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.

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Look at the lights

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

Christmas Ornaments

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

Decorating with real flora

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

Constructing toys

Construct all disassembled toys the night before. Kids don’t want to open up a box. source

Fire rating your tree

Check that artificial trees is fire-rated or your real tree is fresh (easily bendable branches, no dropping needles) to reduce fire danger. source

Age appropriate toys

Make sure the toys you give are appropriate for the child’s age, as babies & toddlers can choke on small parts or swallow components. source

Lighting the tree

Use LED lights that burn cool so your child does not get burnt if they should grab a Christmas light inadvertently. source

Pen in your tree

Put a play yard around the christmas tree to keep little ones from getting into trouble. source

Photographing Christmas lights

Photographing Christmas lights is something that can be tricky to do. Check out how to do it.

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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.

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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.

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Set up a DIY ‘Photo Booth

While you probably can’t afford to hire a photo booth for your party you can set up a ‘portrait zone’ of your own where you’ll take photos of your guest.

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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.

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Visiting with the tots during the holidays

When you’re visiting friends and family during the holidays, try to minimize any disruption to your toddler’s schedule as much as possible.

If your toddler continues to eat and sleep at the same times as normal, he or she will be much better able to cope with holiday festivities.

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Christmas tree safety tip

Use LED lights that burn cool so your child does not get burnt if they should grab a Christmas light inadvertently.

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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.

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Christmas family cooking party

Having a family cooking making party is a great way to spend an afternoon together. This also creates an opportunity to prepare cookie platters for your neighbors and friends to give as a token of your affection during the season.

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Handling the InterFaith Holidays

If you are in a blended family, your own children may not want to visit the parents of their new step-mother or step-father for Christmas or Hanukkah, especially if this is not a holiday they have celebrated. If that is the case, it is probably not a good idea to force them.

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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 or up high where they can’t reach them

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