Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper – The Toddler Way

November 26, 2013

I’m really excited about Christmas this year. And our preparations have already begun…

Artist Wrapping Paper

Yesterday Little Man and I set about creating our very own Christmas Wrapping Paper. I bought some brown paper, unrolled it bit by bit, and he drew enthusiastically across the paper with a variety of coloured pens.

I was a bit concerned that he wouldn’t really take to this activity – a lot of the time when I give him pens and paper he just wants me to write numbers and his name for him over and over again rather than scribbling and drawing himself. Hence the early start. I thought if we began now, we’d have plenty of days to get it out and work on the next piece of the roll of paper. But surprisingly Little Man enjoyed it so much that he got through the entire roll in one afternoon and evening.

And they weren’t just little squiggles here and there either… he went at it like it was the best activity ever (even getting cross with me when it took too long to roll up the piece he’d just finished to get a new blank piece to work on!) Some bits were less “busy” than others, but some bits look like a whirlwind has passed through…

Wrapping Paper

I am so happy that he enjoyed it, as I had visions of having to scrap this idea and actually go out and buy wrapping paper instead. It gives me hope that he’ll enjoy the activities I have planned for hism throughout December.


You see, I’ve created a sweet little Advent Calendar for Little Man, one with an activity each day, and I cannot wait until the weekend to share it with him. There are 24 envelopes hung on some ribbon with tiny pegs and each one has a number on it. As Little Man loves numbers, I hope this will entertain him. And each day we will open an envelope and find out what activity we can do, hanging the card inside up on the ribbon to show which have been opened and how many days we still have left to go. (I’ll try and remember to share some photos once it is up).

Activities include things like ‘make Christmas cards’, ‘write a letter to Santa’ (I’ll help with that one!), ‘Go on a winter walk’, and ‘make mince pies’. I’ve had to be careful to ensure that I planned each day according to what is achievable: family activities happen at the weekend, messy activities happen on days I am home with Little Man, and we have short and sweet activities for the days he goes to nursery and they need to be done either over breakfast or just before bed. I think I have planned it all okay, but only time will tell.

Artist at Work

However, seeing Little Man’s excitement yesterday made me realise that it really doesn’t matter if the plan works or not, so long as he is enjoying himself!

Do you have any activities planned for your little ones over the Christmas period?


  • Reply
    November 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    What a very clever idea. And the advent calendar sounds perfect too. Well done! Juliex

  • Reply
    November 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Can I nick your ideas for the advent calendar?

  • Reply
    November 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Hey Karen,
    Yes of course you can!! In fact, if you want my list of activities to look through I can show you as I know I found it hard coming up with 24 activities that a 2 year old could do and enjoy!

  • Reply
    November 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Julie,
    Thank you! We had such fun and as I wanted a “handmade Christmas” it really worked in my favour having an activity that he enjoyed this much 🙂
    I cannot wait to see his face when he sees the advent calendar!

  • Reply
    Natalie | One Busy WAHM
    December 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    What a fantastic idea. I would never have thought of making my (their!) own wrapping paper!

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