{25 Homemade Gifts for Preschoolers}

25 Homemade Gifts for Preschoolers

Are you the crafty type? Looking for some ideas for making a DIY gift for your preschooler for Christmas, stockings, a birthday or just because? 

25 Homemade Gifts for Preschoolers:

Very Hungry Caterpillar button threading counting game on Mama Pea Pod
homemade very hungry caterpillar game for toddlers and preschoolers

Magnetic peg dolls from Frog, Goose and Bear

Scratch-off tickets from Teach Mama (I made these for all our stockings a couple of years ago and they turned out great!)

No-knit knitted Christmas stockings from Red Ted Art (I'm still trying to find the perfect sweater for this!)

Magical treasure-filled walnuts from Here We Are Together

Cozy car caddy from Homemade by Jill

Freezer paper stencilled t-shirts with your child's favourite picture on it, on Mama Pea Pod

DIY freezer paper stencil craft

Recycled DIY crayons from Frog, Goose and Bear

Jingle bell ribbon rings from Make and Takes

Personalized I-spy bottles from Lalymom

DIY play kitchen from The Boy and Me

Holiday straw toppers from Fireflies and Mudpies

Easy-sew personalized pillows from Mama Pea Pod

easy to sew personalized pillow

Felt quiet time book from Babes in Deutschland

Fort in a bag from Saltwater-Kids

Superhero cape from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

Toddler-friendly sewing basket from Childhood 101

Snowman kit from Make It Do (we got one of these as a gift and it was a huge hit!)

Mermaid Waldorf doll from Taming the Goblin on Mama Pea Pod
mermaid waldorf doll

Felt ABC mat from Oopsey Daisy

Ribbon wands from Frog, Goose and Bear

Fairy house kit from Inner Child Fun

Puppet making kit from Childhood 101

Gingerbread play dough from Sweet Sugar Belle

There are lots more adorable ideas on my Homemade Gifts for Kids Pinterest board!

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{12 Christmas Traditions With Preschoolers}

12 Christmas Traditions With Preschoolers:

Christmas is a magical time, but that's never more apparent than when you are celebrating Christmas with preschoolers! Their excitement is contagious! I find myself going out of my way to create new, special holiday traditions that we can continue year after year as they grow. If you're also looking for ideas for creating new Christmas traditions with your little ones, here's a good selection to start with. Some are our own family's traditions, and others are ideas from other bloggers. Hope you find just the thing to make your family's Christmas magical, too!

Christmas Around the World: Christmas Traditions in Hungary by Mama Pea Pod

Saint Nicholas (Szent Mikulas) Tradition in Hungary from Mama Pea Pod

Christmas Market by Night from Mama Pea Pod

Writing A Letter to Santa (free printable) from Picklebums

Christmas Traditions Ideas from Powerful Mothering

Filling a Box for Operation Christmas Child from JDaniel4'sMom

Plant Magic Elf Seeds from East Coast Mommy

Hot Cocoa Bar from Connecting Family and Seoul

Advent Traditions from Life At The Zoo

DIY Elf on the Shelf from Teach Me Mommy

Christmas Bucket List from Nothing If Not Intentional

Feast of Saint Nicholas from The Chirping Moms


{Cute Reindeer Crafts for Kids}

 Cute Reindeer Crafts for Kids

These cute little reindeer ornaments are easy and fun to make for the Christmas tree or to decorate a gift. Or kids can make them as teacher gifts! The ones you see here were made two ways:

Reindeer 1: The one above was made by wrapping a sparkly tinsel pipe cleaner (all product links in this post are affiliate links) around an empty narrow tape roll! I imagine you could also use a tiny craft wreath. Before wrapping, thread a jingle bell onto the pipe cleaner and slide it along to the middle (you could also glue on a pom pom if you prefer). Then wrap. It turned out great, and the hard middle makes it sturdier. 

Then use cut pieces of beige pipe cleaners to make the antlers (we used 1/4 of an extra long pipe cleaner for each antler; probably 1/2 of a regular 12 inch pipe cleaner would do). Place it so that there is a longer and shorter end and wrap around the center piece - twist tightly to attach. Then either fashion each end into an antler 'hook', as we did with the ones below (I actually like those antlers better), or simply twist the ends together and leave a little sticking out in each direction, as we did with the one above (easier for little kids to do). Then glue on some googly eyes (I used hot glue, but regular white school glue would also work.) Finally, tie on a loop of sparkly ribbon for hanging your reindeer ornament.

easy version cute reindeer craft for kids from pipecleaners

Reindeer 2: For the ones just above and below, we made them almost the same way as above, but without the tape middle. Instead, they just formed an oval shape with the tinsel pipe cleaner and twisted the ends together. Then made the antlers as described above. I prefer this style of antlers, as I think they look more like antlers, but my daughter needed a bit of help.

Then we used them to decorate their teacher gifts - homemade bath salts for one teacher, and specialty beer for the other!

teacher gift reindeer craft from pipe cleaners

Before you go, you might want to check out these similar posts:

Two Christmas Cards Preschoolers and Toddlers Can Make

Reindeer Growth Records 

35+ Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers

And be sure to check out Mama Pea Pod's Christmas Ideas Page and Christmas Pinterest board

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{Cooking With Kids - 10 Christmas Recipes for Preschoolers}

10 christmas recipes for preschoolers - cooking with kids

10 Christmas Recipes To Make With Preschoolers:

Preschoolers love to help in the kitchen, and Christmas is the perfect time to make some recipes that your little ones can help make and proudly serve to guests! Try these this year:

Christmas Cookie Pops from Nurturestore

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies from Bakergirl

Red and Green Layered Jello Dessert from JDaniel4'sMom

Edible Christmas Ornaments from Red Ted Art

Easy 'Gingerbread' Houses from Red Ted Art

Molasses Crinkle Gingerbread Cookies from Nothing If Not Intentional

Spritzgeb├Ąck German Christmas Cookies from Glittering Muffins

Christmas Peanut Butter Blossoms from We Made That

Nutella Christmas Smores from Pint-Sized Treasures

Cookies in a Jar For Santa from Make It Do



You might also be interested in:

Princess Pops - party treats

Fruity Strawberry Banana Creamsicles - healthy, sweet treat

Gruffalo Crumble - kid-made, cozy weeknight dessert

Easy, Homemade 'Candy Canes' - great little gift for classmates