I have a lot of fun decorating our house for different holidays. But usually the festive touches are focused on the main living room and kitchen areas. This year I made a particular effort to bring the Christmas cheer to my preschoolers personal spaces.
Here are a few ideas on how to bring Christmas to the play room!
- Put the Dolls or Teddy Bears in Christmas Clothes – I suggest being on the look out all year at rummage sales and consignment shops for newborn and preemie Christmas outfits. They are often very cheap (especially out of season) and the small baby sizes tend to fit dolls and bears really well!
- Bring out all the Christmas musical/animated toys in a fun line – Our play room is upstairs, so I thought it would be fun to line up all her little guys so she could turn them all or off on her way upstairs. My sister in law does this with their animated guys too, and it always looks so cute! Another idea would be all along a window pane or filling a bookshelf!
- Find a creative way to have a Tree – Remember that decal Advent Calendar tree? I’ve got it stuck on the playroom wall, which is perfect because it takes up no space. But still brings the holiday cheer into the room. And the advent countdown part of it is a fun way to work on numbers!
4. Use Grocery Paper Bags to Decorate – You can cut them out into great shapes, our favorite is a Gingerbread man shape. I cute the shape out, and my preschooler decorates them. Then they go on the playroom window!
5. Basket of Christmas themed Books – I put all the holiday themed books away after Christmas, so when they come out each year with the Christmas decorations they are like new to my daughter. And while she has old favorites, they never lose their luster since they are available for only a short time each year. I put them in a basket in her reading nook.
For the Bath: What about making bath time extra Christmas-sy? Dump a couple of bags of rinsed cranberries into your childs bath! They float, and are lots of fun to play with! Obviously they are small edibles so only do this if your child is old enough to eat small fruits. And if they are… encourage them to snack on the berries if they wish! Its like being inside an edible sensory tub!
For their Room: Two easy ways to give their room extra holiday cheer is to change the sheets on their bed to winter/holiday themed sheets that only come out during the holidays! I found flannel ones with red snowflakes on them at a discount store for a steal! I also really love putting a mini tree in their rooms. This one has a battery operated timer, so at night it comes on automatically and glows on her nightstand and by the time its getting light outside, it clicks off. The tree glowing at night is super soothing and a great nightlight!
How do you bring the holidays inside to your children’s spaces? I’d love to hear your ideas!