Christmas Bag

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If you have lots of  Christmas-themed tidbits in your craft bin, here’s the perfect craft to use them up. And you can put it to good use once it’s finished, too!

I gave Veronika a brown grocery bag and set out lots of odds and ends that she could use to decorate. She especially loved an assortment of felt stickers, including tree lights, silly animals skiing, and candy cane shapes.

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Peeling the backing off the stickers was excellent exercise for her little fingers!

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I also gave her a glue stick and some leftover gift ribbon. She smeared the glue stick all over the bag and then pressed down pieces of the ribbon.

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I thought she might want to use markers in red and green, too, but she declared the bag finished and looked so proud of her work.

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This festive bag now has a useful purpose! On Christmas morning, make it your toddler’s special bag to store all their gifts in (especially those tiny stocking stuffers!). That way nothing will be misplaced.

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Christmas Tree Transfer Activity

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This Christmas-themed activity is great for toddlers to work on number and color recognition and it’s also excellent for fine motor skills. It can easily be adapted as more of a challenge if you have preschoolers, too!

I started by drawing the outline of a Christmas tree on a large piece of green poster board.

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With Veronika at my side, we counted up from 1 to 6 as I wrote the numbers in the bottom of Christmas cupcake liners. She has learned to count by rote up to 11, but this was a great pause to show her the numeral attached to each number as we counted up. We then taped these down at the tips of the tree’s “branches”.

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Next, I filled the cupcake liners with jingle bells! I started with the corresponding number of bells in each cupcake liner (one bell in the liner marked 1, two in the liner marked 2, and so forth), even knowing they wouldn’t stay like that for long. This is a part where you can challenge a preschooler to add the right number of bells to each liner!

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For Veronika, it was more a game of fine motor skills and sensory play. I gave her a plastic spoon (green, naturally) to scoop the jingle bells from one liner to another. She also loved picking up extra liners that weren’t taped down and dumping the bells.

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And of course each movement she made was accompanied by the delightful auditory jingle of a Christmas bell.

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For a quick color variation, I colored the bottom of one liner with red marker and another green, and challenged her to put corresponding bells over the correct color.

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She aced the test but lost interest in that quickly. This is another great extension for preschoolers, especially if you include less familiar colors like silver and gold. After that she wanted a turn with the markers, coloring on the poster board and inside some of the liners. So all told, this activity filled quite a lot of time on a Sunday morning!

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Christmas Doorknob Decoration

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Here’s a sweet Christmas decoration that toddlers will feel so proud to have made when they see it hanging around the house!

To start, I cut two shapes from felt. On pink felt (or red would work, too), I traced a 4-inch circle, then cut a smaller circle in the center, as well as four slits that would allow it to slip over a traditional round doorknob.

I then cut a Christmas tree shape (about 7 inches tall) on green felt. Use hot glue to attach the two together.

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Now it was up to Veronika to decide how to decorate! I helped her squeeze tacky glue all over the tree, and then she liberally dumped on red sequins and red and green beads.

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“Look at all the sparkles!” she said, as she let them trickle down.

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I only helped now and then by adding extra glue or pressing on a bead in a few places, otherwise it was all up to her.

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Once the glue dried, it looked beautiful hanging on a hallway door.

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