Christmas Ideas for Kids

Food Gift Ideas for Kids

Here is a little round up of some gem’s floating around with Christmas ideas for kids.  In particular, I am liking food inspired ideas for kids.  I also have included my Christmas Pudding Balls recipe.

Christmas Ideas for Kids by Play with Food


Christmas gift ideas and recipes for Kids

Pear night lights as suggested by the Gift Grapevine

I can’t compete with Tash’s amazing gift guides on the Gift Grapevine – so I wanted to give her awesome site a plug here.  Perfect for when you think “What am I supposed to buy an X year old?”  Of course she had me (and my little fruit and vegetable obsession) with these adorable pear night lights! (Hint, Hint – oh wait these guides are supposed to be for kids??).  I like that her gift guides showcase more than just your standard department store licensed fare.  Crayon rocks also look really cool – you can use these to trace around SO many fruits and vegetables and get super imaginative with your food play (more ideas for food play away from mealtimes can be found here, here and here).


I am also a huge fan of making your own sensory experiences out of the every day (including when you are out and about at the park).  Sensory play is FANTASTIC for getting ready to eat, especially for fussy eaters.  There is no wonder I love this recipe for play dough and Shannon’s way of making home made play dough a truely awesome and budget friendly Christmas gift.


Cool Gift Idea for Kids

Cool Gift Idea for Kids by Oh Creative Day!


Food inspired kids decor and sensory gifts can only be outdone by edible gifts (in my opinion).  These sticky date pudding cookies look amazing by Sammie at The Annoyed Thyroid!  I am also loving how festive these Christmas marshmallow pops by Bake Play Smile look.  So, yes – If you are wanting another hint – I would be happy to receive these too!  Along with some more of the Chrismint Sipahh straws that I talked about in my last blog post. Please and thanks a bunch!







However, one thing that always feels like Christmas for me is getting hands on in the kitchen.  I loved making these Christmas pudding balls with my neice and nephew a few years back (pictured below) and this year I will be doing it with my own little kitchen helpers.  I hope you love making them too.  If you aren’t a fan of the coconut on the outside – you can turn them into truffles by rolling in some cocoa.

Christmas Pudding Balls
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Originally I designed this recipe for the Be a Fun Mum website. I can't wait to make these with my little girls this year.
Serves: 30 - 40
  • 1 cup dates (pitted)
  • ⅓ cup of coconut oil (melted – a quick 15-20 sec zap in the microwave will do)
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup mixed dried fruit
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut (plus extra to roll the balls in at the end)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp all spice
  1. Soak the 1 cup of dates in hot water for 15 minutes and melt the coconut oil.
  2. Measure out the pecans, mixed dried fruit, cocoa powder and desiccated coconut into the food processor bowl.
  3. Add the soaked dates and coconut oil to the food processor bowl with the vanilla extract and all spice. Whizz until all really well blended.
  4. Set up the rolling and coating station. If leaving the mixture in the food processor, remove the blades before letting the kids at it OR use a new bowl.
  5. Roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and toss through the coconut.
  6. Put the balls into the fridge to set for 2 hours.
  7. This mix should make between 30 and 40 balls (depending how much of the mix the kids eat!) The set pudding balls can then be moved to an airtight container for storage for up to 5 days.
  8. Remember – the motor planning for rolling the balls and coating them will improve with practice and dexterity. Even if the balls aren’t consistent shapes, they are made with love!


What Christmas Ideas for Kids are you loving this year?  Have you had any epic fails in the past?  Feel free to share some links in the comments below!

I am sharing a range of different ideas on my Facebook page too – so pop over there for more inspiration!

Happy Eating!

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  • Reply
    Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    December 2, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in this awesome round-up! I’m feeling rather festive after reading this and think I need to make those Christmas Pudding Balls – they sound delicious (and I just know that my tornadoes would love helping me make them) xx

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    Feeding Finn
    December 3, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I love the sound of your Christmas pudding balls. I made something similar with Finn the other day and he adored them. I’ve promised to make them again so will give this recipe a try when I do 😉

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    Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    December 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Totes honoured to be included in this post and those pudding balls sound delicious – and packed full of goodness too! Might have to whizz some up in the thermie! xx

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    Shannon from Oh Creative Day
    December 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Those Christmas Pudding Balls sounds delicious.
    I am frequently being instructed to “roll balls” when doing play dough with the little lady- these sound like a perfect extension of this activity (and much yummier!)
    Thanks for including my humble little play dough post- what amazing company it is in!

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    December 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    These look great – definitely will try these for during the school holidays!

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    Suzanne - Paediatric OT
    December 27, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Love the link to the sensory play and play dough gift ideas. They certainly look very enticing for the little ones but the Christmas pudding balls are sure to get the adults attention too! Thanks for all the great ideas, Simone!

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    December 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    The Christmas pudding balls are yum and so easy to make!!

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