How To Creatively Engage Your Toddler During Christmas
As Christmas is approaching, there will be fields of snow.
Even with sun gone, every heart will be filled with warmth ad every face will glow.
Twinkling lights in every home, decorated trees with stockings hung.
The holiday spirit is all around, as carols are being sung.
Christmas is around the corner folks and so are its preparations all around the world. From decorating Christmas tree to preparing delicious food and desserts, everything is in full swing. Have a toddler at home and want to creatively engage the toddler during Christmas? Here are some I used when my babies were young and now apply to my niece;
* I involved them in Christmas baking– Now you should know they will be messy but you can make some for the guests separately and the ones they create will be just to engage them. They love this activity!!
*You can also use Christmas as a great occasion to enhance their learning skills. I found an amazing educational Youtube channel called “Tina’s Toy Time” and the creator, Tina, has used the Christmas spirit in her latest videos. Tina is a certified Canadian teacher herself and has employed her experience with making these videos. I trust the channel’s content because of the educational nature, and I love how it uses whatever holiday is relevant at the time to provide valuable teaching moments. Her latest Christmas videos teach how to count and even introduces letters and spelling! Tina is a certified Canadian teacher herself has employed her experience and gainful techniques while making these videos.
This is one of the videos that has “the alphabet train” where the train hides letters that ultimately spell a word. In this case, it’s “Santa.” The letters are put under the magician hat, and Santa appears. A surprise is then featured at the end of the video.
I have been using these with my 2-year-old niece and she loves them.
And this one teaches counting 1-10 with real-life Christmas objects. The snowman, Santa, music box, candies all captivate my niece’s attention.
Apart from being a visual aid, Tina’s videos also give parents ideas on how to use the same objects to teach children different skills. A block train can be used for teaching them letters and then again to teach them counting. After observing my niece, I feel it’s a great aid to all parents with little kids for keeping them creatively busy.
My other favourite on her channel is how to teach colours to kids.
I always emphasise on kids learning from play and sometimes indulging them in visual aids which catch their full attention may work better. Little ones get bored so at times these work better than anything else.
*Tell them stories around Christmas. These stories of kindness will subconsciously form their moral base. I mean Santa who wants to help others and the concept of good and bad deeds can all be seeded in their young minds in a fun way.
Involve them in creating handmade gifts. They don’t have to be masterpieces, even finger painted cards from your little ones will draw an “aww!!” from the receiver.
Christmas is all about reviving the family traditions and spending time with them. I hope you will employ the above techniques to connect your little ones with Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas!! Ho!Ho!Ho!
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