I love the simplicity of a fun toddler activity. Is there anything better than putting something out that keeps your toddler busy AND happy?
I think not.
The only thing that makes it better is if you can sip your peppermint mocha without having to reheat it over and over.
Now, THAT is truly a gift.
Consider this an early Christmas gift, friend.
This fun Christmas toddler activity will give you the time to do just that.
Sip that mocha. And, forget about the microwave. Who needs it today? Not YOU!
The bonus is that this activity lets kids do the ONE thing they are dying to do with all those presents under the tree…
Unwrapping presents early.
Doesn’t every kid want to rip open the presents under the tree before Christmas morning?
Okay, maybe not every kid.
But, I have one who can barely look at presents because he wants to open them so badly…
This activity is for all the kids who want to rip open the wrapping paper early!
Quick Unwrapping Activity for Kids
I first saw an idea to wrap puzzle pieces in foil years ago on a blog that isn’t around anymore. ((sad sigh))
It’s a simple idea that gets kids excited about their old puzzles and adds a fun, new element for putting all the pieces together.
Our twist on this activity is to substitute foil with wrapping paper.
Kids will go NUTS for getting to unwrap things before it’s actually Christmas morning, don’t you think?
Here’s What You’ll Need to Make Wrapping Paper Puzzles
- Wrapping Paper
- Chunky Puzzle (for toddlers) or a puzzle with more pieces for older kids
I’m not going to lie.
I chose a puzzle with A LOT of puzzle pieces. So, it took me a while to wrap all of the letters. Pick a puzzle that has fewer pieces or pick a larger puzzle like I did.
Either way, kids will love this activity so it’s worth the effort to put it together for them.
How to Do This Fun Christmas Toddler Activity
Wrap each puzzle piece in wrapping paper.
You can add embellishments like bows, but I like to keep things nice and simple, so I only did the paper.
Let kids unwrap the pieces and figure out where they go in the puzzle.
The nice part is that after they’ve done this once, you can invite them to wrap the pieces back up on their own. I have never met a toddler who doesn’t love to play with tape! This is a great way to get a little more time and focus out of this simple toddler activity.
I know it sounds like a simple activity for toddlers and kids (and it IS), but you’ll be surprised with how engaging this activity is for little ones.
Hello, warm cup of peppermint mocha.
Merry Christmas, friend.
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