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Ooh, I’ve had the idea for a Christmas bucket list for kids for ages, but life took over and with all the other stuff that I want to give you I am now almost too late with this post!
One of the things I notice when it comes to the combination of Christmas and young children, is that the combination can be spectacular.
Christmas and young kids can be spectacularly wonderful…
Spectacularly many things actually.
I have only two tips for this:
- Take the excitement of Christmas into account and understand they’ll be tired sooner.
- Take the excitement of Christmas into account and guide them through it with activities and play.
Oh, and otherwise prepare for chaos.
Quick wee side note: Because I know how hard it can be to come up with fun games each time, I’ve created a 7-day challenge for parents of toddlers and preschoolers. This is a great way to get started if you’ve fallen out of the habit of playing with your kids, or to learn about fresh ideas and activities.
Each day for 1 week, you will receive an e-mail with an activity that you can do with your kids. Join the newsletter and start your 7 days of play today!
Christmas bucket list for kids
I’ve found, though, that in situations like this it’s good to have some kind of “keep ‘em busy” plan for the kids.
Which is why I’ve compiled a whole list of things to do with them.
Throughout December as well as during Christmas Day.
Oh, and at the end I also have a little freebie for you, to keep the little ones busy during dinner. Though you’re welcome to print one for everyone 🙂
Christmas Bucket list for Kids – the whole of December
- Decorate the tree
- Shop for Christmas Tree baubles and let the kids pick one
- Read a Christmas book before bed
- Mail a letter to Santa
- Hang stockings
- Craft your own Christmas decoration
- Make a playlist of your favorite Christmas songs
- Go to a local production of the Nutcracker
- Make a DIY gift for the teachers
- Cut paper snowflakes
- Create Christmas Eve boxes for the kids
- Help cook a meal at the local homeless shelter
- Make your own (printable) Christmas nativity scene with the kids
- Have a DIY snowball fight (inside)
- Donate old toys to the less fortunate
- Send Christmas cards
Christmas Bucket List for Kids – Christmas Day
- Decorate a ginger bread house
- Bake Christmas cookies
- Sit on Santa’s lap (the kids I mean)
- Give a gift to someone in need
- Sit before a fire
- Everybody wear PJs all day
- Play a board game
- Go to Church
- Go sledding
- Tour the neighborhood to look at the Christmas lights at night
- Make a snowman
- Try Christmas crackers
- Light sparklers
- Try egg nog
- Have sparkly apple juice for the kids and prossecco for the adults
- Make your own popcorn
- Decorate a felt Christmas tree
- Play Twister
- Do a Christmas chocolates hunt
- Dance to your Christmas playlist
- Color your placemats!
For the last one, color your placemats, you can download the placemats right here!
Free Christmas Activity Printable
Though in our family we do realize that Christmas is only one day (and I wouldn’t want to wish longer birthing on any woman, having gone through the adventure twice myself), one day is really too short for us.
Both my husband and I have divorced parents. Parents who do not necessarily want to sit at the same table during Christmas dinner.
So we do two days of Christmas. Sometimes even three, if we choose to celebrate with friends on the third day.
Anyway, as I stated earlier, all this Christmassing can be challenging on the children. Especially if they’re expected to sit through things.
For the extended dinner, I thought some place mats with a Christmas theme would be in order for the kids. They might like something to doodle on during dinner.
Since sitting still during a prolonged Christmas dinner might be a bit challenging for some of our little ones. A coloring page place mat with a little puzzle included is just the thing to keep them busy and out of mischief.
You can find your downloadable place mat here!
I think I’ll go out and get some Christmas themed stickers for the kids as well. Between stickers, pencils and a game, they should be able to keep themselves busy until dessert.