Christmas Countdown Ideas for Twos and Threes

This week’s Discover & Explore theme is “December Holidays,” so I thought it would be the perfect time to share our Christmas countdown list. I wasn’t planning on sharing it since there are already so many great ones out there, but several of you asked about it after I posted our Paper Gnome Advent Calendar, and what can I say? We aim to please! Below is our Christmas Countdown List (we’re already on day #4, yikes!) and I have linked some of them to fun examples from around the web. Although most of them won’t make the blog, I will be posting photos on Instagram (always) and occasionally Facebook, so follow along if you want to see all the fun!  If this is your first time visiting Twodaloo, I have twins that are not quite three 😉

Christmas Countdown Ideas for 2-3 Year olds

1. Open Santa play set (it’s a sweet wooden set we got last year from Magic Cabin– sadly no longer available)

2. Make Christmas ornaments (we made baking soda clay ornaments- post coming soon; we’ve also made wooden christmas tree ornaments and rainbow marbled salt dough ornaments this year)

3. Write letters to Santa

4. Jingle Bell Painting play date

5. Christmas play dough play date

6. Open Nativity play set (we found our much-loved HABA Nativity set on Amazon HERE)

7. Make Christmas cookies (see our post on building language in the kitchen for tips on turning cooking into a language activity)

8. Christmas window art (post to come- we have several types in the works)

9.  Jingle bell bracelets

10. Make wrapping paper (some sort of painting and/or stamping will be involved)

11. Christmas sensory play (there are lots and lots of ideas out there- here is a simple and beautiful Christmas sensory bin from My Nearest and Dearest!)

12. Christmas light walk (we loved this last year and also during Halloween to look at spooky decorations- we’ll pile them into the wagon with blankets and hot cocoa)

13. Make Christmas treats for our dogs (we’ll be using this dog biscuit recipe from Things For Boys)

14. Write Christmas pen pal letters (Did you know we have a Twodaloo Snail Mail group for kids ages 2-12 who want pen pals? Request to join the Facebook group HERE) Also, Craftulate has a Kid-Made Crafts for Mailing Gift Guide that has some awesome ideas!

15. Christmas pancakes

16. Gingerbread houses (see this post on healthier gingerbread houses from Nothing if Not Intentional for the scoop- we’re SO doing this!)

17. Make winter bird treats

18. Deliver gifts to neighbors

19. Surprise Daddy with Christmas treats at work

20. Christmas dance party/Christmas party play date (Here are some fun Christmas action songs from Let’s Play Music for inspiration)

21. Clay smoosh Christmas trees (great for fine motor)

22. Picnic by the Christmas tree

23. Make plate for Santa (Fantastic Fun and Learning shared a simple way she decorated Santa’s treat plate last year with her little ones)

24. Christmas Eve box (contains a new Christmas book, new pajamas, a Christmas movie, and some special snacks)

We are pretty laid-back about the whole countdown thing- as I explained in my gnome garland post, our countdown calendar is not prominently numbered so I can switch around the activities if I need to to suit our schedule. We also have a few new Christmas books to sprinkle in here and there. So far, it’s been fun and the twins are super excited about it. What more can I really ask for?

If the whole idea of creating a Christmas Countdown or Advent list is overwhelming, you should read this post by Shaunna at Fantastic Fun and Learning- she gives some tips on coming up with ideas for your own calendar that make it seem a lot less complicated!

And now, it’s your turn. We’d love for you to share how you Discover and Explore: December Holidays!

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KCEdventures * Fantastic Fun and Learning

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  1. So many great ideas here, Stephanie! I see quite a few on our list and quite a few I’d love to incorporate along the way. I think we’ll start with the Christmas light walk. Thanks for mentioning our simple Santa plate.


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