Christmas Play Ideas For Kids
Updated: Nov 12, 2022
Here are some fun Christmas themed play invitations, including sensory play, and lovely Christmas playdough to help inspire your Christmas play!
The lead up to Christmas time is such an exciting time for children! Having some Christmas themed play invitations is a great way to help children enjoy the days and weeks before Christmas while having fun. In this blog post I have included some of the Christmas themed play invitations and ideas that I used with Miss 4 last year during the weeks leading up to Christmas. I hope you find some inspiration for some Christmas play at home or in your classroom. Please don't feel that you have to set up fancy Christmas play ideas, keep it simple and remember to have fun (whether that includes using Christmas play ideas or not).
*IMPORTANT - These play ideas include small parts. Small parts are recommended for children aged 3+ as they can pose a choking hazard. Adult supervision was used during all these play ideas. Please ensure your child is supervised while playing.
Here are 6 fun Christmas play ideas:
Christmas Red and Green Sensory Tray
For this sensory tray we used :
Grimms large rainbow pieces (green)
Grapat mandala pieces (red and green)
Grapat mates red and green
Green and red rice with sequins
Christmas coloured sequins
Two little figures
This sensory tub was set up in our Ikea Flisat table. Our Christmas rice is a combination of coloured rice and Christmas coloured sequins from the local discount store. It can be kept in a bag or tub to reused each year at Christmas time.
Christmas Sensory Tray Small World
This tray was quick to put together for some more fun sensory play using the same red and green Christmas rice, used in the sensory tray above. This time a few little props were added in to create a Christmas small world.
Black tray from Kmart
White trees from Kmart
Red and Green Grapat Nin From Honey Bee Toys
Scoopy tongs from The Creative Toy Shop
Wooden bowl - Grimms
A few days later, we took out all the little props and just left the rice. Miss 4 then used some little toy diggers and trucks with the rice to play with the tray in a different way.
Christmas stencils are a fun and easy way to create some Christmas themed pictures, Christmas cards, or gift tags. This is an easy to set up Christmas idea that would work at home or in a classroom.
Here Miss then 4, used the stencils to make some Christmas gift tags. She coloured and decorated with stickers, stamps and gemstones. I helped her cut them out.
These stencils are Osbourne brand, but any Christmas stencil would work, or you could try helping your child to carefully trace around Christmas cookie cutters.
Christmas Snow Play Tray
This was a quick and easy sensory play tray. We used some out of date coconut for the snow themed sensory base and added in some Christmas tree baubles.
This one can get a bit messy, so is probably best played with outside.
Playdough Gingerbread Ballerinas
For this fun Christmas playdough play we made our own gingerbread playdough, colouring plain playdough with the spices, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg. It smelt amazing and is the perfect colour for making all kinds of pretend Christmas treats.
Here Miss 4 used a gingerbread ballerina cutter that we bought from Spotlight for baking to make gingerbread ballerinas. We used some Christmas sequins to decorate the pretend gingerbread girls.
This type of playdough works well with some Christmas cookie cutters from the kitchen or playdough Christmas cutters. It is fun to make pretend biscuits in all kind of Christmas shapes and is always well enjoyed when paired with some sparkly little gemstones or sequins.
For extra fun use your rolling pin from the kitchen to really pretend you are baking. Putting the pretend biscuits onto a baking tray is also lots of fun!
Christmas Themed Playdough Invitation to Play
Using green and red playdough is an easy way to set up some Christmas themed play.
Here we used:
Green and red playdough
Sequins and mini gemstones
Let Them Play Christmas stampers
Christmas themed cookie cutters from the kitchen
I helped Miss 4 cut out some round and heart shapes and she enjoyed decorating the pretend Christmas biscuits.
Christmas time is such a fun time to set up some festive play invitations for your child/children. They don’t need to be complicated to be lots of fun.
I hope you have found some inspiration. If you try any of these play ideas please let me know in the comments below or share with us your favourite play ideas for the Christmas season.
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Until next time, have fun playing and learning with your child xx
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