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Advent Activities for Toddlers

The Christmas countdown is on! We’ve tinseled the tree and pinned our favorite cookie recipes on Pinterest. But with a toddler in the house, we’re especially excited this holiday season to share our Advent activities for toddlers.

For my husband, my older children, and myself, the anticipation of the holiday is part of the fun. We’re counting down the days to Christmas! Yet, my toddler is blissful and still unaware of what magic is in store come December 25th. Having a toddler means that our Advent activities are less about anticipation, and more about living in the moment.

To help make this season fun for her as well, we’re focusing on togetherness. If you’ve got a little one at home, try these 10 Advent Activities for Toddlers.

To help make this season fun for her as well, we're focusing on togetherness. If you've got a little one at home, try these 10 Advent Activities for Toddlers.

Advent Activities for Toddlers

1. Get to know the Christmas story

Poppy adores Little People (Poppy’s People, as she calls them). So I knew her mind would be blown when I unpacked the Little People Nativity Set. While she’s placing Baby Jesus atop the stable, we can talk about the story of Christmas and learn names.

2. Use an Advent Calendar

Trader Joe’s Advent Calendars are an inexpensive way to celebrate getting one day closer to Christmas, all while enjoying a little piece of chocolate. They sell out quickly so make sure you pop in as soon as possible.

We also use a felt Advent Calendar my mom made. Each day we add another of the hand sewn figures to the Christmas tree. It’s a fun tradition and adds a little more festive cheer to our home decor.

3. Decorate with Kid-Friendly Decorations

The bottom third of our tree is kid-friendly. I don’t love the idea of her pulling ornaments off the Christmas tree, but if it happens she’ll be safe. My mom also started a Christmas stuffed animal collection for the sole purpose of holiday snuggles.

To make this holiday season fun & purposeful, we're focusing on togetherness. If you've got a toddler at home, try these 10 Advent Activities for Toddlers.

4. Make Treats

Baking with little people reminds me how controlling I can be. But a perfectly decorated cookie is no more yummy than a toddler masterpiece. Whip up some sugar cookies, lick your fingers, and don’t worry about the flour covering your dog. 

5. Christmas Music Dance Party

Mix up the regular rotation for some peppy holiday tunes. Poppy is really into Freeze Dance right now. So we let our “Jingle Bell Rock” play on, and shake and boogie. It’s important we get these dancing sessions in before she’s embarrassed by my moves. 

6. Read Holiday Books

Growing up we always giggled at the Cajun Night Before Christmas. This is just one adaptation of a great holiday story. There are also tons of seasonal books featuring your toddler’s favorite characters (Dora, Strawberry Shortcake, Olaf — you get the idea).

To make this holiday season fun & purposeful, we're focusing on togetherness. If you've got a toddler at home, try these 10 Advent Activities for Toddlers.

7. Set Holiday Traditions

Every year we go visit Santa at the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort with cousins. It’s a great outing and you can take photos for free. There are treats for sale while you enjoy the fireside story telling and vintage Mickey cartoons. When your little one is, well, little, it’s a great time to start some easy holiday traditions. Don’t forget to photograph them!

8. Slumber Party Under the Christmas Tree

My friend Michelle is my mom-idol. She’s always on top of her holiday game and so I’ve got to give her full credit for this idea. One night of Advent, she and her kids sleep around the Christmas tree. I’d advise early in the season before the presents start piling up.

9. Holiday Dress-up

Grab your Rudolph noses and Santa hats for holiday dress-up to gear up for Christmas. You’ll be jolly as St. Nick pretending and make believing.

To make this holiday season fun & purposeful, we're focusing on togetherness. If you've got a toddler at home, try these 10 Advent Activities for Toddlers.

10. Focus on Giving

It’s never too early to start showing the importance of giving. Start a Reverse Advent Calendar. Rather than adding each day, add something to a donation box. Maybe they’re new toys or canned food.

Advent is a season of preparation. Let this special time with your little one be full of holiday spirit and fun.

Do you have any Advent activities for toddlers that you do with your family?

About Melanie

My name is Melanie. I love glitter, my family, and making lists.

Comments

  1. 1

    I never did an advent calendar when my Daughter was young. Now I wish I could go back and do it all over again.

  2. 2

    These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3
    Neely (@Neelykins) says:

    These are such cute ideas. I hope to do a fun advent with our little boy when hes older. Gave me so much to think about

  4. 4
    Akhil Sharma says:

    Wow, all of these ideas are so beautiful and kid get to learn as well as experience a lot of great things. The decision of Kid-Friendly Decorations, is wise and safe.

  5. 5

    I recall my Mom had an Advent calendar in our house when we were kids. I believe she just sent it to my youngest nephew who doesn’t live closeby.

  6. 6

    Wow what a creative way to have an Advent Calendar that toddlers will love. I had no idea there were so many options, I just thought the chocolate one that we had growing up was the best 😉

  7. 7

    These are great ideas of things to do with little kids. Sometimes the anticipation is just too much for them to handle.

  8. 8
    CourtneyLynne says:

    Great suggestions!!! My daughter has her own tree in her room so she leaves all of the decorations in the house alone!!!! Best purchase ever because it works plus she has fun redecorating her tree daily

  9. 9

    OK, I totally get the little people nativity. It is absolutely adorable! Also, I really like the idea of having a camp out under the Christmas tree. I bet that’s the best experience for a toddler ever!

    And shake that money maker. I don’t care if Poppy gets embarrassed by it. In fact, that’s half the fun!

  10. 10

    We do a lot of these ourselves, but a slumber party under the Christmas tree… ah! I wanna do that tonight!

  11. 11

    Last year my son’s grandmother got him an advent calendar, but this year it completely slipped my mind.

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