Nothing compares to the magic of Christmas when you are a child; the anticipation of presents and the fun of decorating the Christmas tree are favourite childhood memories for many of us. Make Christmas wonderful for the children in your life with our pick of the year's child-friendly offerings.
1. Pick soft and safe felt animal decorations
Perfect for very young children, felt tree decorations will not shatter when an inquisitive child inevitably picks them off the tree to play with; they won't last long, but will bring lots of fun (and a touch of Scandi charm) to your tree.
We love the Nordic Christmas Hanging Felt Animal Tree Decorations from Talking Tables.
Find more Scandi Christmas decorating ideas in our feature.
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2. Bring a fairy tale glamour to your decorating scheme
Christmas is a perfect time to re-read their favourite fairy tales – and re-watch the Disney versions, on repeat – so why not incorporate some of the fairy tale magic into your tree decorating scheme?
The Glitter Princess Carriage Decoration from The Contemporary Home will instantly transport them into the world of Cinderella.
3. Occupy them with a tree train
A Christmas tree train – what a classic. From Cox & Cox, this retro marvel comes with a track, a realistic train sound, and a coal cart. Guaranteed to keep them occupied for hours.
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4. Make room for elves and fairies
Indulge their imagination with fantasy decorations. This dainty Red Rose Fairy is by Gisela Graham.
5. Bring woodland creatures into your home (not literally)
The delightfully shiny and friendly-looking Woodland Glass Decorations from Cox & Cox will delight children of all ages, although are probably best hung out of reach of toddlers.
6. Pick tree decorations that are fun and educational
And while we are on the woodland theme, why not combine the joy of decorating the Christmas tree with learning about wildlife? The British Birds Tree Ornaments (set of six) from House of Bath represents the bullfinch, wren, greenfinch, robin, blue tit and goldfinch. What better way to teach your kids about the birds in the garden?
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7. Remind them of winter hobbies
Ice-skating is a fun Christmas activity most kids love – and you can give it a nod with this pretty Ice Skating Decoration from Dunelm.
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8. Indulge their love of puppies – and yours
Kids won't stop asking for a puppy? If for whatever reason you can't give them a real one, these super-cute Dogs Hanging Christmas Tree Decorations from the Contemporary Home may just do the trick. At least until next Christmas.
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9. Tell a story with your Christmas decorations
What if your Christmas tree became a fascinating story you and your kids could make up as you go along decorating? Get their imaginations going with the delightful Three Felt Mice from Cox & Cox. Where are they climbing? What's up there? So much fun.
10. Introduce edible decorations
Christmas is the time when we all get to enjoy a sweet treat (or two, or too many...); delight the whole family with these pretty and yummy Christmas Tree Decorations from the Biscuiteers. They are pricey, but that's probably a good thing, given how moreish they are.
Alternatively, make your own delicious Christmas decorations with some cookie cutters: