Making Easter eggs tip

When making Easter eggs, rubber bands around the eggs make nice stripes. On plain eggs for a white & colored egg; or dye once, rubber band, and then dye again for the stripes.

Look at the lights

Creating a routine of an evening walk to watch Christmas lights gives predictability to a season of new experiences.

Toddlers and tree trimming

When it comes time to trim the tree, you probably don’t want your toddler involved in hanging lights or handling glass ornaments. Candy canes, however, are definitely something your toddler can keep busy with while being supervised by other decorators.

Decorating with real flora

Avoid decorating with real holly or mistletoe in areas accessible to small children, as both are toxic if eaten.

Christmas Ornaments

Use non breakable Christmas ornaments within a toddlers reach. This is far safer then glass ornaments which they will bite and eat.

Photographing Christmas lights

Photographing Christmas lights is something that can be tricky to do. Try taking photos earlier in the evening just before dusk.

Christmas colored playdoh

A reinforcing activity for Christmas colors can come by playing with red and green playdoh. Make it with Kool-Aid or add a few drops of peppermint extract and stimulate your toddler’s sense of smell.

Let kids pick gifts

Try and involve your child in the decision making process when it comes to choosing gifts. Remember not to give them too many options as this will confuse them.

Save decorations for when they are older

Resolve that some decorations may have to wait until next year. Depending on your child’s age you may have to keep your favorite decorations boxed this year.

Christmas family cooking party

Having a family cooking making party is a great way to prepare cookie platters for your neighbors and friends to give as a token of affection during the season.

Special toddler trees

Save the family tree by having a special toddler tree just for your son or daughter. This small tree can be kid-sized and decorated in baby-friendly Christmas ornaments such as plush ornaments and other safe decorations.

Tree safety tip

Decorate your Christmas tree appropriately for your child’s age. Put glass bulbs, lights, tinsel and ornaments that are delicate or have removable parts out of reach.

Book Suggestion: The Sweet Smell of Christmas

The air is filled with the aroma of gingerbread cookies, minty candy canes, the piney Christmas tree, and yummy hot apple pie.

Celebrate the holiday season with this classic Golden storybook which includes six scratch-and-sniff scents in The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Christmas activities engage young minds

Keep kids in the spirit with kid Christmas activities that engage their minds.

Christmas crafts for instance, can keep them busy by turning the home into a winter wonderland. Seeing their efforts on display is always a bonus.

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Holiday tree safety tip

Prevent tree accidents, screw a hook into a wall stud and secure the hook with fishing line or sturdy string to your Christmas tree

Making a reindeer snack

Make a snack for reindeer. Take 1 cup of oatmeal, 1 tbsp brown sugar & 1 tbs cinnamon, add colored sugar just before spreading on front lawn

Holiday decoration tip

Lollipops can line the edge of your sidewalk! Place 8 inch white Styrofoam circles onto 36in wooden slats. Cover lollipops w/red cellophane

Camping out for Christmas

Children love to ‘camp out’ so consider sleeping in sleeping bags in front of the Christmas tree one night.

Paper Christmas tree

Let the kids make their own Christmas tree. Find some wall space, get a nice sized roll of paper and paint, color or draw a tree.

Presents that will help with development

Develop small motor skills with toys like stacking toys, wooden puzzles, shape sorters & pop up toys that little fingers can manipulate