 45 minutes.

Materials: cardboard, hot glue, scissors, sticks, dried orange slices and fir/pine leaves. (Note: galega tea leaves are pictured in the above image).


  1. Cut out a flat square out of cardboard for the backing of the puzzle.
  2. Use a pencil to draw a simple Christmas tree picture.
  3. Using a ruler, cut 2-3cm strips out of flexible cardboard.
  4. Apply hot glue to your line drawing and attach your strip of flexible cardboard vertically. Work on one small section at a time so that the glue doesn’t dry too quickly.
  5. Hold each piece for a few seconds while the glue dries. You may need to trim or overlap your strips of paper to fit your drawing.

To play:

Add sensory items in cups or pots for your child to enjoy filling the puzzle.


scissor practice for toddlers


Trim Santa´s Beard.

Setting up this fun holiday cutting activity is super easy to do. It gives toddlers lots of opportunities to develop their fine motor cutting skills.

To make:

Simply, draw Santa´s face on cardboard. Glue white strips of tissue paper in place of the beard. Once the beard is trimmed, you can attach more tissue paper and repeat the activity. I love toddler activities that can be reused!


Activities for Toddlers


Winter Wonderland

Simple toddler activities spark the imagination and play. This winter wonderland is easy to set up and inspires all kinds of imaginative play.

Simply, pour flour into a tray, add some trees and wooden vehicles. Children spend ages playing with this making tracks in the snow, hiding toys, exploring the different textures.



fine motor toddler activity


Christmas Tree Fine Motor

Materials: bottle lids, cardboard, paint/markers, pom poms, glue and child´s tweezers.


  1. Draw an outline of a Christmas tree on cardboard.
  2. Your child paints or colours the tree.
  3. Glue lids inside the tree.
  4. Your child practices places pom poms into the lids and removing them using child´s tweezers. You could also use child-sized tongs or chopsticks.

Click here for more fine motor activities.


best Christmas activities for toddlers


Upcycled Christmas Tree

DIY Christmas trees are my favourite Christmas crafting theme. Alternative Christmas trees can be great space savers and a lovely way to involve kids in making decorations. This upcycled tree is a powerful reminder that great things can be created from seemingly useless objects.

Materials: plastic bottle bases, cardboard, scissors, hot glue, green / red paint paint, and fairy lights.


  1. Rinse out 10 plastic soda bottles.
  2. Cut the bottom off of 10 plastic soda bottles.
  3. Arrange the bottle bases into a triangle shape. Cut a piece of cardboard so it holds all 10 bottle bases.
  4. Paint the triangular piece of cardboard green and the bottle bases.
  5. Paint a red dot in the centre of each plastic bottle base.
  6. Glue down the 10 bottle bases onto the cardboard.
  7. Arrange fairy lights around the Christmas tree.

Click here for more upcycled play ideas.



best Christmas activities for toddlers


Best Christmas Activities for Toddlers

Materials: popsicle sticks, green pipe cleaners, buttons, pom poms, glue, 3 stars, and jewels.

Three Christmas trees with different resources.
1st tree: Green pipe cleaners, small pom-poms and popsicle sticks
2nd tree: Green popsicle sticks of differing lengths, and jewels.
3rd Tree: Green pom-poms, triangle-shaped construction paper, buttons and popsicle sticks.


Best Christmas activities for toddlers


Christmas Diorama

Homemade Christmas dioramas are fun to make and exciting to play with. This small world is simply meant to inspire you. Please don’t feel like it needs to be set up exactly like this one. Take what you like from it and add your own spin.

Material ideas: shoebox, cotton balls, paint, glue, stars, mini bells and add previous crafts (tree, snowman, Santa…).

Begin with background scenery in the shoebox. This may be painted in, or you might find in a magazine something suitable which can be cut out and pasted to the back and sides.

Next, add in the base, cotton balls and stars are used in the above example.

Finally, add in some previous crafts your child has made to create this diorama. The previous Christmas tree activity would fit nicely inside this diorama.


Best Christmas Activities for Toddlers from Instagram.

I hope you find some inspiration from this post ´Best Christmas Activities for Toddlers´ that you can easily do at home. Thank you to everyone who shared these with me in my Instagram hashtag challenge. I love being able to share your ideas with a larger audience of families. It is nice seeing what activities other families are doing at home.

Have a wonderful festive season!

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Lisa Forsythe

Teacher, mum and author of Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents.