Count down to Christmas with Messy Play!

Four awesome ideas to keep little hands busy and build the Christmas excitement!

21st December – Christmas Wreath Painting

We all love Swirlo, making circles and loops so what a great ideas to start with a circle shape for our Christmas wreath.

What you need

  • A4 paper
  • A3 is bigger and better
  • Pencil
  •  Large wide straws (jumbo) or burger takeaway straws, or small dish wash brush. 
  • Small recyclable meat tray or dish
  • Green paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue (clag is great for pasting)
  • Red glitter
  • Red round confetti
  • Red paint
  • Christmas gift tag bow 

How to make the messy fun!

  • Support your child by hand over hand to guide the circle shape with a light hub pencil.
  • This becomes the line to follow.
  • Parent snip several lines at the end of straw to create a fireworks shape star.  Or use small dish brush to grip.
  • Fill paint tray with green paint.
  • Model to child how to dip and print following the circle line
  • Let children dip and print pointing to the lines and redirecting their hands as needed.
  • When circle is full, repeat again to make the wreath wider
  • Leave to dry and prepare the red colour
  • Depending on age you can choose gluing with clag paste and sprinkling glitter or small coloured confetti circles,
  • Or thumb print red berries. Guide your child’s hand printing a thumb 5-6 times  around the circle
  • When dry, Parents cut out the inside of the circle.  Attach a Christmas bow to the centre of the bottom of the wreath

22nd December – Do you want to build a snow man?

Moon dough magic, one of my favourite messy play products and so easy to make!

What you need

  • 8 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 tray/bowl, container for the kids to play in
  • Snowman accessories, mini hat, scarf, sticks, whatever you like!

How to make the messy fun!

Mix the flour and oil in a bowl using the spoon at first and then use your hands to make the mixture smooth. The consistancy should be a powder when you rub it between your fingers but you should be able to squash it into a ball. If it’s to dry just add a bit more oil.

Pop the dough into your play tray and start building!

23rd December – The cutest Mistletoes!

These are such a lovely keepsake and so simple!

What you need

  • Paper (or you can use fabric)
  • Green paint
  • Brush
  • Bowl
  • A printer or a pencil to draw the bow
  • The template which you can download here
  • Assistance! Trying to get footprints from littles ones is a messy job!

How to make the messy fun!

  • Print the template, or draw your own
  • Pop a small amount of paint into the bowl
  • Paint your littles ones feet greet, one at a time, you only need a small amount of paint, too much paint will make their foot slip on the paper
  • Place their foot with the heel by the ribbons and make the print

24th December – Reindeer food!

I love this activity for Christmas! It can be pulled together with pretty much anything you have in the cupboard and adds a bit of magic to Christmas Eve. It’s a great one for some dry messy play and park making and for practicing our mixing and pouring skills.

What you will need

Rolled oats or rice or left over cereal or lentils or dried chickpeas or bird food – What ever your trying to use up in the pantry. I used the following:

  • Rolled Oats
  • Dyed red rice
  • Green split peas
  • Glitter

How to make the messy fun!

I like to lay out all the ingredients and let the kids add and mix to what they like. We then pop it away to sprinkle on our lawn Christmas Eve. We will often bag some up for Grandparents and friends as well with the following little poem inside:

“Sprinkle on the lawn at night,

The moon will make it sparkle bright,

As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam,

This will guide them to your home.”

Make sure you use eatable ingredients and if you have any pets, they will help make sure the reindeer have eaten their food by Christmas morning.

Have a very merry messy Christmas!


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