Updated: Aug 21, 2020
Three fun, simple and cheap festive activities to try at home with your children.
I love Christmas. There's so much going on with school plays, visiting Father Christmas (not the real one of course), and if we're lucky a trip to the local pantomime.
However, as much as all of this is lots of fun, it can get very expensive.
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I've been following Abbie, who founded Share Your Play With Me on Instagram.
It always amazes me how Abbie can turn the simplest things you have at home into a fun activity for the littlies.
Abbie was a Primary School Teacher before she had her two gorgeous children. While on maternity leave she's created a really engaging Instagram page to help and inspire parents with activities to keep little people entertained. There are activities to play with your child and activities to help them play by themselves. Abbie knows how hard it is to get anything done with young children so creates 'self-led' play ideas to help her community grab 20 minutes to load the dishwasher, finish life admin or even sit down with a cuppa. Genius idea!
I thought it would be lovely to collaborate with Abbie for one of my blog posts. I got in touch and was over the moon when she said "yes"!
Abbie has kindly created three fabulously festive activity ideas to share with Popsy and Mama customers.
So, here they are. Three Christmas activities you can do at home with your children, all developed by the wonderful Share Your Play With Me. We'd love to see your pictures if you give them a go. Simply post your pictures to Instagram using the hashtag #ShareYourPlayWithMe and tag @PopsyandMama. We can't wait to see what you create!
Happy Christmas crafts...
CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO AT HOME
ACTIVITY 1: CHRISTMAS PLAY DOUGH
Play dough boxes are a real winner with little people. They love exploring the objects and getting creative.
⭐️ Green and yellow play dough
⭐️ Christmas cutters - we've got a tree and star
⭐️ Pom poms
⭐️ Sparkly pipe cleaners
(Anything else could you use to decorate the play dough)
⭐️ Child led - give your child free reign and see where their imagination takes them!
⭐️ Adult led - design a Christmas tree and see if your little one can copy and replicate it.
⭐️ Together - all design a Christmas tree or star and have a judge choose their favourite.
🧠 Language acquisition and development
🧠 Fine motor skills
🧠 Following instructions
ACTIVITY 2: HANDS AND FEET CHRISTMAS WREATH
Printing hands and feet is such a lovely memory to keep. Top tip - stamp baby's footprints when they're in the highchair!
🦶 White card or paper
🦶 Green paint (we've used 2 shades here)
🦶 Red paint or pen
🦶 Black pen
STEP BY STEP:
1️⃣ Paint your little one's foot green.
2️⃣ Stamp their foot on the paper going around in a circle. Leave a space for their hand or a siblings hand.
3️⃣ Paint their hand or their sibling's hand and stamp between the feet.
4️⃣ Paint on the red berries and the bow.
5️⃣ Write a message in the middle!
ACTIVITY 3: DIY CHRISTMAS TREE
Does anyone else move the baubles to a ‘more suitable place’ once the little ones are asleep? Here's a Christmas tree that little ones can get creative with!
⭐️ Masking tape
⭐️ A selection of green objects. Lego, duplo, pom poms, balls, tissue paper.....
⭐️ A selection of yellow objects - same as above
⭐️ Colourful objects for baubles or tinsel
STEP BY STEP:
1️⃣ Use the masking tape to create a Christmas tree on the floor.
2️⃣ Get your Christmas songs on!
3️⃣ Give your child green, yellow and other colourful items to fill in the Christmas tree.
🧠 Fine motor skills
🧠 Colour recognition
🧠 Hand eye coordination
I hope you've enjoyed our collaboration with Share Your Play With Me. I certainly have and can't wait to try a few of these activities out. Particularly the DIY Christmas tree!
Don't forget to tag any activities you try with the hashtag #ShareYourPlayWithMe and @PopsyandMama.
Until next time...
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