We have put together some fun ideas so you and your little ones can make your own homemade calendar’s this year. Have fun with printables, loo rolls, sweets, poems, activities, envelopes and lego!
It’s that time of year for children to start writing their letters to Father Christmas and the Royal Mail are sending replies at no charge*.
As every good little boy and girl knows, if they would like to receive a Christmas present they must write a letter to Father Christmas to get their name on the list and ensure the elves have plenty of time to make their requested (toys).
It is really important that children include their full name and address in their letter so he can write back to them.*
Father Christmas is a very busy man so he needs the lists as soon as possible. The very latest date they can be sent (to receive a reply from Royal Mail) is Friday 7th December.
Wish lists should be sent to the following address:
* Royal Mail says it can’t guarantee a reply, so while this is a nice freebie, it’s not a definite.
Few things beat curling up on the sofa with your littles one watching their eyes sparkle with the excitement a Christmas film can bring.
We are big fans of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and the ‘Muppets Christmas Carol’ – let us know your favorite film.
At Activity Village you can find a huge amount of craft ideas, printables, activity sheets and more to keep creative fingers busy.
Open up the glue, glitter and paint, find the pipe cleaners, beads, sticks, sequins, felt and loo rolls (empty!) and see what ornaments your little ones can make.
Who are you going to send a card too and will it be homemade or shop brought??
Wrap up warm and pull on your wellies and go for a walk looking for pine cones – these not only make your house smell lovely but they can be easily decorated to make lovely tree ornaments.
If you have a baby in the house these make a great sensory item.
We would like to encourage you and your family to get crafty this Christmas, roll up your sleeves, get the glitter out and have some fun.
These are some of our favorites…….
Find some more inspiration here;
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like taking your little ones to visit Father Christmas in his twinkling grotto.
Check your local press for details but you will quite often find grottos set up at local garden centers, National trust sites, shopping centers, Christmas markets.
What you will need
Repeat until you’ve reached the length of chain that you want.
All you need to do now is find somewhere to hang your finished festive paper chain.
Share with us what yours is?? Is it, A Christmas Carol, The Jolly Christmas Postman, Polar Express, The Grinch stole Christmas or one of these….
Wrap up and go for a wintery walk, find some pine cones, holly and have a look at your neighbours house decorations. When you get back home cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate and maybe some marshmallows.
An activity everyone can join in with. If you are feeling confident you could make your own, find a recipe here, or
Have a silly singalong and dance about around the house to your favorite Christmas tunes.
If we are lucky enough to have some snow get your coat and wellies on and head outside for some snowy fun, build a snowman or igloo, go sledging, make snow angels.
Find a Panto near you via The Little Ankle Biters blog
Lemon or orange creams – make as above but use lemon/orange juice instead of water, and add a little grated zest instead of the essence
Coffee creams – make up some strong black coffee, using 2 tsp coffee granules in 4 tbsp boiling water, use this instead of the water and essence
*Recipe taken from Netmums Website
Log on and find Father Christmas with this clever tracker tool: www.noradsanta.org – what has he been up too? where is he going?
You will need:
1/2 cup porridge oats
1/2 cup bird seed
Mix oats and seed in a small bowl or bag until combined.
On Christmas Eve, sprinkle Magic reindeer food outside.
*Glitter and coloured sprinkles may look pretty but they can be harmful to birds and wildlife that may have a nibble, so please don’t use them.
Take an evening drive to look at all the Christmas lights
Cosy up on the sofa and watch The Snowman then its time to leave out some reindeer food, a mince pie and snuggle up in bed and listen out for sleigh bells.
You cant beat a bike ride and family walks 🙂
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