Create Santa’s footprints
Sprinkle a little flour or talc on the floor around the tree and use a boot or shoe to make footprints beside the fireplace.
Make a Santa sleigh from chocolate
Whip up a last-minute treat to wow the kids using all the chocolate you’ve received in the lead up to Christmas. Just stack chocolate bars and sweets onto two candy canes, then place a chocolate Santa at the front to drive the sleigh. Tie together with ribbon and add a name tag to make it unique.
Get the kids to log on and find Father Christmas with this clever tracker tool: www.noradsanta.org. It’ll let them know what he’s up to throughout December and keep them out of your hair while you’re busy with last-minute Christmas Eve tasks.
Decorate the toys
Make Christmas magical for toddlers by sprucing up their cuddly toys and bears with hats, ribbons and bows.
Create Santa landing lights
Make sure he knows where to land by making a runway in your garden. Put outdoor fairy lights or battery-powered tea lights either side of your pathway to make the perfect landing strip for a flying sleigh.
Make fake snow
Even if the weather outside isn’t frightful, you can still let it snow inside. Watch this video to see how to make your own fake snow.
Grow a candy cane
Get the kids to plant a red boiled sweet or white Tic Tac in a pot, sprinkle with fairy dust (glitter) and they’ll be amazed when they see it transformed into a festive candy cane by Christmas morning.
Make your own reindeer dust
Catch Rudolph’s attention from the skies by sprinkling some homemade reindeer dust made from glitter. He’ll swoop down to have a feast in the garden.
Receive a message from Father Christmas
Santa’s joined the YouTube generation and now sends video messages (for free) to kids and toddlers on his nice list. Just log on to Portable North Pole: www.portablenorthpole.com and create a personalised video for your little ones.
Take a Christmas lights tour
Just before bed, take a walk or drive around the neighbourhood admiring the Christmas lights and decorations. A flask of hot chocolate and some cookies will make it extra special.
Make a grand entrance
Once the kids are in bed, cover the lounge door in scraps of leftover wrapping paper so on Christmas morning they can rip through it to reveal presents under the tree. Not enough wrapping paper? Attach a ribbon to the door frame instead – they can cut their way through.
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