We’ve been busy getting in the Christmas spirit around our household. I love this time of year! Spending it with my fifteen month old is so much fun but also quite the challenge. We had a successful first trip to visit Santa Claus and got a Christmas tree. Christmas tree + toddler = challenge! Everyone has different ways of dealing with littles and their Christmas tree. Some do table top trees that are out of reach, some barricade the tree with cinder block presents, some rule the tree off limits…period, others offer littles their own Christmas trees, or my friend displayed only her Christmas cards on her tree, which I think is a great idea. There are many ways, to each his own.

My husband and I talked about our approach and we decided to let our little guy be involved with decorating and interacting with our Christmas tree. With this in mind, I set out on a mission to find baby safe ornaments. I personally LOVE glass ornaments and have a beautiful collection that I’ve been working on for years. Obviously this isn’t best case scenario, so I placed my glass ornaments on the top 1/4 of our tree. This way I get to enjoy them but they are out of my son’s reach. He gets the lower half of the tree all to himself! While perusing at Target, I found “shatter resistant” fillable ornaments. I literally jumped for joy in the store and my wheels started turning. Here’s what I came up with.

Filling Ornaments with Exciting Manipulatives:

1. Gather Materials: Fillable plastic ornaments, manipulatives that will fit inside (I used foam stars, jingle bells, pompoms and cut up pipe cleaners), clear packaging tape (a must for toddlers, probably don’t need for older kiddos)

2. Sit down with baby, fill the ornaments and TALK all about it! Be sure to tape the tops on.

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