Oh how we love the Christmas season.
There’s joy in the air and a spring in our step.
Some of us start getting ready right after Halloween!
And no, we’re not judging you. *wink wink*. The earlier the better we say.
However, when the magic happens it always seems to go by so quickly.
Whoosh! And it’s January again!
Parents confess they didn’t have enough time to do all the crafts and activities they had planned. They either didn’t have the right resources or just didn’t plan ahead.
Not this time. With just over a week to go, we’re going to ensure you and your little ones have a frolicking time.
Here’s our roundup of 7 super-fun and engaging Christmas presents to keep your littlies entertained this season. Also, if you haven’t got those stockings filled up, keep reading!
Fun-sized jars of red, green and brown rice and three wooden activity boards for some Christmas sensory play!
The bottles are ideal to store the rice after play. Plus, they make for a beautiful addition to the shelf.
Hint: Makes a great complement to your choice of playdough.
The Candy Cane Playdough Kit by Poppy & Daisy is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Not only does it look like Christmas, it smells so good, you’d want to eat it (the product is all-natural, so you don’t have to worry about your child getting some in their mouth while playing!)
Your little one will have loads of fun squishing the dough, feeling its texture in their fingers, mindfully cutting out stars, and using the festive stamps. Your Christmas decor just got an instant boost!
Teach the littlies all about the colours and scents of Christmas as they fully immerse themselves in the traditions and fun of the season.
The Christmas Sensory Playdough kit stimulates all the senses with three Christmas coloured and scented, handmade playdoughs, a hand-painted Santa and Rudolph peg doll, a hand-crafted wooden sleigh and so much more!
As far as Christmas surprises go, few can hold their own against the Jolly Christmas Postman – A classic interactive Christmas story, beautifully illustrated.
It’s Christmas Eve and the JOLLY POSTMAN is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters:
- Card for Baby Bear,
- ‘Beware’, a game for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf,
- ‘Get-well’ jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty, &
- 3 surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc.
Take your pick from three fabulous jars of playdough, each featuring their own Christmassy scent:
- Ricky reindeer – plum pudding scented
- Joy, Mrs. Claus – Big warm hug in a jar with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, rosemary with a burst of citrus and florals
- Santa – Jolly and squishy featuring Santa’s trademark candy cane scent
One thing that littlies love during Christmas, along with the presents and delicious food, is helping with decorating your home and tree!
Watch them roll out the air-drying clay and use the cutter to make 5 or 6 star decorations by pushing in wooden stars or stamps and sprinkling them with bio glitter. Once dry, make them into a bunting garland or into individual tree decorations.
Take advantage of the beautiful summer sun and accompany your little ones outdoors. Help them take in the beauty of nature, choose the prettiest flowers and leaves to create their own decorative bunting.
Kids absolutely love putting together their own designs when they know you’ll be proudly displaying them as part of your Christmas decorations!
There you have it – seven fun and creative resources for your little ones this Christmas.
Each of these items were made with love and care to ensure your kids get nothing but the best experience to stimulate their minds.
They encourage open-ended and sensory learning.
If you’re still unsure, here are 6 reasons why at Below the Willow Tree we swear by sensory play:
- Encourages your little ones to reason, think critically, and self-regulate
- Ignites creativity and imagination
- Provides a calming way to process emotions
- Develops independence and build leadership skills
- Strengthens hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and vocabulary
- Promotes cognitive flexibility and social awareness