Letting even the youngest members of the family have a hand in decorating for the holidays can up the excitement factor ten-fold. Whether it was helping to select the wreath or trimming the tree, helping can be an important part of your child's holiday experience.
Holiday decorating should be a fun and stressfree activity, even with preschoolers. The key is selecting tasks and activities that are age appropriate and that can be done a little at a time, or in a short amount of time. That will prevent little kids from getting bored or losing interest.
So, what can you do?
"When she paints using the easel (or draws), I save the large reams of paper and use them for holiday (or birthday) wrapping. We can't keep every drawing, and it is a personal and eco friendly way to wrap," said Jessie Nagel, a special agent for Hype and a mom.
Nagel's daughter helps her with holiday baking. "I have her help make and decorate cookies to give to guests and neighbors. She loves to help, though you have to be prepared for MESS!" Nagel says.
Fish suggests making paper chains and cut out snowflakes as well with silly scissors found in most craft stores. "Our son couldn't cut, but he could choose the scissors and help with the tape," Fish said.
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