Low Prep Kids Activities for the Extended Family Christmas Party

If your extended family Christmas party is anything like mine, there are young kids running around the house – high on sugary treats and excitement, mixed with older ones who are absorbed in their portable video game worlds.

Why not try planning some activities that the cousins can do TOGETHER this year? I’ve compiled a list of some terrific low prep activities from the Love to Learn Linky this week that I think would be perfect!

All these activities are fun and engaging and take 10 minutes or under to prep, because the last thing you probably need right now is another task to eat up your precious time!

Low Prep Kids Activities for the Extended Family Christmas Party

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12 Days of Christmas Playdough

When I first began this 12 Days of Christmas Playdough series, I had so many ideas that I wanted to share.  Unfortunately, there’s so little time at this time of year, and I’m going to take my own advice from a recent post The ABCs of a Meaningful and Stress Free Christmas with Young Kids, and eliminate extra stresses.

So – instead of doing 7 more playdough posts, I decided to compress the remaining days into 1 more fabulous playdoughy post.

12 Days of Christmas Playdough

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Christmas Wreath Playdough and CD Craft

Welcome to the 5th Day of our 12 Days of Christmas Playdough series. Over the last few weeks and next week, we are sharing a dozen of my favourite Christmas playdough ideas that I created using the Christmas Sensory Mix and Match Activity Planner.

Today’s post describes our latest Christmas Wreath Inspired Playdough activity and a simple but cute Plasticine Wreath Craft! You can do both activities with your child, or pick one.  Either way – they are guaranteed to have fun. Onetime, my 3 year old son, was so proud of his hanging wreath!

Christmas Wreath Playdough & Craft

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The ABCs of a MEANINGFUL & STRESS FREE Christmas with Young Children

As the holiday season nears, I have started thinking about all the things I’ve learned in the last few years with my family about creating a meaningful and stress free Christmas (for everybody!) when there are young children in the house.

It can be a big adjustment that first Christmas with a baby when you’re expecting that things will go as smoothly as they have in the past, but realizing that maybe that’s not quite possible this year.

Time seems crunched and maybe past traditions are just not possible with a baby, toddler, or preschooler in tow.

If you’ve visited One Time Through before, you know that we like our alphabetic series, and so I reflected and collected my best tips and ideas for keeping Christmas meaningful and special, while maintaining sanity when you have young children – and I put them into alphabetic order, just for fun!

The ABCs of a Meaningful and Stress Free Christmas with Young Children

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10+ Christmas Language and Math Activities for Preschoolers

Welcome back to another week of the Love to Learn Linky!  In today’s post you will find 10+ new Christmas language (letter recognition, letter formation, phonemic activities and word-building) and math activities (sequencing, counting, and adding) for preschoolers!

10 Christmas Language and Math Activities for Preschoolers

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