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Christmas play ideas

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

Here at Baby Bear , we LOVE Christmas!

The magic of Christmas when we have little people in our lives is just so special.

So here are some special Christmas play ideas for you to try.


Sensory lights jar

You'll need :

  • Tupper ware box or plastic jar with a lid

  • Battery operated fairy lights

Simply put your lights inside your container and switch them on!

Secure the lid and watch baby explore and be mesmerised by the twinkling lights !

Snowflake Sensory bottle

age 0-2!

You will need

  • empty water bottle

  • blue food colouring

  • baby oil

  • silver glitter

  • snowflake confetti

  • superglue

Fill the empty water bottle with water, half full Fill the rest with baby oil. Add glitter and snowflake confetti!

Superglue the lid on top and give it a good shake to mix it together.

perfect for little hands to explore, shake, roll and hold.

Edible Glitter Finger Paint

You will need:

  • 4 Tablespoons of corn flour

  • Cold water

  • 1 Cup of boiling water

  • Liquid food colouring in a range of colours

  • Edible glitter (check out Amazon’s range)

To make:

  1. Mix the corn flour with a little cold water, just enough to make a paste. I use a small whisk to make sure there are no lumps.

  2. Pour in the boiling water and continue whisking until smooth, then place on a low heat on the hob until you see clear streaks in the mixture. Turn off the hob and continue stirring until you get a thick, gooey paint.

  3. Divide your paint into small bowls and add a different food colouring to each bowl, stirring to combine until completely coloured.

  4. Sprinkle with edible glitter before playing.

You can save the paint in the fridge for about two weeks, just stir through a little hot water to bring it back to life.

( You could also use yoghurt and edible glitter , but you will not be able to re use it. )


Idea for toddlers and pre schoolers . ( I did this with Teddy)

We had a lovely afternoon making peppermint scented mint playdoh!

Homemade Peppermint Play Dough

3 cups flour.

1 1/2 cups salt.

6 tsp. cream of tartar.

6 Tbsp. canola oil.

3 cups of warm water.

2 Tbsp. Peppermint Oil.

2 small drops of green food coloring.

1/4 cup clear crystal glitter.

Teddy enjoyed mixing, pouring, stirring and playing with the mix! plus it smells gorgeous!

I found the Christmas box from last years sensory play and let him explore! It has ribbon, play Mobil Santa pieces, present and Christmas tree ice cubes, Pom Pom’s , sequins and stickers!

He made Santa’s sleigh , a present and a Christmas tree!

Let me know if you try any of the activities!

Hope you have a magical festive season!

Love Team Baby Bear x

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