How is your December going so far? Crazy? Fun? Exciting?
Here in our home, we have been pretty mellow (except me!). We’ve been doing some Christmas crafts here and there. We bake when the mood strikes for treats! We have been enjoying listening to some Christmas tunes. And of course watch a LOT of Christmas movies! I am loving this long Christmas break!
But today I wanted to share with you the Christmas Tot trays I set up for my kids. Just in case you are looking for something fun to do with your kids with Christmas theme. Well, I call it TOT TRAYS because the activities are best suited for younger kiddos but all 3 of my kids (8, 5 & 1) had a blast playing with these trays.
And although we are currently on our Christmas break, it doesn’t mean that we have to skip on some fun Christmas activities! Besides, you are not really doing “school” when you are doing something fun, right? (wink)
So with all that said, I’ve decided to set up some fun Christmas trays for my toddler (& kids) to keep them busy and help them get into the spirit of Christmas!
The set up is quite simple. I just picked up a few Christmas related things from Dollar store and set those up for my children to enjoy.
The Set Up
- Gingerbread men silicone cookie mold + Christmas pom poms
- Christmas boxes (different sizes)
- Clear plastic container + jingle bells + melon baller
- Christmas tray + ribbons
Christmas Tot Tray 1: The gingerbread men silicone cookie mold and Christmas pom poms is a very simple activity that teaches young tots the concept of 1:1. You can also add a tong if your toddler is able to use it to practice fine motor skills. Little Lady O didn’t really played with this activity the way I had it planned for her. She did play with the pom poms together with the other things on her shelf.
Christmas Tot Tray 2: The Christmas boxes of different sizes can be stacked up for a fun stacking activity. It can also be used for an open and close activity, or nesting boxes. I set it up as nesting boxes for Little Lady O to open and take out the boxes one at a time. She did that once just to access the boxes and so she can use them for other things. You will see it down below.
Christmas Tot Tray 3: The clear plastic container, jingle bells & melon baller is another activity to practice fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination or learn cause and effect. All the little ones have to do is scoop the bells into the container. Or they can shake ’em up and make music to the tunes of Jingle bells (just kidding!). But it looks like that’s what Little Lady O had in mind! She loved the melon baller and used it a lot to scoop the bells into the different containers.
Christmas Tot Tray 4: The Christmas tray & ribbons can be played as a sorting game or counting game or both, whichever you prefer. You can again add a tong for some fine motor activity too. Little Lady O “tried” sorting, not color sorting but just putting ribbons in each space of the container. 🙂
In the end, we may have a plan in mind for every activity we set up for our little ones but it’s still up to them to decide how best to explore and enjoy them! Those boxes were a great choice!
That’s it! Simple, fun, & quick and easy to set up! I hope you enjoyed this post!
If you are looking for more, I also have a part 2 of Christmas tot trays which I will be sharing with you next time. So stay tuned for that!
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What about you? Do you plan on taking a long Christmas break as well? What fun things you have planned for your kids? I’d love to hear! Drop me a comment below!
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