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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Soak the 1 cup of dates in hot water for 15 minutes and melt the coconut oil.
- Measure out the pecans, mixed dried fruit, cocoa powder and desiccated coconut into the food processor bowl.
- 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.
- 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.
- Roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and toss through the coconut.
- Put the balls into the fridge to set for 2 hours.
- 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.
- 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!