Quick Screen Free Activities For The Holidays

screen free holiday activities

I have been using my 5 minute sparklers a lot lately, between writing holiday cards, online shopping , wrapping presents and trying to keep all the ornaments on my tree, I need lots of short things for my son to do. Here is my holiday version of quick screen free activities to keep your toddler or preschooler engaged!

  • Christmas Play Dough. All you need is some food coloring, sparkles and a few holiday shaped cookie cutters and you are good to go.

5 minute play dough

  • Button Counting. My son loved how the buttons sounded in my ramekins, we sorted them and then counted them.

buttons 5 minute sparklers

  • “Snow” Bubbles. Playing in the sink is a favorite in our house . I used an upside down bowl and a 2nd on top to make a good and big target for my son to scoop into , it helps keep too much water off him and the floor. It looks oddly high in this picture, it’s actually lower in the sink.

5 minute in sink

 

  • Holiday Shape Drawings. This is so easy! Grab a few pieces of plain white paper, cut them in the shape of a Christmas tree, candy cane, ornament… anything!5 minute coloring I pre cut 8 pages so I have some ready when I need them. When you need your little one to be busy for a few minutes grab the paper and markers and you are set!

5 minute shape drawings

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

Ginger bread houses are great but they are a lot of possibly frustrating work for most toddlers and preschoolers. These ice cream cone Christmas trees are a great downsized activity that young kids can do with little help. We spent Saturday morning making these as a family, our trees turned out well and are displayed in our kitchen. You can totally tell which one was done by the man with an engineering degree can’t you?

  1. Gather your materials. You will need sugar cones, a tub of icing, green food coloring, a plate for displaying , candy and a foil Santa !
  2. Start by putting half the icing in a bowl and adding green food color to it.
  3. Spread the green icing on your sugar cone , I was shocked at how well my little man did. Ironically he didn’t eat the icing at all, it must not be as appealing as paint.
  4. Once it’s all over the cone, add the candy. Mini m&ms work the best! These my son did eat, but he managed to get some on the tree.
  5. While my boys were ading the last of the candy to their trees, I spread the other half of the white icing on a rectangular plate, and added some sanding sugar to make it look like snow.
  6. Add your trees to the snow and the foil Santa !
  7. Find a place out of reach of kids and pets and show off your handiwork!

Books!

“Din Dan Don It’s Christmas” by Janina Domanska is one of a kind. The books follows the pilgrimage to the manger to see the infant Jesus . It starts with a single duck playing bagpipes, but it builds on it self until they spot the manger and the infant Jesus wakes. The story is simple because there is no need for lots of text , the illustrations are amazing. Every page looks like a cross between a stained glass window and a ornate mosaic in a Orthodox church somewhere in Eastern Europe. My son exclaimed “WOW” many times as we turned the pages of this book, and I know I let out a gasp or two as well, simply beautiful! * When I did a search for a photo I could not find this book in print , so you may not be able to find it in store, try your library though!

“Little Tree” by Chris Racshka is another awesome find. I love this book, it’s another visually amazing book and my son was much more into the pictures that are so packed full with fun details that they steal the show. The story inspired by the E.E. Cummings poem by the same name the story follows a little tree who has big dreams of becoming a Christmas tree . I think this book is great especially for children who want to know where the trees in the lots in a city come from.

 

Spot Shot with a Twist !

No Time For Flash Cards
Style!

I was tagged by Lee @ My Sentiments Exact Lee and
Melinda @ Look What Mom Found
to do a Spot Shot, which means you have to take a picture of yourself right then, no hair fixin‘ no make up… I hate to waste a post without offering something for kids, and learning so instead of a picture I am doing this… I followed most of the rules! I am not passing it on, I love my readers too much!

I’m A Little Snowman


I’m a little snowman
Short and fat
Here is my nose,
here is my Hat.
When the sun comes out,
I cannot stay.
Slowly slowly I melt away.

This Star Has Six Points !

Popsicle Stick
Star of David

Not only is this a great Hanukkah craft, it also encourages fine motor development and teaches about shapes. So even if you don’t celebrate Hanukkah don’t skip it! You can add sparkles, stickers or anything else you want to the star once it’s dry! I have a few more Hanukkah crafts lined up, one by a guest contributor, a nap time creation and book reviews later this week!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 6 popsicle sticks per star, glue, blue paint, wax paper and a paint brush.
  2. I pre made popsicle stick triangles for my 2 year old. Older kids can do this step no problem. Add glue to both ends of one stick, the right end of the bottom one and using a third make a triangle. Repeat and let dry.
  3. Pour a few colors of blue paint into a container.
  4. Paint your triangles. My son was fascinated with the blends the 3 colors of paint made, and I was loving how delicate he had to be with the small paint brush. This is great practice for his fine motor skills.
  5. Paint your other one!
  6. Let dry.
  7. Glue one triangle on top of the other. Voila a beautiful Star of David.