There's nothing more heartwarming than watching your children perform Christmas songs to the rest of your family at Christmas! If they are old enough to talk and in a playgroup then it's likely that they've already learned at least one or two festive songs that youcan encourage them to perform to grandparents over Christmas. If they aren't yet singing, then put on some festive music and encourage them to wiggle in time with the music!
Ask older children to act out the nativity story, playing the different parts. Acting forms a fundamental part of pretend play that is so important in developmental terms.
You will be proud, the grandparents will be moved and your little ones will be delighted! Practice a few songs or stories now so that they're ready for the big day, and have them bring the house down for their Christmas debut!
Toddlers love stories, and they love make-believe; encourage them to combine the two by putting on a show for you! Ask them to choose their favorite story book and then talk with them about who the characters are. Make up some simple puppets to represent the characters and go through the story with your kids. You can make simple puppets really easily out of things you'll have in the house, here are some examples:
- Sock puppets: put your hand into a sock, stick on eyes and other features
- Spoon character: paint a face on a wooden spoon, add wool for hair and tie a ribbon round the 'neck'
- Paper bag puppet: create a face on a paper bag and put your hand inside
- Stick puppet: draw a face on a piece of paper or a paper plate, and attach it to a stick
Children have such great imagination that you don't need a theater or anything, but if you're feeling really creative, why not contruct them a theater too from some boxes, sheets, furniture or anything else you have in the house?!