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By Oxford Owl, posted on 16th December 2020

Christmas activities for 5–7 year olds

Whatever the weather this Christmas, you’ll find an activity here to suit your child. Wrap up warm and go out for a winter scavenger hunt, or stay inside and play party games with our range of festive activity ideas.

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In Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue, Kitty puts on a special mask when she becomes a feline superhero. Now you can be a hero too!

Christmas memory tray game

Your child will love this Christmas version of the popular memory tray game. Find a selection of Christmas objects – for example, a bauble, a mince pie, a small parcel, a satsuma – and arrange them on a tray. Keep the tray covered with a tea-towel or a piece of wrapping paper until you are ready to play the game. Vary the number of objects according to the age of your child. Uncover the tray and give your child a minute to memorise the contents of the tray, then cover it up again. Take the tray away and remove one object. Bring the tray back and ask the child to write down the object that is missing. You could turn this into a competition – perhaps the winner can eat the mince pie!

Baking together is great fun and a good way to get children practicing their measuring and counting skills. These snow-covered gingerbread trees are easy to make and your child will love decorating them.

Can you find the 10 Christmas words hidden in the wordsearch? A fiendish test of your child’s word-spotting skills, the words can be written any way – forwards and backwards, top to bottom and bottom to top, left to right and right to left, and even diagonally.

Go for a winter scavenger hunt

We all know that sluggish feeling in the Christmas holidays when you have been in the house for days and have eaten one too many mince pies! This winter scavenger hunt is a great way to get everyone outside burning some energy. Give your child or children a bag and a list of things to collect. If you are in the woods, this could be a pine cone, a conker, a twig, a feather, a leaf, a stone. If you are at the beach, they could search for a shell, a piece of seaweed, a stone. Alternatively, you could just have a challenge to see who can find the most of a certain item – pine cones, shells, stones. Another idea is that you could give your child or children a bag each and challenge them to see what treasures they can find.

Follow these steps to make a super snack for the birds in your garden, inspired by the Magical Kingdom of Birds books.

Everybody loves pugs, and they’re easy to draw! These activity sheets from the creators of Pug-a-Doodle-Do will help you draw your own completely unique pug, as well as making a comic, designing a sea monkey, and much more!