We’ve been looking forward to Christmas for months (hasn’t everybody!?), and now that we’re less than two months away, I’ve started putting together ideas of fun things we can do that my toddler can do with us. I’ve always loved the giant seasonal bucket lists I’ve seen on Pinterest, so I thought it would be fun to turn our list into a giant poster so we could mark off each activity! I want to make sure that our youngest gets to participate in the Christmas magic this year (he turns 2 in January!), so all of these ideas are ones you should be able to do with a toddler! It’s a Christmas bucket list for toddlers!!
And as if that wasn’t good enough, I’ve included a link to download the print in a big enough file that you can print it and make a giant poster, too! Ours is 24×36″ and we printed it at Office Depot for $19. Super easy, and it’s fun to have a visual display of all the fun things we’ve done and have yet to do! Here’s what we included on our Christmas bucket list for toddlers:
1. Decorate cookies. One of my favorite things growing up, and I love doing this each year with my kids. Yes, it will get messy when toddlers are involved, but it’s fun!
2. Deliver cookies. Of course if you’re going to make and decorate them, you can’t keep them all for yourself, right? Plus, this is an easy way to get your toddler involved in some Christmas service!
3. Visit Santa. Always an adventure with a toddler. Even if they cry, I still love doing it!
4. Drive around and look at Christmas lights. My family always did this on Christmas Even growing up, and it’s another easy thing to do with a toddler.
5. Eat a candy cane. Yes, they’ll get sticky, but it’s a classic!
6. Get or make a keepsake ornament. Another tradition I’ve carried on with my kids is getting a special keepsake Christmas ornament every year. Toddlers can pick them out, too!
7. Take a Christmas picture. This can be in a Christmas outfit, with Christmas lights, in a present, by the tree, or in Christmas pajamas. If you need some inspiration you can check out this post of ideas (and yes, I know those are baby pictures, but you can make them work for toddlers, too!).
8. Decorate a gingerbread house. It won’t be pretty, but it’s the memory that counts!
9. Make a snow angel. You’ll probably have to move their arms and legs for them if they’re on the younger side of toddlerhood, but think of how cute their tiny imprint in the snow will be!
10. Build a snowman. And by build a snowman, I mean you build a snowman and show it to your toddler so they can knock it down.
11. Watch a Christmas show. I’d recommend something short (like Rudolph!) since movies can be too long for some toddlers.
12. Drink warm chocolate milk. AKA, toddler hot chocolate.
13. Help decorate the Christmas tree. We have shatterproof ornaments and ribbon hangers so we don’t have to worry about smashed ornaments or metal hangers poking eyes! (For tips on babyproofing your tree, check out this post)
14. Dance to Christmas music. What toddler doesn’t love a dance party?
15. Pick out a toy for a child in need. This might be a little hard for them since they might want it themselves, but find a giving tree or something and let your toddler choose a toy for the child you’re helping. Kids pick up on more than we think, and it’s never too early to teach them about service.
16. Act out the Christmas story in the Bible. This is fun for toddlers because it helps them get more involved in the story than just reading it in Luke! Plus, they get to dress up and may even get to make animal sounds!
17. Go sledding. Every little kid should go sledding during the winter at least once! It doesn’t have to be down a big hill, and even if they cry, their face going down will be priceless!
18. Color a Christmas picture. Or more accurately, scribble a Christmas picture.
19. Send a Christmas card. Help your little one make a card for Grandma or an aunt or uncle. Even if it’s just a scribbly mess or something small, they’ll love it.
20. Make a Christmas craft. There are so many fun ideas from creative people on the internet (here are a few). I guarantee you can find one with supplies you already have that your toddler will love!
21. Build a fort. Who doesn’t love a fort? Perfect for a cold, snowy day!
22. Read a Christmas book. If you don’t have any yourself, try checking one out from the library!
23. Play with Christmas playdough. I’m not a big playdough fan, but there are some really fun sounding homemade varieties that would be perfect for Christmas! You could even try doing a festive playdough mat with your child.
24. Go look at Christmas lights at the zoo. If you don’t have a zoo close by, find a local park or garden that decorates. We’ve always been able to find places that do Christmas light displays everywhere we’ve lived!
25. Ride a Christmas train. We did a Polar Express train ride when our oldest son was 20 months and he thought it was about the best thing ever. Plus we got to meet Santa and we all got hot chocolate and a cookie!
26. Make marshmallow snowmen. One of my favorite holiday memories of my daughter was when we did this and she had just turned two. She took about 30 minutes to eat hers after she made it! We usually do Twizzlers Pull n’ Peel for the scarves, mini chocolate chips for the eyes, mouths, and buttons, orange Tic-Tacs for the noses, and OREOs and Rolos for the hats!
27. Make and eat snow ice cream. Ever tried making ice cream out of snow? It’s super fun and super delicious!
To download your free giant printable Christmas bucket list for toddlers, click here! This is only for personal use. AKA, don’t sell it (or I’ll hunt you down).
We’re so excited to start checking things off this Christmas bucket list for toddlers. I think my favorite part about it is that we can do a few in a day or even skip a few days! I tried to pick things that were pretty manageable for a toddler and that weren’t too intense. Yes, there are a few things on here that cost money, but there are just a few so hopefully that’s cool with you (if not, go find yourself another free printable Christmas bucket list for toddlers!). When we hang it up for good and start checking things off I’ll be sharing on my Instagram, so make sure you’re following along! Merry Christmas!