BLANKET SLIDES

Lay your wee one on a blanket or towel on a smooth floor and slide them gently across the floor. Chat to them as you move – maybe they’re taking a ride on Santa’s sleigh, or sliding across a frozen pond?

CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY

Most wee ones go through a stage where they LOVE wrapping and unwrapping – the good news is that doesn’t mean you need to buy new toys every day! Use a light scarf or muslin cloth to wrap up every day objects to be discovered.

SNOW DANCING

If your wee one needs to wind-down but isn’t in the mood to sit still, find some slow Christmassy music online, switch off the big light and slow dance in the dim light from the Christmas tree.

MISTLEDOUGH

Christmas is full of new smells for wee ones! This dough helps them explore them (and makes your kitchen smell like a winter wonderland). The secret is leaving ingredients to steep in hot water – you can use cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, cloves. Once the water has cooled, add in your flour and knead until you have a dough!

FESTIVE FACES

It’s time to upgrade peekaboo! Cover your face with both hands – when you move them away, show us a different expression on your face. Great for festive video calls with wee ones.

CHRISTMAS RAPPING

Download a free beat-maker app onto your phone, or search “Christmas beat” on YouTube. Say the lyrics to your favourite Christmas song to the beat and you’re basically MC Rudolph!

WRAP IT UP!

Christmas usually means a lot of cards, crackers, wrapping paper that often go in the bin! Try ripping them up to create something new.

BREAK THE ICE

If you think it’ll be cold overnight, together fill a bucket or tray of water and leave it outside. In the morning when you’re both up, you can check in on it together.

CHRISTMAS CHAOS CARDS

STEP AWAY from the perfect foot/handprint Christmas card ideas on the internet! Some babies might enjoy being painted, but lots don’t – save yourself the stress and let your wee one create some festive cheer on their own terms.

BIRD SEED CIRCLES

Get outside: into the garden, the park, anywhere with hungry birds! Start by exploring circles with your bodies – making circles in the air with your finger, your elbow, your toes, your bottom, even spin in circles! Then get out a tub of bird seed.