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Friday, October 27, 2017

How to Set Up a Christmas Village and Train on Christmas Morning for Toddlers


If you have a toddler, you know the challenges of baby proofing at Christmas time.  The struggle is real.  As the mom of a toddler, you have my sincere sympathy.  You want to share Christmas traditions with your older children while your toddler is intent on stealing ornaments from your Christmas tree and "exploring" your holiday decorations. In all seriousness though, let's visit some toddler-friendly ideas to keep those Christmas traditions alive so they are included in the fun. In today's post, we'll show you how set up a trendy toddler-friendly Christmas Village with a Train so that you are able to integrate your toddler into holiday traditions.  This is an easy project and you will treasure the photos of your toddler playing with the little Christmas Village and Train. I'll also share some gift ideas that are perfect for curious toddlers that look nice with the Christmas Village and Train on Christmas morning.

Project: How to Set Up a Christmas Village and Train on Christmas Morning for Toddlers and Young Children 


Supplies

Thanks to Oriental Trading for providing the supplies for this post. Specifically, you'll find the supplies on their trendy Learn365 website.  We are big fans of their educational supplies and resources, including the toys featured in this post.



Directions:

1. Set up the Nesting & Sorting Garages to create a little town. This is a fun set because it looks adorable under the Christmas tree, but is useful year-round.  Your children will enjoy using it for pretend play and developing their large and fine motor skills.  They are also able to practice sorting, counting, and identifying colors. This "village" will last beyond the holidays.



2. Set the train up in front of the Christmas Village.  This is the easiest train setup that you'll ever encounter!  Your children will enjoy the combinatorial explosion of possible train designs since the different shapes and colors may be stacked in different ways to create unique trains.  They are able to be creative while using their fine and large motor skills. They learn about shapes and colors as they practice building their creations. 



3. Finally, let's talk about the ultimate toddler gift - colorful puzzles! Almost every mom that I know will tell you that their children went through puzzle phases as toddlers.  It's fun to watch their little minds at work as they take the puzzles apart and reassemble them. A tray full of puzzles really is the ultimate Christmas gift.  We filled a puzzle rack with a variety of puzzles for our toddler.  

The Fish Bowl Knob Puzzle is a great one to start with. My son spent hours with this puzzle.



The Basic Skills Board is another great choice if you are looking for something that will provide hours of entertainment. It's not only a puzzle, but it also has extras so that little ones are able to play with buttons, zippers, and more! Seriously, my little one spent several hours in one day with this puzzle. It's awesome!



Finally, go for a puzzle that is slightly more advanced so that they are able to grow into it. We like the Alphabet Peg Puzzle because it allows us to practice our ABC's. Right now, we use this puzzle together, but I know that he'll be able to enjoy it more independently in several months. My older son had a similar puzzle that I remember as one of his favorite toys.





I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into our home and how we include our toddler in holiday traditions.  He loves his little Christmas Village with a Train. He also loves his  puzzles.  It's amazing how just a few toddler-friendly items transform our holiday celebrations. I'm sure that our family will always treasure the memories and photos from this special time.  Visit Learn365 for other trendy toddler toys!

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