It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but how are you going to keep your little elves busy over the Christmas holidays? Here are some fun ways to get the whole family in the festive mood.

Colour-in Christmas card

Download and print our special Christmas card and let your little one loose! We’d love to see their Christmassy creations, so don’t forget to tag us using #littledish.

Make your own Rudolph!

Toddlers love junk modeling so turning one of our little red dishes into Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is sure to be a hit! Here’s how:

 - Draw some antlers on  a piece of cardboard, cut them out and ask your little helper to colour them in
 - Glue the antlers underneath the rim of one of our red dishes, and hold for 1 minute until they are firmly stuck
 - Glue a red pom-pom on to the bottom of the red dish – this will be Rudolph’s nose!
 - Glue two white pom-poms on to the top of the red dish and stick googly eyes in the middle of the pom-poms
 - Give your reindeer a lovely smile and hang Rudolph up!

Festive bakes for budding bakers

Baking together is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Make magical memories with these yummy festive treats, which also make great presents for friends or family.

Gingerbread Men: This simple gingerbread recipe is a brilliant activity for little hands. Use an assortment of cookie cutters to create Christmas shapes and top with yummy icing

Jammy Dodgers: These tasty traditional treats are as fun to eat, as they are to make. Use cookie cutters to shape into festive stars, Christmas trees and holly 

Christmas Cupcakes: The perfect treat to make for Santa on Christmas Eve. Dust with a layer of snow using icing sugar and top with dried fruit for a festive twist on our gluten-free chocolate cakes 

Christmas stories to share

Snuggling up together with a traditional book is one of our favourite things to do at Christmas time. Here are the Little Dish Book Club’s favourite fireside reads:

The Night Before Christmas:This much-loved Christmas poem, by Clement Clarke Moore, is the perfect Christmas Eve read with all the family

The Sweet Smell of Christmas: Your little one can join Little Bear as he prepares for the Christmas holidays in this lovely tale by Patricia M. Scarry

Dear Santa: Little elves can help Santa find the perfect present with this fun lift-the-flap book by Rod Campbell

Mog’s Christmas: This is a classic Christmas story with everyone’s favourite forgetful cat Mog, by Judith Kerr

Spot’s First Christmas: Spot finds out all about Christmas in this lovely tale by Eric Hall, the perfect way to learn about festive traditions

Stick Man: This is the story of a stick man who is separated from his family but rescued by a smiley Santa, another must read from Julia Donaldson

The Jolly X-mas Postman: Your little helper can join the Jolly Postman as he delivers Christmas letters in this enchanting book by Janet & Allan Ahlberg 

The Snowman: This family classic by Raymond Briggs is a wonderful tale of a snowman that comes to life at Christmas.

We hope you and your family have a magical Christmas!