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.

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!

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.

5 WAYS WITH… WATER

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on water.

5 WAYS WITH… CHALK

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on chalk.

LIGHT PAINTING

Remember writing your name in the air with a sparkler? Same idea! Download a light painting app for your phone (or set a digital SLR camera to have a long exposure) then play around with torches, glow sticks – whatever you have.

5 WAYS WITH… RUBBER BANDS

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on rubber bands.