Christmas Activities to do at Home

Christmas Activities to do at Home

One thing that won’t change this year is how much kids love Christmas. While some traditions may change or look a little different this year, we have more time to spend with our kids at home.

Here are some fun holiday themed activities, a lot of the items you have around the house or can be easily substituted. Also, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to decorate for the holidays. Head to 99 Cents Only, Dollar Tree or Target Bullseye Dollar Spot for decorations, some that can be turned into play items after the holidays. From toddlers to teens, there is something for everyone.

Craft Supplies To Have On Hand

  • Butcher or Craft Paper
  • Washable Tempera Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Construction Paper (Assorted Colors)
  • Kraft Paper or Butcher Paper
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Post-It Notes
  • Pom Poms
  • Mini Tongs
  • Play Dishes and Utensils
  • Googly Eyes
  • Dice
  • Paper Plate
  • Paper Towels
  • Glasses or Plastic Cups
  • Glue
  • Permanent Marker
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Pitcher or Carafe
  • Gallon-sized sliding plastic bag
  • Sensory Bin or Table

Countdown Chain

Grab some construction paper and have the kids help cutting (while you assist if they don’t have those scissors skills down yet).  Staple or tape together. Kids may need more or less help. If you focused on things to be thankful with in November, you can focus on acts of kindness or you can fill a chain with activities. Need inspiration for Acts of Kindness, check HERE for Busy Toddler’s list.

Letters To Santa

DIY Mailbox to send letters to Santa – use those Amazon boxes and build a mailbox.

Scottsdazzle send a digital letter to Santa or drop off at the Old Town Farmers Market and you will receive a letter back from Santa by Christmas.

Cafe Au Plait has a mailbox for dropping off letters to Santa and you get a postcard back.

When you get those giant toy catalogs, give them to kids to circle items, cut them out or write their own list. Have kids write letters to Santa and say the elves pick them up. This way you know what is on their list!


Grab your favorite playdough, cookie cutters, and accessories and make your own invitation to play kit.

Grab your free printable playdough mats here. Check Pinterest for many accessory ideas here.

Wrapping Paper

Grab those leftover scraps of wrapping paper and make a shape matching challenge. Example here.

Christmas Tree

The best way to keep kids out of your tree? Give them their own to decorate.

Felt Christmas tree with ornaments

Toddler Christmas tree from Step 2

Christmas Tree Nugget. It doesn’t have to be green to turn your Nugget into a Christmas tree. Anything felt will stick to it for a DIY tree.

Sensory Kits and Crafts

Little Sunshine Mom  has playdough and craft kits that will keep your kids busy for hours.

Masterpiece Momma  is back with her famous water bead kits. Hours of entertainment.


Grab a snow kit from Casita Curated Play or make your own.Water  beads that look like snow from Amazon to add into your sensory table.

Go on a walk and find some pine cones. Cover them in glue, the dip in baking soda for snow on pine cones!


Grab cookie cutters and have kids play with their home made ginerbread dough, cut out gingerbread men templates and have kids make their own, bake gingerbread cookies to decorate and even more gingerbread ideas here or here.

Apple Pie Bin

Pie is a favorite in our house. Kids have pie tins in every size from tiny bite sized pies to giant family size. So many different ways to have your kids make their own pie, from playdough to kitchen ingredients like oatmeal. Here is one sensory bin idea.

Pom Poms

Pom Pom Game

Draw a Christmas tree, snowman or other holiday image on a cardboard box, cut holes, add some color with a marker and have your kids put pom poms through the holes. You can easily add color work, counting, sorting and other activities in.

Pom Pom Ornament

Christmas Books Lists For Kids

Do you put up your holiday books or leave them out to read all year? Little Blue Truck is a favorite year round here! Previously we had put away all the non board books, but now that the kids are older, some may leave them out.  Here are some more great holiday book lists:

Alleah Maree

Pocket Of Preschool

Busy Toddler

STEM Activities

Team Cartwright has some fun STEM activities to throw into the holiday mix.

Elf On A Shelf

Check out our Pinterest page for how to quarantine your elf (not moving for two weeks, yes please!) to naughty and nice things for him to do! Kid friendly ideas here. Tag us in pictures of your favorite ideas.

Additional Resources For Christmas Activities

Busy Toddler Christmas Activities

Practicing Colors

A Dab Of Glue will Do Editable Name to Purchase

For more things to do during the holidays check out The Ultimate List of 2020 Holiday Events in Phoenix.


Kim is a chef, dishwasher, dry cleaner, housekeeper, landscaper, snack fetcher, photographer and personal assistant to toddler twins. Curently homeschooling her three year olds and loving teaching preschool. She loves exploring everything with her kids and photographing every minute of it. Follow her on Instagram @phoenixwithtwins.

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