Good morning! I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend! Now that Thanksgiving is over, time is really going to fly and Christmas will be here before we know it! December always feels like the quickest month! Today’s DIY project is a St. Nicholas gift for Bugaboo. It definitely does not fit in his stocking, but it is the perfect gift to give him at the beginning of this month – a Kid’s Holiday Activity Gift Box!
I have to admit, this gift is for me as much as it is for Bugaboo! Right now Bugaboo is obsessed, and I mean obsessed, with what he calls “activities”. He wakes up in the morning, at 5am, asking if it is time to do activities. Mazes, dot-to-dots, preschool activity books, puzzles, bingo, matching games and worksheets. He loves worksheets! While I find this to be absolutely wonderful, it is hard to keep up with! As long as he is so enthused about these activities, I want to keep encouraging it and have fun things for him to do! Sometimes it is hard to find time to prepare things each day. This activity box is a whole month’s worth of things for us to do – all prepared and ready to go! So while this is a gift for Bugaboo, it is also a gift for me to have everything planned and prepared! I know he is going to be ecstactic when he opens it!
To make a Kid’s Holiday Activity Box you need to start with a fun box! Mine happens to be a Christmas box from our basement and then fill it with anything and everything you think your child may like! Below is a list of all the fun things in our activity box. A lot of it came from the Target dollar section – they have some great holiday stuff right now, and a lot of it came from online.
Since starting to do activities with Bugaboo, I have found wonderful blogs and websites that offer free printables on their sites. I am so grateful to have new things to print off to keep him busy and entertained. We work from preschool work books, but it is also fun to have these printed matching games and puzzles. For this Holiday Activity Box, I even found printable games that will get him moving around which will be perfect for cold or rainy days! Bugaboo is 2 1/2, so most of the things in our box are geared towards toddlers or preschoolers. I think this gift could work for any age depending on what “activities” or craft supplies you include.
I am excited to see how our month goes with things prepared in advance. If this turns out to be wonderful, I may try to do it every month! To create this without it being too time consuming, I started by pinning things on a “Toddler Christmas Activities“ board. Then one night I printed and prepared it all. So it was easier than I thought to plan ahead :)
Kid’s Holiday Activity Box!
- Christmas Preschool Color and Activity Book e
- My Christmas Activity and Sticker Book (Bought on Amazon)
Items from Target’s Dollar Section:
- Rudolph Jumbo Coloring and Activity Book
- Snoopy Jumbo Coloring and Acitivty Book
- Christmas Sticker Books
- Snow globe stickers
- Mickey Mouse storybook
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer storybook
- Let’s Match Holiday Matching game
Free printables from around the Web:
- Christmas BINGO by Crazy Little Projects
- Christmas Printable I-Spy Game by The Pleasantest Thing
- Christmas Printable I-Spy Game 2 by the Pleasantest Thing
- Printable Mix and Match Puzzles by Itsy Bitsy Fun
- Roll a Reindeer Preschool Game by 123 Homeschool For Me
- Decorate the Christmas Tree Free Cooperative Game Printable by All Our Days
- Gingerbread Men Number Hop by Toddler Approved
- Cotton Ball Penquin by Glued to My Crafts
- Christmas Action Cards by Oopsey Daisy
- Christmas Mega Bundle Sampler by Teachers Pay Teachers (I just printed from the free sampler of activities but you can purchase the entire collection of Christmas activities)