These Christmas activities for 1 and 2 year olds will get you through the Winter including sensory play, Christmas crafts for 1 year olds & fine motor.
The toddler age can be a tough one to find engaging, hands-on learning activities for. But, as we know, experiential learning and play are really the best ways for children to process information, remember, and learn social skills. These Christmas activities for 1 and 2 year olds will get you through the Winter!
Christmas Activities for 1 and 2 Year Olds
When looking for activities to do with toddlers, find items that are edible so that children can explore them with their mouths safely, that contain large parts and that are easy and without too much instruction. You want your toddler to be able to explore and play without having to do it the ‘right’ way!
Here are some of my family’s favorites!
Jingle Bells STEM Activity (use large bells)
Christmas Sensory Play for Toddlers
Sensory play engages all of the senses, allowing kids to really process and remember information learned. Here are some great Christmas sensory activities for 1 year olds and 2 year olds, that involve large parts or edible materials.
Christmas Tree Sensory Bin // My Bored Toddler
Christmas Box and Bag Treasure Baskets // Living Montessori Now
Christmas Pattern Block Sensory Bag // Schooling Little Monkeys
Christmas Treasure Basket // Little Bins for Little Hands
Nativity Sensory Basket // Line upon Line Learning
No-Cook Chocolate and Cherry Reindeer Playdough // Emma Owl
Christmas Sensory Bags // The Preschool Toolbox Blog
These Christmas sensory bottles can be used for talking about holly, the star of Bethlehem, a Winter snow storm, or Santa’s red suit!
If you like to make cranberry sauce with your Christmas dinner, or bake cranberries into a pie, make a quick cranberry sensory bin first by floating them in some water and letting kids practice their scooping!
Christmas Fine Motor Activities for 1 Year Olds & 2 Year Olds
Fine motor activities build the muscles in little fingers that help for future handwriting, cutting and more! Here are some excellent ways to practice these skills all while having fun.
Decorate the Pine Cone Christmas Activity // Crystal & Comp
Decorate the Felt Christmas Tree // Buggy and Buddy
Stuffing Stocking Fine Motor Activity // Teach Me Mommy
Magic Reindeer Food // Messy Little Monster
Simple Christmas Ornament Transfer Activity // Schooltime Snippets
Ribbon Pulling Spice Bottle with Bells // Powerful Mothering
Christmas Crafts for 1 Year Olds & 2 Year Olds
When looking for Christmas crafts for 1 year olds, try to find open-ended activities that don’t need to be ‘perfect’. Scribbling, wrapping, dabbing, and even ripping are all great ways to build early arts and craft skills in toddlers.
Pom-Pom Painting Christmas Tree Craft for Toddlers // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Super Simple Christmas Tree Craft for Toddlers // Live Love Mess
Lolly Stick Christmas Crafts // Thimble and Twig
Chalkboard Art Toddler Activity // My Bored Toddler
Homemade Christmas Gift Bags // Messy Little Monster
Jingle Bell Sticks // Preschool Powol Packets
Tree Inspired Hand and Finger Painting // Preschool Powol Packets
Tissue Paper Christmas Tree Craft // Kinder Craze
Christmas Tree Ice Painting Activity // Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Bonus, Christmas handprint and footprint art is always a hit for gift-giving, and little ones often love to get their hands and feet messy here!
Christmas Ornament that Toddlers Can Help Make // Swoodson Says
Easy Keepsake Chalkboard Ornaments // Fireflies and Mudpies
Colorful and Fun Winter Mitten Craft // Fireflies and Mudpies
Thumbprint Reindeer Ornament // Gluesticks Blog
Scrunched Paper Christmas Tree // Crafts on Sea